As wisecracking, Chrismukkah-celebrating Seth Cohen on The O.C., we never understood why Adam Brody always had to play second banana to Benjamin McKenzie's wooden Ryan Atwood. On a show full of bright young things, he was clearly the one with star quality. But once the show ended, we didn't see much of him, save the occasssional small role in a bad movie (we're talking about you, In the Land of Women). But with ut with killer roles in master of horror Wes Craven's eagerly anticipated Scream 4 and Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, we think Brody may just yet get a taste of leading man respect. Nylon Guys captures the 31-year-old actor inside its May issue, where he opens up about his experience working with Craven, life after a hit TV series, and getting older in Hollywood.
On living an actor's life: "You have a lot of downtime as an actor, no matter who you are. You find other things to fill your time and if they can be educational or help you grow in any way, then that's all the better."
On filming Scream 4: "[Craven] seemed to enjoy the killing the most. I feel like everyone really lit up when there was oing to be some gore or when someone was going to get it."
On getting older: "I'm 31--I'm not that young, but so much of my twenties was spent wearing a backpack, until I started playing people with jobs. It's fun to pretend you have a job."