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Gentleman’s Corner: Mehcad Brooks Talks Role on ‘Necessary Roughness’ and Explains What He likes in a Woman

Mehcad Brooks

Mehcad Brooks is the ultimate catch, he’s handsome, extremely talented, cares of his body, and has a great sense of humor. Our 25 under 35 actor has come a long way from $300 and a dream to major roles on hit TV shows like Desperate Housewives, The Game, and his current gig, Necessary Roughness.

The former Calvin Klein model has dreams of working with the gorgeous Meagan Good on movies. “She’s phenomenal, beautiful, very talented actress, underrated, and I’m very glad she’s finally getting some of the things she deserves,” he says.

Vixen had the pleasure of picking his brain to find out everything about Mr. Brooks and let us say he left plenty for our imagination: “I don’t like wearing clothes that much in real life”

Flip the page and learn more about this TV football star.

VIBE Vixen: How have you grown to relate (or not relate) to your character?
When I started playing the character we couldn’t be more opposite. As time went on and he grew and progressed, he became a lot more like me. He and I are still different but as he lets a lot of the anger and petty stuff go; he’s actually somebody I’d hang out with—this last season but not the first one.

Your father played professional football, is playing football his favorite role of yours?
[He gives me] a lot of unwarranted advice too because a lot has changed since 1979. He has a lot of friends from the NFL that tell him “your son is just like you, he talks shit just like you”.

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mehcad brooksBetween Matthew on Desperate Housewives, and Jerome on The Game which character do you relate the most to and which do you relate the least?
Good question I think as an actor the entire purpose that that you're going to interject part of your personality into that character. That’s really the only experience you have to draw from. It’s going to be facades and idiosyncrasies about that character that will always be yours. I can relate to [Matthew] because I grew up like Desperate Housewives, I felt like a misfit but I also felt accepted. But in The Game I was older and I knew myself better as a person and as an actor so I would always say I can relate to Jerome better than I can Matthew.

Do you have any celebrity co-stars you love to work with?

This sounds like a diplomatic answer but honestly I never had more fun on set then the people I work with now. Callie Thorne, John Stamos, Scott Cohen are amazing people and we have a good time. We all have respect for each other and there is so much laughter everyday, even if you’re tired, had a long day or week; you can always come to work and have a great time.

You’ve done mainly TV shows; do you see yourself transitioning into movies?

TV’s been really good to me, it’s a lot of fun, it’s consistent, and you’re working a lot. I just like to work, I don’t care if its TV or film. If it’s good, fun, and appeals to me, I’m going to do it.

Any secrets to the season finale you can share?

Yes I can…I’m kidding this may sound cliché but you’ll be very surprised.  I don’t want to give anything away I want people to watch it.

Okay well will we see you shirtless?

I don’t remember but I think so, it was a long time ago but my shirts off a lot in the show.

Yeah, it’s like they don’t like you shirted.

Yes, but I don’t really wear clothes that much in my real life either.

Our readers love your body, how do you stay in shape?

Ah man, eating pizza at 2 o’clock in the morning is part of it.

Are you serious?

I’ve been working out since I was 17/18 years old fairly consistently. When I’m shooting I can’t work out for 4 or 5 months so it’s mainly about diet. When I’m consistently working out I eat whatever I want. When I’m not, I try to eat more fiber and eat more protein, I balance it out that way; I don’t really eat fried foods. I’ll tell you a secret: six days a week I eat really healthy and one day a week I eat whatever I want.

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mehcad brooksDo you pig out on that day?

You would not believe I’d have a bowl of Brazilian food, a hamburger, a bowl of cereal, pizza, and cookies. Then once every 8 days I’ll fast and I’ll just have water, tea, and coffee. That one day you fast you burn off all the calories from yesterday and the ones your about to put in your body tomorrow.

Do you ever consider going back to modeling?

Yes and no. Yes I would do the right campaign, I would do the denim or formal wear; if it’s the right thing, yeah but you won’t see me in fashion week walking the cat walk.

Will you attend fashion week this year?

I’ll attend it, I have a great time but you won’t see me working. Those models are too skinny for me; I can’t keep myself [that size]. That was the hardest part about modeling; it was a really strict diet. I’m naturally a big guy, you’re not going to fit the clothes and if you’re taking pictures you’re going to look humungous if you’re over 210 and I naturally stay around 218-220.

Are you dating anyone now?

Not really, I’m single. I work my butt off, I shoot the show, and I’m in-between cities. It’s kind of hard even if you find somebody you like, they’re like “how often are you in town” and it’s not a lot, not as much as the other dudes she may like. So it’s kind of hard to have a relationship when you’re nomadic.

A lot of our readers wanted to know if they could take you on a date, what would a date with Mehcad be like?

It depends on the woman [laughs] but seriously I love to eat, I love trying all different kinds of food, I love really good food. No matter what kind of food it is, I love it so we’d definitely start off with dinner. If she’s taking me on a date I want flowers, I’m kidding. I like conversation, most of the dates I have it’s one of two things, we’d go to dinner and then we’d spend 4 or 5 hours at the restaurant getting to know somebody.

What do you like in a female?

I don’t really have a type. I’ve dated pretty much every type of woman there is, good and bad [laughs] so for me when it came to woman I was willing to try anything once. Physically I like a woman who takes care of herself, takes pride in her appearance but doesn’t try to hard. Can dress but also leave something to the imagination. I can’t date a woman who’s not intelligent and who doesn’t have an interest in doing different things. Nothing against women who like a simple life and are set in their ways but I like to have somebody who’s adventurous and versatile in their thinking.

Would you rather have a girl who watched sports or who watched reality TV?

I’m attracted to girls who like reality TV. I’ve gotten introduced to Love and Hip Hop, which is a show I never would have watched. I watch politics, USA, Showtime and HBO more or less on TV. If somebody turns on Love and Hip Hop and Stevie J’s making it rain, I’m like that’s awesome [laughs].

Would you be on a reality TV show?


Our last question comes from our follower, “how do you stay away from the pressures and stress of Hollywood?”

That’s a good question. I’ve been in Hollywood since August 25, 1999 at 2:25pm. The first 3 ½ years were strictly school and trying to get an agent. When I got to a level of success I understood that I came to LA with $300 in my pocket and I don’t take that for granted for one minute. I came here to do something and the only reason I live in LA is to achieve that goal. Otherwise I would still live in Austin [Texas], or I’d live in New York, or I’d live in South Africa or Paris. Also, a lot of my jobs take me to Atlanta, NY, or Morocco for 6 months. I’m not going to always be in LA. If I get off my center I hop in a plane 2 hours away and go home to my mom in Austin. She tells me to take out the trash and clean up the dog sh** in the back [laughs].

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