Step aside, Kevin Bacon. Kenny Wormald is about to reinvent what the world thinks of when they hear the word “Footloose.” Well, actually Wormald just wants to make sure he doesn’t dishonor Bacon, who first inhabited the role of Ren MacCormack in the original 1984 film. The 26-year-old Boston native was excited to take on the role for its 2011 reboot, but is holding his breath for the film’s release.
“Now that I’ve completed the film and I’ve seen it, the pressure is more on whether the world is going to accept me as that character,” Wormald says. “I was a huge fan of the original, and I knew how close to the heart people held this film. You just want to do good for them and do good by Kevin [Bacon].”
Since Wormald is relatively new on the Hollywood scene, we asked the former dancer for Justin Timberlake a few random questions in order to get to know him better.
1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“You’ve got two ears and one mouth. You should listen twice as much as you talk.” Marc Anthony told me that when I was dancing for J. Lo.
2. Did Justin Timberlake ever give you good advice?
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No, he never told me what to do but he showed me through action, how to handle being a megastar ... just being a humble dude, keeping your family close and saying thank you to everyone. He is literally loved by everyone around him. That is something I strive for, and I believe that will help you stick around in this business for a long time.
3. If you had to eat at one fast-food chain for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
In-and-Out Burger is kind of my go-to. It would suck for your whole life because it’s only burgers but that being said, you don’t feel that bad because it’s good quality meat.
4. What reality show do you not usually admit to watching?
“Project Runway.”?Reality TV is kinda stupid for the most part, but they’re actually talented.
5. At a party you’ll find me …
Making the best playlist possible because usually when I go to my friend’s house, the music sucks, and I’m immediately trying to get on his iTunes to fix the vibe.