After several guest star roles on a variety of TV shows, Brian Letscher is now making himself at home on the set of Scandal while portraying a new character on the upcoming season of NBC’s Grimm. We sit down with the football-coach-turned-actor to discuss his two hit TV shows, his passion for acting, and more.
On the set of Scandal
You played football at the University of Michigan before you got into acting, what prompted you to make the switch? Brian Letscher: I definitely dreamed of being a professional football player. I had some injuries to deal with, and, quite frankly, just wasn’t good enough, but it carried over into coaching. I was on a recruiting trip in Michigan and there was this theater, The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, that Jeff Daniels started. I pulled off the highway and they let me in the door and I said, “I’m not sure, but I think I want to be an actor.” So, [I started] an acting program on the weekends and ended up doing the general audition and I did this monologue and in the dark I hear, “Yeah, I think you can be an actor.”
And the rest is history? BL: I moved to New York and took a real job for a couple of years while I trained. Shortly thereafter, I booked a play that I needed to quit my day job for. That was the big decision. Everyone thought I was crazy [because] all I ever talked about for ten years was being an NFL coach. I began writing and produced my own play and did a bunch of guest spots in New York City. [Then] I moved to L.A. and started working right away doing great guest spots and then Scandal came along and then Grimm.
On Scandal, you play Tom Larsen, a secret service agent working for the President of the United States of America. Tell us about your character. BL: Tom’s a soldier. His loyalty is being tested in many directions this season. He’s a soldier who will carry out orders. Up to now, he’s been able to carry out those orders while keeping his personal emotions locked up tight in a little box, [but] that’s starting to change a little bit. He’s definitely feeling the repercussions of what he did in the [last] season finale, which is having a role in the death of the president’s son.
You play a new character on Grimm. What can you tell us about him? BL: [I play] a new, mysterious character who has the ability to suck people’s brain and their knowledge and their memories. I’m able to take all of that and leave them as this empty vessel. Then, I sell that knowledge to the highest bidder. I get kind of wrapped up with two of the main characters and I break into the wrong house, steal the wrong person’s memory. I can’t wait to see it.
What can fans expect from the upcoming fourth season of the show? BL: Lots of Grimmness, of course. You can see David [Giuntoli's] character dealing with the fact that he’s no longer a Grimm. Obviously, Trubel’s in town, the new character in the last few episodes of season 3. You see her trying to deal with her Grimmness [and] realizing that she is a Grimm. I mean, I loved it, I loved being on the show. I had the best time.