Theo Rossi on Overcoming Doubt, Creating a Healthy Mind and Body, Seizing Your Life, the Vitality of Movement, and Being Fully Present

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Theo Rossi: My legacy. What lasting impact will I make on the world and those around me? What will I live my life for? How will I be remembered? I want to leave the world a better place than it was when I got here. I want to experience as much as I can in this very short life that we have.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

TR: Doubt. Doubt is probably the biggest obstacle to overcome. Once you rise above doubt, you are on your way to success.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

TR: I believe that a healthy lifestyle isn’t just a regular exercise routine or your eating habits, but a synergy of a healthy mind and body. To fuel my body, I am relentless about never eating anything that isn’t of this Earth. I have no interest in putting stuff in my body that’s made in a lab. Movement is vital. Whether it’s running, cross training, hiking with the dogs, or walking the streets of New York, I am constantly active. I
encourage people to pick up small habits like taking a walk after meals… we’ve become way too sedentary. Just move! For joy, I live by the mantra of surrounding yourself with people who make your life better… people who enhance your life and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. It’s not always easy, but I’ve had to make a conscious effort to remove people who are a lot of work and drain my energy…you know, those energy suckers we each have in our lives. It was a hard lesson to learn, but eventually I had to come to grips with the fact that I cannot solve everyone’s problems and lead them to a happy, fulfilled life. They have to figure that out on their own.

RP: What’s the best advice you could give someone about life?

TR: I wish everyone could wake up with a birdie on your shoulder, reminding them that this could be your last day. As you get older, you see how rapidly the years and decades fly by, so I would encourage anyone, no matter the age, to seize their life and be fully present. Savor every moment and go after your dreams. Be relentless in pursuing your happiness.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

TR: Following Sons of Anarchy, I’ve been blessed to take on some really terrific characters, and I have three films coming out in 2016. The first is Bad Hurt, my production company’s first feature film, which I produced and starred in. That comes out at the first of the year, and then I have When the Bough Breaks from SONY/Screen Gems, and Low Riders, which I just wrapped filming on for Universal/Imagine. Gearing up for a big year!

Theo Rossi is an actor; he’s appeared in Sons of Anarchy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Hawaii Five-0.

PHOTO: James Law

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