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Brian Austin Green Talks 'Desperate Housewives,' Bree and Keith and Exercising His Comedy (and Chest) Muscles

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 31st 2010 10:00AM
Brian Austin GreenWhen 'Desperate Housewives' returns from its big cliffhanger shooting of nasty Wisteria Lane neighbor Paul Young (Jan. 2, 9PM ET, ABC), there's much drama and comedy on tap: A rare guest spot by 'Dallas' icon Larry Hagman, Susan's (Teri Hatcher) health woes following the riot, Gaby's (Eva Longoria) obsession with Grace, Lynette's (Felicity Huffman) vengeance against Tom (Doug Savant) for his fling with Renee (Vanessa Williams) and Bree's (Maria Cross) continuing cougar romance with handsome handyman Keith (guest star Brian Austin Green).

Green, the 'Beverly Hills 90210' alum, made headlines this year with his real-life marriage to 'Transformers' star Megan Fox and his continuing primetime comeback, which has included roles on 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,' 'Smallville' and now 'DH.' Earlier this month, Green spoke to us about what's ahead for Bree and Keith in the new year, about how much he's enjoying the show's more comedic aspects and how he initially dreaded the thought of the shirtless scenes that would be a part of his role as the 'hood hunk.

Hey, Brian. Thanks for chatting today, and congratulations on the 'Desperate Housewives' role. It looks like you're having a lot of fun with it.
Thank you so much, and yes, it's been a lot of fun. I love working on the show, and the character's great, and Marcia (Cross) is fantastic, and I can't complain. I'm a lucky man right now.

Most of your TV roles have been in straight dramas, sometimes really intense dramas ... are you enjoying the lighter aspects of 'DH'?
I am! The show is so ... just for actors, it's so unique to work on. There aren't many shows that have such an equal balance of comedy and drama, and balance them the way this show does. You know, to play both sides within one scene and have it be funny and dramatic at the same time ... it's kind of a muscle that you don't normally get to use. But it's there. It exists. I mean, you think about it, sometimes some of the funniest or craziest stories come out of really traumatic, terrible events, you know, and they know how to create those on the show. Marc Cherry is a genius when it comes to this type of show.

Brian Austin GreenSo, has this made you want to pursue more comedic roles in the future?
You know, yeah, I like comedy. I have to say, doing as much drama as I've done, coming off of the last show that I did that was so dramatic ('Smallville'), it definitely makes for an easier day. Not necessarily a shorter day, and not necessarily easier in the sense of, oh, you don't have to work as hard, but it's just ... it's a different kind of work. It's fun to kind of leave the set laughing and thinking, 'Yeah, that was fun. That worked well. I'm glad we did that.' You don't really get that much in drama. I did one season of a sitcom ('Freddie,' with Freddie Prinze Jr.), and that was a huge turning point for me, because I hadn't done it up until that point. And I think a lot of people in life always think that they're funny, but it's not until you're on something really trying to be funny where you know if it works for you or not. So it was fun for me coming off something and feeling like, 'Yeah, comedy ... I think it works.' I think that some of the instincts I have make sense and play well. It just opens a whole new door.

I have the least amount of comedy experience, though. I can't really take much comedy credit on this show. I mean, Marcia's so funny, and she's ... Bree is such a well-sculpted character. You can kind of stick her in the room with anybody and the scene just becomes funny.

Well, the marriage proposal on the lawn was funny, and that was all Keith.
(Laughing) Well, okay, fine.

Brian Austin Green Marcia CrossSo what's next for Keith and Bree? There was a brief breakup, but will they be together when we see them next?
Well, Bree and Keith are toughing it out, which is amazing. I wasn't ... I never thought that the relationship would work as well as it does, but they're toughing it out. You know, for them, it's a real relationship, and there's definitely more sort of fun, bumpy roads ahead. Kyle MacLachlan comes back in for an episode, so we have a bit of Orson mixed in with Bree and Keith, which is insane. It's a really, really fun episode. It was possibly the most fun episode I've done so far. They're just so different. You know, you get the three of them in a room together, and they really, they couldn't be more different, Orson and Keith. And Bree being in the middle of who she was and who she's sort of become ... definitely enjoyable.

And what about Keith and his father, Richard (guest star John Schneider)? They had it out after Richard hit on Bree ... will we see more of that relationship when the show returns?
Not that I know of, not right now. It could be something that they revisit down the road, but not now. I think after the whole situation with Bree and Richard, that Richard goes away for a little while.

Brian Austin GreenYou're enjoying the dramedy vibe of the show, but what did you think when you heard your character was going to be the neighborhood hunk?
I was dreading that.

Yeah. I was. I was dreading it. It's just not anything that I've ... I've just never played anyone or anything resembling or labeled as a hunk in anything. I've always been kind of the lankier guy. I mean, I played like a killer on a show, but that's, it's just different. I've never played the shirtless handyman guy. And there's a lot of pressure that comes with that. There's a lot of stress just in, 'Yeah, I'm going to do 20 more pushups just before this scene,' you know?

Did you step up your exercise routine before you started filming?
I did. Well, I just added a routine before I shoot. You know, you have to. When you're sitting around and there's nothing but a craft service table around you, it's a good idea every once in a while to maybe throw in some pushups or some sit-ups or something, just to keep it fresh.

'Desperate Housewives' airs Sundays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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