Get to Know: Reese Lockwood
Reese is the fourth of six children, and the oldest boy in his family. Never the brightest bulb in the box, he was hoping to get a swimming scholarship. When that didn’t materialize, he decided to skip higher education and ended up working as a lifeguard at a resort in Miami for a stint. It was there he met a person who would ultimately help him pursue collegiate sport and university-level studies.
Reese speaks Spanish (although he’ll argue he’s not fluent). His faith is important to him, although he often shows up at the pool instead of mass on Sunday mornings
Reese is the only redhead in his family, which makes him a bit of an outcast. (His mother, Pia, sometimes gets asked if he’s adopted or if she had an affair.)
Reese is usually happy-go-lucky and he often appears to be nothing more than an airheaded frat boy who wants to party. Reese does have a more serious side, although it’s not often that it comes out to play.
- What’s your best subject in school?
Uhhh … gym? Is that a subject? I mean, I guess I don’t have gym class anymore, but when I was in high school, that was probably my best subject. I mean, I kinda suck at team sports, so maybe not. But I liked it. I guess chemistry was pretty cool too.
- What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
What do you mean, cool? Like, are we talking evaded the law kind of cool or went on a cool trip or met a celebrity kind of cool? Not that I’ve really done any of that. I guess like making the swim team, going to Worlds a couple of years ago was pretty big for me.
- What do you want to accomplish?
Olympics, duh. World record would be pretty awesome too.
- What’s your favorite book?
What’s a book? Hahaha, no. I don’t read much, I think the last thing I read was like a textbook for nutrition or something. The last, like, story I read was something in high school, The Great Gatsby or some shit? They made a movie out of it.
- You’re going out on a date. What are you doing?
I dunno, I’m not good at dates. Probably something really informal, like dinner. Keep it low-key.
- What’s your go-to comfort meal?
Oh man, probably pasteles. I guess they’re like tamales? Or maybe more like spring rolls or egg rolls or something—fried dough on the outside, and filled with all sorts of meat and spices and stuff. We usually make ‘em for Christmas and holidays, but, you know, they’re good whenever you make ‘em.
- What’s the hardest part of your job?
What job? I’m a student, right? I guess swimming’s a job, but I don’t see it like that. I mean, it’s hard work, sure, you gotta get up and go to the pool, and there’s definitely days you’re just like “what the hell am I doing?” but I love it. So it’s not really hard for me, not like if I had to work a desk job or something. That would drive me crazy.
- Why did you pick swimming over other sports?
I didn’t choose swim life, swim life chose me. I guess ‘cause my dad was involved in it? And living in Miami, you just wanna get out of the heat, so it’s like toss the kids in the pool, hope they don’t drown. You either learn to swim or you drown, or you sweat to death, I guess. So it’s pretty common to do swimming lessons, and I guess I just didn’t stop?
I’m pretty clumsy, so, uh, I don’t think I’d be great at other sports where you need like, good hand-eye coordination. I mean, not that you don’t need that for swimming too, but like … throwing a baseball, catching it, never my strong point.
I do like watching baseball though!
- Your best friend needs help. What do you do?
Depends on what he needs help with, I guess? Like, if it’s setting up a kegger or getting out of a fight with someone, I’m there. But if it’s like, he just got dumped? I’m pretty useless with that kind of stuff, I’d probably tell him to call someone else.
- What’s something most people don’t realize about you?
Most people think I’m pretty dumb, I guess. I’m not gonna say I’m smart—you can look at my grades. But, like, I think they just think I don’t actually think about anything? Like, since I don’t read books, I don’t have opinions on stuff, or I just don’t like learning or whatever.
So I guess they’re surprised when I do know something, or when I’m like let’s go learn about this? Like, it’s just … I’m not good at school, I don’t do well in that environment. But it’s not that I can’t learn. It’s not like all I think about is partying. I have to think about swimming in there somewhere.
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Oh, um. That’s a tough one. I can’t really think of anything. I mean, I get gifts, but … trying to pick just one?
- If you could meet one person on the planet, who would it be?
Oh man. Such a tough question, like, I don’t even know what to say. There are so many cool people—like, it’d be awesome to meet, like, Usain Bolt or to meet maybe like the President of the United States. But you could also meet, like … Jay-Z or the Jonas Brothers or whoever, really, whoever. And you can’t say that would be awesome.
- What’s your favorite movie?
Right now? I am loving Marvel’s stuff. I don’t care how nerdy it is. My all-time favorite has to be The Lion King though. I don’t care, you put that movie on, I’m there. My niece is really into Frozen right now, though, which is driving us all crazy.
- TV show?
I’m watching a lot of Dora the Explorer right now. It’s my niece’s favorite show. I hate it.
If I’ve got the controls, we’re watching Breaking Bad. Maybe I should move to Arizona?
- What do you do in your spare time?
Sleep. No, seriously, you’re so exhausted after training all day. Like, you might wanna do stuff, but you just … end up falling asleep on the couch. And then you wake up a couple of hours later, and you gotta do homework, so you really just grab naps here and there.
- If you could take up a new hobby, what would it be?
I really do not have time for a hobby. But, um, I guess surfing seems pretty cool? I dunno, I’d probably fall on my face a lot. Or maybe snowboarding. Except I hate snow. So maybe surfing.
- You broke up with your s/o. What are you listening to?
What s/o? So probably nothing different than usual, which is like … top forty. Say what you want, I like pop. I like to dance, it’s fun.
- What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Sunscreen! Seriously, I’m a ginger living in Miami. I need that shit.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
California, maybe? Probably not outside the States. I love America. I think it’s the greatest country, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. But California could be a lot of fun. I hear they have great surfing there, and I think there’s probably like a lot of pools. And avocados.
- Do you have any pets?
My mom’s got two dogs! They’re awesome, I love ‘em. I wanna get a dog, but maybe not right now. I think you gotta be able to take care of an animal, take care of it right, and with school and swimming, I just don’t think I have time right now.
Find out more about Reese in Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, available on Amazon.com. Read the first chapter here.