If you have been watching television this past year, chances are you know that the stars have been lined up for Robert Buckley. Before “One Tree Hill” even bid its final farewell in April, Buckley had already been cast alongside Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams in ABC’s new fall prime-time drama “666 Park Avenue”. The actor, who earned a degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, plays Brian Leonard: a married, successful playwright living with his wife (Mercedes Masohn) in a historic New York City apartment building possessed by the supernatural.

I recently had the pleasure of catching-up with the always down-to-earth Buckley and we chatted about his new role, whether any possible trouble lies ahead for him at The Drake; and just like “666” flashes back, we also flashed back in time to a special memory Buckley would go back to if he could!

What are you enjoying most about your character Brian on “666”?

Robert- Aside from the fact that Mercedes Masohn, who plays my TV wife, is pretty much the female version of me; so there’s a lot of just juvenile back and forth going on between us and that makes work more fun- it’s a good role because I just like the idea that he’s a good, relatable, kind of everyday man who is just making bad choices. I think that’s interesting as a viewer. I like to watch someone whom I can relate to and then I get to watch them sort of throw their life in ruins and then have to deal with the fall-out. I think that’s really interesting.

What can you say about what’s ahead for Brian and his wife? Drama ahead? I know in the promo for the upcoming episode episode, we saw a little something possibly happening with Alexis.

Robert- Yeah I think it’s safe to say that Brian is continuing to make some-what questionable life choices. As you saw in the trailer- because what is happening between him and Alexis. I mean talk about just really, really bringing trouble into your world: this girl is working with his wife, lives across the street and he still, still messing around.

And he seemed to give Louise some trouble about the Doctor.

Robert- Shady Dr. Evans! That guy gets a black eye and he has a tattoo, has the womanizing, the gambling. Who under 40 gambles and invests on horses? I just don’t know that guy. But he’s definitely trouble!

Is there any chance Brian is more than just a quiet writer? Are we going to possibly see more develop with him and Gavin? Would you like for that happen?

Robert- I was just working with Terry (O’Quinn) and Vanessa (Williams) last night and I was making that exact comment to them. I said to them, “I feel like we’re on different television shows. I want to play with you guys.” Gavin’s a real troublemaker so I’d like to, not that Brian doesn’t already have his plate full of wreckage, but I’d like to see Brian have a lot more stuff with Gavin.

I think it would be very interesting.

Robert- I do too. The more characters are interacting, the more opportunity you give yourself for roads to go down. I love the triangle they have right now between Louise, Alexis and I. But I think it would be great to open it up and see him interacting more with Jane and Henry and working with Gavin and Olivia; as well and sort of seeing what unfolds.

The series definitely has a supernatural theme to it-I have to ask since we’re on the topic, do you believe in that stuff? You seem to always play characters surrounded by ghosts!

Robert- I know! (Laughs) I’m just thankful that my wife isn’t a ghost this time! At least his partner is of this world. Yes, I have to say I do. I definitely do because I watch the Paranormal Activity movies and I get scared. So whether I say I believe in ghosts or not, the fact is every time I watch Paranormal Activity I’m afraid of my kitchen cabinets for a week. So clearly, I have some latent fear of supernatural beings. So I would say yes, I believe in those sort of ghostly shenanigans.

Maybe that’s why you’re drawn to these roles. Because of your belief.

Robert- Yeah absolutely. I think there’s some truth to that. I’d like to look at my resume and see just how many roles involve seeing dead people or dating dead people.

I heard you are optioning off a book, Dope Thief, tell me a little about it.

Robert- Oh yes! That is an awesome book that I read four years ago that I fell in love with and kind of kept it in the back of my mind for about a year and a half, and then I was talking to this friend and I was like, “Oh by the way did I tell you about this book?” I took it to him and he just loved it so we looked the author up, Dennis Tafoya, online, sent him an email and was like, “Hey, you’ve probably never heard of me. Don’t know me from atom. But I loved your book. I’d like to talk to you about it, maybe do something based on the book in the future.” He was a great guy and I got the rights to it and I’m hoping to adapt it with a buddy who I’m working with and get to play the title role. That’s the goal.

The lead character is just awesome. And there’s a lot that I identify with. And as you’re reading it, you just read stuff, and you’re like, wow this role would be so much fun. I would get to do something I haven’t done before and it just has all those elements to it. Even if it was something I couldn’t act out, I would want to help bring it to the big screen. I think it’s an awesome story.

A lot of actors, like George Clooney and Tom Hanks have gone on to direct and star in films, maybe Robert Buckley also on that list? Is that something you would like to do?

Robert- Absolutely. I have to say if “One Tree Hill” would have gone for another year, I 100% would have absolutely asked now to have a crack out of it. Because I love the whole aspect of what we do. And I’m fast at learning new things, I would just be foolish to not give it a shot. Who knows where I’d go from there. It could be I tried it and I loved it. Or I tried it and it’s not my cup of tea.

What is the best piece of advice that was ever given to you that you would like to share with your fans?

Robert- There is one piece of advice my mom gave me when I first left college, when I was looking for a job. I found a great job, but it was just a job I really disliked. She said it’s just as important to find out what jobs you don’t like as finding the job that you do like. Because it helps you do what you want to do. I took a consulting job for a year and a half that ultimately wasn’t right for me and I wasn’t happy doing it, but that experience was invaluable. And it also told me I don’t want to sit behind a desk and crunch numbers on a computer for 70 hours a week. So there was a lot of value in taking a job I didn’t like. I think a lot of times people get stuck at a job they hate and they’re sort of just doing it and it’s like if you don’t like it, it’s okay. Learn something from it and move on.

What’s your favorite memory from your childhood that you would go back to if you could?

Robert- It would have to be my earliest memory which is having a picnic with my grandmother in my backyard. She passed away when I was really young so I didn’t get to know her all that well but I just remember laughing and running around and racing her to the wall in the backyard and then having a picnic with her. It was so much fun! It was like a little movie flashback: perfect lighting, she laughing in slow motion. I don’t know why she chose to laugh in slow motion but she did. And just having such a good time. And feeling nothing but just happiness and just being where I was. That was a great time. And for the record, as an adult, I would definitely beat her in that foot race to the wall.

You’re sure about that? Some grandma’s are strong!

Robert- Yeah, let’s be honest she might still take me. But I have a fighting chance now!

Keep up with Robert Buckley on Twitter- @RobertBuckley

source: http://www.examiner.com/article/robert-buckley-talks-life-on-666-park-avenue

Robert Buckley came to the Wake Up! studio to promote the new ABC hit “666 Park Avenue” but it quickly turned into a former Fat Kid conversation about the many flavors of Cheez-Its. White Cheddar.. GA-ROSS!

We couldn’t get enough laughs from Robert and she was curious to know, why is he always on such serious shows? He actually never thought of himself as being that funny, we thought he was hilarious.

We definitely enjoyed having Robert in the studio and he even promised to bring Cheez-Its the next time that he comes by. Mmm… We can’t wait!

Make sure to watch Robert every Sunday night at 10 pm on “666 Park Avenue” on ABC.


Robert Buckley Talks About Growing Up A Fat Kid And Where He Gets His Humor From


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Robert tells HollywoodLife.com about the Oct. 28 episode of ’666 Park Avenue.’ Viewers can expect a Halloween fright!

Hollywoodlife.com caught up with Robert Buckley at the the Cinema Society and Tumi’s screening of This Must Be the Place on Oct. 25, where he told us we can expect “some sexy costumes, at least one fistfight and at least one kidnapping” on the Halloween episode of 666 Park Avenue. “It’s our strongest episode yet” he said. Sounds exciting!

Robert is really enjoying playing Brian, as he says it’s quite different from his previous role, sports agent Clay Evans on The CW’s One Tree Hill.

“My Twitter followers are up in arms,” he told us. “They are like, ‘We can’t believe Clay is cheating on Quinn — and now potentially on his new wife.’ Clay is such a sweet guy, and Brian is a sweet guy, but he is making some bad decisions. It’s a lot of fun to play him.”

The network has given a sign of confidence to the two freshman dramas on its schedule.

ABC is showing confidence in rookie dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue.

The ABC Network is showing a tremendous amount of faith in its devilish new horror show “666 Park Avenue,” as it has ordered two more scripts for the series despite it tanking like a lead balloon in the ratings.

666 Park Avenue has been a modest ratings performer for ABC in the 10 p.m. Sunday slot, averaging 5.6 million viewers per week for its first three episodes. Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor star.

Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue are the latest ABC freshman series to receive additional script orders, joining comedy The Neighbors, which received an order for three more scripts this month.

The Drake draws together an interesting cast of characters on 666 Park Avenue, ABC’s new supernatural drama about an idealistic young couple recruited to manage a Manhattan apartment building with a dark history.

Spinoff Online spoke with several of the actors who play those characters during roundtable interviews at New York Comic Con, where they offered clues about what to expect as the season unfolds.

Of all the characters on the series, it’s the love triangle between Brian Leonard (Robert Buckley), Louise Leonard (Mercedes Masohn) and Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson) that’s the source of much of the tension. As Brian finds himself increasingly drawn to Alexis, he keeps coming closer and closer to cheating on his wife. However, it’s obvious the new relationship is something he’s struggling with.

“That’s the beauty, I think, in how you play Brian,” Masohn said. “It’s not just an easy, ‘Oh, she’s beautiful, my wife will never find out,’ kind of thing; you see the struggle within him and I think that’s what really grounds the character.”

Buckley said the idea of being drawn against one’s will to infidelity is something he considers terrifying, so portraying this storyline is something of a challenge.

“Being in a relationship where there was such a temptation that there was something actually pulling me out of it — because, aside from this job, I’m a very big believer in fidelity — that would scare the hell out of me,” he said. “To be in a spot where I was actually pushed to questioning my relationship and maybe breaking what I’ve always stood by and my morals? That would actually be a pretty frightening pickle to find myself in.”

Morality frequently comes into play on 666 Park Avenue. Spinoff also caught up with Erik Palladino, who plays doorman Tony DeMeo, and Samantha Logan, who plays The Drake resident Nona Clark, and they talked about how Terry O’Quinn’s Gavin is often at the center of their characters’ plights. But just because he is the show’s antagonist doesn’t mean his character is pure evil.

“[Gavin] actually becomes more human as the show progresses and more vulnerable,” Palladino said. I think that if he became pure evil, it would be boring. Like, alright, the guy’s the devil, he can kill anything. … He grows. His character definitely grows into different branches.”

He added, “I think that’s true for all the characters on the show. Initially they seem to be one way, and they make left turns and right turns as we go along.”

Mattsson said the fact that the characters on 666 Park Avenue can’t easily be defined as “good” or “bad” is something that drew her to the show. She feels it’s going to be one of the more engaging elements of the series going forward.

“We see the balance. There’s no just ‘just evil’ or ‘just bad,’ and there’s no just like ‘only good.’ It’s like a good person can make bad decisions, and then we don’t know whether to really like them or not. Even somebody who maybe seems to be evil still has something human in them,” she said. “I think overall on the show there is a really good balance.”

With that being said, the balance is going to tip towards the bad before it comes back to the good. Buckley said that things aren’t looking great for Brian, Louise and Alexis at the moment.

“Things are going to get worse before they get better. We’re far from out of the woods,” he said.

Mattsson added, “We’re definitely in for a lot of surprises, that’s for sure. And we keep getting surprised week to week when we read a new script.”

666 Park Avenue airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.