Glee star stepping up a gear
Dean Geyer reckons acting lessons are a necessity, writes
GLEE’S newest star Dean Geyer admits he should start taking acting classes or enrol in drama school if he wants to take his US television career to another level.
The South African-born Australian has progressed from the humble beginnings as an Australian Idol contestant six years ago to winning a role on a hit teen musical show in America. The big break was not a fluke. Geyer landed the role at his fourth attempt at pilot season auditions in the US earlier this year.
He plays the recurring role of Brody Weston, love interest for Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).
The 26-year-old’s acting career started on the long-running Channel 10 soapie Neighbours after his third placing behind Damien Leith on Australian Idol in 2006.
Since then he has swapped his obsession with music for acting. Geyer says, however, that acting lessons may be a necessity if he wants to break into soughtafter arena of feature films after Glee.
‘‘I am so lazy, the most I have done is a couple of private acting lessons,’’ Geyer laughs.
‘‘I promise you I will enter an acting class. I need to take my art seriously.
‘‘Some people have been coming out here for eight years and still haven’t got their big break and I feel very grateful.
‘‘To be able to take it to the next level, I do need to lift my game as there are some very talented people out there . . . and a movie career is very appealing to me.’’
LA-based Geyer says when he was originally cast on Neighbours he was unsure acting was for him, but that soon changed and he has not played a gig or been in a recording studio for at least three years.
His contract with Glee is at the mercy of those behind the hit show, but it is so far
Dean Geyer and Lea Michele