Brett Edwards - Actor, Writer

Categories: Overcoming
Date: 5 May 2015 15:34

Brett Edwards aka #1 Bullrider Jared Middleton in the movie “The Longest Ride”

Brett was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Dayton.  Immediately after college, Brett moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor and writer.  

“SAYiWON'T is the motivation that pushes us harder to prove those wrong who told us we couldn't do something.” Brett’s biggest challenge moving to LA was the doubt that he had to overcome. He says, “If you tell yourself something enough you'll start to believe it.” Brett says that he was able to overcome this doubt by “using the motivation and the model SAYiWON'T lives by. I have a SAYiWON'T sticker on my laptop that I see everyday.  Being in a creative industry, the SAYiWON'T motto instills a confidence that is unwavering.”

Brett wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning short film The Heeler alongside Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons.  Brett has written the feature screenplay to their short, The Last Rodeo.  Brett has also adapted Rod Thompson’s novel The Black Hills into a two-part teleplay.  He recently had supporting roles in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of The Longest Ride, from best selling author Nicholas Sparks, in which he plays the number one bull rider in the world.  

When asked about his rodeo background and how he prepared for his role in The Longest Ride, he replied, “My rodeo experience is minimal at best.  My cousins raised thoroughbreds, so I grew up around horses.  It wasn't until I made a short film about team roping that I developed an affinity for livestock and Western culture.  I read three books in preparation for the film. Gold Buckle: The Grand Obsession of Rodeo Bull Riders by Jeff Coplon, Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders: A Year Inside the PBR Tour by Josh Peter, and Ty Murray's The King of Cowboys.  I've also been a fan of rodeos and the PBR since I was a kid.  My Mom is in charge of sales and marketing for the fairgrounds and exposition center where we're from in Kentucky.  So I grew up going to everything from the rodeos to the tractor pulls.  Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a cowboy.” SAY I WON’T!