12:13pm PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Matt Czuchry Credits College Male Beauty Pageant for Interest in Acting
Matt Czuchry stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday and revealed that his introduction to acting was through a male beauty pageant put on by the College of Charleston.
"I figured I had to make a good entrance cause I hear you're Team Jess," Czuchry said when he first walked out onstage in reference to host Jimmy Fallon's love for Milo Ventimiglia's character on the show Gilmore Girls. "Thank you for having me."
Czuchry and Ventimiglia played two of Rory Gilmore's (Alexis Bledel) love interests on the show, which ran on The WB and CW from 2000 to 2007.
After going back and forth about Gilmore Girls and its 2016 Netflix revival, Fallon congratulated the actor on the 20th anniversary of Mr. College of Charleston win. "Oh, thank you," responded Czuchry.
"I can tell how touched you are and how emotional you're about to get," Fallon said before asking exactly what Mr. College of Charleston is.
"I am Mr. College of Charleston, 20 years ago," he said ."This is actually how I became an actor, crazily enough. Yeah, you could win free acting classes, so in college anything free is good, so I was like, 'I gotta win this this.'"
He explained that Mr. College of Charleston is a male beauty pageant put on my his alma mater. "So I stepped it up by saying my favorite movie was Boogie Nights. Came out in my underwear with a little enhancement down low." Women in the audience can then be heard cheering. "That won the crowd over and that's the reaction I got."
"I won acting classes," he said. "You know what's crazy is because backstage everybody's making fun of the whole thing and when I saw free acting classes, it was a light bulb moment for me. I'm like, 'I gotta win this thing. This is an opportunity.' And, you know, in your life you never know when these opportunities are gonna come and I felt it in that moment."