Denver Comic Con 2017: Interview with 'Sons of Anarchy' favorite Ryan Hurst
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Ryan Hurst is coming to Denver Comic Con. The "Sons of Anarchy" favorite actor will be hanging out with his fans at the Colorado Convention Center June 30-July 2, 2017. The So Cal born and raised actor is known and loved for his role as Opie Winston in "Sons," the films "Remember the Titans" and "Saving Private Ryan," and of course the TV shows "Outsides," and "Bates Motel." Catch up with Ryan to find out how dogs and yoga have changed his life. 

AXS: What are you looking forward to most about coming to Denver Comic Con?

Ryan Hurst: The people. I've been to Denver quite a few times and I don't think I've ever done a con, but I've been there so many times. I've been there with my mother and my father before, and I love the people there. I'm waiting to meet all of the fans. 

AXS: Opie was a huge fan favorite on "Sons of Anarchy," and to this day I still get a little choked up when I remember his final scene. What do you miss most about that whole amazing experience?

RH: What do I miss: It's kind of like climbing Mount Everest, you know what I mean?  It’s like you look back and remember the good parts, but it was a very hard time because it was such a grueling shoot. Essentially it was like guerilla filmmaking the entire time. The thing that I miss the most is really just hanging out every day with some of my best friends in the entire world, and getting paid to ride motorcycles all day long. It was kind of a dream job. We all loved each other so much and we were having a blast doing it. 

AXS: How has your life changed since "Sons of Anarchy?"

RH: I don't know; not that much, really. I just kind of continue doing what I’m doing. Before "Sons of Anarchy" I was an actor, after "Sons of Anarchy" I was an actor; it hasn't really changed that much. 

AXS: You played Li'l Foster Farrell in "Outsiders" and the series was canceled way before its time. Please share with your fans about your time on the show.

RH: You know that was one of those wonderful experiences. When everybody read the script of the very first episode, it was just so inspiring because no had read anything like that before. It was kind of bumped around Hollywood for a little while. It was such a unique kind of show that nobody really knew what it was. What I loved most about it was that it kind of kept inspiring more and more questions such as, what are these wolves? Who are these people?  Did they have a religion? That was what was interesting about it. It had really tapped into people's imagination, but at the same time, it wasn't necessarily a complete fantasy. It was still based in a real sort of reality. It wasn't like "Game of Thrones" or "True  Blood," but it had this fantastical element to it that people really identified with. We were really sort of upset and surprised just like the viewers were to see it go so soon. The network really kind of just had a complete overhaul canceled all their original programming and went back to doing re-runs and stuff like that. We were really sad to see it go. 

AXS: Do you have any projects in the works that you're allowed to talk about?

RH: Not right now. To be totally honest, they pulled the plug so late in the game that a lot of the actors already had all of our rent paid! But I'll tell you, it's a welcome rest because for the past two years I was doing "Outsiders" and "Bates Motel" almost right on top of each other. I was flying to Pittsburgh, then flying to Vancouver, then flying back to Pittsburgh, and then driving from Vancouver back down to Los Angeles. It's a very welcome rest for me.

AXS: What type of bike do you own, and how often do you get the chance to ride?
RH: Unfortunately I sold my bike about a little under a year ago because I was spending so much time in Pittsburgh, and I didn't ship it out there. The bike I still tootle around on is a friend of mine's. It's a 2013 Dyna, and it's very much like one of the ones I rode on "Sons of Anarchy." It's sort of a very slimmed down kind of bike that I like throwing around.

AXS: Do you have any social causes close to your heart?

RH: Without a real one charity, in particular, anything regarding animal welfare is as close to my heart as it can be. I really believe that, especially dogs, that there's been sort of a co-evolution with humans and dogs. We've sort of made our way around this rock hurtling through space, and I think it's a very unique relationship that dogs have with people. I’ve been becoming a professional dog trainer; a compassionate dog trainer, for the last four or five years. That's really kind of what I've pledged myself towards; is the connection between animals and humans. That along with Kundalini Yoga are really things that have sort of transformed my entire life.
Come meet Ryan Hurst and more at Denver Comic Con this weekend. Tickets are still on sale at AXS.COM