Josh Duhamel isn’t exactly roughing it these days. After making her debut in the popular soap opera All my childrenthe actor has starred in everything from Transformer Movies at Netflix of short time superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy. But when he’s not in Hollywood, Duhamel likes to spend his time living off the grid in a cabin in North Dakota. What started as a small cabin with no running water has grown into a lakeside resort where the actor believes he could survive indefinitely – if that were to happen.

“I became a bit of an apocalyptic prepper, I guess,” says Duhamel Reverse.

To be clear, Josh Duhamel isn’t predicting the apocalypse anytime soon. He is currently promoting his new movie Friends Games: Spring Awakening, a sequel to the original dude-type comedy he directed and starred in. The films are semi-autobiographical, inspired by the real competitions that he and his friends organize; sometimes in the cabin.

“The whole intention behind the first movie, and then now this one, was just to have fun. ‘they just went,'” Duhamel said, adding that he was inspired by Todd Phillips and the Farrelly brothers. . “These guys don’t throw punches.”

He also hopes that spring awakeningwhich pits its original crew against a host of young spring breakers, may poke fun at some of the most sensitive topics in today’s society.

“We just wanted to find the humor in some of the extreme awakenings without being mean-spirited,” Duhamel said. “It’s a tough line to walk because we don’t want to offend people, but we also think people can take themselves a little less seriously.”

Duhamel may not want the public to take friends games too seriously, but the actor is clearly serious about preparing for the potential end of the world.

“I am learning to hunt. I fish,” says Duhamel. His apocalyptic cabin even has Starlink internet and a custom water filtration system. “I’m building something so if things go wrong I have a place to take my family.”

Check out our conversation with Josh Duhamel about the cabin he’s obsessed with below.

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Dan Bakkedahl, Nick Swardson, Josh Duhamel and Kevin Dillon in Friends Games: Spring Awakening.


So tell me about this cabin…

I have a tractor. I have a skid steer loader. I change tires. I change oil. I fix things. I move earth, I smash rocks.

There’s this 2 mile road through the woods to get there. When you see this lake, it’s as if your blood pressure has dropped by 25%.

What is the origin story?

It all started with a small cabin in the woods with no electricity or water. We were going there and didn’t want to stay more than a day or two. You could tell the mice had invaded it. It was disgusting.

Then the cabin on the property next to that came up for sale, and I bought it for nothing; this beautiful, idyllic little cabin on the water. Suddenly I had 54 acres there. So I had two cabins, one without electricity or water. They both have wells and electricity now, but they are both very small.

We have shaped the territory. We have created trails through it. In fact, I grow crops there.

“This year I will grow pumpkins and corn.”

What kind of cultures?

Well, we started with clover and chicory and stuff, mostly to feed the deer. It was my first time ploughing, you know, clearing a piece of land and plowing it and seeding it. This year I will grow pumpkins and corn.

Why would you want to feed the deer?

It’s called a food conspiracy. My idea is that I want to be able to hunt a deer. I’m not a hunter at all, but I have this crazy fixation about what happens if shit hits the fan in LA and I have to take my family over there and live off the land.

I’ve become a bit of a doomsday prep, I guess. So I learn to hunt. I have wells. We have water. We have fuel. I’m building something so if things go wrong I’ll have a place to take my family. And I believe we could live off the land there. I’m not very good yet, but I’m getting there.

It keeps my lizard brain active.

How long could you survive there without additional supplies?

I mean, we could live there just fishing.

So indefinitely?

Eventually you need fuel and you want bread. I don’t make bread.

We’re so deep in the woods that, especially in the winter, if you run out of any of those things and it snows, you’re suddenly Jack Nicholson in the brilliant.

How did you get into preparing for Doomsday?

I read this book called Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse years ago, and it scared me a little.

And then there was a movie or a book about these guys who had this little community where everyone had their own specialty. One was weapons, one was canning, one was construction, the other was medical. And if you had nothing to bring to the group, you were absent. I’m not saying I’m crazy about it, but it’s a comforting feeling to know that I could survive there.

“I read this book called Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse years ago, and it scared me a little.

So, do you have any of these skills?

I work on these skills. I wouldn’t call myself an expert or a survivalist by any means, but I’m getting better.

You mentioned hunting. Do you also study how to slaughter an animal?

Yeah, that would be part of my buying a deer. I have never shot a deer. I tried last year with a bow. It was totally unsuccessful. I want to learn how to dress a deer and take the meat and freeze it and have the ability to feed my family if I need to. It’s not something I did growing up. I don’t like the idea of ​​hurting animals, I really don’t. But I’m fine with that if it allows my family to eat.

I know you have wells, but how does the water system work? Did you design it yourself?

So we have three wells there now. I had to dig one at each of the three cabins. (I didn’t personally dig the wells, but we had them dug.) We have pumps at the bottom that pull the water up, but you can also do it manually. We are independent with our water supply, which is great.

When it comes to water filtration, one part contains a lot of iron. You take some of the water from the sprinkler and everything turns red, so you need some sort of filtration system. We have installed a reverse osmosis filtration system there. And it’s treated with salt, to make sure it’s drinkable.

“I always keep two outbuildings just for nostalgic reasons, I guess.”

And the toilets?

We recently had actual plumbing with an actual flush toilet. For the first 10 years it was addictions, which my wife didn’t like; going out in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, especially when there are wolves and bears everywhere. So I always keep two dependencies just for nostalgic reasons I guess.

Do you have television or internet?

We have televisions there now. I have internet thanks to Elon Musk’s Starlink.

It was great actually. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried Starlink, but it’s like fast internet and it literally comes from outer space. Like I said, we don’t go rough anymore.

Friends Games: Spring Awakening is currently in select theaters and on digital starting June 2.