Rising Star: Luke Cosgrove

We sat down with rising star Luke Cosgrove to talk acting, summer plans, and what is next for the young actor.

Tell us how you got into acting?

I remember acting was the first thing I wanted to do in life. When I was 11, my parents encouraged me to go along to acting classes at the local town theatre after school. During the same year, I was lucky enough to land a lead role in one of the productions showing there. During the play, my character had this monologue on stage, and I remember looking out into the audience and seeing the smiles on my parents faces. I had that moment of “Yep, this is definitely what I want to do”. My grandparents would often take me to see movies when I was younger, and every time I’d walk out feeling inspired. I’d remember saying to myself “One day, I want to be able to do something that good”. So, I think it’s that continual drive to wanting to achieve something close to what my heroes have accomplished is what keeps me wanting to this.

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing right now?

Honestly, I think I would be doing something in aviation, most likely a pilot. I’ve always had an obsession with things that can fly. I’ve always loved the idea that being a pilot could literally take you anywhere in the world for free, plus the uniforms look pretty cool.

Describe your idea of adventure?

My idea of adventure always has to involve some element of risk, otherwise it’s not really an adventure, is it? If I were to plan a trip away right now, it would be somewhere where I could surf or snowboard with at least five of my friends. Last year, I went on a surf trip to south western Australia with a bunch of friends. We did nothing but surf for two weeks straight. We were out in the water one afternoon and a baby great white shark glided right underneath us. It was incredibly terrifying but definitely made us feel alive.

Describe your sense of style? Any style icons?

I usually dress myself in grunge vintage clothing. 90% of my wardrobe is denim/leather jackets and ripped jeans. I don’t have many ‘style’ icons however, if I were to say, it would be either James Dean or Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys.

What project are you most excited about right now and why?

I’m really excited about my project, The Mist, which will be released June 22. ‘The Mist’ originally written as a short story by Stephen King, tells the story of a small town that mysteriously gets covered in a dense mist. The series will take a completely original approach to the story line. There will be some very minor similarities between the book/film and the show, but nothing so obvious that it feels repetitive or replicated. The show’s writer, Christian Torpe, really has done an amazing job at creating a fresh take on the story while still remaining true to the Stephen King genre. This show is all about fear; it’s completely relevant to what is happening around us in the world today, and I truly believe that there is something in this for everyone. I play Jay Heisel, a local star quarterback and son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of an unspeakable crime.

Stylist: Brittany Hart
Groomer: Blondie
Photographer: Jason Willheim

MM Staff