MOUN­TAIN MAN

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY TIM LATTERNER

With a spate of big-screen turns, Colorado na­tive Ge­off Stults’s Hol­ly­wood star is on the rise.

WITH A SPATE OF BIG-SCREEN TURNS, COLORADO NA­TIVE GE­OFF STULTS’S HOL­LY­WOOD STAR IS ON THE RISE.

“The rea­son I live on the beach in LA is it’s the clos­est thing to the open air,” muses ac­tor and Green Moun­tain Falls na­tive Ge­off Stults. “I mean, it’s not the open air of the moun­tains, but still.” Best known for por­tray­ing (typ­i­cally) earnest, lov­able small-town char­ac­ters in an im­pres­sive TV ca­reer, in­clud­ing star turns on

7th Heaven, The Odd Cou­ple, and En­listed, Stults is tran­si­tion­ing to be­ing a lead­ing player on the sil­ver screen, with three ma­jor film projects this year: the re­cently re­leased Warner Bros. thriller Un­for­get­table, along­side Kather­ine Heigl and Rosario Daw­son; Gran­ite Moun­tain, op­po­site Jen­nifer Con­nelly, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, and Jeff Bridges; and Horse Sol­diers, with costars

Chris Pine and Michael Shan­non. Both his as­cen­sion and his pas­sion for his craft stem from Stults’s child­hood in the moun­tains. “A River Runs Through It was huge grow­ing up,” he says. “‘You can go to the moun­tains to fly-fish and be an ac­tor? I’m gonna do that!’”

De­spite a hec­tic, non­stop sched­ule, the 39-year-old still makes time to get back to the Roar­ing Fork Val­ley when­ever pos­si­ble. “There’s a syn­ergy [be­tween] peo­ple in Aspen and LA,” says the six-foot-three triath­lete, who at­tributes his pen­chant for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to his Colorado up­bring­ing as “a reg­u­lar moun­tain kid.” “Peo­ple want to be in a beau­ti­ful place.” .

Un­for­get­table.

In ad­di­tion to crush­ing triathlons (well over a dozen) and en­joy­ing the out­doors, TV dar­ling Ge­off Stults has made the move to sil­ver­screen star. far right: The Colorado na­tive ap­pears along­side Rosario Daw­son in the new dra­matic thriller

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