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ATX Festival 2014: Brendan Fehr on his character Drew on 'The Night Shift'

I had the privilege of speaking with Brendan Fehr who plays Drew on “The Night Shift” at the opening night red carpet at ATX Festival. Be sure to check out the video to also hear him chat about Roswell. “The Night Shift” airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. central on NBC.

The cast of The Night Shift at the opening night red carpet for ATX Festival.
Photo Courtesy Of Jack Plunkett

[Talking about Drew]

Brendan Fehr: In some ways, he's an outcast of an outcast. He's one of these adrenaline junkies, one of these crazy doctors working on the night shift. But then he's got a bigger secret that kinda of, even he feels like, you guys thing you guys are different. I'm even more different. I think as an actor that's one of the things that just, it draws me to those characters. To try to find a way to for the audience to accept them, you know what I mean? I mean I don’t how the writing is going to go, so you don't know whether they're going to be accept in the show, and whether that's going to be a storyline. But it is always fun to bring the audience along on that ride, and for them to try to empathize with that character, and to end up, to be along and be a part of the battles and struggles that he fights.

Allison Nichols: What can we expect coming up with Drew? Is he going to open up to somebody? We already know that TC knows the secret, and in the preview we see that someone else finds out.

Fehr: Yeah, he doesn't so much open up to someone as much as he's outed, I guess. He's kind of ambushed by it, and then he's got no choice but to open up, which is very interesting for him. It certainly, we deal with it throughout the season. It’s only an eight episode season, so we do deal with it. I don’t know if it's ever quite resolved. I don't know if you resolve someone's sexuality per say. It's there, and it’s going to be something that he constantly deals with different people on different levels.

Are we going to meet Drew’s boyfriend?

Fehr: We do in episode six, I think.

That's great.

Fehr: Yeah. I think everyone kinda knows. It's out there, but Luke MacFarlane, a fellow actor from Canada who I didn't know previously, but he came on board. He's just a wonderful guy. We had a lot of fun. We had some great talks about it, just about our relationship, I mean I couldn't have ask for a better guy opposite me just in terms of playing the role. You know we made each other feel comfortable. Obviously he's gay and I'm straight in real life, so it was great for me, playing a gay character, to understand where he's coming from, and to get his take on certain things. I love him death. He was great. He's a wonderful actor and a great human being.

Have you been enjoying “The Night Shift” so far? I still have more interviews from ATX Festival, so be sure to keep checking back all this week. Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

Additional Reporting by Brooke Nichols

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