Lou Ferrigno Jr. Addresses: Nepo Baby Accusations, How Carl’s Jr. Made him Feel Beautiful, and how The Hulk Made him Shy
Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2023): Outer Banks and SWAT actor, Lou Ferrigno Jr. sat down with Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition on this week’s episode of Hollywood at Home – a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with entertainment industry who’s who. Lou speaks about living in his father’s shadow, how he set himself free from character molds, how a Carl’s Jr. commercial almost changed his look for good, and much more.
Highlights from Hollywood at Home featuring Lou Ferrigno Jr.:
Being The Hulk’s Nepo Baby: “It’s funny cause this whole… nepo baby [debate is happening]. [It’s] as if all celebrity kids have a leg up because of their parents… I would implore anybody to find any job in which my father has helped me. Or has put in a word for me to get the job. [That’s] never happened… So I’m going to let everybody just say what they want…”
Quiet and Shy Until Lou Found The Camera: “My dad asked me when I was around 8 years old to do a little bit on this movie Cage II, and I just said yes… My dad was shocked because I was very shy as a child and I was very withdrawn…because of my dad’s success. I saw all these faces behind the camera staring at me, and for that moment, I existed.”
Carl’s Jr. Made him Feel Beautiful: “I did a Carl’s Jr. [commercial]…it says good looking fisherman… great hands, perfect teeth… And I’m like, OK, well, this is not me… I have these gaps in my teeth… there’s no chance I’m getting it. I want to fill these gaps because my smile isn’t perfect enough. I’m not happy with who I am… And [the director said], ‘No, do not, that’s character. The too perfect, the too polished, it’s not interesting. Don’t do it.’”
Breaking Out For OBX: “So [I] had this audition…my one chance to do an accent because guys that look like me or my size…I’m more on the beefcake, hunky side, I guess… I was just floored and I was so honored to be given the chance to do an accent cause as little as it sounds… it’s a huge opportunity…. So I went down to Barbados [to film and I ended up landing the entire season].”
More about Hollywood at Home:
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “Hollywood at Home” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Previous guests include Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), and Alfre Woodard (Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), among others.
More about The Creative Coalition:
Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. The Creative Coalition harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.