Nicholas Braun Exclusive Interview

Nicholas Braun

We got the scoop from Nicholas Braun and even though he’s part of the ABC family pilot for 10 Things I Hate About You, there are certainly more than 10 things we love about him. One, for example, that he’ll share the screen with tween queens Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in Princess Protection Program. Did we mention he’s single?

Photo Credit: Karla Ticas

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about the different projects you are working on.

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
The pilot I just finished shooting is an ABC family pilot and it’s called 10 Things I Hate About You, and it’s based off the movie, obviously. It’s the same characters and the same sort of dynamic. Two sisters, and the younger on can’t date until the older one does, and the older one seems like she’ll never date. I play Cameron, this quirky, nervous sophomore in high school. First day back at school, his sophomore year, this girl Bianca comes in, the younger sister, and he falls in love with her at first Undoubtedly this is the girl of his dreams. The series is going to play out some really cool story lines, and it’s really, really funny. My character’s just a blast to play. It’s great. It’s really fun…This series came along, and it was like, I just gotta do this. This character is perfect for me.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Because of the movie being so successful, it’s going to draw a lot of people to the show?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
I think so. I think a lot of people will be curious how we can turn such a classic cult teen movie into a series. I think people are going to tune in because those characters were really well defined and funny. It’s just a fun movie. It obviously translates on screen. It’s just a fun, fun show.

THE STAR SCOOP:

Is there a specific age it will appeal to?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
It certainly hits ABC Family’s core audience, which I think is 12-19 kind of range, but I think the teens that were that age ten years ago when the original film came out will definitely tune in as well. It’s hard to say, but it’s really relatable. We’ve got this actor, Larry Miller, who played the father in the original. He came on for the series as well. I think it is a whole sort of family kind of show, and it is ABC Family, so let’s hope so [laughs]. They’re looking at June, if they go ahead with it, everything on schedule.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You have a couple of other projects going on, too!

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
I’ve got a movie coming out in June, coincidentally as well, and it’s called Princess Protection Program, and it’s a Disney movie. I play Ed. It’s Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are headlining it. I play Ed, he calls himself a documentary film maker, because he always carries around this video camera. He’s always taping people. More than anything, he’s in love with Carter, who is Selena Gomez. He kind of stalks her a little bit, but he’s just totally infatuated with her, and basically documents the selection of the homecoming queen at their school. Carter is a tomboy, and he’s like, you can be a princess…he’s totally trying to convince her.

THE STAR SCOOP:
This will be a really popular movie with the teen and tween audience.

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
Disney Channel is such a good launching pad because they know how to tap out at that tween audience. It’s really good to build a fan base, and I did a Disney Channel Movie that came out this past winter, called Minute Men that did really well, and a movie called Sky High. They’re just awesome at building a good foundation, and making really quality, funny, fun movies. This is really great for me, for my career.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where do you see yourself going from this point? Where do you hope to be in the next five, ten years with your career?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
That’s a great question, and it changes all the time. Sometimes I want to get more into producing and writing stuff for myself, and not for myself and tap into that kind of creative aspect. I hope the series goes through, and shoot that for a little while, and start building some really strong credits for my resume. Hopefully be able to take on some dramatic roles in the near future. I’ve been doing a lot of comedy recently. Really, I’m kind of just going with the flow, and I think that’s the best way to go about it at this point in my career…take jobs that will be exciting and new and build up to what I’ve already got. Hopefully five years, there’s still tons of great work, and I can just keep having a blast doing what I do, because I love it.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What does it take to be successful and to continue to be able to act, especially in this age group?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
It takes more than anything to be successful in this business at this age is just persistence. I’ve lost so many roles. For the amount of roles that I’ve gained and been lucky to have done recently, I’ve probably lost ten times the amount. So, it’s just crazy how much you just have to stick in the game. It’s a tough business because there are a lot of people my age, a lot of people that look like me, and so you just have to really just want it. When you get a job, just totally embrace it and that’s what I’ve been doing: having such a great time. I’ve just been really blessed recently. Stay focused, I think is the biggest thing.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You said there’s a lot of people that look like you, that are your age. What do you feel that you have that sets you apart from everyone?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
Aside from my height; I’m six-foot-four, I really work hard to be a good actor. Some people work on their image. Some people work on publicity and those things lead to jobs for them, but my thing is really being a phenomenal actor. Whether it takes going to voice class or acting class, or any of that, I pull from it all. I pull from looking at James Dean work, looking at Paul Newman work, the greats and Leonardo DiCaprio today, just taking and learning from wherever and however I can. For me, it’s an incredible fascination with the development of acting. You think you might have it, you think you’ve nailed it down, and then you realize there’s so many doors you have yet to open in terms of learning and developing. I think the best actors are the ones that always keep learning and wanting to evolve. That’s what keeps it interesting. Acting isn’t a perfect art.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What should your fans know about you?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
I’m an east coast boy. I went to a very small private boarding school. I don’t think people learn about their favorite stars’ childhoods so much. I haven’t been acting my whole life. I basically just started a few years ago to really dig into my career. What do you think the fans would want to know? You may know better than I.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Things you do outside of acting. They tend to also ask if you have a girlfriend!

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
For now, I’m single. I’m single, single, single. And as far as stuff outside of acting, I love to play golf and tennis, and recently I started writing. I started writing some scripts. I really want to learn how to surf. I live in Los Angeles so I should be out there. I need to get started on that. My favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber. My favorite artist might be John Mayer because he’s from my hometown [in] Connecticut, and he’s an awesome musician.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Any last information to share?

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
I’ve got this web series I’ve been doing, called “Poor Paul.” It’s been such a good experience. It’s me and a couple cast members from Princess Protection Program. We have these scripts, these three and a half to five minute episodes, and we go and shoot on the weekends only. It’s basically a ton of improv, so as an actor, it’s been really cool to work out these skills that you wouldn’t be able to do on a regular set. TiVo just bought it, too. They’re putting it on every single TiVo in America. It started as nothing, something to kick around and throw up on YouTube, and it’s turned into this sort of phenomenon. It’s all going toward this kind of stuff. Anybody can put a video up on YouTube, and basically create a web series. It’s been pretty inspiring.

NICHOLAS BRAUN:
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