Eighties teenage heartthrob Joey McIntyre of “New Kids on the Block” has had more than just a successful singing career. McIntyre has spent recent years proving his acting chops by appearing in roles on shows such as “Boston Public”, “Psych” and “CSI:NY” – but it is his role as Rand Gunn on the teen drama “90210” that has hit closest to home for him. Rand Gunn is a music manager on the show that steps in to help the character of Dixon out, and McIntyre feels close to the role. McIntyre feels that Gunn is a really good guy who does his best to help, even if things don’t always go according to plans in the coming episodes.
“He’s kind of a guy that comes in to save the day,” says McIntyre. “There’s a real reveal toward the end of the episode with one of the main characters that kind of scares him away. Who knows? I might get called back to save the day again.”
McIntyre has made some lasting friendships while on the set of “90210”, namely one which has sprouted between Tristan Wilds (Dixon) and himself. Wilds got his first big break when he played the role of Michael Lee on “The Wire” when he was fairly young and he and McIntyre have bonded over shared experiences. . “We were talking about how young he was on that show,” McIntyre says. “I was very famous as a teenager and going through a lot at that age, too, so we kind of connected on that.”
“He’s a young guy, he’s really smart,” McIntyre continues. “He’s got a lot of analogies and, like, puns that he uses. I tried to work in a couple of puns… and used his energy a little bit.”
McIntyre is already looking forward to another role, however, which will bring about a little NKOTB reunion. McIntyre will be guest starring on Donnie Wahlberg’s show “Blue Bloods” after they finish touring this summer with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men – well, there might be a little bit of overlap. “He’s [Wahlberg] actually going to be flying back and forth from the tour toward the beginning of next season,” McIntyre says. “I wrote him an e-mail recently — I was just busting his chops — saying, ‘It’s going to be tough for us flying back and forth when I’m the first guest star.’ He’s, like, ‘I’m going to get on it right now!’” The scheduling difficulties haven’t deterred McIntyre though, and he says that the on screen reunion was something he jumped at as soon as he got the chance.
What do you think of McIntyre’s acting chops? Are you going to be first in line to buy tickets for the NKOTB & co tour?