Ben McKenzie Has Never Seen Titanic and Other Things You Didn’t Know About Him

Benjamin McKenzie
Benjamin McKenzie Gary Gershoff/WireImage

From The O.C. to Gotham! Benjamin McKenzie, 36, reveals all for Us.

1. McKenzie is actually my midle name. It was my grandmother’s maiden name on my dad’s side.

2. I thought I was going to be a lawyer before I became an actor. Whew. 

3. I have two younger brothers, Nate [34] and Zack [31].

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4. I can roll my tongue over itself, both horizontally and vertically. Sorry if that’s too much information.

5. I was literally a choir boy: All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin.

6. I read news, especially political news, obsessively.

7. I have never seen Titanic. No spoilers, please.

8. I’m a dog guy. Please adopt if you can.

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9. I am an enthusiastic, if terrible, dancer.

10. My favorite pie is pecan.

11. I am an avid University of Texas fan. Hook ’em horns!

12. I will eat any kind of food. The more exotic and spicy, the better.

13. I will listen to almost any kind of music. Hip-hop, country, folk, blues . . . I love just about everything.

14. I cry in movies a lot. Like, a disturbing amount.

15. I love to travel. Brazil is my current favorite destination.

16. If I am asked one more damn time if there will be an O.C. reunion, I will . . . smile politely and shrug.

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17. The quality I most admire in others is their ability to know when to be quiet.

18. I have watched every episode of The Wire in order. And I will do it again, happily.

19. My drink of choice is añejo tequila on ice. [Former Southland costar] Michael Cudlitz got me on those.

20. I will always take a bath over a shower, if given the time.

21. I love tomatoes, but never on a sandwich.

22. I love puns. 

23. I am a terrible liar.

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24. The first concert I went to was a Paul Simon show.

25. I hate lists. This has been fun!

Gotham airs on Fox Mondays at 8 p.m.

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