On the small screen, British heartthrob Sean Maguire stars as Robin Hood in the fantasy-drama ABC series “Once Upon a Time.” Set in the fairytale town of Storybrooke Maine, Maguire is a father and husband committed to ensuring his family has everything needed to survive in the town grappling with greed, envy and love. But the U.K. born star isn’t just an actor: he’s also an accomplished musician that has toured with bands including The Backstreet Boys. This rockstar most recently showed off his musical chops in the festival favorite film Songs For Amy (2014) in which he writes and performs songs to show his love to fiancé. He has also appeared in the beloved British soap-opera “East Enders” and the UPN series “Eve” for three seasons. The new father welcomed a baby boy named Flynn Patrick Maguire with his wife Tanya last month. When Maguire is not in front of the camera he enjoys volunteering with environmental programs and preparing gourmet meals at home. In honor of the season five return of “Once Upon a Time” this Sunday, Sept. 27, we asked Maguire to divulge his haute secrets to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: London, England
How long in LA?:10 years
Neighborhood: Studio City
Favorite Restaurant: Pace on Laurel Canyon. BierBeisl Restaurant, which is opening in Westwood and Downtown L.A. BierBeisl’s Chef Bernard Mairinger is a dear friend.
Best Sushi: Sugarfish – I love Chef Nozawa’s sushi
Best Italian: Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood
Best dessert: Struedel at BierBeisl.
Best place for a romantic date: A nice drive down the PCH to Malibu to the Malibu Country Store for wine – as well as running on the beach with my dog. Ending the evening drinking wine on the beach as the sun sets.
Best Sunday brunch: Soho House
Best place for a power business meeting: SoHo House. I’m dear friends with Nick Jones. We have superb service every time.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? I recommend The Roosevelt Hotel, which is full of Hollywood history. I was married at The Roosevelt.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Beverly Center
Best Spa: Burke Williams
Favorite Cultural Event: Hollywood Forever Cemetery movies—horror season, all kinds of popular classics.
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Getty Center and Getty Villa
Best Steakhouse: Peter Luger’s
Best Pizza: Mozza
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Studio Center Fitness
Describe your city in three words: Weird, Wild and Wonderful.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Taking my friends and family hiking behind the Hollywood sign. The view is spectacular! I also enjoy visiting the Griffith Park Observatory.
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: My house.
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The gorgeous weather in L.A. is extraordinary. Also, this city has the ability to change a person’s life in one day.