Monday, September 2, 2013

Charlie Hunnam vs. Travis Fimmel - Kathryn Knight

Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller
I began watching Sons of Anarchy after hearing a lot of buzz about the show on social media platforms.  Loosely inspired by Hamlet, the plot seemed guaranteed to provide plenty of conflict and tension--the stuff authors live on.  As a romance novelist, the complicated relationship between former high school sweethearts Jax Teller, the VP of an outlaw motorcycle gang, and Tara Knowles, the upstanding pediatric doctor, drew me in and kept me hooked.  Both of my books involve a hero and heroine with a painful history who are drawn together again by fate--I love second chances for couples that are "meant to be."  But if I'm honest, a big reason I continue to watch SOA is due to Charile Hunnam, the amazingly hot actor cast in the role of Jax Teller.

Travis Fimmel 
plays Ragnar Lothbrok
A few weeks ago I decided to try Vikings, the new show on the history channel, as historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine.  As we were introduced to the main character, my jaw dropped--I thought Charlie Hunnam had moved over to a new series.  I studied the actor playing Ragnar Lothbrok (no great hardship there), and the only difference I could find at first was a scar and the eye and hair color--things that could easily be changed for television.  I did a quick google search to discover this was actually a completely different actor by the name of Travis Fimmel.

side-by-side screen shots
To me, they look like they could be twins.  But they are not related.  Plenty of people see the resemblance though, according to questions on the internet.  So I did a little comparison of these two beautiful men, and it seems they have more in common than just amazing genes and acting talent.

Charlie Hunnam:
  • Born April 10, 1980 (33) in England
  • 6'1" tall
  • discovered clowning around in a shoe shop by a production manager
  • currently starring in the lead role on Sons of Anarchy

Travis Fimmel:
  • Born July 15, 1979 (34) in Australia
  • 6' tall
  • discovered working out in a gym by a talent scout for a modeling agency
  • currently starring in the lead role on Vikings
While the two shows are separated by vast differences in time (Sons of Anarchy: present-day California; Vikings: medieval Scandinavia), they involve very similar themes: family, brotherhood, and a strong protagonist who challenges a stubborn leader with new ideas.  Both characters struggle to protect their loved ones while fighting to change the direction of their club/community.  Both characters become brutal killers when necessary.  They are "Bad Boys with Good Hearts"...a mix I personally find hard to resist.  In fact, I made a list of my top 5 fictional characters with these qualities, and it's been my most popular post to date.  Vikings hadn't aired when I wrote that one, but Ragnar would be on the list today.  Click the yellow link to see where I ranked Jax Teller!

Thankfully, despite the title of the blog, we don't have to choose one or the other...we viewers can have both.  And if anyone is faced with the real-life dilemma of choosing between these two, all I can say is that would truly be a tough (but enviable) choice!

P.S. More pics on my Pinterest board!  And if you enjoy heroes with a bad-boy streak who'll do anything to protect the women they love, try one of my novels: GULL HARBOR, SILVER LAKE, or DIVINE FALL.  Or all three!  You can find the hot men I used as inspiration on the Pinterest storyboards for each title, as well :)


  1. Love it.
    I have been a big fan of both of them but was completely shocked to see the Calvin Klein model (Travis) all dirtied up .... wow just wow. Not to mention the show is awesome!

    Great Post!

  2. Thanks Nicole, I think it's going to be one of my all time favorites - and it was great fun to work on!

  3. My husband thought they were the same person as well. Love Vikings, makes Sunday nights better :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Brandie - I agree, and I'm excited for tonight's episode!

  5. I so loved last nights episode!!! I am a big fan of both shows but for some reason the scruffiness of Ragnar just makes it all the better.... I love me some scruffy men!!!

  6. Great post! I love anti-hero types, and these are two of the best.

  7. Thanks for coming by Brandy and Sandra! The anti-heroes are never boring, and yes, the scruffiness makes them even more appealing. These two can get away with a lot!

  8. How do you feel about Charlie getting the role of Christian Grey? :)

  9. Hi Brandie! I was hoping for that question! I have to say, I love Charlie Hunnam as an actor, and in his portrayal of Jax. I DON'T love the character Christian Grey, so I have mixed feelings about his being cast. I'm sure it will be great for his career and he'll do an amazing job, acting-wise. But I'm one of the few women who didn't find the books very appealing, so I do wish it was a different actor playing the role. What about you?

  10. I thought it was Charlie playing in Baytown outlaws with Billie bob Thornton but it was the other guy. I googled it and found this! Spot on!!

  11. It's uncanny, isn't it? Thanks, Jaime, for stopping by and leaving your comment! Happy New Year!

  12. I also love Sons and Charlie Hunnam and now Vikings....its scary and bazaar how these two are soo identical. I too have been googling their similarities as its bazaar

  13. Amo as duas séries...e amo os dois atores Travis e charlie além de lindos são ótimos jurava que era a mesma pessoa mas estou feliz dois é melhor ainda... adorei a dicas do romance bjs parabéns .

  14. Amo as duas séries...e amo os dois atores Travis e charlie além de lindos são ótimos jurava que era a mesma pessoa mas estou feliz dois é melhor ainda... adorei a dicas do romance bjs parabéns .

  15. Hi guys, also I thought they would be the same Person and as i got to know that they are actually different persons i was very confused first. Maybe they are clones?..

  16. I started binge watching Vikings Memorial Day. We like it so much that we are on Season 4 already! And yes, it is like watching Charlie. As a big SOA fan, I can't get over the resemblance. Even his mannerisms are the same. Great show with a lot of history.