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Interview with Andre Braugher of
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on
I spoke with Andre a few years ago, and he was quite
intimidating, but he's actually a very nice man. What a
fabulous actor! He does a great job on this show, and on
every show, for that matter... he is a very gracious and
thoughtful person in interviews, as you'll read here. I
enjoyed getting another opportunity to speak with him.
FBC PUBLICITY: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
September 25, 2014/12:30 p.m. PDT
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.
Welcome to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine conference call. At this
time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we
will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions
will be given at that time. (Operator instructions.) As a
reminder, this conference is being recorded.
I'd now like to turn the conference over to our host, Hayley
Hindinger. Please go ahead.
Hayley: Hi, everyone. Thank you for joining the Fox
conference call with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Andre Braugher.
Season 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres this Sunday,
September 28th, at 8:30/7:30 Central on Fox, and at this
time, I will turn it over to the operator for the first
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our first question comes
from the line of Kaitlin Milligan from BroadwayWorld TV.
Please go ahead.
Kaitlin: Hi. What are you most excited about in this upcoming
season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Any particular story line?
Andre: Story lines, I donít have a lot of information about
because they pretty much keep that under wraps in order to
give themselves the freedom to develop the story lines as
they see fit, but I am excited about Kyra Sedgwick guest
starring on the show. We had a really great time. She plays
Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, an archrival and a nemesis of
Captain Holt. We did three or four episodes earlier this
season and had a really great time.
Kaitlin: Thank you. Also, what initially drew you to play
Captain Ray Holt?
Andre: Well, I think it was the reputation of Mike Schur and
Dan Goor. I am a fan of Parks and Rec and I saw over the
seasons they created, in my mind, an ever expanding world of
loveable goofballs and they were quite adept at creating a
mature kind of interesting comedy. I said to myself I felt
like I would be in good hands playing this character with
these guys at the helm. That was one of the main
considerations, as was the opportunity to work with Andy.
Kaitlin: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Blaise
Hopkins from TVOvermind.com. Please go ahead.
Blaise: Hi. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. I
just have one question for you.
Blaise: Favorite episode of mine last season was Episode 16,
ďThe Party,Ē where we got to see a little more into your
characterís personal life with his birthday party and into
his home. I know you just said that you have limited
knowledge about the upcoming season, but do you think weíll
get to see more into the background, the personal lives of
any characters to sort of expand their depth?
Andre: I would only be speculating about that. Itís really a
question for the creators, Mike and Dan. Iím sure theyíre
going to continue to expand this universe. We see certain
characters again and again, like Patton Oswalt and Fred
Armisen, as parts of this Brooklyn universe. Iím hoping that
weíll get a chance to see more of Kyra Sedgwick because
sheís in the police hierarchy. Eva Longoria was with us for
a little bit. We are opening up and expanding the personal
lives, especially of Santiago and Peralta.
Iím sure weíll see more of him. I couldnít tell you exactly
when itís going to happen or how itís going to happen, but
Iím sure we will because itís part of the master plan for
Brooklyn Nine-Nine to really create, I think, a full and
complex universe for all of these characters, but in terms
of particulars, thereís nothing I can share.
Blaise: All right. Sounds great. Thank you. Iím looking
forward to the upcoming season.
Andre: Pleasure. Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Jim
Halterman from Xfinity TV. Please go ahead.
Jim: Hi, Andre. Thanks for your time today. Appreciate it.
Andre: My pleasure.
Jim: I wanted to know what is the bone of contention between
Holt and Kyra Sedgwickís character because I know theyíre
nemesis, but I wasnít sure exactlyóIs it a longstanding feud
because I know they have a history together?
Andre: Well, itís a longstanding feud. It seems like theyíre
alter egos for each other. Theyíre both a little committed
to excellence to a high degree. Theyíre both sort of
intuitive detective types. Theyíre both a little strange in
their own way, a little robotic and quirky in that way.
There was an event way back in the past, back in 1989, you
may not have been born back then, back in 1989, and thatís
the genesis for their dispute, the bone of contention
between the two of them.
Jim: Okay. I was born in 1989, so Iím a little older than
Jim: I saw Dan Goor recently. He said Marc Evan Jackson was
back. Heíd already shot an episode. Can you say anything
about what weíll see in that episode?
Andre: Heís seen briefly in that episode. Itís mostly about
Peralta sort of invading my house with [indiscernible] one
case in particular and then we solve it in an all-night
brainstorming session. We solve the case at my house, but
itís a small role. I think weíre going to see Marc in more
detail later in the season, but he has shot one episode, but
it wouldnít be a large story board.
Jim: Okay. Got it. Thanks so much, Andre.
Andre: My pleasure.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) The next question comes
from the line of Suzanne Lanoue from The TV MegaSite. Please
Suzanne: Hi, Andre. Itís nice to speak with you again.
Andre: My pleasure.
Suzanne: I was wondering are there any major changes that you
can tell us about, either behind the scenes or with the cast
Andre: With the cast, we really get along and the show was
cast for sanity, so itís running very smoothly. In terms of
whatís happening with the cast in terms of their story
lines, thatís really a question for the creators, but I will
say that we have a good time on the set. We work very well
together. The material is fantastic this season, so weíre
all very pleased.
Suzanne: Good. I look forward to it. Thanks a lot.
Andre: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Teresa
Roca from OK! and Radar. Please go ahead.
Teresa: Hi, Andre. How are you?
Andre: Iím doing great. You?
Teresa: Good. I just want to know what has been your favorite
part of filming the show?
Andre: My favorite part of filming the show? Well, I enjoyed
the episodes a lot outside the precinct where we go on our
adventures and such. Iíve enjoyed our Thanksgiving and
Christmas episodes. Iíve enjoyed ďThe PartyĒ particular.
ďThe PartyĒ was really an opportunity to see everyone in a
really drastically different atmosphere than the bullpen and
I just found it to be a lot of fun. It was a great script
and a lot of fun to film. In retrospect, ďThe PartyĒ maybe
it was Episode 16, I canít remember, but towards the end of
the season, I thought that was my favorite episode.
Teresa: Great. If I could just get one more question, so you
directed Love Songs, do you think youíll be going behind the
camera during any of the episodes this season?
Andre: I may. I directed Love Songs 13 or 14 years ago, so
Iíve had plenty of opportunities to go behind the camera,
but I have resisted it. Weíll see what happens, but itís not
my first preoccupation.
Teresa: All right. Thank you.
Andre: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Kristina
Lintz from Hypable.com. Please go ahead.
Kristina: Hi, Andre. Thank you for talking. Iím sorry?
Andre: Hypable or Hyperbole?
Kristina: Hypable. Kind of a play on that word.
Kristina: I was wondering what itís like to play Holt, the
stoic man, opposite Jake, Andy Samberg, who just cracks
everyone else up in the precinct.
Andre: I think itís difficult to say the least. Heís a very
funny guy and a lot of great off the cuff humor. Iíve sort
of committed myself to perfecting the art of the straight
man, so Iím trying very hard to not crack up.
Weíve done eight episodes this year. Iíve cracked up twice.
Iím off my pace from last year, which was 3 crack ups in 22
episodes. Obviously, Andyís getting funnier and Iím relaxing
a little bit on the show, but Iíve decided to commit myself
to really perfecting the art of the straight man. Iím
getting better at it and I have a great cast of comedians.
Between Chelsea and Andy and Joe and Terry, itís really a
funny cast and we have a great time doing it.
When we get a chance to improv, we go at it wholeheartedly.
I pretty much stick to the script because thatís my job, but
they really take off and I consider them all to be my kites
and I am their string and so I just give them a great
opportunity to fly and I guess I hold them to the earth to
help tell the story, but weíre having a really great time
Kristina: Thatís great. I look forward to seeing it.
Andre: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Karen
Moul from SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Karen: Thanks so much for being with us today and hello from
Baltimore, Iím based in Baltimore.
Andre: Hi. Big shout out to B-Mo.
Karen: In fact, 20 years ago, I worked in South Point and
spent a lot of time looking around the cast down there.
Andre: Oh, okay.
Karen: I wanted to ask you about, as you enter the second
season, you talked last season about the opportunity that
Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave you to study and learn from some
really experienced and talented comedians, and I wonder as
you guys enter now Season 2 with a successful season behind
you, has the atmosphere or approach changed at all on the
Andre: No. I think theyíve developed a good way of working on
the set and it was put into operation last year and weíre
continuing with that. We, as a cast, as we get to know each
other better, weíre working faster and more efficiently,
which actually gives us more time really to play around. In
any given scene, weíre going to do five or six takes of the
material thatís scripted and really cover that thoroughly
and then we have enough time to do what we call ďfun runsĒ
and fun runs is where everyone pulls the craziest stuff they
know out of a bag and throws it into the scene. Fun runs are
unpredictable, but they really breathe a lot of life into
the process of creating the comedy and it keeps it loose.
Iím having a great time. Iím studying these guys like a
hawk. There are a lot of great young comedians on the show
and itís giving me a real thorough education on another
aspect of my art form and Iím having a great time. Iím
learning a lot and I feel reinvigorated by being on the
Karen: Great. Are there ways that your body of dramatic work
that youíre able to draw on that or does that influence it?
I know you play a serious a guy on the show.
Andre: Iím a serious guy. I guess I make my serious faces, my
serious stares and such. Acting is the same in a certain way
on comedies as well on dramas. It just has a different sort
of lift, kind of a different spiritual dimension. The same
sort of hard work and dedication and concentration goes into
acting in comedies for me in comedy as well as drama. I find
myself working in a similar way, but the effect is just much
lighter. Itís a real crazy comedy. Itís a goofball comedy.
The effect is much, much lighter, but I find myself drawing
on the same techniques that I would use if I were doing a
Karen: Well, youíre great on the show. I think youíre really
funny and thanks again for being with us today.
Andre: Sure. My pleasure.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Paige
Phelan from The Hollywood Reporter. Please go ahead.
Paige: Hi, Mr. Braugher. Thank you so much for talking with
us today. My first question is youíve mentioned kind of Kyra
Sedgwick coming on to play your nemesis. Both of you have
kind of had this dramatic body of work in cop procedurals,
both with her in The Closer and you with Homicide. I was
wondering what it was like for you two to play kind of these
similar troupes, but in a very different comedic-sphere?
Andre: Itís a lot of fun. The stakes are very high on dramas
and we just have to enter into a whole imaginative world
where the stakes are much more life threatening, much more
serious, and I think we both appreciate being able to, in
our own ways, have fun with the cop world that we created.
We invested a lot of time in creating credible roles in
these police dramas, but itís also fun for both of us to get
a chance to let our hair down, so to speak, to play these
I found it to be light and refreshing and Kyra is a very
accomplished comedian and so it was a lot of fun working
with her and the material is terrific. I enjoyed it
immensely and Iím looking forward to Kyraís return sometime
in the future.
Paige: Great. My other question was now that Peralta has been
with the FBI and is going to presumably join the Nine-Nine
again, I was wondering if there is anything that you can
tease about how that dynamic might shift between Holt and
Peralta as he rejoins the precinct?
Andre: I think it shifts slightly. I will say that Holt is a
man who embraces change. As stoic as he seems, as
conservative as he seems, he is a man who is interested in
embracing change. With a new police commissioner and the
return of my ace detective, Peralta, I feel as though the
entire precinct is poised to get better, to leave the world
of sleepy, underperforming Brooklyn precinct and really
become something special.
Thatís what I see in the scripts to date and thatís what has
been pitched to me in terms of whatís going to happen with
Holt and the precinct in the future. I donít have any
information about any episodes past the eight that we have
done, but I will say that Holt is embracing the change
thatís overcoming the entire department.
Paige: Great. Well, thank you so much for answering my
Andre: Sure. My pleasure.
Moderator: We have a follow up question from the line of
Suzanne Lanoue from the TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.
Suzanne: Hi. I was wondering if thereís a possibility of any
of your previous costars, like Ray Romano or Kyle Secor, or
anyone guest starring on the show?
Andre: I donít know. I couldnít say. As an actor, Iím just
not in a position to put out an offer or to write the roles.
It would be great to see some of these guys, but Iím not
sure that Dan or Mike are planning those kind of reunions.
Suzanne: Great. Thanks a lot.
Andre: Sure. My pleasure.
Moderator: We also have a follow up question from the line of
Jim Halterman from Xfinity TV. Please go ahead.
Jim: Hi again, Andre. I also talked to Dan Goor recently,
asking him if he thought the character of Holt was
groundbreaking, so Iíd like to ask you the same question. Do
you feel like he is groundbreaking in any way?
Andre: Groundbreaking? Groundbreaking is different things for
different people. I donít think heís groundbreaking. I just
think he happens to be a fully fleshed out character. But
because fully fleshed out characters arenít as common as
weíd like them to be on television he seems groundbreaking,
but in fact, I think heís simply a fully dimensional
Jim: Okay. Great. Thank you.
Hayley: Okay. That concludes our call. Thank you, Andre, for
your time, and we hope you all enjoy Season 2. As a
reminder, it premieres this Sunday, September 28th, at 8:30.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, this conference will be made
available for replay after 2 p.m. Pacific today until
October 2nd at midnight. That does conclude our conference
for today. Thank you for your participation and using AT&T
Executive TeleConference service. You may now disconnect.
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