An Interview with Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp, "Desperate Housewives")

Actor Shawn Pyfrom arrives at the Grand Opening of The Beach on Sunset at The Beach on Sunset on August 22, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.
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It is days like today that make me want to pinch myself. Not only do I get to watch and write about all my favorite television shows, but I get to chat with some of the most talented people in the business. "Desperate Housewives" may be all about the women, but Shawn Pyfrom had one of the funniest scenes this season, which took place at the dinner table with Bree and George. To this day, I still giggle when I think about that scene.

I found Shawn to be very intelligent, ambitious and just generally a normal guy with a very bright future ahead of him. I think we'll see great things from Shawn in the coming years.

Q: How did you get into acting?

"My parents got me in it when I was four years old, so I didn't really have any reckoning moment where I was like, this is what I want to do."

Q: What was your first role?

"The first thing I did where I really had lines was a show I did in Florida. It was a little Disney show called 'Disney Sing Me a Story.'"

Q: If you hadn't gone into acting, what do you think you would've done with your life?

"I would've continued going to school. I'd probably be in college right now and possibly going for a business degree."

Q: How did you land the role on "Desperate Housewives"?

"There's no interesting story behind it, I just went in for the role. I knew the casting director, so he brought me right in to meet with the director and Marc Cherry and they liked me and wanted me in the part."

Q: Did you think the show was going to be this huge?

"None of us had any expectations, we had no idea it would be this big."

Q: You had to have been shocked by your character's gay storyline.

"I was.

I was a little shocked, but I wasn't really all that worried about it or anything. I was actually really excited they were going to give me that kind of depth in my role. I thought it added a really interesting twist to it."

Q: How did you prepare for your gay love scenes?

[laughs] "Uh, there were a lot of nerves.

I just went in and right before we were about to shoot, Ryan Carnes, the guy who plays my love interest, turned to me and he was like, 'The work-up to it is much worse than the actual thing itself, so try not to worry about it, try not to think about it.'"

Q: Have you ever picked up a script for "Desperate Housewives" and thought, "Oh my God, I can't believe I have to do that?"

[laughs] "Quite a few times actually! There have been a few scenes, like when I had to spit in Marcia Cross's face. I was really nervous about that, I didn't want to do it."

Q: Did you have to actually spit in her face?

"Oh yeah -- take after take. She's really the sweetest woman. She was really cool about it and kept telling me I was holding back, she was really awesome."

Q: What roles do you have coming up?

"'The Shaggy Dog' (in theaters March 10, 2006) -- I have that and I did an indie film over the summer break."

Q: If you could play any role in movie or television history, what would it be?

"It would probably be Mel Gibson's role in 'Braveheart.' Of course, no one could do it as well as Mel Gibson. That would be a phenomenal role to play."

Q: Are there any actors you draw your experience from?

"I actually really learn a lot from Marcia on the set, the way she prepares, the way she acts."

Q: What are your plans for the future?

"I plan on getting a house sometime soon.

I think I'm going to try to venture into business."

And now for some easy questions....

Q: Favorite Movie?


Q: Favorite TV Shows?

"I really, honestly enjoy watching our show. Aside from that, 'Entourage.'"

Q: Favorite comfort food?

"French Fries."

Q: Favorite video games?

"I don't really play video games, but I suppose if I had to choose one it would be old Mario. Some of the new stuff is amazing, but some of the games coming out are just way too complicated. Maybe they're just trying to get people to use their minds more, which is good."

Q: What do you do during down time on the set?

"I paint. I paint canvases."

Q: Do you hang out with any of the actors from the show?

"I occasionally hang out with Joy [Lauren], who plays my sister and sometimes I'll see Cody [Kasch], who plays Zach."

Q: Do you have a girlfriend?

"I do. I've had a girlfriend for two years now."

Q: Do you have any animals?

"I don't. I really want a dog, I've been wanting one more and more every day. I just don't think it would be fair to get a dog at this point because I live in an apartment and I'm not around a lot."

Q: What's your ringtone?

"It's one of those boring ringtones that come with the phone. I have a European phone, so I'm not able to download ringtones to it yet."

Q: What's on your iPod playlist right now?

"It fluctuates. Recently I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie."

Q: Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans?

"Thank you for all your support and I hope you continue to stay interested."