The most handsome commodity in Hollywood! Sitting at the Starbucks at Ventura Blvd. Even then, he exhibited an abundance of 'star-quality'; that 'IT factor' that so few people possess. Today he lives in North Hollywood and he's humble with his new found success.
Waide- Tell me about Major Crimes Rene- I signed with Gersh I got lucky with a great rep. My manager is Tim Taylor. I also have a Team in New York I go to this audition just for three episodes. After the audition, they called me back. The scene was for me in a morgue looking at the body of my dead sister. There's nothing there at the audition, so I had to really focus and just see my sister there.
That was also the first scene I shot with them. It was a very intense process. Got called back three times I was only booked for three episodes, but the creator, James Duff, an incredible human being, he just kept writing me in. He wasn't sure what to do with my character, so he decided to make me the love interest for Rusty Beck.
Waide- Google it and the kiss will pop up! I didn't realize how big the show was Major Crimes has a huge following. A world wide audience. You've got quite a fan base.
Rene- It's pretty awesome. It's the first time I'm experiencing something so big. It's nice to get feedback Waide- What's it like working with Mary McDonnell? Mary is a sweetheart. Oh my God, the first time I met her She's like this warm light I love sitting down with her. She helps me out a lot. She knows what's going on. She brings the best out of you at all times.
Waide- Academy Award Nominee, she knows how to break down a script. Rene- She's amazing, Waide. The cool thing is, I asked her, 'Mary would you help me break down my script? Waide, she doesn't have to do that. I've seen the amount of work she has to do everyday And, she'll tell me, 'there's a way to do it, Rene. The entire cast cares genuinely for one another.
Even off work, we hang out with each other. Waide- What are your next projects? Rene- Right now, the major thing is going back to 'Major Crimes. It doesn't feel like work. Waide- That's because you love what you're doing. I've got a new publicist. I've got the right people handling me right now. Let's zero in on that They, the writers, just decided to make you gay? Rene- James, the Showrunner. I didn't even know till the fifth episode Gus is going there It's amazing to play this character who starts off so defeated Seeing him bloom and grow There is a long pause as Rene reflects.
Waide- What's your favorite color? Because it makes me happy. Waide- What's your favorite book? Rene- "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. That book changed my life. Waide- What's your favorite film? Rene- "A Bronx Tale"! Waide- What's your Happy Place Song? Rene- Happy Place Song? Waide- The song that no matter where you are, when you hear it, it takes you to that Happy Place I don't know if I've got one I'm going to give you three words.
You tell me in a word or two what's the first thing that pops in your head