The first thing you noticed about Patrick Lockhart is that we didn't
know much about him. Did he get caught up in some sinister plot, or is
he really a good guy?
The first thing I noticed about Brody Hutzler
is just how thrilled he is to be on Days of Our Lives. So sit back
and enjoy my exclusive chat with Salem's puzzling Patrick, Brody Hutzler.
Ian Brody Hutzler was born in Alaska
on May 21 and moved all over the country during his childhood. "I was
an Air Force brat," he laughs. Attending junior and senior high
school in Long Island, New York the family finally settled down in
Los Angeles, California. The acting bug bit after doing a school production of Romeo and Juliet
in the 8th grade. "My
English teacher is from New York, and you know, thought I was good at
it (acting)," Hutzler says. "He said I should probably consider
acting at some point in my life and I
always took that to heart. When I finally had the opportunity to
give it a shot, I did!"
Pursuing a college education, Hutzler
attended Michigan State University on a lacrosse scholarship and
majored in biology. He eventually left school to return to California
to begin his acting career. Would he ever go back and get that degree?
"Yeah, I've kicked it around a little bit, actually," he admits, "I
got my transcripts from the colleges I went to because I'd transferred
to Cal State Northridge for a little while. I probably only have about
a half a year of school left to graduate. At some point, I'll start
taking classes again and start working on it, just to do it."
For right now however, Hutzler is just enjoying being on the soap.
After appearing on Guiding Light as Zachary and The Young
and the Restless as Cody, the handsome actor still finds himself in awe of
his veteran co-stars at Days. "They are some of the best people, " he
enthuses, "When I met Kristian Alfonso (Hope), she's really, like one
of the coolest people I've ever met, period. So, it's just a pleasure
to go to work." Being front burner on the show doesn't leave much time
for a personal life but Hutzler says, "I make time. It's not that big
a deal. You know there are some weeks that I work five days a week and
I don't have the time, and the weeks that I work two days and, you
know, you can make the time! So, I think the life of a soap actor is a
great one. Yeah, there's all the work with memorizing your lines and
showing up to work, but you also have a lot of free time. And the
hours are such that you sometimes don't work until the afternoon, or
you work in the morning and you're home by the afternoon. I really enjoy
it, I think it's a great place to be!"
does he find the time to do? Boxing and keeping that
buff body we see on screen healthy and fit. "I kind of just let the
day take me where it takes me, " Brody shares, " If I feel like
driving down to the beach, or if I feel like sitting at home I'll sit
home. I don't have a lot of plans. I just kind of go with what feels
right. You know my life is structured enough with work that when I
don't have to do anything I just kind of let it happen." He stops
himself, laughing and adds, "I sound like a hippie, don't I?" He does
find the time for one passion - soccer. "I watch a lot of soccer," he
confesses. He also began playing again thanks to co-star and fellow
soccer nut Jason Cook (Shawn). "He's a good soccer player, the actor
shares. " In fact, I started playing with him. That's why I started
playing again. I've been playing with him on his team." Also
occasionally getting the kick on with Hutzler is his neighbor, Thad
Luckinbill (JT, The Young and the Restless).
Finding the time to assist charities that he holds dear is important
to the busy actor.
"Breast cancer's a big one for me," he says somberly, "I mean cancer
in general is a big one for me. Violence against women is another big
one for me, and pediatric AIDS." But Hutzler admits that he will pitch
in for pretty much any worthy charity, but "cancer, violence and
pediatric AIDS are big ones, my main three."
The attention turns to one Patrick Lockhart and I asked
his portrayer what he would like to see happen to Patrick. "What's
happening is good," Hutzler says. "I'd like to see him remain mysterious though, and a
little edgy so you're not quite sure. I think we all know that he's a
good guy inside, deep down inside. But I like the idea of him
also...you know, you're not always quite sure, because I think it
would be a little boring if he were just this nice, nice guy. There are just so many things that can happen. I just hope it
remains interesting and fun!" What about a romantic entanglement, say
for instance, Billie? "We have a good thing together, " he says of
Julie Pinson (Billie) and adds, "We have a nice chemistry; she's a
good actress and we have fun working together, and that'd be great!"
Anyone else Hutzler would like to see in the cards for Patrick? "I have a really
nice thing with Missy Reeves (Jennifer) and I have a really nice
chemistry with Kristian (Alfonso, Hope) also. I think I could work
with a lot of people!" he exclaims. "I've had a few scenes with Arianne (Zuker, Nicole), and I think
there are a lot of ways it could go... Hey! How about Patrick and
Marlena?" Patrick and Marlena? That's a pairing that never occurred to
me, but Hutzler gushes, "That would be fun!"
One performer he would like more scenes with is his on-screen
sister, Farah Fath (Mimi). "I think we had a nice couple of scenes,"
he reflects, "When we have scenes together, they're nice and I know
the fans like that. So that would be fun. You know, I'd like to work
with everybody! So far, so good..."
Is there anything interesting in store for Patrick? " I don't know
much more than you do," he confesses. "I think he is going to be
heading off with Hope to Europe to look for Billie and Bo," Hutzler
previews, " and I don't know what's going to happen there." Some of
Patrick's future storyline was laid out by (head writer) Jim Reilly
and Hutzler teases, "I'm imagining that it's Jennifer and Jack, and
it's Billie, Bo and Hope and possibly Billie and Georgia. Who knows?"
It's no secret that fans of Days of Our Lives are getting very
discouraged with their show. Uneven storytelling seems to be the order
of the day, and getting fans to tune in has proven to be a major feat.
Why should viewers keep watching? It's a question I put to the
committed actor and he had this to say: "I think, from what I'm
seeing, I think they're bringing it back down to more reality-based
relationships and storylines." Thoughtfully adding, "I don't
know that for sure but it seems like it's coming back around to a
little more realism, a little more character-driven stuff." Does this
mean no more castles, and islands and other mysteries? "I think the
island was a big, big thing... It seems like when the people start
coming back to Salem, it will be more based on the triangles that are
developing and relationships and things like that."
Hutzler's talent, enthusiasm, not to mention good looks and great
chemistry with so many established Days characters has quickly made
him a viewer favorite.
Whatever happens one thing is certain, Patrick Lockhart will be in
the thick of it! For Brody Hutzler's fans that's
very good news.
I would like to thank Brody Hutzler for taking the time out of his
busy schedule to do this
interview and thank you to Charles Sherman for
setting it up.