The 27-year-old South African-born actor is best known for his role on Glee as Brody, Rachel’s (Lea Michele) super secretive NYADA boyfriend who recently got beat up by Finn (Cory Monteith) after he lied to Rachel.
JJJ sat down with Dean to talk about working with Lea and Cory, his background in music, and of course, that super hot accent.
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The 26-year-old actor/singer recently chatted with Zooey magazine about Glee, life in LA, and awkward kisses from senior citizens. Check it:
On his accent: “I do [get a lot of compliments], but it’s funny because everyone here thinks it’s Australian, and when I’m back in Australia everyone asks me where I’m from. I’ll go into a casting office and they’ll be like ‘ah I can hear that Aussie accent’ and I’m like, ‘well I’m actually from South Africa.’ Still, they usually insist that I have that Aussie twang.”
On his time on Australian Idol: “It was a great introduction into the industry because the competition was all about nurturing new talent. They protected us. We were all in this bubble; we stayed in the Idol house, we were taken around, the publicists kind of looked after us. We went through courses on how to deal with interviews and photo shoots and red carpets. It was a massive learning experience. Coming out of high school and playing in a band, then going straight on to Australian Idol was a really big life change for me. Within days, people started recognizing us on the streets.”
On Glee: “For me this is the big break that I’ve been looking for. Being on Glee is a full-time job because you have dance rehearsals, singing rehearsals, recording sessions; it truly is a musical every day. I have so much respect for the crew and cast. I think I’m going to learn a lot. It’s funny because I finished up a show called Terra Nova about a year ago and I’ve been auditioning since then. There was a time that I thought I needed to go back to acting classes or have a coach before every audition. I even had a chat with my manager who told me that I needed to up my game. I was getting worried about my work. Every actor goes through a time when they doubt themselves. I’m really looking forward to getting back into singing. I haven’t been in the studio or written any songs for a couple of years now. Music was my first passion. Being able to get back into the studio in addition to acting is a big deal for me. It’s the best of both worlds.”
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Photos: Chris Greco / Zooey Magazine
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