Travis Fimmel was raised on a 5500-acre farm located in Australia between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of 17 his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, morning and night-something he continues to relish on his trips back home. After high school, higher education called and he was accepted to Melbourne University. It was not long until his intense curiosity led him to begin his global adventures. While bar-tending in London, giving away almost as much beer as he sold, he met his would-be manager, David Seltzer. David saw a spark in Travis and suggested he move to the United States to become an actor and nurture his talent. Easily enticed by the arts, it was not long before Travis made the move to Los Angeles, and within a week began studying with renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. The teaching veteran, in addition to Travis, has mentored Jake Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron. Years of struggling and hard work continue to pay off and Travis has chalked up starring roles in several projects including Rocky Point (with Lauren Holly), Southern Comfort (with Madeleine Stowe and Eric Roberts), Restraint (with True Blood's Stephen Moyer), Ivory (with Martin Landau and Peter Stomare), Surfer Dude (with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson), and AE's The Beast (with Patrick Swayze). Production has taken Travis all over the world but, between roles, he travels back to his family's farm as much as possible. Travis is quick to point out that it is his love for Australian Rules (AKA "No" Rules) Football, the countryside, his two older brothers, and a hard working lifestyle that keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Celebrity Loop
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Hi reddit, looking forward to chatting with you again. You may know me as Ragnar on Vikings, which comes back tonight on History. I’ll be back here at 11AM to start answering.
Edit: Let's get this started. http://imgur.com/UMDWWIM
Edit #2: Thanks so much for having me and thanks for your questions. Lagertha gets naked on tonight's episode.
You're my favorite drummer ever! Does Blink-182 have any plans for a new album in the near future?
We're coming out with a new album and I'm so exited. I've got a new tattoo on my neck, can't wait for people to see it.
Hi Travis! Great work on the show, you're awesome. If you were a Viking in real life, what is the first thing you would pillage?
Travis! Trying my best to get my halloween costume to look like you (this was last year): http://imgur.com/mJptfty Got any tips for me?
Looks great. Needs more dirt.
Hi Travis. Looking forward to season 4. Would Ragnar rather spend a Valentine's Day with Athelstan or with Lagertha?
Probably a day with Athelstan and night with Lagertha.
Hello Travis! There are many Vikings fans that sense a subtext in the relationship between Athelstan and Ragnar, in that is was oftentimes implied that it could have been more than just platonic. Was this intentional on the part of Hirst, and could it have played a part (even minutely) in Athelstan’s character being written out? What’s your take on the whole thing?
We had an off-screen moment...
Travis, thank you so much for bringing Ragnar to life, I can't imagine anyone else playing this character.
Who was your favorite character this year?
Can you talk about some on set pranks?
How sad are you that the Athelstan/Lagertha/Ragnar sandwich never happened?
Athelstan is my favorite character...he's dead though.
I can't tell you how hard I'm fan-girling today. I'm very excited for the start of Season 4 tonight. My question has two parts:
1) What is your favorite and least favorite thing about playing Ragnar?
2)How can I become one of your shield-maidens?
It's all been great experience getting to know everyone.
Firstly thank you for doing this AMA. Is there anything you wished could be part of Vikings? Be it a scene that got cut, a area you'd love to shoot in, something story wise or what ever.
I wish we could have invaded Australia.
What's some behind the scenes information that fans of the show might not know?
Alex kissed Katheryn... they had a thing.
Great show, love it, wife loves it, and thanks for doing the AMA.
So, now that that is out of the way, what is your favorite creature comfort when you guys are out shooting?
Soup. Just get some soup. Hot soup.
Any chance Ragnar will meet Athelstans son Alfred?
Hey- big fan of the show since s1, and I have to ask have you stolen any props from set? Or been given any?
I stole Athelstan's cross... and then i caught.
Hey! Just want to say first that I LOVE Vikings! Best show ever, and you are such a talented actor! I was wondering in what ways are you similar/different to your character of Ragnar? Also what are some of your favorite scenes to film?! Thanks! :)
My favorite scenes were whenever we were shooting outside. Ireland is such a beautiful country.
I'm really interested, if you could bring any 21st century item back in time for Ragnar to use, what would it be and how would you use it?
A tractor and porn.
How was it to film season 4 without George?
Hi, been a fan of the show since the beginning... how did you prepare for your role in Vikings?
I shower. Shave my head.
What is your best memory from working on Vikings?
The Irish people.
Travis - Big fan of Vikings and looking forward to the Warcraft film! Both sad and excited to see you leave Vikings because I know they'll make your departure epic! Questions: Who is the most fun to be around on the Vikings set? How do you manage to stay is such great shape? Did you play much of the Warcraft video games? Keep up the great work and best of luck in the future!
The whole crew is great to be around on set. And the weather keeps me looking in shape.
What breed of dairy cattle do you raise, and can you tweet some pics of you with cute calves sometime? #betterthanlambs
Black and white ones.
Hi Travis. Thank you for answering our questions! Huge fan of Vikings and looking forward to Warcraft.
Q: Are there any similarities between playing Ragnar and Anduin?
They've got the same teeth.
Do you miss George Blagden? Have you watched any of Versailles? He really does a great job! His character has sex with so many different women it’s impossible to keep track of them all. He also has a faaaaabulous scene wearing guyliner, Beyonce hair, and tights with a golden tutu.
I do miss him, but have not seen the show.
Will we see any baby goats this season?
No, we ate them.
Which Ragnar beard was your favourite? Season 3 was mine....the bigger the better!
I agree, season 3.
Would Ragnar rather farm or fight?
What is love?
What was your first reaction to playing a viking in a TV show?
It's good to have a job.
What is the best pet in the world?
Hi Travis. Love you! Question: Do you would like be a real viking? With all batlle and blood and death?
No I wouldn't last very long. I'd last one fight and then be dead.
What is that # in your pic? http://imgur.com/UMDWWIM
It means "Everybody is well" in Jakanta.
Have you learned anything about Norse Mythology/Culture that you think are really cool, during the series?
I love how adventurous myths are.
Hi - I'm totally snake-phobic: so much so I could hardly watch the trailer for this season. Any tips on how to make it through watching Season 4?!
A big thank you - was given a box set of Vikings to watch after major surgery last year. Laid up in bed for weeks and couldn't even play with my wee boy. Vikings really cheered me up. If I'd known you guys were down the road (I'm up N Ireland) before 2015, I'd have come by to try to get some selfies...
Go and play with your son during the snake bits.
hey travis, and show you're currently watching that you're obsessed with?
Still watching Sopranos.
Hello Travis, first off, my girlfriend and I are big Vikings fans. My girlfriend is an especially huge fan of you,
and points out at a regular basis how much you are better-looking than me, but it's fair, I mean even I have a small man-crush.
She would like to know if you have a favourite dog breed, and if you like Border Collies specifically?
Whatever ones don't poop on my lawn.
Hi Travis, If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? What's your favourite movie and book? Do you really like vegemite? kisses from Poland :***
I like the kisses better.
Hi Travis! I'm super excited for the start of Season 4 tonight! I'm making a pot of soup, drinking my favorite wine, my hubby will build a fire and we'll cuddle on the couch to watch...perfect night at home! What's your perfect night at home?
You had me at soup.
Hey Travis! I love your show and I'm excited about Warcraft! Thanks for doing this AMA.
What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I like the one with 3 flavors. Old school, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla.
Favourite childhood show of all time?
Huge fan of the show Travis!
What was your favorite season of Vikings?
This upcoming season is my favorite.
I actually know you from Tarzan!
How weird/cool is it to have people "know" you, people you've never met before?
G'day my fellow country Victorian! I'm wondering if you are still interested in making Aussie films/tv? And if you could work with any Aussie who would it be and why?
I'd love to work with Ben Mendelsohn.
You are well known for your pranks. What is the best prank someone has pulled on you?
Alex pulled my chair out from under me at Comic Con last year...
Hey Travis! I always like to know what an actors favorite movie is. Besides your own, what is 1 movie you can never get tired of watching???
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Hi Travis! Huge fan of your work in Vikings and looking forward to seeing you in Warcraft come summer!
My questions is: Based on what you've learned in your time as Ragnar, how well do you think you'd do if you suddenly had to live the rest of your life as a viking in the viking era?
Much love from a Norwegian Warcraft player
I wouldn't last very long. I'd die in the cold.
If you couldn't die of old age and had to travel back in time, what time period would to go to?
American frontier. Cowboys. The Wild West.
Hi Travis, love the show. You are an outstanding actor. What drew you to the role and what is your favorite thing about Ragnar?
Just a great script by Michael Hirst.
Hi Travis! Love the Vikings show, it takes place right in my backyard and kind of feels like a exciting history lesson sometimes aswell. How are you today?
Very good, thanks!
Hi Travis, You've mentioned enjoying the horses and other animals on set. Do you have any horses on your farm back in Australia?
No, I have on in America though.
Are your eyes truly that blue!?
No, I wear lenses. Kidding.
Are you tired of eating chicken yet?
A long time ago. About episode 2 of season 1.
Huge fan Travis! Did you enjoy your cookies today?
Yep! Can't go wrong with a cookie.
Can I ask you, have you ever been in the Czech Republic? ...
Yeah. It was great.
We almost have the same reddit birthday (day we made accounts here). Mine was yesterday, yours is today!
What is one core moral philosophy that you feel is important for every person to have?
Everyone should have a love for rabbits.
Hi Travis, If you were us, what question would you ask yourself?
"What's it like having a beard?"
How did you get into Harodim, is that out of your own interest ?
I needed a job.
What is your best childhood memory? What were you like as a kid?
I was outdoors always. That was the best.
Hey Travis! Where is your favorite place in the world to visit, besides home? And, where would you like to visit that you haven't been yet?
Anywhere sunny, would love to go to Brazil.
So, Travis, chocolate or pizza? 😶 What's your most favorite dish?🍩
They're both good... but chocolate. But I love steak and veggies.
What book is your favorite?
What was it like working with Clive Standen?
Great, I love working with him.
Do you think your son Ivar the Boneless will have the chance to walk one day ? Great show btw !
Favorite place to go camping?
The Murray River.
I saw you a couple of times when you were home over the holidays but was too shy to come and say hi. Where's your favourite place to holiday?
I just like to be home.
Hi Travis, you seem bored hehehe..But I want to ask you if you prefer movies or television..would you do another television series?
Have an awesome day!
TV because you can watch it at home.
Okay two questions:
1]If you were in ragnar's place, as Travis, would you forgive rollo for the second time for betraying you?
2] who would you (kill, fuck, marry) from the characters of the show?
Anyways I love you and ur acting. Hope you'll have a wonderful year full of success ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
No. I don't care if he betrays me or not. I'm going to try to punch him in the face.
Hi Travis how do you like Ireland?
I love it.
Hi King.. I mean Travis.. Love your work.. What are some things you and some of the other cast like to do when you are in Ireland and not filming? Also how was it filming more than 10 episodes this season?
I like to go fishing.
What is your favorite music band?