Glee star step­ping up a gear

Dean Geyer reck­ons act­ing lessons are a ne­ces­sity, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY PAY TV -

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

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