‘Roswell’s’ Fehr Swears Off TV Acting
by Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com, TV News
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) – While the fate of most TV shows has been decided for the rest of the season, whether or not “Roswell” will live to see it through May is still up in the air. If the teen sci fi series isn’t renewed, it will likely be the end of actor Brendan Fehr’s TV career, the actor tells Zap2it.com.
“I’d never do TV again,” Fehr says. “I’d do guest-stars; I’d do recurring — three or four or maybe six episode arc deal. I would never say ‘never’ actually, but no, this would be my last stint in TV and after this I would either do movies or go poor.”
It isn’t that Fehr doesn’t enjoy being on “Roswell,” it’s just that he got into acting because he likes playing different characters and working with a lot of different people, he says. And the sci fi drama, which moved to UPN this year after The WB canceled the series, is “a little too steady.”
“In terms of the character and the people you work with, even though they’re all really great, I kind of want something more nomadic — which would be movies. After this show ends and three years of unemployment, I might be thinking differently.”
“As of right now, because everything’s just fine and dandy and I’ve got a steady paycheck and a steady gig … you always want something else. The grass is always greener.”
The series, which was picked up for 13 episodes on UPN, has yet to hear if it will be picked up for an additional season on the network, or for that matter, for the remainder of the current one. Following the fellow former-WB series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the show has averaged a 1.4 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers, compared to “Buffy’s” 2.7/7 and 5.6 million viewers for the same amount of weeks.
Currently shooting “Roswell’s” third season, Fehr says he still enjoys the work, even if he does wish for more variety.
“You get a little of an episodic burn, you know,” he says. “You kind of wish to do something different and play a different character and stuff like that, but it’s like getting up and going to school — you never want to, you don’t like doing the work but you always end up having fun.”
“We have great times in between takes,” he adds. “Everyone’s got a great sense of humor, you know, most of us. Pretty much all of us, we’ve passed that phase of getting on each other’s nerves really and having big trouble. We pretty much all get along, everyone’s cool.”
As for his character, Fehr says Michael has some big changes ahead.
“He’s becoming a little more mature, trying to find his place in the world, settle down, get a job, become average, every-day Joe. Which he kind of does and then around the middle of the season a big thing happens, which kind of changes his world,” Fehr says, referring to the upcoming break-up of Michael and Maria (Majandra Delfino).
Fehr, who dated Delfino in real-life, recognizes that fans are attached to the relationship between the two on the show. However, he says, just because they’re breaking up doesn’t mean that the relationship will be less interesting.
“We’ll always have our relationship on the show, whether we’ve together or not — which is what I think the fans really like. Obviously, they want us together but it’s intriguing if you do it right when you have a couple that’s not together, like a Mulder and Scully.”
Delfino recently stated in the press that Michael was not a good boyfriend. Fehr agrees, at least in part.
“He’s got a good heart, but he’s not a good boyfriend for Maria. He’d be a good boyfriend for someone I’m sure. Some independent, feminist chick. No, not a feminist, because he’s such a chauvinist. He’s not a great boyfriend, but he’s not a bad one either — he’s a good-hearted kid on the overall,” he says.
As for whether he thinks “Roswell” will remain on the air much longer, Fehr sounds uncertain.
“It has the potential to, [but] whether or not we reach that is a different question,” he says.
If the show does come to an end, whenever that may be, Fehr says there is one thing he’d like to have happen to his character.
“I’d like him to die. Because if the show’s going to end, I think it’d be a good way to go, to die.”
“I want a character that somebody loves to die,” Fehr explains. “I want his demise, I don’t want ending without him dying.”