Popgurls.com 20 Questions with TJ Thyne
by Amy (twitter: @amypop)
Thyne Thyne is one of those people who you just know from somewhere. A veteranof many memorable TV commercials and guest-spots, he finally has a worthy gig that delivers him straight to your living room every Wednesday night. Playing Dr. Jack Hodgins on Bones, TJ breaks the nerdy scientist stereotype and has become a fan favorite by making science a little bit sexy. Now that his flirtation with Angela, co-worker and resident reconstruction artist, has come to fruition, we’re bound to see a whole new layer of Hodgins.
We had a few questions for the answer man, and subjected TJ to our pointed 20 Questions. He gave us a bit more insight into Hodgins and his relationship with Angela, what the Bones cast is like and what David Boreanaz will be doing in a fish tank.
1. How did you find out that you got the role of Dr. Jack Hodgins on Bones?
I was so ecstatic finding out I got this role. I had just finished the network test for Bones, which is the last “audition” you partake in after a long string of auditions for the same role (at the time of auditions, Bones was actually called Brennan, there’s a little bit of trivia for ya).
I was actually leaving the Fox lot to rush to another network, then to another studio to test for two other shows. I was in my car driving down Olympic Blvd., running my lines for the next character, when the director called me to say “Hey, so you got the part of Dr. Jack Hodgins.” My heart just jumped out of my body. I literally swerved a bit in my car and had to pull over on the side of the road just to take a breath. I was thrilled. I still am. Of all the parts I was testing for, this role was the one I really wanted to play. I think Hart Hanson has a genius way of writing characters and this character Jack has so much going on, so many layers, it’s an actor’s dream role… this actor’s, at least!
“I was actually leaving the Fox lot to rush to another network, then to another studio to test for two other shows. I was in my car driving down Olympic Blvd., running my lines for the next character, when the director called me to say “Hey, so you got the part of Dr. Jack Hodgins.” My heart just jumped out of my body.”
2. Hodgins could have easily gone the overly nerdy route, yet he’s become a fan favorite for his snark and hotness (snarky hotness, maybe?). So how did you decide to play him so dorky and yet so hot?
Hey, I like that question. And thanks for the “hot” comment!
The character breakdown/description of Dr. Hodgins at the auditions was a guy who always wears shorts and flip-flops, who has glasses that make him look like a bug. I don’t know… I just didn’t see the character that way at all. I mean he’s a doctor in a lab with three advanced degrees in entomology, botany and mineralogy. His occupation alone seems to suggest “dork” but I don’t think he is. Jack’s a real guy who happens to be a brilliant scientist — it’s just a talent he has, but it doesn’t define who he is as a human being. Outside of work, if you were to meet him at a party, you wouldn’t know what he did but you’d have a great conversation and think, “I like this guy.”
Jack really loves the hardball science, but he is madly passionate about women. He just is. That’s why when he goes into the lab one day and notices Angela, just really notices her, he’s hooked.
Have you ever had that happen? You just turn and look at someone that you’ve seen everyday of your life for the last few years and suddenly, you see them differently… you see them better… you, well, see them! That’s what has happened to Jack. He’s mesmerized by Angela. There is a line in one of the episodes that just aired where Zack says ‘dirt, Hodgins is all about dirt… and Angela, he’s all about dirt and Angela.’ I loved that line. That says it all.
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