From pin-up to pri­vate eye

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There are some things that are hard to live down and for ac­tor Ja­son Pri­est­ley (above) that’s play­ing Bran­don Walsh in Bev­erly Hills, 90210.

Al­most three decades af­ter he was the ul­ti­mate high school pin-up, the 47-yearold ad­mits time has taken its toll. “I look more like Bran­don’s dad than Bran­don now,” he tells Switched On, with a laugh.

In his new drama series, Pri­vate Eyes, the Cana­dian ac­tor has trans­formed him­self again as ex-pro hockey player, turned pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Matt Shade, star­ring op­po­site Cindy Sampson as fel­low de­tec­tive Angie Everett.

To­gether they in­ves­ti­gate mur­ders, jew­ellery heists and all man­ner of crime ca­pers, with the fast-paced plot lines keep­ing things mov­ing for the cast and crew.

“We never get stuck in the monotony of feel­ing like we’re shoot­ing the same show,” says Pri­est­ley. “A new case comes through the door ev­ery week and we have to im­merse our­selves in a new world and that makes it chal­leng­ing.”

Although Pri­est­ley “bulked up” for the role by work­ing out, his idea to shadow real life pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors was shot down.

“I talked to some guys who are pri­vate eyes and they talked me out of go­ing on cases with them be­cause they con­vinced me that what they do as a pri­vate eye isn’t nearly as ex­cit­ing as it looks on tele­vi­sion,” he says.

WATCH PRI­VATE EYES, UNI­VER­SAL, TUES­DAY, 8.30PM

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