10 Things to Know About Leven Rambin’s On-Screen Love Interest, Jonny Weston!

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If there’s anything we need more of in our lives right now, it’s hot shirtless surfers. Luckily for us, a new flick called Chasing Mavericks hits theaters Friday, October 26! Hollywood newcomer Jonny Weston will be depicting the true story of legendary surfer Jay Moriarity, who became famous for surfing Mavericks’ (Northern California’s epic surf spot) massive waves. His mentor, Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler), and his girlfriend, Kim (played by Hunger Games tribute Leven Rambin), serve as his support system throughout his journey. Unfortunately, Jay died the day before his 23rd birthday due to a diving accident and, ironically enough, the day before Jonny’s own 23rd birthday was when he first read the script for the film. Eerie.

Check out the trailer below and find out how Jonny got into acting, the scary details of his motorcycle accident and what kind of training he had to go through for the movie!

1. Jonny Weston grew up surfing on the South Carolina coast at a place called Folly Beach.


2. When he first learned to surf at 11 years old, he hated it. Now? He’s actually surfed the real-life Mavericks in Northern Cali. We’re talking 30+ foot waves, people.


3. After turning 18, he headed for the West Coast to attend the University of Southern California. He picked up a theater class there and fell in love with acting. He even quit school to pursue it further!


4. He was in a pretty bad motorcycle accident after going too fast down a street. “I was trying to gun it as fast as I could and I was checking the gauges, and I looked up and a parked car was speeding at me at 70 miles per hour. I hit the back brakes because I’m used to dirt biking, so the back skidded out sideways and I jumped off of it,” he shared during an interview with Nylon magazine. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously injured!


5. His favorite weird food combination? Peanut butter and Oreos. Umm, yum.

6. Jonny filmed this adorable commercial for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization with Gerard Bulter. Makes you want to do good, doesn’t it?

7. To prep for Chasing Mavericks, Jonny would surf for 12 hours a day and paddle for eight miles. That’s probably why he’s ripped!

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8. Jonny’s favorite scene to film for CM was a night surfing scene he did with Leven. “We went surfing at night and they basically shot these huge lights on the water. They cleared the spot. There were waves maybe a foot high, a foot over head. It was so peaceful,” he told moviefanatic.com.


9. He was on an episode of Disney XD’s Supah Ninjas as James. You can see him at the :40-second mark:

10. He originally tried to pursue his acting career in New York City, but he had a hard time finding work until a manager in California stumbled across his audition tape for a role he didn’t get. Fate!


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  • haley

    So does that mean jonny is dead

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  • Ilana

    my new fav surfer movie!!! use to be Blue Crush 2… or was it Riding Giants?? lol

  • Colette

    I love the movie chasing mavericks!! It is my favorite movie!! I love Johnny because he is a cute surfer ; who could go wrong with that!! OMG i love him! But I’m so sad about jay moriarty died in 2001 RIP ❤️

  • pscheck2

    I saw the movie almost by accident. I just got out of the shower and it was playing on my TV. I got in the part were ‘Frosty’ was just taking him under wing to teach him how to conquer the big ones. He (Jonny) indicates Jay had a dark side but does not give any info as to what it was? In any event this kid has a lot of charisma (and, of course, the body and looks) of a future star– that is, if he doesn’t make bad choices in his film career (like so many of them do).. The movie had high production values (those waves!) and the script, though smalzy, in.part, was top drawer. The leads, as well as the rest of the cast, did an above average job of acting.

  • Rick Tibben

    Thanks for doing the Big Brother/Big Sister spot. I am a Big Brother going on 42 years of being a Big. Thanks again for the support.

  • Michelle

    Hij is een echt een goede acteur hij is een super goede surfer en heeft prachtige groene ogen en zijn krulletjes zijn zo schattig en jah zijn boven lichaam is hemels hij is de beste acteur ever

  • Grace

    Loved the movie i cried at the end such an awesome movie

  • Bellas

    I always wanted to learn to surf. It looks really fun when you get it.

  • Brittany

    I live right next to folly beach. Intense! I remember seeing lots of people surfing. I was actually one of the surfers. It’s my passion

  • Auth

    He is being his natural self——–a hot sexy googures hunk of masculinity!! OH, that wonderful hair! I love the wet suit on him especially when he has the top part of it pulled down…OH, YUM, DROOL!! We will be seeing much of his enticing body in this? movie. Of course after all that splashing around out there in the ocean a nice hot kiss needs to follow. He’s having fun, laughing and enjoying! Another great movie, just because he’s in it.

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