NEW YORK — Chris Brown is taking his act from the big stage to the small screen. The R&B sensation, who’s been touring with Ne-Yo and a rotating roster of youthful hip-hop stars, is set to join another sprightly cast this fall.
“I’m gonna be on ’The O.C.,’ ” a smiling Brown revealed Wednesday at the MTV Video Music Awards media forum at Radio City Music Hall.
The singer says producers for the show contacted his management, and Brown jumped at the opportunity. The Virginia native is set to appear in approximately seven episodes of the fourth season of the drama, which begins shooting in October and airing in November.
As a performer, Brown is known to exude the confidence of his idols Michael Jackson and Usher (see “Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Juelz Give UCP Crowd Plenty To Scream About” ), but on “The O.C.” he won’t be quite the same dancing machine he normally is.
“I play, like, a band geek — I’m really stepping out of my own character,” he said. “I was kind of a geek in school, grade-wise. But style-wise, I was always popular and cool. But [on the show] I’m geeked out all the way. I’m just trying to be myself and then be the character [the role calls for]. I don’t look at it like this role takes away from who I am.”
Brown admitted to watching a few episodes of “The O.C.,” but what really got him prepared was his brief role in “Stomp the Yard,” due at the top of the new year, a dance movie that stars Ne-Yo, Columbus Short and Meagan Good (see “Chris Brown’s Looking To Get Gritty Like 50 Cent In His Next Film Role” ).
Brown plans to begin recording his sophomore album in October while filming the show. Though no concepts are in place yet, he would like to release the LP in May to coincide with his 18th birthday.
In the meantime, the singer continues to tour, and after his appearance at the VMAs he’ll head to his home state for a show in Virginia Beach on Friday, followed by another set in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday.
But what Brown is most looking forward to is a potential spring tour with Justin Timberlake. He says representatives from the two camps have been in discussions.
An excited Brown said, “Justin, if you reading this, holler at me, man!”