When Darin Brooks was cast as the hot hunky race car driver Max Brady, the adopted son of Caroline and Shawn Brady on Days of our Lives, let's just say that is the type of role any guy would be dying to get.
“Oh without a doubt,” Brooks said. “I mean my first scene I was signing autographs with fifty girls that were hired as extras to call out my name. Does it get any better? I was like in heaven.”
Brooks is having the time of his life with the role of Max. He hopes to see the character branch out in different directions, and jokingly said that he’d love to meet the Brady family, which he has never been with in scenes.
“You know I haven’t. I see Caroline (Peggy McCay) in the halls and it’s like ‘Hi son,’ ” Brooks said. “As for Max...he is fun. He’s getting a heart, and is just an interesting guy. Look at all the women that adore him. I think Max has a lot to do in terms of storyline.”
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, this is Brooks first professional acting gig. It brought him to Hollywood which meant leaving behind his parents, brother, and dog.
“Who would of thought? I would of never in my wildest dreams,” Brooks said. “But I will tell you that since I’m here in LA, I hope to make the most of it. I’m really having a ball and the time of my life.”
Brooks was bitten by the acting bug in high school, after playing the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Wood.” He said that while living in Hawaii, he did a lot of extra work in films that were shot on the island.
“I tried to get involved in whatever came my way,” Brooks said. “I always felt and still do to today that the more experience you have the better you will be at your craft. I still take acting classes, and am willing to learn new things every day.”
Brooks left for the west coast after a friend encouraged him to try his luck at acting. He then got an agent and manager, and as they say, the rest is history.
The role of Max had not been played on Days of our Lives for over ten years. When Max left he was a child. Now, ten years later, the role came about rather quickly. In fact, so quick that Brooks points out that even he is shocked.
Brooks only previous acting experience was a short movie by Toby Wilkins called “Staring at the Sun,” which is traveling the film festival circuits.
“I had hardly any professional experience. I came out to LA with only a monologue on tape,” Brooks said. “I had a general meeting with Fran Bascom, (Days head casting director), and boom here I am. I mean really. Acting’s a tough business with a little luck that’s thrown in. But I do remember Fran saying that I was terrific, and I was like wow!”
Brooks was called back for an actual audition and then a screen test. He hit pay dirt when his agent called and told him that he had gotten the role, along with a three year contract.
“I was like just freaking out,” Brooks said.” I remember calling my dad, who was shopping at Home Depot, to tell him the news, and I started calling relatives.”
Brooks admitted that he never watched Days of our Lives. In fact, when he was told that he’d be playing Frankie’s (Billy Warlock) younger brother, his reaction was “Frankie who?” “But I started doing my research real fast. Also, since I play a NASCAR driver, I’m really getting into this NASCAR stuff.”
Fran Bascom said that although she doesn’t like to admit this, she was smitten upon meeting Brooks.
“You know I really was. I try not to get carried away, but with Darin, I really was taken,” she said. “He’s adorable, and a natural. I thought he was special. In fact, so special that I rushed the screen test. We didn’t want to loose him to another show. We (the powers that be) were really anxious about him.”
Brooks recalled the first few days on the set as being nervous, but yet he kept smiling knowing he had this great job. He added that everyone from cast to crew was just great and supportive.
“Like I said, I really didn’t know much. I tried to learn the technical aspects of the show,” Brooks said. “I remember going up to the cameramen and introducing myself. I told them if they can explain how the shots will work (I‘ll do my best to give you what you need). It was like I help you, you help me. I wanted to make their job easier.”
Brooks said that he is adjusting to the Los Angeles lifestyle. He is learning that LA has bad drivers, and that life in Hollywood is really fast paced, but he has decided on taking one step at a time.
Soapdom needs to know, are you anything like Max? Your future goals? And any message to your fans?
“Well! (deep breath). As for Max...I’m a little like him, but more stable -- at least with the ladies. My future goals would be to do an action film in Europe with a good script. And to the fans, I want to thank you for your support. I’ve been getting a lot of fan mail, and it’s fabulous. Thank you all.”
Brooks said that the highlight of his career thus far was seeing his picture with the cast on the NBC complex celebrating Days of our Lives 40th Anniversary. “I was like, Oh my God," He said. “I snapped a photo and sent it home. My brother was like, what the----?”
Away from the glamour, glitz, and grind of Hollywood, Brooks is a passionate surfer and enjoys skateboarding, baseball, soccer, and football. His music interests include the guitar, bass and drums.
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