We Bet You Didn't Know 'Awkward' Star Beau Mirchoff Does This as a Hobby

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Nothing is Awkward about Beau Mirchoff.

The 26-year-old Awkward star is best known for the role of Matty McKibben, but Beau's character Johnny in his latest movie, See You in Valhalla, is a far cry from his TV alter-ego. The Seattle native filled us in on working with Sarah Hyland and Awkward coming to an end, and he even shared a surprising hobby.

C: Was acting the only career you had in mind?
BM: "There were definitely other options. I started acting at a young age, there were other things in my life that were more important at the time. I wanted to follow my father's footsteps, he's a podiatrist. I really liked science and nature, so I went to school to study biology. I was still taking acting classes, auditioning and working. But when I got older, I realized I wanted to be an actor."

C: We're all about inspiration here at Cambio, so what or who inspired you to be an actor?
BM: "I saw Daniel Day Lewis' work and I thought 'What the heck is that? I need that.' That guy is amazing. There's always something new to learn and I find that immensely inspiring."

C: Tell us a little about your character Johnny in your new movie.
BM: "Sarah Hyland's character comes back to her hometown and she's reunited with her old flame Johnny. On the surface he's a good guy, he does good things. However underneath he's incredibly selfish, like a lot of people. There are defining moments in your life and if you don' act appropriately they will inevitably define you. And Johnny has made some wrong decisions and therefore his character is in question."

C: Were you and Sarah Hyland friends prior to filming? How was it working with a Modern Family star?
BM: "It was the first time. We knew each other and met a few times, hung out with mutual friends. But this was our first time working together. It was a wonderful experience, such a blast."

C: Awkward is on it's 5th and final season! Are you guys done filming?
BM: "We're on a little hiatus at the moment. We go back to shoot the second half of the final season next month [May]. We're shooting 12 more episodes and we're done!"

C: The MTV show has been a big part of your life. What is your biggest takeaway from the whole experience?
BM: "I've learned so much. Every day you learn and you never do the same thing twice. There are always new challenges. I learned how to act on your toes, kind of just be in the moment and be able to change things."

C: Your character Johnny in See You in Valhalla is quite mysterious. What is something that your fans don't know about you?
BM: "One thing that people don't know about me? I like to garden. There you go. I just started a couple years ago. I planted a banana tree a few weeks ago."

And when we asked Beau if his gardening skills were to save some cash on produce, he laughed and said, "I'm just lazy. I don't want to leave the house."

Can't blame the guy! Don't forget to check out See You in Valhalla in theaters, VOD or iTunes.


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