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This week we are crushing on actor Graham Patrick Martin.
Graham is a seasoned television actor with an impressive list of credits to his name. Born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Graham moved to New Orleans at 8 years old and then to New York at the age of 11. He moved to Los Angeles at 14 years old to pursue acting and still resides in the city. Some of Graham’s more notable roles include Elridge McElroy in Two and a Half Men, and Trent in the TBS comedy The Bill Engvall Show starring alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Nancy Travis. Some other credits include The Closer, Good Luck Charlie, iCarly, Jonas, The Anna Nicole Story, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Currently Graham stars in Major Crimes as Rusty Beck; a once homeless homosexual teen who found himself turning tricks in order to survive. He will also star in the indie film Bukowski based on the life of Charles Bukowski and directed by James Franco, now making the rounds on the festival circuit.
When he’s not gracing screens big and small, Graham is a huge Saints fan and loves to travel back to New Orleans to catch football games. An outdoor enthusiast, he loves to spend time hiking and taking in exotic locations. Graham also practices Kundalini yoga. But one of his biggest passions is philanthropy. The Covenant House honored Major Crimes for its portrayal of homeless youth in Los Angeles which is a deep tie to Martin’s portrayal of Rusty. The show’s creator James Duff started a creative writing workshop with The Covenant House which led to Martin becoming more involved with the organization and he was honored to emcee at this year’s gala. Martin also supports The Sunshine Kids, an organization that provides fun experiences for youth who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Martin has worked closely with the organization for several years.
Graham is, needless to say, one handsome and very crushworthy lad. Take a read below and crush along with us!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
I can’t say that there’s a specific thing that I notice. Every relationship that I’ve had has been completely unexpected. I’m never looking for any sort of prerequisite. It usually starts with friendship for me.
What is your definition of romance?
Take out sushi and The Goonies.
What is the best date you’ve ever been on?
The best first date I’ve ever been on started with just a lunch to get to know each other. We both had blocked out an hour for the date and had plans afterwards. We ended up having such a good time that we cancelled our plans, got coffee, and went furniture shopping for our imaginary house. That relationship ended up lasting about two weeks, but the first date was a memorable one.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
When someone is on their phone constantly. If someone were to snapchat and/or Instagram during the date it’s a big red flag for me. I like to be in the moment.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Let it live on its own. Don’t try to control anything.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I curate my music playlists and I play them in my car on a date to spark some sort of reaction. That sounds weird now that I’m saying it out loud. I should probably stop that.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Social media is a funny thing. Your whole life is documented on it. I recently had a girl who was “coincidentally” bringing up specific places that I’ve been and making conversation about it. I could tell she had totally stalked me online to dig up info.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Never change who you are to appease someone else. If you go through a relationship pretending to be something you are not, it catches up to you.