When asked about his acting influences, Reaves ticked off the usual panoply of old-school influences (Nicholson, Pacino, De Niro), new-school influences (Edward Norton) and even a few movie stars (Michael J. Fox, Bruce Willis).
College at Southeastern Louisiana University "didn't really work out," so Reaves moved to New York.
Reaves, who plays Tru's wastrel brother Harrison, landed the role after auditioning for eight or nine new series during the spring "pilot season."
Is a fan of movie posters, currently "The Breakfast Club", "Stand By Me", "Fight Club" and "The Shining" are allegedly hanging in his apartment.
Chinese sign is Snake.
Zodiac sign is Aquarius.
He is 5'9''.
Eyes are green.
Hair is Sandy Blonde.
Is said to like Star Wars ...
Has a smashing set of parents who are very involved in what he does, very supportive, and he is very close with them and his siblings.
Has a penchant for wearing articles of clothing with other peoples names stitched on them. He loves vintage clothing - Motley Crue and various High School shirts.
Is ambidextrous, he was taught to use his right hand for writing but favours his left. He also can play the guitar with the right or the left hand.
Is a compulsive smoker.
Wears a sort of Chinese pendant which means 'Cock'....
Shawn: "Well I just didn't really want anything spiritual so I thought 'f*** it,' and got cock."
Likes the English band Oasis.
Enjoys horseback riding and hanging out at beaches at night where he can appreciate the solitude and the sound of the surf.
One of his favorite books is A Separate Peace by John Knowles.
Favourite movies : "Anything Jack (Nicholson) or (Marlon) Brando are in, State of Grace, The Breakfast Club, Stand By Me, Fight Club and Raising Arizona." (Reference: interview for the Jezebel magazine.) Other movies he is rumoured to enjoy are "Back to the Future", "Children of the Corn", "The 'burbs", and "Ghostbusters".
Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and worked with acting coach Harold Guskin, who's also helped hone the skills of Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini and Steve Martin, among others.
Shawn: I've always been a real fan of movies, and found out that there wasn't anything I could really do in life, so I just said, 'I might as well pretend for a living.'
"I kind of bounced around from school to school," said Reaves, during a recent telephone interview from Vancouver, where his new show is filmed. "I tried to get as much training as possible from all different kinds of teachers and coaches."
What he thinks about fame: "It's weird," he said. "You train so much on learning how to act, but you don't train with how to deal with anything. "I don't think it's something you prepare for."
Acting for television "is different from work in other businesses, in that your job is, like, forever," he said.
"Working actors inspire me," said Reaves, adding that the teen-targeted movies of director John Hughes also had a significant influence.