13 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Lucas Black

1. Like his character on <i>NCIS: New Orleans</i>, Black is from Alabama.

1. 1. Like his character on NCIS: New Orleans, Black is from Alabama.

Lucas was born in Decatur, Alabama, but spent the majority of his childhood in a town called Speake. And, just like Christopher LaSalle, Lucas loves to flaunt his 'Bama pride. 
2. His father is his greatest mentor.

2. 2. His father is his greatest mentor.

Lucas credits much of his growth to his father’s guidance. As the child of hard-working parents—his mother is an office worker and his father works at a museum—Lucas learned the value of diligence at a young age. While he says his father is his primary role model, he also praised his father-in-law’s lifestyle and example. 
3. He played football in high school.

3. 3. He played football in high school.

When he wasn’t behind the camera, Lucas could be found throwing around the pigskin for the Speake Bobcats. 
4. He’s always dreamed of becoming a professional fisherman.

4. 4. He’s always dreamed of becoming a professional fisherman.

If you thought LaSalle was crazy about fishing, wait until you hear Lucas talk about it. He’s said that if he could have any other career, it would be fisherman. Makes sense, really. He’s got us hooked!
5. He loves playing golf.

5. 5. He loves playing golf.

After high school, Lucas traded in his football for golf clubs and started to hit the fairway. He currently competes around the country, and has said he sometimes dreams of making it to the professional level. He must be great, too, since he’s shown off his skills in film. Just don’t ask him about the time he golfed inside his house and wound up with a hole in the wall.  
6. Sorry, ladies. Lucas is taken.

6. 6. Sorry, ladies. Lucas is taken.

Lucas married Maggie O’Brien in 2010. As a lawyer, Maggie now handles all of Lucas’s contract negotiations. The couple have two children together: a daughter, Sophie Jo, and a son, Augusta “Gus” York. 
7. He once turned down a role because the director wanted him to drop his accent.

7. 7. He once turned down a role because the director wanted him to drop his accent.

You can take the man out of 'Bama, but good luck taking the 'Bama out of the man. Lucas’s persona is so wrapped up in his accent, it’s hard to imagine him speaking without it. Luckily for us, we probably won’t ever have to. 
8. He’s a man of faith.

8. 8. He’s a man of faith.

Lucas grew up in a religious household, and he’s carried his faith with him into adulthood. Every so often, he’ll share an inspiring quote on his Twitter page referencing his faith. 
9. You won’t find him apartment shopping in Hollywood.

9. 9. You won’t find him apartment shopping in Hollywood.

Lucas is proud of his country roots and has said that he can’t handle too much time in a big city. We suppose it’s a little harder to find places to fish in a sea of skyscrapers. 
10. He’s a fan of country music.

10. 10. He’s a fan of country music.

If there’s one thing aside from fishing and BBQ that the South does well, it’s knowing how to appreciate a good country song. Lucas can be found rocking out to his favorite artists in his free time. 
11. He loves his Roll Tide.

11. 11. He loves his Roll Tide.

Unlike LaSalle, Lucas never put on the Big Al costume for University of Alabama football games—but that doesn’t mean he’s not committed to the team. Lucas has never been shy about tweeting his Roll Tide pride. Fun fact: His wife is a big University of Missouri fan, and the two love to joke about their different allegiances. 
12. He’s quite the motivational speaker.

12. 12. He’s quite the motivational speaker.

Feeling down? Head on over to Lucas’s Twitter page, where you’ll find a slew of inspirational quotes. One of his recent posts reads: “I do not like the phrase ‘don’t judge me'. You are going to get judged. Let’s not give people a reason to judge us negatively.” 
13. He’s naturally talented.

13. 13. He’s naturally talented.

Lucas received his first movie role in 1994, when he was just 11 years old. With so many years in the field, it’s surprising to learn he’s never had any formal acting training. We guess some people really are just born with it!