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DEAN Geyer has come a long way since Aus­tralian Idol. The 26-yearold came third, re­leased an al­bum the fol­low­ing year and it looked like he was set for a pop mu­sic ca­reer — un­til fate in­ter­vened. Geyer was dropped by SonyBMG Aus­tralia, his re­la­tion­ship with Lisa Origliasso from The Veron­i­cas fal­tered, and he was hired to play an as­pir­ing mu­si­cian on Neigh­bours. Geyer played Ty Harper throughout 2008 — and an act­ing ca­reer was born.

Now Geyer has hit it big in Hol­ly­wood – as Brody We­ston in Glee. We­ston is a new love in­ter­est for lead char­ac­ter Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).

How­did the about?

Glee

gig come

I’ve been back and forth (be­tween Aus­tralia and Hol­ly­wood) for four years now. There was a long au­di­tion process (Geyer im­pressed Glee pro­ducer Ryan Mur­phy with an acous­tic ren­di­tion of Justin Tim­ber­lake’s Cry Me a River). There were two other guys I was against. They told me I had the gig on the Mon­day and I started on the Wed­nes­day.

What has it been like ro­manc­ing Lea Michele? That can’t be too dif­fi­cult.

Lea is fan­tas­tic. I’ve got to know her over the past cou­ple of months and she is re­ally down to earth, re­ally en­er­getic, and pas­sion­ate about what she does. I gen­uinely like her as a per­son.

fans were so pas­sion­ate about the ro­mance be­tween Rachel and Finn (Cory Mon­teith). Howhave they re­acted to Brody?

Glee Good and bad. There are al­ways go­ing to be fans that are never go­ing to stand hav­ing any­one else (ex­cept Finn) for Rachel. But there are also fans that have come on board ‘‘the Brochel train’’, as they call it, and have sup­ported me. At the be­gin­ning Brody was per­ceived as this bad boy but he is not re­ally a bad guy. He is just a nor­mal dude putting his feel­ings out there — and she has to choose (whether to re­spond to his ad­vances).

You started out a singer and have ended up an ac­tor. Was that al­ways the plan?

Def­i­nitely not. Af­ter Aus­tralian Idol I still had a huge pas­sion to be­come a pop star. Act­ing came out of nowhere for me. Neigh­bours of­feredme a oneyear deal and I re­ally have them to thank. That was where I learnt ev­ery­thing I’ve based my act­ing ca­reer on.

You are a proud Chris­tian. It sounds like you think God had other plans for you.

I to­tally agree. I’ve kept God very close to me. I take the lead from him. I give him all the credit for where I am right now. Glee, Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm

Give­mea break

Noth­ing but a heartache

Not such a merry Christ­mas

The big time: Dean Geyer joins Cory Mon­teith in Glee.

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