The Rules of Attraction
“I feel like I’m just doing a job. It's amazing to think that you affect other peoples’ lives on such a grand scale. I’m so thankful for that, and I’m so lucky. It’s hard to stop and think that people are interested in me.” Kip Pardue
Atlanta-born model and actor Kip Pardue became famous after portraying Victor Johnson in Roger Avary’s edgy version of Brett Easton Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction (2002). He was garnered with a 2002 Young Hollywood Award. He is also well-remembered for playing high school football player Ronnie ‘Sunshine’ Bass in the Danzel Washington box office smash hit Remember the Titans (2000) and a young racecar driver, opposite Sylvester Stallone, in the box office hit Driven (2001).
Pardue fans can watch him in the recent and forthcoming The Iris Effect (2004), Imaginary Heroes (2004), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), the drama Loggerheads (2005), Laura Smiles (2005), Undiscovered (2005), the comedy Chasing Fate (2005), Farewell Bender (2005), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2005), Glamorama (2005) and Philippe Caland’s drama Ripple Effect (2006).
Childhood and Family:
“No one ever taught me how to shave; no one ever sat down to watch a Braves game with me. I paid for Yale myself. I lived by myself. I taught myself how to play the guitar. I did this all on my own.” Kip Pardue on growing up in a single-parent household
Born Kevin Ian Pardue, on September 23, 1976, Kip Pardue had to deal with the divorce of his parents at a young age. After the breakup, 11-year-old Kip was left in the custody of his single mom and hasn’t seen his dad since. As a child, he enjoyed football and baseball.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Kip was educated at Dunwoody High School and graduated in 1994. He attended Yale University, the prestigious Ivy League School, where he continued to play football until his senior year. In 1998, Kip earned a degree in Economics and subsequently moved west to model. By 1999, Kip had added acting to his endeavors.
A big fan of Radio head, Remy Zero, Wilco, Son Volt and Badly Drawn Boy, Kip enjoys surfing, as well as practicing ashtanga yoga. He also plays the guitar.
Before acting, Kip Pardue received his first taste of showbiz as a model. Upon receiving a degree in Economics, he made his way west and enjoyed triumph as a clothing model for such top fashion names as Armani, Ambercrombie & Fitch, Polo, and Ralph Lauren. Soon afterward, he broke into acting with a guest starring role in the long-running series “7th Heaven” (1999) and was cast as Josh Ford in the WB pilot “Popular” (1999), but was replaced by another actor when the show became a series. The same year, Pardue portrayed a young gay man enduring “treatment” at a rehabilitation camp in the racy independent flick But I’m a Cheerleader, starring Natasha Lyonne.
Two film projects knocked on his door in the new millennium. Pardue was first featured as Harris in Whatever It Takes (2000). His big break quickly arrived when director Boaz Yakin cast him in the supporting role of high school football player Ronnie ‘Sunshine’ Bass in his sport-themed Remember the Titans (2000). Starring Denzel Washington, the film received huge commercial success.
Pardue’s career began to take flight. He costarred opposite Robert Forster and Rose McGowan in the independent comedy/drama Strange Hearts (2001) and again gained blockbuster exposure with the Renny Harlin-directed Driven (2001). In the action movie, Kip starred as Sylvester Stallone’s Indy racing protégé Jimmy Bly. After the victory, Pardue was named one of Armani Exchange’s “Top 10 Upcoming Actors” and was listed as one of Variety’s “10 to Watch” for that year.
Pardue further increased his popularity in the following year. After rejoining McGowan for the offbeat comedy Vacuums (2002), the young actor starred as Victor Johnson in writer-director Roger Avary’s jittery adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction (2002). Also in 2002, Pardue nabbed a Young Hollywood for New Style Maker – Male.
From 2003-2004, Pardue put six motion pictures under his belt. He first played Luke, alongside Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, in Catherine Hardwicke’s critically acclaimed drama Thirteen (2003), then was cast as Mitch in Devil’s Pond (2003). After This Girl’s Life (2003), he portrayed Paul Bergamo in The Iris Effect (2004) and Matt Travis in Imaginary Heroes (2004). Pardue also appeared as Luther in the Asia Argento-directed biography The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004).
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Kip Pardue kept busy with film work in 2005. He played the role of Mark in Tim Kirkman’s drama Loggerheads (2005, starring Tess Harper and Bonnie Hunt), starred opposite Ted Hartley and Petra Wright, in the drama Laura Smiles (2005) and found himself acting with Pell James and Steven Strait in the comedy/romance Undiscovered (2005). Pardue will soon costar with Jordana Brewster in director Nigel Dick’s comedy Chasing Fate (2005). He is also scheduled to play characters in the upcoming drama Farewell Bender (2005, stars with Eddie Kaye Thomas and Josh Cooke), the Kelly Masterson-scripted thriller Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2005, starring Patricia Arquette and Sean Astin), Roger Avary’s screen version Glamorama (2005) and the drama Ripple Effect (2006, helmed by Philippe Caland).
- Young Hollywood: New Style Maker – Male, 2002