Brit actor Sam Palladio is soon to become a household name in the U.S., as he stars as songwriter/aspiring musician Gunnar Scott on ABC’s new drama “Nasvhille.” Zap2it has named him one of our Ones to Watch for the 2012-13 season and we caught up with Palladio, where he told us about his off-screen life.
What’s the most embarrassing song is on your iPod?
Probably one of the first songs I wrote at about 15 called “Why didn’t you text me back!”
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Aliens for sure, I’ve seen what looks like zombie apocalypses on Friday nights in the north of England and I’d rather take my chances with ET any day.
Do you have any current pop culture obsessions/addictions/guilty pleasures?
I’m addicted to “Breaking Bad” at the moment, hoping it doesn’t turn me to drugs.
Do you have any strange phobias?
Nail files…..I’m can’t handle the sound of girls filing their nails, makes me shiver.
Who is your most recent text message from?
I’m sure its from my mum. Everyone thinks I’m popular because my phones always beeping, but it’s usually her reminding me to “make sure that I sound very English, Americans like that”…. Thanks mum.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
In my home town, Penzance, at a spot called Battery Rocks, it’s a little patch of rocks and tide pools that are exposed at low tide. Spent my whole childhood there.
Tell us one thing that the general public doesn’t know about you.
Is there a celebrity you’ve met who made you feel starstruck? Tell us about it.
The first time I met my castmate Hayden Panettiere when I turned to film the pilot for “Nashville.” I used to watch “Heroes” religiously, always been a bit of a superhero geek, so I felt pretty excited to be working with her.
What do you have to have in your carry-on bag on the plane?
I usually take a guitar with me everywhere I travel. I’m always hoping it’ll fit in the overhead bins.
What food can you not resist?
A Cornish pasty, the local delicacy of my home county back in England.
If you could guest star on one other TV show, what would it be and why?
“Flight of the Conchords.” I’d love to do a duet with Brett and Jermaine and end up in some surreal scene, wearing spandex or something.
What do your friends make fun of you for?
Ordering fancy, fruity-looking cocktails as opposed to having a beer. I have no shame. The drink could be wearing a hat, but if it tastes good, I’ll drink it OK.
What websites do you check most often?
Probably YouTube to see what new wildlife videos my 90-year-old Grandpa has uploaded. He’s a computer genius.
What’s the most random thing in your purse or wallet?
I think I’ve still got a ticket stub in there from when I saw the Beach Boys at the Hollywood bowl. Those boys have still got it.
“Nashville” premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.