Steven Krueger is the versatile actor who first discovered fame by showing in “Fairly Little Liars” and “Two and a Half Males” earlier than bagging the memorable function of “Josh Rosza” on “The Originals.”
Now, as “Ben Scott” in “Yellowjackets,” Krueger performs the assistant coach to the younger ladies’s soccer workforce, however tells Muscle & Health that constructing his physique as much as the purpose that he’s plausible as a sports activities coach has not been simple. Thankfully, having performed tennis severely in his youth, Krueger has a aggressive spirit that also influences him to at the present time.
So, forward of the extremely anticipated return of “Yellowjackets” (Showtime, March 26), we sat down with the star to search out out extra.
“I began enjoying tennis once I was 4 years outdated,” says Krueger. “I performed all through highschool and began to get very aggressive with it. The issue with me, rising up, is that I used to be the identical peak as I’m now. I used to be 6’ 1” and weighed round 140 kilos so I used to be a twig. All the standard sports activities that you just consider; soccer, baseball, and even basketball, I used to be simply too small to play them and acquired pushed round so much. Soccer and tennis have been the sports activities that I naturally veered in the direction of.”
Whereas scholarship presents for Steven Krueger to play tennis at school turned a actuality, a love of appearing had developed and stolen his coronary heart, and so the will was not there to chase Division I play. Nonetheless, the aggressive spirit developed by tennis has been of nice worth to a profession in theatrics. Beginning with a want to fill out that six-feet-plus body. “I grew up in Florida with a bunch of fellows that have been hitting the gymnasium,” he says. “The summer time after my first yr of faculty, I felt bored with being this skinny, tall, gangly child, primarily. So, that complete summer time I made a really concerted effort to placed on as a lot weight as I might.”
Steven Krueger Is Targeted on Being Display screen Prepared
As a tough gainer, Krueger says that he was consuming upward of 6,000 energy every day to fuel weightlifting sessions. “I completed my purpose,” he shares. “I placed on about 30 kilos that one summer time. I crammed out.” However even immediately, the actor says that he finds chopping weight to be simpler than gaining it. “I nonetheless suppose, if the chance arose to do a superhero film, or one thing like that, I might work with a coach and I’d be capable of get there, and I’ve accomplished that a few occasions in my profession.”
Whereas Krueger not trains his physique primarily to be match prepared, he’s at all times targeted on being display screen prepared. “I believe actors exist in solely two states so far as physicality and health goes,” he shares. “I’m both in ‘character form’ or ‘Steven form.’ Yellowjackets is definitely an important instance as a result of earlier than we began Season 1, I used to be engaged on one other present on the time (“Roswell, New Mexico”). I play a former faculty soccer participant (in “Yellowjackets”), and that nineties look is possibly a bit of bulkier, and so I made a concerted effort to placed on round 12 kilos or so earlier than we began filming as a result of I actually wished to have that look.”
In “Yellowjackets” the soccer workforce, employees and coaches are compelled to try to survive within the woods following a aircraft crash, and so Krueger understood that by beginning out the season carrying a bit of extra bulk, he would be capable of shed extra pounds because the present progressed, serving to to current the phantasm that he was ravenous within the woods. Krueger says that when taking over new initiatives, there’s typically little or no discover or time to arrange, so he likes to remain in form the entire time, in order that he will be able to shoot at a months’ discover.
For “Yellowjackets” Season 2, Krueger dropped round 12 kilos with a purpose to preserve the viewers’s perception that he was going with out meals within the woods. “I do suppose its an necessary a part of being an actor,” says the star. “Physicality is so necessary in terms of embodying enjoying a personality, so I believe something that you are able to do to assist your self really feel just like the character, the higher your efficiency goes to be.”
Steven Krueger has Competitiveness in His DNA
There’s little question that Steven Krueger approaches his scenes with the identical gusto that he did with sports activities. “I believe any athlete, rising up, there may be that pure aggressive nature,” he shares. “I competed in loads of stuff once I was youthful. I even competed in debate tournaments. I believe competitiveness has at all times been in my DNA. I believe that appearing in all probability has changed sports activities, in a sure means. That is an extremely aggressive trade.”
In “Yellowjackets,” Krueger has extra to concern himself with than simply his weight. He additionally needed to face a brand new appearing problem as a result of early within the present, his character loses a leg as a result of aforementioned aircraft crash. “They didn’t inform me that, till after we had filmed the pilot episode,” shares Krueger. “It truly occurs in episode two. I panicked a bit of bit, actually, as a result of I had by no means accomplished something like that and there’s two parts to it. There’s the bodily ingredient and it’s important to cope with the entire ache and how you can transfer and how you can perform and naturally [in real life] I nonetheless have the leg, so what do I’ve to do with it to make it seem like I don’t have a leg?” he notes. “Then after all, there’s the psychological parts as properly, that include a traumatic harm like that, so I spent a number of months researching and speaking to folks and studying as a lot as I presumably might.”
With unpredictable filming schedules, Krueger needs to be versatile about the place and when he trains. “In any given week, I’ll do yoga a few times per week, I’ll do some interval coaching just a few occasions in the course of the week, I’ll do a few biking courses, go for a run, or I could get on a treadmill and set it to the very best incline. Continuously maintaining the physique guessing is so good for it,” says the actor.
Along with his gymnasium work, the place Krueger additionally likes to undertake conventional workout routines such because the bench press and squat, he’s additionally an enormous advocate of getting outdoors. The busy actor finds that nature offers him with the stability he must put the depth of working in Hollywood again into its correct context. He’s additionally developed a love of pickleball. “Now, honesty, I play much more pickleball than I do tennis,” shares Krueger. “I nonetheless choose up the tennis racket from time to time however I’m a lot extra into pickleball as a result of it’s simply simpler on the physique. It’s a smaller courtroom, you don’t need to run fairly as a lot. Pickleball is great, you’ll be able to just about play with anyone.”