The will of the gods
As our cover star proves, whatever you want out of life, working hard and taking risks will put you in the position to seize big opportunities as they arise
To say that this month’s MF cover star has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past few years is an understatement. And I don’t just mean physically, but professionally too. After more than 200 episodes of Hollyoaks, second place in Strictly Come Dancing and winning 2010’s Rear of the Year, Ricky Whittle packed his bags and swapped Oldham for Hollywood in an all-in, make-or-break attempt to hit the big time. He aimed for the stars, and he’s hit the moon – Shadow Moon, the lead role in American Gods, Amazon Video’s acclaimed, big-budget adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.
To look the part he had to pack on some serious size, and on p44 he reveals exactly how he built his A-list body so you can too. Whittle also reveals how he had to travel far outside of his comfort zone to go from British soap star to global action hero who now competes against Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and the other established big beasts of the big screen for the most coveted roles.
If there’s one thing I took away from meeting Whittle it’s this: if you sit around waiting for big things to happen, you’re going to be waiting a very long time.
“You have to believe in yourself,” says Whittle. “Focus on your own game and do the best you can. Then you’re unstoppable”
Joe Warner, editorial director @JoeWarnerUK