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?
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
Nothing but a heartache
Not such a merry Christmas
The big time: Dean Geyer joins Cory Monteith in Glee.