Delving Deep in the Heart of Texas
Born in Houston on August 9, 1980, Texas Battle earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in kinesiology at the University of Texas before making his way to Hollywood to take a shot at showbiz. The former student-athlete made a memorable screen debut in 2005 opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the basketball bio-pic Coach Carter. He followed that performance with another just as impressive in Final Destination 3, a hit flick which opened at the #1 spot at the box office.
Since then, talented Texas has appeared in such motion pictures as Even Money and Wrong Turn 2, but heâ€™s still probably best known for his series regular role on the TV soap opera â€œThe Bold and the Beautiful,â€ where he joined the cast in late 2008 as the illegitimate son to one of the main families on the show. Â His other television credits include a recurring role on the hit CW series â€œOne Tree Hill,â€ and guest-starring roles on shows such as â€œAll of Us,â€ â€œThe Bernie Mac Show,â€ â€œThe Parkersâ€ and â€œCommitted.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Here, the handsome, young thespian talks about his latest outing as Carey Fuller in Dragonball Evolution, a screen version of the popular comic book series co-starring Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin.
KW: Hi Texas, thanks again for the time.
TB: Â No problem, thanks for taking the time to interview me.
KW: What interested you in doing Dragonball?
TB: What interested me in doing Dragonball was that it’s a huge comic book series that has built a great fan base and itâ€™s a great action movie!
KW: Tell me a little about your character.
TB: My characterâ€™s name is Kerry Fuller. Kerry is a high school bully that attends the same high school as Goku.Â [played by Justin Chatwin]
KW: How did you prepare for the role?
TB: I drew a lot for the role of Kerry Fuller from my previous role in Final Destination 3 as Luis Romero. I felt they had similar character traits, so that helped me prepare. I also tried to pull from the comic books and how I felt Kerry fit into those.
KW: Youâ€™ve also been busy on TV in The Bold and The Beautiful. How do you like being in a soap opera?
TB:Â IÂ like being on â€œThe Bold and Beautifulâ€ because the whole cast is like a family, weâ€™re like brothers and sisters, and we feed off each other’s energy. Every day going to set is fun because of the great cast and crew that I get to work with.
KW: Do you get noticed a lot more because of the show?
TB: Now that I am on B&B I do get noticed a little more than I used to.
KW: How is working on a TV series different from making a movie?
TB: The difference in working on a TV series and a movie comes down to one thing for me, and that is the travel. With The Bold and the Beautiful, we are in one remote location, but with a movie you get to travel, explore, and experience different things everyday.Â But Iâ€™ve really enjoyed doing both.
KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?
TB: I am extremely happy at this point in my life. I have a great job, I have a very supportive family, and I’m loving life. I can honestly say I have no complaints.
KW: The â€œRealtor to the Starsâ€ Jimmy Bayan question: Where in L.A. do you live?
TB: I live in the San Fernando Valley area.
KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?
TB: The last book I read was “Where the Red Fern Grows.”
KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid?
TB: The only time I get afraid is when I am at the ocean. I get a little nervous when Iâ€™m in the water because I always feel like something is going to bite or snatch me.
KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
TB: Wow, thatâ€™s a good question. I think I have been asked just about everything that I wish people would know.
KW: The Laz Alonso question: Is there anything your fans can do to help you?
TB: My fans can continue to support B&B, visit my MySpace page, and continue to send me feedback mail. And go see Dragonball!
KW: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
TB: The biggest obstacle I have ever had to overcome was moving from Texas to L.A, because of the change of pace. LA is such a different culture than anywhere else and it operates at a much faster tempo than Texas. Kind of gives you a culture shock when you first get here, but itâ€™s a great city.
KW: Teri Emerson would like to know when was the last time you had a good belly laugh?
TB: The last time I had a good belly laugh was when I watched American Idol auditions this season.
KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What music are you listening to nowadays?Â
TB: Right now I am listening to my favorite artist Avant’s CD.
KW: The Rudy Lewis question: Whoâ€™s at the top of your hero list?
TB: Will Smith, because he is a family man, well-rounded, and very well respected, and he just handles his business well.
KW: How do you feel about Barack Obamaâ€™s becoming President of the United States?
TB: I am extremely ecstatic about the presidency of Barack Obama. I think he is paving the way for young African-American men like myself. I have very high expectations for Obama, and I am extremely hopeful that he will bring great lasting change not just to America, but to the entire world.
KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
TB: My advice to anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps is stay focused, develop a thick skin and a positive attitude, and work hard at your craft every chance you get.
KW: How can your fans contact you?
TB: Right now, at myspace.com/texasbattle, but they can look for my own website which is coming soon: www.texasbattle.com
KW: Do you answer your fan mail?
TB: I answer all my fan mail. I make it my priority to respond to all my fans no matter what. Sometimes it takes me a while, when things get busy with work, but I still answer, because my fans are my support system and I am really thankful to them.
KW: How do you want to be remembered?
TB: I want to be remembered as a man who never forgot where he came from, stayed humble, andÂ took onÂ meaningful projects. I don’t want to forget all the people that helped me along the way, and how I got to where I am now.
KW: Thanks again for the interview, Texas, and best of luck with the movie and the TV show.Â Â
TB: Thank you for your time and consideration also. I look forward interviewing with you again!
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