'Partners' Brandon Routh: 'Wyatt is the shepherd of Louis's emotions'


When we first saw the "Partners" pilot, we were charmed -- but our main concern was Brandon Routh's character, Wyatt. A male nurse with an oblivious, almost childlike demeanor, Wyatt is Louis' (Michael Urie) partner. Sure, we giggled at his "I have a heart on" joke, the first time, but we weren't convinced that the dumb jock in scrubs would be sustainably funny, particularly when Louis is so sharp and occasionally mean. It seemed to be a battle of wits way outside Wyatt's weight class.We sat down with Routh and costar Sophia Bush this summer, and we asked him about whether he was concerned that Wyatt's "stupid pretty guy" shtick would wear off for the audience -- or potentially become tiresome to him as an actor. Routh explained that, for the purposes of the pilot, which focuses heavily on Louis' relationship with Joe (David Krumholtz), Wyatt may have been oversimplified. In fact, he has a...



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