Jeremy Sherwood Returns: "Bubba" Bryant Interview Part 2
Richard "Bubba" Bryant is one of my favorite people that I've interviewed ever (ever)! He's funny, he let's his dog do some of the talkin' and he's wouldn't ya know it? A total Charleston-born-and-bred Southern gentleman. Here is part two of his interview, where he answers more fan questions about fans, his jealousy issues (sorry, Erin!) and his return to school. And Jackson (the dog) even gets a bark or two in. Missed Part One? Find it here!
Lisa Raphael: So... do you still watch “Army Wives”?
Bubba: No, I hate that show! [Laughs] I didn’t know that the episode was going to be coming on when it did or that they were going to do the back-to-back premiere! So I was going to have a big party for my episode (Episode 2) but I was watching with just me and two of my really good friends Tim and Joe because I make them watch it anyways! We just watched [Episode 2] together and it was fun.
Well then, if you're still watching, I have to ask: do you get a little jealous when you see Tanya’s with a new love interest, like at the end of Season 5?
I picked up Erin and the actor they have for Tanya's love interest in the car, and the first thing I say to him is, “Oh so you’re the guy who’s hitting on my wife!” I was just messing with him but he’s a great actor and, of course, there’s a little bit of jealousy in there! But it’s cool that she’s moving on, that she’ll be dating this season. I mean, he’s a good looking guy, it makes me look even better.
The fans are happy that both Tanya and Erin stick around. It’s been almost a year since we last spoke. After all of this time, Facebook fan Amanda W. wonders what you miss most about "Army Wives" and being on set every week?
I miss being able to tell the stories I’ve been telling for so long, and to play a young solder. I’ve studied it for so long and been part of it for so long, I wish I could continue to tell that story. I know everybody in the writers' department think the same thing, they wish they could continue to tell that story but the fact of the matter is that that is the story. Jeremy Sherwood's story probably is one of the most important stories we could tell with me and my character.
I miss the routine, it’s so fun to come to work when you have such a tight family like that. I’m still around, I still get to see everyone and I play on all those little sport teams they have, like softball and all that stuff so I’m still around but I just don’t get to do the action. Acting is a sport that I continue to play all the time, but I’m not in the big stadium anymore. I’m at the little stadium. That's what I'm doing these days.
"Army Wives" Facebook friend Felicia K. asks: Do you feel like if you had your choice you would be back on the show, or are you happy to be moving on and doing something different?
That’s the million dollar question! At this point in my life, I didn’t expect to get a big job acting when I was as young as I was. I wanted to finish up college and then I got thrown into this life and I had to learn quick and just say all the right things at the right times and be in the right place when I didn’t even know what it was. I played my cards right and things worked out and it’s a fun industry, I like it and everything but I’m picking up where I left off. I’m picking up with the education, I want to get a degree and I want to do something else. I’m very happy I am where I am right now: living in Charleston with my dog Jackson.
He made a cameo last interview, I don’t know if you remember!
He did make a cameo, I remember! He'll make a cameo this interview as well. I don’t get to spend as much time with him now that I’m in school and I’m playing shows at least twice a week and going to school fifteen hours. I do a lot more work these days than I did with "Army Wives"! He gives me the sad puppy eyes when I put my backpack on and everything.
I’m still auditioning, I’ll be around doing different things but I think Charleston is for me. L.A. and New York are fun, I love those places but I’m not at the point right now where I can live there and not be a waiter. I waited tables for too long, since I was like, 16 until 21. Five years of that made me not want to do that. I got a lot of people following what I do since being on "Army Wives" and everything but there's a whole world out there and I think I’ll be a better actor once I finish school. The stuff I learned from "Army Wives" was an education too. I’m not trying to brag, but I’m one of the smartest kids in my class and I’m a lot older than them. [Laughs]
What are you going to school for?
Well, right now I’m going to school for Business and Theatre, but that is subject to change.
Do you keep in touch with Katelyn Pippy (the actress who plays Emmalin Holden)? Because she’s in school too!
Yeah, I see her whenever she's around! I know she's killin' it, she's smart as hell. I remember when I first met her I thought she was 21-years-old and she was only like, 16-years-old. And she's a goalie there too, right?
Yes! Just like Emmalin! Jennifer P. and Debbie W. both ask how "Army Wives" has affected your day-to-day life do you get recognized? Do people say “Oh my God, you’re Jeremy on 'Army Wives'!”? What about in school?
Yeah, in school it happens! I don’t really like to talk about it in class because people have different perceptions about fame and what it is and I feel like if I talk about it, someone might be like "oh, you’re bragging about it." But sometimes it will be halfway through the semester and girls will suddenly be like, [in high-pitched girl voice] “hey, you look like Jeremy from "Army Wives"!”
Is that what "Army Wives" groupies sound like?
[Laughs] It's just funny how I’ll go out on Friday and Saturday nights in Charleston and different people will come up to me and be like, [in Southern accent] "I know you from somewhere, I don’t know where I know you from, but I know you!" It's strange when that happens! Some people will be like, "oh you’re a friend of mine, are you friends with…?" I’m like, "no."
But then you have the guy who comes over and asks: [in low voice] "Are you that dude on "Army Wives"? Cool. Can my wife get a picture, dude?" It's always odd for me when that happens, but what's cool about it is, you know, I do theatre and stuff like that and you get applause from the audience, you know? So when people come up and talk about "Army Wives," it’s fun! And when I travel "Army Wives" fans from all over the place will ask for your autograph. I was at Mardi Gras last year and this guy who spoke just a little bit of English comes up to me with this Portuguese accent he’s like, "Jeremy!? 'Army Wives'?!" and took a picture of me with him and his buddies.
Read part one of Bubba's interview here and check the "Army Wives" Blog next week for part three and more of YOUR questions answered!