CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Grammy Award winning country music star Darius Rucker can add the position of "reality television" star to his long resume. The Charleston native starred in a celebrity-edition of the CBS show Undercover Boss on Friday night.
"I love helping people and giving back. that's always been something that's been a part of who I am," Rucker said during an exclusive interview at our Live 5 studios.
For the show, Rucker went "undercover" to discover musical talent. To disguise him, make-up artists applied three hours' worth of make-up and prosthetics each day during filming. Rucker also attempted to stifle his distinctive laugh, and change his voice.
"I just got real Charleston though; I got real southern," Rucker said of his adopted style of speaking.
Despite one slip-up in which he accidentally said his true name, nobody realized who was underneath the disguise. But Rucker said he would never prefer anonymity.
"I never wish for that," he said. "All I ever wanted to do with my life since I was four years old was sing for people and I know that if you're successful at that, you have to live a life where you don't have a lot of privacy, so I'm okay with that."
Rucker was born in Charleston and still lives in the lowcountry with his family. He says the city affords him a degree of privacy.
"That's one of the main reasons I live here; nobody bothers me here," he said. "I know if somebody comes up to me or something, it's a tourist or maybe somebody who just hadn't seen me before. I go to Walmart, Target, the supermarket every day. People are cool."
Rucker says when he is not touring out-of-town, he plays golf, dines out for dinner, and spends time with his family.
"For me, I know I belong here. I was born and raised here. I could really live anywhere in the world I want to live; I live here because it's home. It's where I'm supposed to be. It's where God put me on this earth to live," he said.