‘Vikings’ Star Travis Fimmel Reminisces About His Modeling Past

Socialite Life readers have known about Travis Fimmel for quite some time. We are so thrilled that this hunk of a man has a big hit in Vikings!

Interview Magazine sat down with smokin’ hot Aussie, to talk about all things Aussie (including Mel Gibson!), the future of Vikings, and what it was like being a male model with brothers who are miners – cue the Zoolander jokes.

Travis Fimmel for Interview Magazine
CREDIT: Zoey Grossman/Interview Magazine

On the future of Vikings:
I was only meant to be on the show for a year. I was meant to die that last episode that first year, but I didn’t; I ended up being on it a bit longer. There are great young actors playing my sons. A lot of shows get very repetitive, but I think it’s great that the young kids are coming in. It just gives new life to the show—some cool characters for the audience to follow. I hope they really enjoy this season. The kids are great. I’m excited for the audience to see these young people doing amazing things.

On whether he’ll miss playing Ragnar if he leaves Vikings:
No. I’ll miss the crew and the Irish. There were a lot of laughs.

Travis Fimmel for Interview Magazine
CREDIT: Zoey Grossman/Interview Magazine

On Mel Gibson:
I’ve always loved Mel Gibson. I think he’s awesome. I love the humor that he brings to everything. And he’s an Aussie. I would love to work with him.

On his Australian pride:
I’ve got Aussie country pride for sure. I just like where I grew up. I think you’ve got lots in common with the people who grew up the same as you.

Travis Fimmel for Interview Magazine
CREDIT: Zoey Grossman/Interview Magazine

On quitting acting to become a farmer:
I haven’t made enough money to buy a farm. I want a big farm. Everything is expensive in Australia. I got a long way to go, unfortunately. I had a two-year plan that went to a four-year plan that went to a six-year plan. I’ve been trying to do this for 16 years or something now. Plans never really turn out. I’ll get a certain amount of money then I’ll go.

On unfortunate teenage fashions:
I remember putting gel in my hair—I had the spike and the rat’s tail. I got a flat top for a while. That was between 12 and 16.

Travis Fimmel for Interview Magazine
CREDIT: Zoey Grossman/Interview Magazine

On Zoolander comparisons:
BROWN: If your older brothers are miners, and you were a Calvin Klein model, do they ever make Zoolander jokes?

FIMMEL: No, they know me too well. [laughs] They know I was just trying to get a visa, you know? It got me a visa for three years. They think it’s funny.

Read the full interview here!