Matthew, the son of former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer and his wife Sissi, is a native of Spring, Texas and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he worked on stage and landed a brief stint…more
Bomer was on the cover art of the young adult novel Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Matt was at an audition on the 53rd floor of a high-rise at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue in New York during 9/11. He actually saw one of the planes crash into one of the World Trade Center towers.
For his role on Traveler, Matt underwent a lot of physical and text preparation including viewing films such as Three Days of Condor and The Fugitive. He also trained under professional rollerbladers in New York.
Prior to acting in soap operas, Matthew was working as a bellman in Hudson hotel in New York. He lost his job after 9/11 when people were not coming to New York anymore.
Matthew planned on pursuing broadcast journalism if his acting career did not pan out.
Matthew's favorite city is New York. His next favorite city is Vancouver.
Matthew portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Villa America in July 2007. His other stage appearances are A Gingerbread House, Spring Awakening, Romeo and Juliet, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and A Streetcar Named Desire .
He got his acting start at Houston's Alley Theater.
His father is former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer and his mother's name is Sissi. He has a brother named Neill and a sister named Megan.
His height is 5'11½" (1.82 m). He has brown hair.
Matthew was director Brett Ratner's running favorite choice to play Clark Kent in the remake of Superman. When Ratner left the project, Bryan Singer signed on the film and it became a sequel instead, Superman Returns, Bomer auditioned for the role of Superman for Singer but Brandon Routh was cast instead.
He graduated from Klein High School class of 1996 in Spring, Texas.
Matt: It's interesting to do a prequel to a horror movie because a lot of times what horrifies you so much about a movie is the unknown.
Matt: As an actor, when you walk onto a set, you're always working with different actors with different processes, and I kind of respect them all. And if they make the movie better, and if they help you out as an actor, then I have no problem with it.
Matt: (seeing himself come 2017) I see myself working, making a living and doing projects that I'm passionate about, regardless of the medium.
Matt (recalling his New York experience during 9/11): I didn't know what was going on and obviously was very upset - the building I was in could be next. All I could think of was to get to the ground floor as soon as possible and get back to my shoddy little apartment in midtown Manhattan.
Matt: As an actor you got to just kind of realize what you are and what you aren't in control of. When it comes to TV, you're in control of showing up to work on time, doing the best work that you can, and you got to trust that the people, the higher ups or whatever, know what they're doing. And know when the best time to put the show on.
Matt (on choosing between film and TV and theater): I'm not really biased towards any medium, you know. What's important to me...obviously, you have to do some job to help you pay the bills. What's important to me is that they continue to work on projects that kind of challenge artists and hopefully affect people in a positive way.
Matt (on leaving "Guiding Light") I can honestly say that I gave 110 percent every day at work, and that's a very fulfilling and comforting mindset to leave with. I think that we all understood that it was time for me to move on, and I'm grateful they let me do it in such a fun way.
Matt (comparing himself to his "Traveler" character): I think the similarities are that they're both optimistic and we both want to believe the best in everybody. In the beginning of the show, Jay really believes in the establishment to effect change - the establishment being the government. At the end of the day, I think I'm a pretty optimistic person.
Matt (on what he learned from working on soaps): Making choices quickly. What a lot of people don't realize is that on soaps, you only get one take to do it right.
Matt (on his early years as an actor): New York was my first stop after school because I thought Los Angeles would be too much of culture shock.
Matt (on deciding to become an actor): I think I made the conscious decision to go for it my senior year in high school. The acting program I went to was like really, really comprehensive. It was about sixty hours a week of really, really hard work. So you found out really, really quick, if acting was something you really wanted to do for the rest of your life or not.
Matt (on working in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"): [Laughs] I'm from Texas originally, and I've always wanted to be in a horror movie, so I've gotten both of my wishes with this project. It would be an honor to get dismembered by a chainsaw. I'd be part of Texas folklore.
Matt (on working with R. Lee Ermey): R. Lee's great. I've learned a lot from working with him. He's a tremendous actor, and he brings so much to the character and so much to the set. And we're very fortunate, 'cause he's one of those guys who actually, when he comes to the set in the morning, he just wants to make the scene the best it can possibly be, and he figures all that stuff out. And those are my favorite kind of people to work with. I've really enjoyed it. He's thoroughly entertaining and really does different stuff every take, and just really embodies the character.
Matt (on auditioning for his role on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"): I'm a New York actor, so I heard about the project, and I put myself on tape twice from New York. And they said they were interested in me, so I flew myself out to L.A. to test for it with Michael Bay. And a great thing about this movie, and another way I think it's unique, is that there is more exposition. You really get to know the protagonists of this movie a lot more in the beginning, and hopefully invest in them somehow so that when bad things do happen to them, you really care. And I think that Michael Bay just wanted to make sure - there wasn't a lot of screaming and yelling. I think they could figure out from the scenes whether or not you could pull that off. I think he wanted to just see more of whether or not I understood the character's duality - how he could be a nice guy with his girlfriend, but how ultimately he is this military guy who has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.
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