10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler is one of those actors who can really take on any role and make it believable. From romantic comedies, to action, to fantasy, Butler has done it all and has amassed a ton of fans along the way. While he is charming, attractive, and talented, he is also very skilled at keeping his private life away from the spotlight, but is not one to shy away from interviews or retelling incredible stories from his past. Since he began his acting career relatively late, there is so much about his life that many fans do not know! Check out 10 things you didn’t know about Gerard Butler:
10. First Career
Gerard Butler didn’t begin acting until his late 20s and that is because, for most of his life, he had an entirely different career plan. After his graduation from Glasglow University with a degree in law, Butler was offered the position at an Edinburgh law firm; however, only one week before he was officially qualified to be a lawyer, he was fired from the firm. “I wasn’t going to be an actor. I was going to be a lawyer. I came from a family just above working class, just below middle class, a great family of wonderful values. The idea of me having a chance for a law degree was enticing. Enticing to me but also very enticing to my family. Wow, one of our own is studying law at university!“ Butler said in an interview with Esquire. He added that he had been “really out of it” when he did the interview, and although they hired him, he got fired because he partied too much during the week of the Edinburgh Festival.
9. Early Life
Gerard James Butler was born on November 13, 1969 in Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland. He is the youngest of three siblings to parents Margaret and Edward Butler. When he was only six months old, Gerard’s family moved from Scotland to Montreal, Quebec. Just over a year later, however, his parents split up and Gerard, along with his siblings, were moved back to Scotland with their mother. He attended St. Mirin’s & St. Margaret’s High School where he was named head boy and went on to study law at the University of Glasgow where he became the president of school’s law society. Of his education, Butler has said, “I’ve always kind of had the luck of the devil, even in law school. I kind of blagged my way into the position of president of the Law Society. I’m not the most academic of guys. Considering the amount of work that I put in, it’s amazing that I got through law school. And with an honors degree.”