Josh Lucas Returns To His Roots


Jun. 12 2009, Published 2:20 p.m. ET

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Josh Lucas revisits his past during Dentyne and Manhattan Theatre Club’s REALationships playwrighting event held at New York City Center’s Stage II.

The Arkansas-born actor, 37, who is dating Rachel McAdams, got his start with the theater company in the mid-1990s. Since then, he’s appeared in big-screen success stories including Sweet Home Alabama, Hulk, Glory Road, Empire Falls and Management.

Why is arts education important to him?

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“I consider myself someone who is deeply involved in what it is to be putting forth some element of literature and story-telling, and hopefully painting, and all sorts of elements that I think theater really does,” he tells me. “Manhattan Theatre Club is where I got my break, so the idea of watching these kids go through this, and be honored the way that they are is something that I felt similar twelve years ago, and it was magical for me.”

Rachel McAdams

Did he dream he would live the Hollywood life?

“I always felt like I knew it was meant for me. Did I know how difficult it was gonna be? I didn’t. And did I know how rewarding it was gonna be? I didn’t. And did I know the highs and lows of the whole experience? You go into it blindly. In a sense, you throw yourself off a cliff because you’re naïve enough. I think that’s how you have to be. And so the idea of being here, and watching that same level of vibrance, I think is what it is, I think somehow you get attracted to. You want to be pulled back into.”


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