Taylor Kitsch to settle down in Austin

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 17, 2014

Taylor Kitsch, who rose to fame as the hunky football player in the Austin-shot “Friday Night Lights,” is planning to settle down here, with a home on Lake Austin.

In an interview with Roger Moore of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Kitsch says he has been looking for a simpler life than the one he has been leading in Los Angeles, and jokes that he’s moving to Austin because of its “very hard, fast-paced lifestyle — tubing and wake-boarding and golfing … It reinvigorates you, I think. The tone, the pace, the people, just the simplicity of life gets to you, especially if you’ve been doing time in Los Angeles.”

“I have two acres on Lake Austin that I’ve yet to build on, and I was there just the other day thinking, ‘THIS is what it’s about.’ You’re not listening to the city, the traffic, the phone. You’re listening to the changes in the wind. THAT’S living.”

The move coincides with a career change for Kitsch, who starred in two blockbuster efforts that went bust in 2012 — “John Carter” and “Battleship.” Since then, he has been acting in ensemble pieces, most notably “Lone Survivor,” HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Grand Seduction,” a Canadian remake of an earlier French-Canadian film (“Seducing Dr. Lewis”). It’s a comedy about a dying fishing village that tries to trick a hip young doctor into settling there.

Leading roles in major motion pictures may come back, Moore writes. “I’ve got one I think I’ve landed, unless I’m jinxing it,” Kitsch told Moore. And Moore notes that Kitsch is getting into a whole different movie business scene in Austin, where indie icons Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez and others have set up cinematic shop, just beyond Hollywood’s grip. That could pay off, too.

“David Gordon Green (director of “Joe” and “Pineapple Express”) and I are meeting up, having five or 10 too many drinks — something it’s easy to do in Austin — and seeing if there’s something we can do together. If that’s how things work down here, I think I’m going to like it.”

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