Hunter Harden has been heating up Instagram for a while now, with his rugged good looks and handsome smile. Hunter was kind enough to take some time out of his busy life to answer some of my questions about who he is and what projects he has for the future.
What were you like as a kid?
As a kid, I was very excited to do anything. I always wanted sleepovers and parties and to go on adventures. Unfortunately, I was kind of a loser in each group of friends I joined growing up. I was the butt of the joke most of the time and I did not get invited to a lot of things. So I grew up an outcast and alone most of the time.
Once I hit my junior year in high school, I started making friends that were more like me. I did not do well in school at all but if I enjoyed and was really into a class, I would get an A+. I loved art classes and anything that fed my creative side. I was always daydreaming about my male teachers or just daydreaming in general during school so other classes could not keep my attention.
How was it for you when you came out? Did you have a supportive family?
I went through a long depression of not wanting to be gay. But after my 21st birthday, I decided to get a boyfriend and I had one date and fell in love. A couple of months later on National Coming Out Day, I came out to my 4 older sisters and mom. My mom took it hard. She was afraid for my safety and did not want people making fun of me. The Bible also had a play in my mom’s fears. But after she saw how much of an improvement I made within myself, she was happy. She came around and is very proud and very supportive of me. My sisters all supported me right away. I was very lucky.
You’re a semi-nude model, what made you want to get into modeling and bare it all for the world?
I got into modeling to help push myself from my social anxiety. I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry but I was always unsure of myself and scared to do anything. I started to become agoraphobic and I knew I needed to push myself. I had friends that needed models for school projects. I slowly started modeling more and more for friends in my town. My first real shoot was with Victor Crulich and I was body painted to look like a werewolf. I started traveling to San Francisco by myself and started shooting with MR. S Leather. Then my photos got around to Mack Strugis and the rest is history. I never thought I would get this far in my modeling career. It’s all still very surreal to me. I still get horribly anxious and sweat so much during shoots because I am still battling social anxiety. You can see in a lot of my shoots that I’m glistening. It’s because I’m sweating through every pore in my body.
Who is your favorite photographer to work with and why?
I don’t have a favorite photographer. I have made special friendships with every photographer I’ve shot with. Each one captures something different and that’s what makes them unique. I love each one for a different reason. It would be impossible to pick a favorite.
You’re a pretty face with a gorgeous body, but who is the real Hunter Harden beneath the sexy exterior?
The real Hunter Harden is shy until my social anxiety wears off. Then I’m loud and like to have a lot of fun. When you walk up to me at a bar or event I instantly get shy and nervous about saying the right thing. I am always trying not to stumble over my words. I’m just a goofball, I’m dorky, and clumsy. I love the people in my life very deeply and sometimes I get taken advantage of because of my kindness. However, I’m learning every day to be a better man and improve myself so that I’m a better friend and partner.
Thousand’s of guys, including my husband, ogle over you. How do you deal with all that attention?
At first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the attention. It was harder to deal with the negative attention. Every once in a while I would get someone’s anger thrown at me and I would be called every name in the book. I learned not to let it affect me. The positive attention is what to focus on. It’s really amazing to hear that you’re someone’s role model or fitness motivation. So I try to uphold a good status with my fans and be a positive influence in people’s lives.
How does your partner deal with all the attention you get being a sex symbol to many?
My boyfriend is very very proud of me. We have a strong relationship built on actions of trust between us both. He loves hearing about my success and reading peoples comments on my pictures. He pushes me every day to pursue my goals
What is regular everyday life for you? Tell us about your partner.
Everyday life is basically working out and working on personal projects. I love crafting so craft stores are my jam.
On weekends I try to go out to the bars and mingle. I love to go to the outlet malls and walk around the stores. I love nature walks, movies, video games, and laying in pools.
My boyfriend is a tall strong sweet hairy bear. I call him Papa Bear. He is my rock and role model. He always keeps me grounded and supports me to be the best version of me. He was a choir teacher for 20 years. He has a beautiful voice and he plays the piano. We love watching Reality TV together and from time to time I make him watch horror movies with me. (If they are not demon possession movies).
You can find him on Instagram @superbearinutah
I understand that you are a designer on the side. Tell us a little about that.
Like I said, I love crafting and I have been dabbling in every medium from tattoos, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, oil, clay etc. I started @harden_design to outlet my crafts. I make costume accessories and costumes. I have specialized sunglasses, face masks, armor, wreaths, gloves, etc. Using leather, crystals, fur, feathers, metal and any material I can use.
You will see a lot of new designs coming through each year.
What is on the horizon for Hunter?
I have a lot planned for the future. I will be appearing in some music videos and reality shows that I can’t discuss at the moment. There are plans for a podcast and I will be starting a calendar for 2020.
I am pursuing more acting and voice talent opportunities to show more of my personality. I will be appearing at more events Go-Go dancing and hosting. And of course, I will be doing more photo shoots with past photographers as well as new ones. Thank you to everyone that has been following my journey. There will be lots more to come.
Hunter, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. If you want to keep up on what Hunter Harden is doing, check him out on Instagram @hunterharden and @harden_design. You can follow his boyfriend @superbearinutah.
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When did you discover and begin to explore your passion for art and illustration?
I discovered it from birth. I was born deaf and it was difficult for me to communicate with my family, so I used papers and pencils to draw to be able to communicate something. I draw every day, and I’m very happy.
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Honestly, I don’t know what my style is – I draw different types of drawings and I keep making more drawings with new styles. The important thing is that people like it a lot.
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SilverJow, Kimjunggius, and Nesskain – you must follow him!
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Not yet. I’m focused on making movies, and several other projects.
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