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Cutting Loose with Footloose Co-Star Ser'Darius Blain

What is it about a good dance flick that seems to get people to flock to theaters in droves?  From Fame to Dirty Dancing to of course, Footloose - we adore them - and with eager anticipation we're awaiting the October 14th release of the remake of the latter, Footloose.  Big names likes Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid mesh with newcomers Kenny Wormald and Ser'Darius Blain in this updated classic, introducing it to a whole new generation of soon-to-be fans.  Mr. Blain, takes on the role of Woody, the football captain who, like the rest of the town's teens, want to dance the occasional night away - although cutting-a-rug has officially been banned from their Texas town of Bomont.  Of course that doesn't sit well with the group of high-schoolers and drama ensues in their effort to repeal the no-dancing law.  Keep reading as Blain, who graduated in 2009 from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, was generous enough to share his thoughts on everything from the remake to his style, convincing us this will not be the last we see or hear from him.

Both fans of the original and an entire new generation are exited for the Footloose remake.  What can you tell us about it?  Unfortunately I can't tell you ANYTHING about the movie.  Leave me alone people!  In all honesty, one of the special things about our film is that it pays homage to the original by maintaining some of the classic music and iconic scenes.  In the same breath, it also has its own identity with some storyline changes and new characters.  Like the original, the soundtrack is SICK!

Had you seen the original Kevin Bacon before filming the remake?  I always remember hearing Footloose when I was younger and I was familiar with some of the scenes, but I never actually watched the movie completely until I realized I could possibly be a part of the remake.  I rented it after my second callback.

Tell us about your character, Woody - is there more to him than football?  Woody is not only captain of the football team but he's a rebellious teenager like many others in Bomont.  Dancing is definitely a BIG part of who he is...with that said, Woody definitely cuts a lil' rug!

You've been described as shy in your youth.  Do you still possess that trait or do you officially qualify as an extrovert?  I was an extremely shy child, almost to the point of social akwardness.  But as I got older (16+), I began to gain confidence through theater and sports.  I still get nervous in some public and social situations but I've learned to tackle it head on.  Red carpet events used to freak me out but now I just pretend I'm on stage.  I can be outgoing amongst my friends but at the end of the day I still maintain some of my shyness and I'm ok with that.

Do you pay attention to trends and fashion, or do you "do your own thing" and hope it turns out for the best?  I mostly wear what I feel comfortable in but I think everyone, to an extent, follows trends.  I generally tend to like more classic looks and styles.  I'm a jeans and t-shirt guy in the day (with a sneaker addiction) and a button-down shirt and dress shoes at night.  I dig fashion but I don't care about name brands as long as I feel good.

What is date night like with Ser'Darius?  Though I haven't had many dates lately, I definitely love to "wine and dine," literally.  I'm a bit of a food and wine connesieur so I love taking a special lady to a nice restaurant with a great wine list and talking the night away.  Food is sexy and music enhances that experience, so live music is also a must.  I tend to prefer live Jazz or even a comedy show to loosen any tension or jitters.

So do you have any favorite wines?  I'm a huge fan of champagne (Roger Vivier or Piper Heidseck) or any other sparkling wines.  There's something about the bubbles that just make you feel good!  My friends always make fun of me for being a 6'4" 220 pounds and sipping champagne (laughs).  I always enjoy a glass of Robert Mondavi Cabernet or a nice Pinot Noir from time to time.

You mentioned you like jazz - anyone in particular?  My favorite jazz musicians are very classic like Dizzie Gilespie, Charlie "The Bird" Parker, Miles Davis, "The Duke" Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Kenny G.  I'd even put down the King of Soul (James Brown) in that category because of his great band.  Jazz is where most of our music is derived from so it's important to appreciate it.

What is the best advice you've ever been given?  Hmmm...it's actually a scripture my mom used to quote me: "Commit your plans to God and you will succeed." (Psalms 16:3) and don't worry about the things you can't control!

Photo Credits: Photographer - ©www.vincentsandoval.com; Makeup - Nancy Silva; Styling - Audrey Knowling and Jami Block

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