Patrick Faucette is becoming a regular on Tyler Perry’s soap opera, “The Haves and Have Nots.” The physical therapist turned actor got a break when his drive-by role in the series expanded into multiple episodes, and he’s in the thick of the biggest plot of the season now.
Patrick sat down with CableTV to give us some insight about his character and the life of an actor.
Q: Right now you’re on “The Haves and Have Nots” on OWN and I understand your character Tony was originally only supposed to be on for one episode, but they’ve kept you on for a bit.
Patrick Faucette: Yeah. Originally Tony was just supposed to be a blind date for Hannah. And when I got to Atlanta and they saw that I looked a lot like Tyler Lepley, who plays my son, Benny, Tyler Perry changed the script and threw some stuff in there to make me his father, which was pretty exciting.
Q: So you thought you were just going to just have a one episode run, and you found out you were a daddy.
PF: I know. I found a long-lost kid.
Q: Now your character is kind of involved in a pretty intense plot line going on right now, debating keeping your comatose son on life support, and it looks like you’ve been getting a little hate on Twitter. Is Tony really as bad as everyone thinks?
PF: Well, Tony’s a survivor. And he’s going pretty much by what the doctor had said. Really he sincerely wanted to be in his son’s life in the first season. And, with this unfortunate accident and the doctors saying that his son is brain-dead and they should think about organ donation, it kind of plays right into my situation having a kidney problem, being with dialysis, and waiting for a kidney match. So it’s kind of an opportunistic thing as well, but if he is brain-dead, then I guess I’ll be able to have a part of my son in me as well. So that’s kind of what Tony’s thinking. It’s not really sinister like, “Oh thank goodness, they need to pull the plug so I can get this kidney.”
Q: Are fans coming up to you on the street and having weird reactions related to the story?
PF: Well I have some people that I know at work, who I do some physical therapy with, and when I went into the office yesterday, I did get a couple of people saying, “Oh, I am mad at you! I can’t believe you!”
Q: You dog!
PF: You dog! Why are you trying to take the boy’s kidney?
Q: So how did you get into acting?
PF: After my graduation [from Boston University], I moved to San Francisco and I moved in with some friends from school that were all in the theater program at Boston University. So they did a lot of plays and I would go to their plays, and then I just kind of caught the acting bug and I started doing theater and taking classes, and eventually packed up and moved to LA to pursue film and television.
Q: So are you hoping that Tony will stick around for a while or become a permanent part of the show, or have any teasers on what will happen with him? You probably don’t even know yet.
PF: Yeah, I’m not sure. I’m still surviving this season. So I’m hanging in there trying to get a kidney and we’ll see what happens with that. But hopefully, I’m hoping I’ll be around for a while. I need to redeem myself with the fans because now they’re pretty upset with me trying to get this kidney.
Q: First you were a deadbeat dad missing for years, and now you’re trying to get your son’s kidney. So yeah, you’ve got a little work to do there with the fans.
Q: Any kind of film projects coming up? You’ve had some roles in some films, so are you kind of hoping to maybe start getting a little more work on the big screen?
PF: Yes. I would love to. I’m in 12 episodes this season, so hopefully the exposure will open some doors for the film industry as well, as I get more exposure.
Q: Well I would think working with Tyler Perry should help just a little bit.
PF: Just a little. Hopefully he’ll think about me in his next Madea film.
Q: Speaking of which, what’s it like working with him?
PF: He’s our director, so he is kind of like the captain of the ship. He’s running things from top to bottom and he’s very meticulous, from the lighting to the directing to the camera angles. He’s pretty much directing it all. So you feel pretty comfortable with them at the helm because you know he’s on everything. He’s a perfectionist, I would say.
Q: Now, is anything in particular that you’ve learned while working with him that’s really helped you become a better actor?
PF: Well, the way he shoots is pretty fast. So whereas on other sets, you have the wide shot and then you come in for a closer shot and then you come in for your close-up, where you can kind of gauge your performance like, well they’re in a wide shot, I’m not going to give it all. Or, oh they’re getting a little closer, okay I’m going to start turn it on. Okay here’s my close-up. That’s where I’ll give my real performance. When he shoots, you have to come with your strong performance from take one because he’s doing coverage, he’s doing close-ups… he’s shooting with three cameras sometimes. So you really have to bring it, and bring your “A game” on the first shot. So he’s kind of taught me to prepare, to be ready, right from action.
To check out Faucette at work, tune into “The Haves and Have Nots” Tuesday nights on OWN.
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