The Magic Mike protégé and Endless Love star (in theaters February 14) talks tattoos and why he doesn’t give a damn about his bad reputation.
Your Endless Love character is a good guy with a shady past. Any similarities?
We both love love. I love love. He works in a garage and I work in movies, so that’s a bit different. But I worked in a garage when I was 15. I also raced cars. Not professionally, but that’s what I always wanted to do. If I were in Formula 1, I’d quit acting…or make it my B job.
You’re pretty tatted up — any girlfriends’ names?
No! That’s relationship suicide. I would get my mom’s name though. My favorite one is “What goes around comes around” on my shoulder. I’m a big believer in karma, but 90 percent of people say, “Isn’t that a Justin Timberlake song?” I did a movie with Justin and told him, “You’re a fucking pain in my ass, mate!”
You’re known for being a bad boy — thoughts?
People will write what they want to write, and it’s a lot easier to flow the pen negatively than positively. But I’m a boring motherfucker. I don’t drink alcohol. I’ve never taken drugs — ever. So I don’t go out to nightclubs or anything. I go to Disneyland, or I’ll rent a go-kart track and go racing.
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s Endless Love is a karaoke classic. What’s your go-to jam?
Toto’s Africa or I’ll do the Spice Girls. “I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” Do you know they had a West End show? I saw it when I was back in England. That’s me — true bad boy and lover of the Spice Girls.
Do you believe in soul mates?
I do. Maybe not just one. But I believe that there are people out there who are made for you. It’s hard to come by nowadays, but when you do, it’s something special.