In the nearly 10 years that I have known Luke Danes, I have come to know him as an honest and decent man. He’s also one of the most kind and caring persons I have ever met. I’m a single mother, and I raised my daughter by myself, but once Luke Danes became my friend in this town, I never really felt alone. Luke and I have had our ups and downs over the years, but through it all, his relationship with my daughter, Rory, has never changed. He’s always been there for her no matter what. He was there to celebrate her birthdays. He was there cheering her on at her high school graduation. Luke has been a sort of father figure in my daughter’s life. With his own daughter, Luke wasn’t given the opportunity to be there for her first 12 years, but he should be given that opportunity now. Once Luke Danes is in your life, he is in your life forever. I know from personal experience what an amazing gift that is, and not to allow him access to his daughter would be to seriously deprive her of all this man has to offer, and he offers so much. Thank you for your time.
I played tennis growing up in high school and college and when they would call out names, they would always say ‘Matt’ and they could never get to that last name. When I was younger it was very frustrating to me, but my mom would always say ‘When you get better with your game, people will be able to say and spell that last name’. It was a point of inspiration for me to try and get to a place where I would have that last name as something recognizable. The same thing happened to me when I started as an actor twelve years ago; my first agent [in Los Angeles] asked me to change my last name. Because of my father and mother, I decided that I wanted to get to that place as an actor where it was a last name that was remembered. Hopefully I get a little bit closer every year. [Matt Czuchry on his difficult last name]