An Interview with Balthazar Getty: Part 2

BATD ON Oct 22, 2009 AT 3:51 pm

Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

Is it difficult to work when your private life is being highlighted in the press?
Very much so. Everybody has a right to a certain level of privacy and everything doesn’t always go smoothly in your private life. It’s hard if you have to share that with the world, but it comes with the territory. I think you just have to make the best out of the situation.

What’s next for you after Brothers & Sisters?
Eventually, I’d like to get back to making films. I’ve always seen this as a stepping-stone to get myself into a place where I can do the films that I want to do. I love the process of movies. I love the beginning, the middle and the end of that process. Television gives you a great amount of exposure and it also gives you an opportunity to work on your acting muscles because you can work on a show like this for years.

Brothers & Sisters cast

Brothers & Sisters cast

Do you prefer to work on television or in movies? 
I’m not sure which one I prefer because they’re very different. When you get a movie script, you know where you’re going with a character and you know the destination. It’s easier to shape a character around that. But in television, you never really know where your character is going. When you go from script to script, anything can happen. You could be straight one week and then gay the next week. It’s hard to play any back story when you don’t know the final outcome.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of acting?
At the end of the day, acting is a lot of fun, but you also want to inspire people. I love the idea of somebody across the world watching your show and being inspired to become an actor or having a story inspire them to change their direction in life. If something positive can come out of your work and you can create a smile somewhere, then there’s no better feeling than that. That’s why I’m an actor. I do this to move and entertain people – and to evoke emotion in them. I couldn’t be happier.

Brothers & Sisters Season 3 is out on DVD now.

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