“It was just the strangest thing I’ve ever done in my life, let alone my career, just to stand at a podium on set with a camera aimed at you with makeup on and a cast of actors sitting there, and I have to deliver this monologue,” Moore shares. “The only thing I needed to remember was to call him Neil and not Kristoff.”
Fast forward to 2018 and beyond, he has become the lead in the television series S.W.A.T.
“When I met the real men and women who work as Los Angeles S.W.A.T. law enforcement agents fighting for justice in life or death situations, they were all in ridiculous physical shape from always having to carry 40 to 60-pound heavy tactical gear,” Moore told Men’s Health.
“They are a specialized division and it’s a mandated organizational policy that each SWAT officer start their day with a workout, which must be at least one-hour minimum. They look like linebackers. So while I am an actor playing a role, I still wanted to look as authentic as possible, to physically have a presence.”
To get in shape for the demanding role, Moore, who does many of his own stunts, was put on a high-protein diet. He increased his food intake and altered his workout routine with his trainer, Jon Aranita with In Training.
“I gained 10 pounds. It changed my physique,” says Moore, who is 6’1” and 195 pounds. “I’m looking to gain more. It’s just hard with the schedule that we keep when we are working 12-16 hour days. Ideally, I would like to be 200-205 pounds, so I can add more muscle. For me, that’s a good weight in terms of flexibility, being able to move, be nimble and do all the action.”
Several years ago, Marilyn was essentially bedbound. Moore wondered if he would have to start looking into in-home nursing care for his mother and if this would continue for the rest of her life. This condition was…