Written by Arden Cho

We got to #spendtime with Lincoln Younes

June 22 2019

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They say you’re the five people you spend the most time with and it’s no wonder that this guy is just as awesome as the person I met him through. I got to meet Lincoln through one of our mutual friends, plus past Leonard & Church blog interviewee, John Harlan Kim. Lincoln had the warmest smile that went from cheek to cheek. He has the type of presence that makes anyone feel like they’ve known him and have been friends with him for years. He’s an Australian actor with a genuinely kind heart; incredibly down to earth, humble and hard working. It’s no surprise his career is on the rise and moving fast. We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover but the face matches the heart! His good looks are rooted from the soul. I loved getting to spend time with my new friend from Australia and am excited to introduce him to you all!

How long have you been in LA?
Officially 1 year now but I've been back and forth for a while. I booked a series called Grand Hotel so that brought me out to Los Angeles. I auditioned from Australia, booked the pilot off a tape and flew to Miami to film and now we’re shooting the series in LA! 

Did you always think you'd become an actor?
Honestly, acting was the last thing I thought I would do because I was so shy growing up, I was initially going to be a professional soccer player. When I was a teenager I didn’t really talk much but an opportunity arose to perform Peter Pan in Japan for 2 weeks and I really wanted to visit there so I lied my way in, went to Tokyo and inevitably fell in love with acting. 

What do you love about acting? 
When I was younger I wanted to be everything, do every career and experience as much as possible. I love people. I love what drives people and acting is an incredible way to experience many lives in one lifetime - To intensely explore the minds of different people from different walks of life. 

What do you want to share with the world?
Openness and kindness are your biggest strengths. I always gravitate towards kindness. I find that to be the most attractive quality in a person and my goal is always to expand or enhance that. Tapping into vulnerability permits honest communication and allows deeper connections with people... The more open you are, the more it allows others to be open with you.

How do you spend time?
I think it’s changed a lot this year for me. Regardless of what I was doing for work or where I was, I was always spending time with colleagues and friends. I constantly filled my time with as much as possible. Recently though, my views on time have changed - it's your most valuable currency and you need to be discerning with how you spend it. There is a selfishness with it that is necessary because putting time into yourself allows you more capacity and energy to help others. You don’t want to get burnt out, so if you don't make time for yourself to recharge and grow you'll have nothing to offer those around you. It's always a tricky balance, but you must make time for yourself. 

What's something you'd like to do in the future? 
Performing poetry I've written. It’s something I fear and the last two years I’ve been trying to explore the things that scare me. I think that pursuit of the uncomfortable is necessary for true growth.

What do you do to relax?
I love lying on the floor with music playing and imagining. I'll put my rock salt lamp on and lie on the floor and just exist. It's one of the only times my mind isn't in overdrive.

What do you consider your style?
Hopefully constantly improving. I'm still finding my style.

Do you like accessories?
I like bracelets and watches. I also love rings. I’m not good at buying things for myself so when I do, it needs to be something I really like. I like accessories from when I travel because they are connected with a memory and an experience. I got a ring from my brother for my 21st birthday and I will always wear it for important auditions or meetings because it helps ground me. 

I genuinely love Leonard & Church because of it's stylish simplicity, I love simple eloquent things, that still carry a rugged masculinity.

Any advice you'd like to share? 
Explore what scares you because that's where the most growth happens. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t done those things.

Watch Lincoln on Grand Hotel Monday nights on ABC 10/9c

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