Gregg Sulkin Gives RAW Interview, Talks Marvel’s Runaways
RAW: Tell us about your early life in U.K’s Westminster.
GREGG: I grew up in the city. I’m about 10 to 15 minutes away from Oxford Street. I had a very loving, supportive, and overall very cool family. My dad worked extremely hard, and my mom raised me and my brother, who went to the same school as me. I got into acting when I was 12, continued to work, and now I’m suddenly in my 20’s and randomly here in Los Angeles. But through it all, my family has always been by my side, which means a lot to me.
RAW: Whose performance convinced you to become an actor?
GREGG: I never wanted to be an actor. I just wanted to play football (soccer), and I never really took an interest in acting or film. I was never passionate about it until I was about nine years-old, when I dressed up as a girl in a school play. (laughs) I put socks down my top and wore a very tight skirt and at the end of the evening, my mum tells me, “Oh, you’re actually very good!” I didn’t think anything of it but a couple of years later, my mum told me to go to an audition. I didn’t want to go, but part of me always thought to myself, “That was so fun a few years ago. I loved that show and I loved doing that one performance.” So it was because of that school play that I caught the acting bug, and then I landed my first professional job in England working on a movie called Sixty Six.
RAW: Tell us about your character in Marvel's upcoming show, Runaways. What's it like being part of the Marvel family?
GREGG: It’s crazy, when I first booked the job, one of the heads from Marvel called me and said, “Look, congratulations, but there are three words that I’m about to say to you that are about to change your life,” and I was like “okay...” then in the deepest voice possible he goes, (deepens voice) “welcome to Marvel.” As soon as he said that I got goosebumps on my arm and I was like, I’m now part of the family. This is really cool. I’m about to go on this adventure, and so far, this show is looking incredible. It comes out November 21st.
RAW: Awesome! How much do you love the show and the cast?
GREGG: Our show runners are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created Gossip Girl, The O.C., and Hart of Dixie, so they know what they’re doing. I’m so thrilled to have them as my bosses and the cast is also unbelievably talented. There are a few of my cast members that I look at and I’m just like, “Wow, you guys are superstars.” These guys are so talented and have such a lovely demeanor, too, so I’m really happy to be working with Marvel and amazing people!
RAW: What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
GREGG: I can’t talk too much about it or else I'll get in trouble, but I did a show called Faking It on MTV a few years ago, and there was a time on the first season when I got goosebumps. I remember watching the monitors thinking, “Oh, this is actually a really important show!” Like, it helps the LGBT community and it has a really cool message. I remember thinking at the time, “Wow! I have a feeling this show is really going to go a few seasons.” The other day on set (of Runaways) I was watching the monitors and I got that same feeling that I don’t get very often. It was humbling to be in that moment, but it's also super exciting to be as passionate about landing a role on a show as you were when you first started in the industry.
RAW: Marvel has a lot of die-hard fans who have really high standards!
GREGG: The crazy thing is I’ve met so many people who come up to me and say, “Oh my God! The comic was written by Brian K. Vaughan.” I had never heard of Brian K. Vaughan before the show but Brian is the nicest person on the planet and he's a legend when it comes to comics. I’ve met so many people who are so excited for the show solely because of Brian K. Vaughan. This guy’s a legend.
RAW: In general has there been a Marvel character that you really love?
GREGG: Iron Man is such a cool Marvel character. Also on the T.V. side, I’m a big fan of Daredevil. They took so many risks with that from a story point of view and I love it. I also love the actor who plays the lead (Charlie Cox).
RAW: Do you have any career goals or milestones that you want to hit?
GREGG: So many. I feel like I haven’t even started. (laughs) You know how Dwayne Johnson is right now? I would love to basically replicate his career. I would like to own a production company that had 30 different projects going on all at once. I love acting and I’ve always been so grateful for people to hire me as an actor, but at the same time, I just love the whole production side of it all. I’m also a bit of a control freak so I thought I could actually be quite good at assembling a whole crew of 100 people together and getting everyone to put their best foot forward while working on a show or a movie.
RAW: Is there anything we can expect from you coming up production-wise?
GREGG: Yes. I actually recently sold a couple of shows. One’s with David Henrie and it’s called Downtown Duke. We’re going through some different drafts of the script. I got one two weeks ago and loved it. We’re just making some tweaks to it now. Then I have another one called Funemployed, which MTV has the rights to. I’m also actually about to go and pitch two other shows in the next month.
RAW: What do you do when you have free time?
GREGG: I love writing poetry. They’re on my phone, actually. I also started writing some songs too. I don’t know why no one’s ever heard them (laughs). I don’t know if they’re any good but I would say I’ve probably written about 25 poems this year. I love playing football, I love anything fitness-related, I love getting away, I love being around nature, I love being around water, etc...
RAW: Have you ever thought about having kids of your own? How many?
GREGG: Always. I would love to have kids--as many as I can afford! I’ll also have to ask my future wife if she’s willing to pop out eight kids because that’s quite hard on her body. I think realistically if I have any kids, I’ll be happy. I think I would love four kids. I would love to have three boys and a girl, and for the girl to come out last.
RAW: Was there ever a time where you in a dark place? And what did you do to get out of that dark place?
GREGG: About a year and a half or two years ago. It’s not fun, but time heals. If you are in a dark place, my advice is what I did anyway. I actually accepted the fact that I was going to be uncomfortable. I accepted the fact that it was going to be painful. I accepted that the next year of my life won't be as great as the other years of my life, but I felt like once you accept that, you can really dig deeper and find out what the problems are and where your insecurities lie. Only then can you actually get to the root of the problem, deal with that problem, and move on for the rest of your life in a positive way.
If it gets swept under the rug, it keeps building up and then you explode. For me, I’ve definitely reached some dark points in my life and thankfully now, I look back on it, and I'm just like, “Well thanks. That was amazing because it shaped my character and mentality a lot.” I’ve kind of become more open-minded by going through those times.
RAW: So there’s actually some good in them as well.
GREGG: For sure. I’ve always believed that breakups are breakthroughs, you know? You learn what went wrong, you learn what went right, and you learn about yourself which is the most important thing.
RAW: If there’s one thing you would like to be remembered for in this life, what would that one thing be and why?
GREGG: It would be that my great grandkids are very grateful. (laughs) I want them to appreciate where they go to school or wherever they live and for them to always think, “Oh! Thank God my great grandpa worked really hard so that we could all live a good life.” That’s what I would really love. Whether it happens or not, that's another story, but ideally, that’s what I’d like.ᴿᴬᵂ
Gregg also stars in Drink Slay Love, which premieres on Saturday, September 16th at 10PM PST/EST on Lifetime.