June 14th, 2008  |  Leave a comment

THE BRANDON BEEMER INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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MICHAEL:
There were rumors for awhile that you were going to be on “B&B” way before you signed on the dotted line to play Owen Knight , correct?

BRANDON:
There was a rumor at the beginning, and the funny thing is, there was no truth to the rumor. Then later on, I got a phone call and they asked me to test, about two and half months after the original rumor came out. They asked me to test and I did. I lost that particular role to Texas Battle (Marcus), and then they offered me another role.

MICHAEL:
And there were a few more shows that were rumored to be courting you, too!

BRANDON:
I was rumored to be on every show on daytime, “GH”, “OLTL”…

MICHAEL:
How long has it been since you first stepped foot on the “B&B” set?

BRANDON:
I started the week before last, and I worked a few episodes. Then we went on a two- week break and I come back next week pretty strong.

MICHAEL:
What do you know about your new character?

BRANDON:
He is no relation to anyone on the show, which makes the possibilities pretty endless. I think he has an agenda, but as I have said, everyone has an agenda. I think he is going to be fun to play because he is going to be mysterious.

MICHAEL:
Sounds like he will be a lot different than your last role, as Shawn Brady on “DAYS”.

BRANDON:
He will be the complete opposite of Shawn on “Days”, and I am excited about it. It’s a challenge and it’s totally opposite of something I have been doing for so long. I always enjoy a good challenge.

MICHAEL:
But I am sure you will be paired up with a beautiful woman, or women, on “B&B”. Any clues as to whom you may be romantically linked with on the show?

BRANDON:
Let’s just say the possibilities are endless, and I am not complaining. I think I am in a good position.

MICHAEL:
How does working on “B&B” and at CBS, differ from your first assessment working on “DAYS” and at NBC?

BRANDON:
I got a really friendly vibe at “B&B”. They run a very tight ship. I am happy with everything there, and I am going to enjoy it a lot. So, it’s going to be a great adventure.

MICHAEL:
Had you met Texas Battle before your “B&B” experience?

BRANDON:
No, I have never met him. We ended up testing for the same role. He ended up booking the role, and then I got a different role. We were both out one night at a birthday party and we ran into each other, and we hit it off. He is a lot of fun, and a good guy.

MICHAEL:
Who have you had scenes with thus far on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
So far, I have worked with Texas Battle and Jennifer Gareis (Donna). Jennifer is a sweet and talented actress. That’s it so far. You will be able to add to that roster in a week! I will be working with Lesli Kay (Felicia) a lot next week. Coming up, I will also be working with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffi).

MICHAEL:
Have you been in touch with your former partners in crime at “DAYS”?

BRANDON:
I talk to them all, and we went to the Emmy Nominee reception the other day. I got a lot of phone calls from them congratulating me, when I went over to “B&B”. I think they are very happy with me. All of them are great, and I wish them all the best.

MICHAEL:
Have you stayed in touch with your former co-star, Martha Madison (Ex-Belle, “DAYS”)?

BRANDON:
I have spoken to her a few times, and I see her at the gym now and then. She is good. I think she is doing really well.

MICHAEL:
What has your girlfriend, Nadia Bjorlin’s (Chloe, “DAYS”) response been to your new acting move to “B&B”?

BRANDON:
She is excited, and she will watch and become a big fan of “B&B”!

MICHAEL:
Since both of you are soap actors, do you critique each other’s work when you are together?

BRANDON:
We don’t really critique each other’s work. We just tell each other if it doesn’t ring true. We don’t try to direct each other about our work, or critique each other, because we see each other in a completely different light. And, if you can fool somebody you know so well, then it’s a good thing and you are doing a good job.

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier for your personal relationship with Nadia, being on two separate soaps, or do you think it may have been better being on the same show?

BRANDON:
I don’t know yet. But, it was great working on the same show with Nadia, and its great working on a different show or opposite show. Now at least, we have stories to tell each other when we see each other, as opposed to working on the same show where we both already know what occurred.

MICHAEL:
Brandon, what happened to your website? Fans want to know!

BRANDON:
I am in the process of trying to get a new website up. I apologize to all the people out there that have gone to www.brandonbeemer.com and seen it has not been updated in a very long time. I actually lost access to the website, but now I finally got access back to it, so I will update it as soon as I can.

MICHAEL:
When you are out and about in public, do people still yell, “Shawn”?

BRANDON:
A lot of people yell, “Shawn” or “DAYS”, but that will change. They will say “B&B” now… so tune in!

MICHAEL:
Did Brad Bell (exec prod and head writer “B&B”), tell you a lot about the role of Owen before you took it on?

BRANDON:
He gave me enough background for what I needed to create something. So, with the character being so mysterious, it’s almost kind of fun that we can create as we go. With Shawn, you could not create as you go. Brad gave me the job as the actor to fill in all the pieces and background of the character. I love that the possibilities are endless

MICHAEL:
Well, there has to be something up Brad Bell’s sleeve…you must have some big reveal coming at some point.

BRANDON:
Let’s just say you will find out. I think we will be in for a surprise.

MICHAEL:
Can your fans expect you to be staying on “B&B” for awhile?

BRANDON:
I hope I will be on the show for awhile. I signed a three-year contract with them. I hope they like my work, and everything works out and I stay awhile.

MICHAEL:
Is doing soaps a good “fit” for you?

BRANDON:
I love daytime! I have a lot of respect for it and it’s the hardest work I have done in my life! It’s such a challenge everyday, and the payoff is great. To look back and know that you did that, with the amount of time and dialog you had to do and how fast it moved, is a great feeling of accomplishment.

MICHAEL:
What do you think we can say to fans? “Look forward to Owen Knight……”

BRANDON:
Owen Knight is going to be coming to LA and causing some trouble.

MICHAEL:
Your character was originally named Owen Hart. Then it was abruptly changed. Was this because of the fact that Owen Hart was the famous wrestler who fell to his death a few years back in the WWE, in a freak accident? Did Brad know this?

BRANDON:
I know Owen Hart died. I can’t believe that…. like 80 feet above the ring. I remembered Owen Hart, because his brother was Bret, “The Hitman” Hart. He came from a family of wrestlers. When I heard the name, I went “Owen Hart?” Actually, Brad said it and I went, “Owen Hart. I know that name”. I called him up and told him, that’s a wrestler! Brad loved the name, but because he was a wrestler, it was a bit too much. Owen Knight is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:
What are people telling you they think is going to be your prospective storyline? What are they saying?

BRANDON:
I keep getting people saying that they want me to be related to Ronn Moss (Ridge). I could be Ronn Moss’s aborted son… that Ronn impregnated some woman years ago and she got an abortion years ago, but she really never did. I am the bastard Forrester. People say to me, “I hope you are going to be related to Ronn Moss, because you guys have a very similar look and very chiseled faces.” I go, “Well, I don’t know, but my last name is Knight, but used to be Hart.” (He laughs)

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier or harder stepping into a role as a recast, or to create something from scratch, which you are getting to do now on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
I don’t know. Sometimes, when you are not related to the family on a soap, it’s harder because you have no roots. Then, some people say its better to not be related. I think being a recast is much harder. At “DAYS” with Shawn, I had to learn everything of the history of the Brady’s. With this new character on “B&B”, I assume this character would not know too much of the history of the Forrester’s. I have to make it all up on my own.

MICHAEL:
How interesting, that both former Shawn’s on “DAYS”, yourself and Jason Cook, both landed new roles on different soaps within a matter of days and will be making your first appearances on them starting this summer.

BRANDON:
I love that Jason Cook and I landed new roles at the same time. I don’t get to see him too often.

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