Derek Mears is a Hollywood actor who does a lot of different things. His interests range far from his acting career. He plays video games and loves comic books. Mears is also not just a nerd; he is a health and fitness nut as well. Working out almost every day, as well as keeping a good diet, keeps him in top shape. I recently got to talk with Mears about his gaming interests and his role in the miniseries Halo: Infinity, he may surprise you, just as he surprised me.
Mears is not just a normal Hollywood guy. “I started with Dungeons and Dragons,” says Mears. When asked if he is playing anything currently he says, “Well I got back in to it recently. I took a year off to do this thing called reading”. His games of choice are Halo 4 and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Both these games are popular with gamers, but they are hard to play unless you have played games for a long time. This surprised me, mostly due to my bias that old people only like older games.
Playing a character in Halo was a fun experience according to Mears. The way they recorded the dialogue was with modern techniques that also captures movements so that the final product is more realistic. Mears had a fun time doing this because he got to do random sounds. “That was fun,” he says when talking about being able to act out his part. But being able to take part in the project got him even more excited. “I squealed like a little school girl when they asked,” he said. This was because he is a fan of all things nerdy, be it sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and comic books. But Mears is not just a nerd; he is also a fitness nut.
When Mears first got into acting, he says, “I couldn’t do a single pull up”. Now it’s a different story. He is 250 lbs. of solid muscle. This is from a very good diet as well as a solid exercise. His workouts consisted of a bunch of different things, ranging from cross fit to martial arts. He also runs to “stay lean”.
Mears has an interesting history with diets. “I was never into trends,” says Mears. He is currently on a gluten-free diet, due to the fact that his mother was allergic to gluten. Knowing this and the fact that those sorts of allergies can be passed down, he chose to try cutting out gluten. It was an immediate improvement. “I felt a lot better,” said Mears.
He wasn’t always on that diet though. When he first got into acting, he needed to add on muscle, and to do this he ate a lot of protein and a lot of calories.
“I would get up in the middle of the night and have a protein shake and a big bowl of oatmeal for extra calories,” said Mears. That sort of attitude allowed Mears to pack on a lot of muscle in his early years of working in the film industry.
Mears is a gamer as well as a fitness nut. He works out consistently, and eats healthy. He likes the same games that we like. He is also a really nice guy. If you want to check him out, go to his Facebook page, The Official Derek Mears Fan Page, or his twitter account @DerekMears.
Derek Mears is striving to be gamer fit.
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