He had no previous interest or experience in acting, but an agent he knew persuaded him to audition for The Blue Lagoon, a role he won over 2,000 other actors.In the film, he and co-star Brooke Shields played two teenage cousins who have lived alone together since they were marooned as children in a tropical paradise, eventually falling in love. I recently watched The Blue Lagoon,and thought it was amazing.
She was 14 when we filmed the movie, andshe was narrating her rememberances 20 or so years later. We went hiking with his 21 years old son about a month ago.
I reminded her that afterwe shot the scene of Chris masturbating on the rock, she came up to me and askedme what he was doing. Chris as also writtena screenplay about sail racing that I’m looking into directing.
Nestor received an Academy Award nomination for his work.
Did you keep in touch with Brooke and Christopher after that?
From that movie, he sang "How Can I Live Without Her" which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1982.
In A Night in Heaven (1983), also starring Lesley Ann Warren, Atkins played Rick Monroe, an outspoken and overconfident student working his way through college as a male stripper.For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as swimming instructor Peter Richards on the CBS prime time soap opera Dallas in which his character has an affair with Sue Ellen Ewing.Atkins has been the cover boy of many teen magazines and has appeared in several television commercials representing Coke and Adidas.The difference was that it had the unique concept of how humans woulddevelop if they had no nurture, but only nature to educate them about life and love.To shoot this kind of story, I wanted to get as close to nature as possible and have ourcrew live almost like the characters.Comic roles include Mortuary Academy (1988), Shoot (1992) and he reunited with Shields on her series Suddenly Susan as a fellow journalist who is uninterested in her.