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Kwanten got hotel break from generous boss

The True Blood star was desperate when his cash ran out during a working vacation in the U.S. and a producer pal told him he should do whatever he could to stay.

He recalls, “It was a huge turning point in my life. I came to the states with a five-day ticket; two days in New York to promote a film called The Junction Boys and then three days holiday in L.A.

“I was packed and ready to leave to go back to Australia when I got a call from the executive producer of the film who said, ‘You might want to think about sticking around.’ I said, ‘I don’t have money,’ and she said, ‘Well, you may live to regret it’.

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“When I heard it like that I sat on the edge of my bed and thought, ‘This is a point in one’s life where they either choose to go one way or the other.’ I didn’t have any money, so I had to figure out a way to afford to stay in L.A.

“I went downstairs and spoke to the manager of the hotel and asked to speak to the owner. He looked at me like I was crazy, which I probably was at that point, and, an hour later, I had a meeting with the owner. I sat him down and said, ‘Look, I don’t have any money but if you let me stay at the hotel for the next three months free, I will pay you back every red cent and more.’

“He didn’t hesitate and said yes and that was the beginning of my American career.”

And Kwanten was a man of his word: “He gave me a good rate. It was $55 a night, so, over the course of three months that was quite a lot of money. I have seen him since and I’ve paid him back.

“It was the Cadillac Hotel in Venice, for any budding actor out there trying to get going.”

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