brett davern awkward mtv 325 'Awkward's' Brett Davern: 'I always thought I would be doing musicals'

Zap2it: Why do you think “Awkward” — this show about high school — appeals to viewers of different ages?
Brett Davern: I think that is why the show has done so well, in terms of getting an audience, not just the audience they were hoping to get, the typical demographic for MTV, the teenage crowd. I hear all the time from people who had a vision of MTV being a lot of reality TV, or being just for teenagers. And they will be like, “I sat down and watched this show and now I am hooked.”
Zap2it: Is this what you trained for?
Brett Davern: I always thought I would be doing musicals.
Zap2it: Have you done Broadway?

Brett Davern: Not yet. I would love to. That is something I still want to do, theater is a big part of my life.

Zap2it: What was your first time on stage?

Brett Davern: I tried out in fourth grade for the musical. It was a musical version of “Tom Sawyer.” That was my first play. Ever since then I was hooked. In the summers, I went to Stage Door Manor. You get bit by the bug and you are off and running. From there I had a teacher at my high school.

Zap2it: What’s been the biggest surprise with this show?
Brett Davern: The overwhelming part is the fan response, and Twitter and Facebook has been so awesome. And we will do live tweeting while it is on. That takes me back to theater — you get a response or you don’t.
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