Noah Hathaway, the Los Angeles born actor became a household name at the young age of six with his role as Boxey in the original 'Battlestar Galactica'. Yet by far he is best known for playing Atreyu in the classic film 'The Neverending Story'. Hands down one of the most genuine celebs to interview and amazingly easy to talk to. Interview took place at the GalaxyFest Convention this weekend, Feb 7-10. “We’re all the same people. I’m not better than anyone else. I just have a cool F***ing job,” Hathaway stated.
Q. You have been a part of many people’s favorite childhood memories with your roles in Battlestar Galactica and The Neverending Story. What is it like for you to meet your fans?
A. I wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for them. There are a lot of people who don’t realize what they have. A lot of people who are super narcissistic and you know what? I could be digging ditches in the cold, and fans are amazingly gracious and grateful. I love it. There’s just something about Neverending Story that just has this very fond place in people’s hearts that there aren’t very many movies made that are like that. I want people to meet me and think wow, that was the nicest, most down to earth person I’ve ever met. We’re all the same people. I’m not better than anyone else. I just have a cool f***ing job.
Q. What got you back in to acting?
A. I taught martial arts and I’m a tattoo artist. I was living in Amsterdam with my ex-wife and I got a Facebook message that said hey, we’re producing a movie (Sushi Girl) with Tony Todd, Mark Hamill and Sony Chiba and I thought wow, he’s the closest thing to Bruce Lee. I said hell yea! And I was on a plane at 1 am that morning. Packed one suitcase, brought my dogs, and I never went back to Europe. They say without big risks, there’s no big rewards. Now I’m working on writing and producing a couple of films.
Q. I just started my tattoo work when I turned 40 and I have 3. I want many more! Do you have a favorite tattoo and what is the meaning behind it?
A. I buried my best friend on ’96 and it’s my little memorial to him. My ex-wife did a bunch of them that mean a lot to me.
Q. I have a good friend named Mary who is a Jiu Jitsu fighter and I read somewhere that you trained and competed in boxing. How has training in MMA changed your world?
A. It’s changed everything. After Battlestar I was picked on at school and I started learning martial arts and nobody picked on me anymore. Martial arts gave me a sense of self and really gave me some focus. I’ve studied with the Shaolin Warrior Monks. On weekends I train with them, and during the week I train with my special forces buddies. I like to learn anything I can learn. I love what it does for kids. It changes people’s lives. I’m too old to roll around on the ground now away days so I have good takedown defense!
Q. I'm going to end with what's become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be? What song pumps you up and inspires you?
A. It’d have to be if I was walking in to a fight. I fall asleep in baseball. It would have to be something from Motorhead or the Johnny Cash remake of Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage.