Once a hunky Calvin Klein billboard, the Australian surfer has transformed himself into a gruff – still jacked – Viking.
Always a reluctant demigod, Fimmel eventually D’Angelo’ed and, uncomfortable with all the attention lavished on his physique, he retreated into private life.
By 2009, Fimmel was officially done with modeling. He shifted his focus to acting and landed small supporting parts here and there, including in a little-known film called Surfer, Dude, “a wave twisting tale of a soul searching surfer experiencing an existential crisis.” Deep. When he finally reappeared in earnest in 2013, he was almost unrecognizable as the warrior Ragnar Lothbrok (a far cry from Smith Jerrod) in the series Vikings, which ended its run in April. (It’s already been renewed for a fifth season by the History Channel.)
In the place of Fimmel’s blonde man bun was — what to call it? — a ponytail-buzz-cut-mohawk situation. The abs were still there, though. After all, deep inside his new lumbersexual look is a Calvin Klein boy from long ago. It’s no surprise that his favorite television character is Tony Soprano.
“I still want to be like him, not the gangster part but he was such a force and very manly,” he tells W, returning to its pages in the August issue for the first time in nearly 15 years. And that haircut, by the way? “It takes 45 minutes just to get my scalp tattoos painted on,” he says.
Thanks to the success of Vikings, Fimmel’s modeling career has become a nice memory. Now age 36, he’s since landed roles in feature films like Warcraft and even has a supporting role in the recent indie film Maggie’s Plan alongside Greta Gerwig, although he played a hipster with a beard. It’s clear that the Calvin Klein days are long gone. Fimmel isn’t taking his shirt off anytime soon because unfortunately for us, he doesn’t need to.