An Interview with Balthazar Getty
BATD ON Oct 22, 2009 AT 3:29 pm
Often hitting the headlines for his romantic life rather than his professional, we caught up with Balthazar Getty to quiz him about his character on Brothers & Sisters and how he deals with the tabloids.
How much input do you have into your character?
At the end of the day, the writers break the stories and it’s their vision. But they also have to consider the actors because if the actor isn’t happy, then it’s not good for anybody. Sometimes there will be meetings where you sit with the writers and the creators and they give you an overall idea of where your character is going – or you might throw an idea at them that they then take to their committee. It’s definitely give and take, but it’s their arena and it’s their world. However, when it comes to my character in season three, I think we’ve come up with something that everybody is happy with.
Do you enjoy working on the show?
I’ve had an amazing time working on the show and I’ve made some amazing friends for life. If you speak to any actor in the cast, I’m sure they will tell you that we all get along wonderfully. It’s the truth. We all care about each other and I honestly think we’ve made lifelong friends on this show. These people inspire us and they love us – and they’re also very honest.
How tough is it to film Brothers & Sisters?
The dramatic scenes can be emotional and draining – and then it’s always nice to tackle some of the lighter stuff to recharge your batteries. I guess there can be a lot of ups and downs. Emotionally, it’s always hard to work on a show like this, but I’m not complaining.
Have you learned anything about yourself from working on the show?
You hear a lot of actors on TV shows saying it’s tough to keep your passion for acting alive when you’re on a long-running show, so I’ve learned that it’s really important to fully recharge your batteries during your time off. I’ve also learned that you can’t rest on your laurels. During the time off, it’s important to get excited about the work and to try to inject that passion back into it.