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Cory Hardrict   ('Battle: Los Angeles') Cory Hardrict ('Battle: Los Angeles')

31-year-old Cory Hardrict is not just a rising star but one of the main actors involved in Sony's upcoming, big budget alien invasion feature 'Battle: Los Angeles.'

Hardrict kicks ass alongside Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez as soldiers fighting to combat the extraterrestrial invaders, a role that many young actors would kill for.

Exclusive Magazine recently sat down with Cory Hardrict and asked him some questions about his new film, 'Battle: Los Angeles,' about his superstar-singing wife, and about, yep ... penguins!

Having began your career on TV during the late 1990s, with appearances in weekly prime-time programs, it wasn't until 1999 when you hit the big screen ('Never Been Kissed'). Reflecting back, what new difference of euphoria were you experiencing knowing you were going from small to big screen? "No big difference for me because every role I play I try to bring a sense of truth in it, I've always wanted to do movies on a big scale so I can say my dreams are coming true, so thankful!"

When you first saw yourself on the big screen at a movie theatre, did you shirk at just how big your face truly looked up there?! "Yes you can see every flaw! It's awesome because it's real and raw the way I luv it hahaha! And my head also looks Hugeeeeeeeee lol!"

You've since gone on to have roles in such movies as 'Gran Torino,' 'Hollywood Horror,' and 'He's Just Not That Into You,' but one new TV show appearance was all we got to see of you: 'Accidentally on Purpose.' You appeared in the pilot episode, but was then replaced for the series. What happened? "Well the show wanted to go in a different direction which happens all the time in this business, and it turned out to be a major blessing because I booked 'Battle:LA,' my dream role so it all worked out!"

Indeed, you have done a LOT of crime/police procedural TV shows - Pacific Blue, The District, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, The Shield, Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without A Trace, and Dark Blue - so would that be the genre you are most happy to adapt to when offered a role? "Well I tend to gravitate towards dramatic parts more, because I'm very intense and passionate. Also Brut male, as my wife would say. So majority of the time everything is serious to me as far as roles are concerned. So yes, love dramas crime/procedural shows and realistic films period!"

And now you have a supporting lead role in the upcoming CGI film, 'Battle: Los Angeles.' Please tell us more about your role as Cpl. Jason Lockett "Well it's a war film first. Before CGI we shot this for 6 months down in Louisiana. A mix of 'Black Hawk Down' meets 'Independence Day' and 'District 9'! The world is in for a treat! Locket is full of passion,emotion and intensity with a great heart loves being a marine and will do anything to try and help save the world!"

Having to act with all that CGI, something completely different to the one-on-one roles of TV, did you ever feel lost on the soundstages, perhaps? "Well I only filmed on a stage once because it was all location with built sets that looks like California. We shut down freeways in Shreveport, etc. You couldn't tell me this was CGI with all the real hand to hand combat we filmed out there! Still have a couple war wounds from that shoot! This film is all real, intense unlike anything you have ever witnessed before! So, March 11th, The Battle Begins!!!"

And, as we're not called Exclusive Magazine for nothing, please tell us an on-the-set or behind-the-scenes secret about the shooting of the film - perhaps something that we can look out for in the movie! "The top secret stuff we can't give away just yet, but it's coming soon. You can look forward to a masterpiece, I can say that. The aliens will blow you away how they operate!"

From the list of your co-stars, who turned out to be your best buddy whilst filming: Eckhart, Rodriguez, Rothhaar, Parrack, Pesi, or Ne-Yo?! "You named a great group right here! I would say Jim Parrack. We just bounded with our scenes - that's my dog!"

Having run around the internet, doing my homework on you, it seems the phrase that pops up the most is "better known as Tia Mowry's husband"! Does such a statement of connection sit with you well most days or would you rather complete media dissociation some times? "That's fine, it's all good. I am her husband really! lol!"

Congratulations on the news that you will become a proud father soon! And, again, as we're not called Exclusive Magazine for nothing, have you set aside names for your upcoming July 3rd bundle of joy, perhaps? "We're getting names together now. Looking at some strong warrior names. Names of meaning and power. It should be fun. Can't wait for my son to arrive. I can't sleep just knowing he will be in my arms soon!"

Your upcoming movies include 'The Day,' 'Chicago Pulaski Jones,' 'Mud Dog Blues' and '4Chosen,' but which one are you most excited about having released - and why? "The Day, because it's an insane movie with a great cast and nobody will see that project coming! It's gonna sneak up on you!"

Just a few minutes ago you re-tweeted a prior tweet from Khloe Kardashian: "The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. Stop hating and love... you are destroying yourself." Are you friends with her, in general, and what made you re-tweet such a powerful statement? "I mean, that quote is powerful I had to retweet it. I met her before she's cool. What her and her family have been able to accomplish is remarkable!"

Lastly, Exclusive Magazine love penguins (not the NHL team!) ... do you have any thoughts on the lil' guys? "Hahahaha, that's funny, because I make fun of my wife how she waddles like a penguin daily! You gotta love them. They look like they have the smoothest skin!"

Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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