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The Arizona Republic 6/11/2000
(Copyright 2000 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.)
Roswell star Brendan Fehr may be the coolest thing to come out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, since Neil Young. Like the enigmatic Young, the 22-year-old Fehr has created a bit of mystique around himself.
“A lot of times,” he says, “just walking around, I’ve got squinty eyes, and I’ve got this look on my face. I just don’t go around smiling. My natural look is more of … it looks like something’s wrong or I’m angry about something or something’s just got me angry.
That’s my general look, even though it’s not what I’m feeling on the inside.
“So people might find me unapproachable in that sense. It’s not that I put on, that’s just the way my face falls.”
Fehr’s close pal and fellow Canadian, Popular star Carly Pope, agrees that, with Fehr, looks can be deceiving.
“He’s such a chick magnet, and he doesn’t take advantage of it at all,” she says, “which is beautiful. He doesn’t take advantage of it one bit, and that’s what I love about him. He’s such a good boy.
“He’s got that allure that a lot of people love. He’s got the personality; he’s not just a trophy, he’s not one of those ones. He’s not that guy. He’s got depth as well, which is really nice. He’s very handsome. He’s very intriguing. He’s got that kind of mysterious bad-
boy thing, but in a good-boy shell.”
Part of the persona may come from the wild, upswept mop of hair that Fehr wears to play Michael, the rebellious teen alien on the Monday-night WB hit series, which was just picked up for a second season.
“I’m the one with the hair, exactly,” he says, “which is a good and a bad thing. So, we change it up once in a while. I don’t always wear it up. I’ll go to premieres with it down. I’m looking to grow it out for the hiatus and have it Tom Cruise-long, see if I don’t look like an
“It’s a little different. It makes me stick out, but I hope my acting will do that as well eventually.”
Asked if it’s true, as Pope says, that he doesn’t take romantic advantage of his stardom, Fehr replies, “Ah, yeah, sure, some girls are attracted to me, and some couldn’t care less, and even some think I’m probably ugly and obnoxious. But being on a television show helps. Before, I could walk down a street and maybe get a couple looks, but nothing significant, but now, being on a TV show, your stock increases.
“You become three times better-looking and twice as approachable, and all the rest of it. It’s kind of funny. I’m sure Matt Damon and James Van Der Beek and Brad Pitt and all the rest of them, they could have walked down the street before they got a show, and people would have stared, but they would not really have thought of anything. But now, they make the girls faint and cry.
“It’s funny, because even the ugliest person – and I don’t think very many people are ugly at all – but if you put them on TV, their sex appeal increases by 100 percent. It’s all a bit sketchy.
“For me, it hasn’t come to the point yet where I have women coming up to me and asking me out for dinner or a date or anything like that. That’s where it would be a little hard to tell (if they’re sincere), but I haven’t got any such propositions.”
That may all change soon. In a Roswell episode called “Sexual Healing,” Fehr’s co-star, Jason Behr , who plays alien leader Max, had a fair amount of bare-chested screen time with human love interest Liz, played by Shiri Appleby. And while Michael had plenty of romantic moments with love interest Maria ( Majandra Delfino ), the shirt stayed on.
“It’s because I’ve got a terrible body!” Fehr says. “That’s why! And I’ve got no qualms about it. That’s just the way it goes. I’m beefin’ up. Next season, when we come back, I’ll be all nice and ripped.”
Over the second half of its season, Roswell began shifting away from teen angst and romantic storylines to a greater emphasis on the science-fiction aspects of the series.
The season finale, “Destiny,” answered many questions about how the young aliens – Max, Michael, Max’s sister Isabel ( Katherine Heigl ), and newcomer Tess (Emilie De Ravin) – came to Earth and offered hints of a possible interstellar conflict for next season.
“The sci-fi aspect is so important,” Fehr says. “That’s the way the
show should definitely go. That’s what makes it more exciting for the
actors. Hopefully, the writers enjoy the challenge of that, and I
think that’s ultimately what the fans will like as well.”
In other projects, Fehr could be seen briefly at the beginning of the
teen thriller Final Destination, from the team of writing/ directing
team of Glen Morgan and James Wong. Fehr was one of the students who
were blown to bits on a flight to Paris at the beginning of the film.
“We’re not done with doing cameos necessarily,” says Fehr of his small
role, “but we’re done with something like that. We’re probably done
with doing the three-liners.’
Fehr may need to do that, if only to keep people from messing him up
with sound-alike co-star Jason Behr .
“I’ve had people come up to me with Jason’s picture,” he says, “and
say, ‘Jason, can you sign this?’ “