Sam Corlett, an Australian actor, is on the rise of his acting career thanks to his breakout role in the Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla. Soon after it, the 26-year-old Byron Bay native scored his first major magazine cover, on the front page of Australian Men’s Health, which is currently on sale.
For the cover, the actor strips down to his pants and rides his dirt bike on the beach for a sequence of interior photos. Sam discussed his role on Vikings and his career objectives in the accompanying interview, as well as his interests in yoga, vegetarianism, and the environment.
Sam claimed that he never set his sights on acting or Hollywood, but rather took up drama in high school to help him cope with his nervousness, which quickly turned into an ‘obsession.’ He attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before starring alongside Eric Bana in the film- The Dry.
He won a role in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina after falling in love with acting. However, he claimed that Vikings: Valhalla, a spin-off set 100 years after the Lothbrok era, was the real game-changer.
Sam stars as Leif Eriksson, a Norse warrior who is thought to be the first European to set foot in North America, in the show, which premiered in February. Sam also tells that he used to watch with his dad and knew he’d be ecstatic if he got this role.
‘I was there at a Netflix conference when they said, “At the touch of a button, it will reach 222 million people all over the world.” That concept is still eluding me. Sam tried his hardest to get into the Viking mindset for his role as Eriksson by practicing like a Viking every morning before traveling to the set in Ireland.
Sam, a self-described “spiritualist,” would go for a 40-minute run after morning yoga and meditation before taking a bath in the chilly surf and foregoing a shower. ‘So, getting out in the elements first thing in the morning, getting in touch with one’s body, and jumping into the waves all contributed to the development of a primitive mindset.
As a result, he says, he’d feel like he’d entered that space when I arrived on set,’ he explained. Sam follows in the footsteps of Australian actor Travis Fimmel, 42, who starred in the original Vikings series as a famous warrior and king Ragnar Lodbrok.
Despite his status as a rising star, Sam said he admires Sean Penn, who is now largely known for his activism and aspires to one day focus on writing and directing. He wants to be more engaging with Australian productions and share the stories of the Indigenous people through his work.