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Mcabe Gregg: "Heath Ledger was on a wave no one can touch"

Mcabe Gregg talks dandelion wine, his love of Heath Ledger and why his most treasured possession is his great uncle's World War II cigarette case

Everybody likes to think they were a badass teenage – Mcabe Gregg actually plays one in his new film Teenage Badass. (Told you.) 

The film follows an up-and-coming indie band whose shot at stardom is put in jeopardy by their ego-centric lead singer (aren't they all?). You can check out the trailer below. 

Off-screen, Gregg is keeping busy by co-writing a screenplay with his brother and starting a dandelion wine company. We love all wines at Square Mile so that project definitely gets a cheers from us. 

Read the interview to discover more about Gregg's life and style – plus the story of his uncle, a true badass if ever there was one. 

Life

What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?

I would have to say the release of Teenage Badass is pretty cool. It's been a life long dream to be able to make a film with my closest friends and we did it!

I'm also in the process of writing a screenplay with my brother, Braverijah. A crime driven drama that takes place in Phoenix, Arizona during the '90s.

Besides that, I started a dandelion wine company with a few friends which is launching this year. "MakeLifeDandy.com"

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

I would have to say everything I've done so far.

Of course, some are more inspiring projects than others but each one plays a part in the process of growing and learning.

Work is work. Creating is creating. It's all good.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

This is just the beginning. I'm not sure I would change anything.

What do you hope to achieve that you haven't yet?

I want to do a Western, and I would love to be a part of a war film.

Outside of your family, who is / was your biggest inspiration?

There's a few of them but I would have to say, Heath Ledger.

He was on a wave no one can touch. Such a bummer he didn't get to keep it going.

Tell us something nobody knows about you…

What's the fun in that? Then they will know ;)

Style

What's your favourite item of clothing – and what does it mean to you?

I would say the buckskin jacket I got for $10 on the side of Topanga Canyon. Or the pair of Wranglers I've had for about 10 years.

As for what they mean to me…they're clothes..they keep me covered and warm that's about it.

Favourite accessory – watch / jewellery / etc – and why is it special to you?

I have this old metal cigarette case from World War II that belonged to my great uncle that I now use as a wallet.

Uncle Tiny was a legend. Wish I got to hear more of his life stories before he passed, but my mom just received all his handwritten memoirs. Things like the details of the battle on Normandy Beach and his time as a prisoner of war. I'm very interested in sitting down and reading what he left for us.

He never talked about his war stories and only opened up a little bit on his death bed. I think there were things he was carrying that he needed to release.

What items do you take on holiday and why?

All my cameras! I make sure to document most every trip. I'm currently in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and have been capturing some pretty amazing moments. Such as the bear who started digging through my bag yesterday, which ended up biting into my can of bug spray, which exploded and scared him off. So, add bug spray to the travel items.

Recently I've become addicted to the game of golf so I've been traveling with my clubs and playing all the local courses. The Links at Bodega Harbour up in Santa Rosa, CA was beautiful!

Is there an item you threw away – or lost – that you really miss?

I lent a 35mm camera to a friend when I was about 16 because she was heading to some music festival....never saw it again. Never had the heart to bring it up.

Also, I put a single bitcoin on a USB stick which I haven't found – it's been 10 years. Big time mess up.

What's next on your shopping list?

I'm trying to simplify these days. So probably some Levis and a handful of Buck Mason Tee's.

What would you buy if money was no object?

A ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I'm currently sitting with the goats and chickens looking over the mountains writing responses to these questions.

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