When he was a little boy, Thomas Rhett and his sister were the stars of the show as their father, Rhett Akins, followed them around the house with a movie camera. It’s now fitting that the “Star of the Show” singer feels comfortable performing in front of a camera.
“My dad has always run around with a video camera filming me and my sister—just come up with dumb skits and pretending I’m James Bond and run around the house in a suit,” said TR. “And I’ve always loved being in front of the camera. And so, yeah, I think a dream for any artist would be to host a CMA or an ACM or award show and to get to have that host that you really mesh with and just become iconic kind of like Vince and Reba. You know, we go back and watch those clips and it’s like God, they had such chemistry. So I think that would be a dream for me.”
If TR’s videos are any indication of his on-camera work, he’s already a natural. When his successful music career isn’t taking up every bit of his time, the big screen may be where the Tennessee native tries his luck, following in the movie-making footsteps of Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton and Trace Adkins, to name a few.
“Acting would be great. I think that would be a really cool thing to dive into,” he adds. “I know it’s one of the hardest jobs on the planet but it would be a lot of fun to give it a shot.”
For the time being, the cameras will have to wait as TR is busy putting out hit singles like “Die a Happy Man” and “The Star of the Show,” and is kicking of his first headlining tour, The Home Team Tour, with openers Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson, on Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Mich.
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