Ringer Exclusive: Justin Bruening Dishes About His ”Handsome American” in Paris
If, like Ringer’s Siobhan Martin (Sarah Michelle Gellar), you’re a millionaire who’s faked her own death and is hiding out in Paris while you — possibly — plot the murder of you’re identical twin, better hurry up and find an American hottie to help relieve all that stress!
And that’s just what our beautiful schemer has done with Tyler Barrett (Justin Bruening). But is Tyler really as clueless as he seems?
Just in time for tonight’s Episode 7 “Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them?” we got the lowdown on Siobhan’s latest bedmate from Justin himself.
In our exclusive Wetpaint Entertainment interview, Justin lets us know that Tyler will be getting “a lot more involved,” dishes his secret agenda, and tells us what it’s like to work with gorgeous prankster SMG!
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did you get involved with Ringer?
Justin Bruening: Well, I actually just auditioned like everyone else. It was the title of “Handsome American,” so I felt like I at least fit half of that — I am a U.S. citizen.
What's it like working with SMG?
It’s fantastic. She’s so fun. She really made that first week so welcoming. Her best friend lives on my street, so she knows everything about me already.
My wife [Alexa Havens] actually did a movie with [SMG’s husband] Freddie [Prinze Jr.] a few years ago, and so they all met and know each other. Sarah’s awesome. She’s so fun to be around. She mixes professionalism and humor very well.
Billy Miller (Charlie) told us that she greets new cast members by covering their bathrooms with photos of you draped in a towel. What’s that about?
Yes, that. [Laughing] That’s how welcoming she is. She did it to me, too. It was one of the photos that was taken where I didn’t have a shirt on, and as the executive producer, all the photos get sent to her.
So she got it in her email and she decided to plaster the hair and makeup trailer with it. I think there were like 250 pictures of me, so when I came into work, I got to see my smiling face.
And then I turned around and took those pictures, so she printed off 300 more and plastered Billy Miller’s room, like wallpapered it to the point where there was one on top of the toilet seat and then if you lifted the cover, there’s one underneath.
It seems like everyone on this show has a secret agenda. What is Tyler's?
My secret is that I have no idea what is going on. That’s the one thing about my character. I feel like out of all the characters, he’s the one who is the most in the dark.
He’s in another country, he deals with someone who is constantly lying to him, so he’s always a little guarded. But I haven’t quite figured out what his agenda is yet. I’m sure he has one, but I have not gotten that script yet.
How much more of Tyler will we see?
I’m recurring, but I have no idea. They just call me. I’m like a doctor — on call. I can tell you that I do get a lot more involved. The story does start to come together a little bit, as much as the show allows any story to come together.
But other than that … I mean for me, I can’t even read anyone else’s scenes because I get so confused by what’s going on, and then it confuses me when I get my scenes. So I just kind of read mine. That way I also get to watch the show and be surprised.
What projects are you working on?
I just did CSI: New York, the episode that just aired. Other than that, I’ve just been traveling.
What was it like returning to All My Children at the end?
It was an honor that they asked me to come back, because not every character got to come back. Julia Barr and Michael Knight played my parents and it was great to see them again, but also it was a kind of solemn return.
It was sad, something ending after forty-some years. It was pop culture, an American icon, and to have that end is sort of sad, especially after so many generations of families that have been on that show.
To have everybody back for one last family get together — I’m sure you saw it, there were so many people in that scene, it’s ridiculous. [Laughing] I did get a little bored after a while, standing there.
What was filming your last scene there like?
My last scene was actually the giant group scene. And me being a prankster, I kept trying to seduce Michael Knight with a fire poker because he was standing in front of me.
She’s great. She’s in London right now and I’m going to go join her this afternoon. She’s down there doing that show Torchwood.
Do you guys hope to work together again?
I think that’s always one of our hopes. I mean, it would be fun but I don’t know how that would work out. We have so much going on at home it’s like, wow, I think it might be weird to work together again.