Mehcad Brooks enjoys shooting ‘Necessary Roughness’ (Exclusive Interview)

Mehcad Brooks enjoys shooting ‘Necessary Roughness’
Interview by Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net
Mehcad Brooks

When it comes to having fun on set, actor Mehcad Brooks of “Necessary Roughness” (USA Television Network) isn’t afraid to poke fun at his days as a Calvin Klein underwear model. 


In a recent interview with StayFamous.Net, Brooks shared a behind-the-scenes practical joke that surprised one of his fellow cast members and he talked about what he enjoys most about the new series.Inspired by a true story, “Necessary Roughness” stars Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me”), who plays a therapist for a professional football team. Brooks, whose television credits include “True Blood,” “The Game” and “Desperate Housewives,”  plays Terrence “TK” King, a star wide receiver for the New York Hawks.
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What aspect of the show is the most entertaining for you? Is there something about it that you think makes it easy for audiences to connect with?”Mehcad Brooks: “Yes, the aspect that really sticks out in the project for me is that it’s the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything. And I really kind of feel like if we’re having – I’m in the school of thought that people love to watch other people have a good time. And if you’re having a great time and you’re performing it, I really see how people can watch you and not have a great time. So that’s our little secret. We’re just having a blast. We’re just a bunch of actors coming to work, being able to do great material and who really respect and have an affinity for each other. And we – in love, actually, really – and we support each other and we just have a blast. And I think it’s evident when it comes on screen.”

Mehcad Brooks (left) and Callie Thorne star in “Necessary Roughness.”
(Quantrell D. Colbert/USA Network)

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How do you usually spend your time between scenes?”


Mehcad Brooks: “If it’s not — because we shoot in Atlanta — so if it’s not too hot, we’ll stick around and hang out and talk and just make jokes… I came back to the makeup trailer one day and the entire makeup trailer was plastered with my Calvin Klein photos that Callie and the makeup department [did] as a joke. And so I went around… drawing little faces on them and cutting off Scott Cohen’s head off pictures and pasting them on top of my face… and so we took a picture of him and unbeknownst to him, we blew it up to – I don’t know – maybe, God, probably 5 by 3 feet — 3 by 5 feet. And it looks like this old, trying to be sexy 1936 picture, like Clark Gable at the background of the movies. And we hung in front of the makeup trailer and so when we came in, it hit him in the face.”

“So, we just have a good time. We play jokes on each other. We respect each other. We hang out. It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun.”

“Necessary Roughness,” starring Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me”), Marc Blucas (“Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”), Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood”) and Scott Cohen (“Law and Order: Trial By Jury”) airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.

Mehcad Brooks enjoys shooting ‘Necessary Roughness’

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