Interview with Shawn Toovey alias Brian Cooper.
Interview from 22 March 2006.
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Shawn Toovey als Brian Cooper
Thanks for the questions. I will do my best to answer them for you. I hope that
the answers translate well! :) I hope this e-mail isn't too long!
1. Since Dr Quinn, we haven't seen you on screen much anymore...
What have you been doing since?
In the first couple of years after Dr. Quinn ended, we filmed two Dr. Quinn
movies for television, and I also was in 4 commercials. The last thing I filmed
was the last Dr. Quinn movie in March of 2001. After that, I went to college
at the University of Nebraska from August 2001-May 2005, when I graduated
with a bachelor's of journalism in broadcasting. After that, I moved back to
California to pursue acting again. It's been really slow, especially the first 6
months or so, but you have to keep trying.
2. Which DQ episode was your favorite to do?
That's a tough question. The baseball episode was a lot of fun to film, because
I was at the age when I was really into sports and I think I was in Little League
that year. Also, when the circus came to town, because I really enjoyed
working with Orson Bean, who played Mr. Bray.
3. Are you planning or doing some acting anytime soon? If so, what
kind of role would you like to play? If not, why not?
Well, as I mentioned above, I am trying to get back into acting, but it's really
tough right now. My agent and other actor friend's of mine have told me that
there's just a lot of actors and not very many parts. But hopefully things
should pick up here soon. Obviously, having been out of it for so long, I would
take just about anything that came my way right now. However, if I could
choose anything, I would like to try it all. I would love to be in an action movie,
either as a good guy or a bad guy (what man wouldn't want to be in an action
movie, huh? :) ). I would enjoy trying something comedic, too. But with my
experience and everything, a dramatic film would probably be the best thing
4. Are you still in contact with some of the DQ actors? If so, with
I don't talk to anybody from Dr. Quinn very much, but I do see them every
once in a while. I saw Jane at an art festival near here a few months ago. I
talked to Chad a while ago. Actually, I need to call him back. :) And I saw
Orson in a couple of plays late last year. I try to keep in touch, but it's hard
5. What was it like to work on Dr. Quinn?
Well, that's a pretty broad question to try to answer in a short way. :) But
briefly, it was amazing. The cast and crew were incredible. After six years
together, it was like a huge extended family. And the opportunity to work
outside with all the animals and everything, instead of on some soundstage
somewhere. It was the best thing that's happened to me so far.
6. What are your plans for the future?
Well, if acting doesn't work out, I just love the entertainment business so
much that I would like to do something in it, whatever it might be. But acting
is my first passion, so that's what I'm really concentrating on now.
7. With wich actor(s) did you get along best?
Everybody got along really well with pretty much everybody. But I would
say that I enjoyed working with Orson a lot. He is so funny, and has such a
quick wit, he's just amazing. Also, the main family were really close, like a
family should be.
8. What is your favorite show to watch on television?
- Well, despite the fact that I have missed a lot of the second season, I would
have to say that I think "Lost" is one of the best shows on television. I don't know if you guys have that over there yet or not, but if you do, you definitely need
to watch it. It's amazing. I also enjoy Scrubs, The King of Queens, all the Law &
Orders, and any American football.
9. You like to play drums. Are you in a band, or would you like to be in
I do enjoy playing the drums, although I haven't really played a lot since I
started college. I just recently started taking guitar lessons, and those are
going pretty good. But no, I'm not in a band, and I'm definitely not good
enough on any instrument right now. :) Would I like to be? Sure, who
wouldn't, you know? But it's not a huge dream of mine.
10. Now that you've played on Dr. Quinn, do people often recognize
People recognized me more when I was still on the show and the first couple of
years after it. But I've changed a lot physically, so it doesn't happen a lot
anymore. But every once in a while, someone will.
11. Next to whom would you never want to wake up?
I can honestly say that I've never had this question before. And I'm not quite
sure how to answer it! :) Um, I really don't know.
12. What's William Shockley really like?
Shockley is great. He's really funny, and just enjoys having a good time. I
didn't get to work with him a lot, since Brian wasn't really old enough to go
into the bar very much, but what time I did get to spend with him was always
13. Do you know how Erika Flores is doing, do you have contact with her?
I went to lunch with Erika a couple of years ago, and she was doing great. I
honestly can't even remember what she was working on, but it was really
great to see her. She's a difficult person to keep in touch with, but I've been
trying to get a hold of her to say hello again. But the last that I talked to her,
she was doing very well.
14. How do you find it, when you see yourself back as a little boy in
Well, my girlfriend likes to watch the old episodes on DVD, so I end up having
to watch them a lot. It's pretty embarrassing sometimes, just because I was
such a little kid. But it's fun to watch and see everybody else and to remember
filming certain things. In a way, it's kind of nice because I have a sort of video
record of my childhood. My parents never had to make any home movies
because they were made for us. :)
15. If you were allowed to choose / play a role again on Dr. Quinn,
which one would you choose (besides the role of Brian)?
Wow, that's another question that I don't think I've ever had before. Sully
comes to mind, just because he's Sully. But honestly, it would have been fun
to try some of the other parts, just to experience them, but Brian has become
such a part of me that I can't really imagine having played anyone else.
Well, I hope the questions were answered to your satisfaction. Sorry again that this
e-mail is so long, but I enjoyed the questions. If you ever have any more,
please feel free to e-mail me again. It's always nice reminiscing about the old
Thanks Shawn Toovey!
Really great you wanted to do this!
We want to wish you all the luck in the future, with everything that
comes on you path!