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“You might find out he has some skeletons in his closet.”

Who doesn’t love a bad boy? Darin Brooks’ character Wyatt has been causing quite a stir since Hope first spied his bare bottom in Big Bear. In that moment he went from being just another guy with a sword necklace to a long-lost Spencer heir – and in competition with his own brother for Hope’s (Kim Matula) heart. Brooks took the time to chat with Soaps.com about his return to Daytime, his character’s persistence with Hope, and his sibling rivalry with Liam (Scott Clifton).

Soaps.com: How did you come to be on “B&B?”

Brooks: Well, it kind of came out of the blue. When “Blue Mountain State,” the comedy I did for Spike TV, was canceled after three seasons, I was auditioning for pilots and things like that. Back in May I got a call from my manager saying that “The Bold and the Beautiful” wanted to test me. I said, “Okay, that sounds cool. What’s the character about?” They said Wyatt was kind of a bad boy, and they were still figuring out all of the details. But it was the next week. Usually there is 6-10 pages of dialogue to be learned, and I was like “Oh my goodness, back to the soap world.” I had to turn that back on. I went in on a Wednesday and screen tested with Kim Matula, and she was fantastic. So gracious and so sweet and welcoming. And super funny. And when I was sitting in the waiting room, Lindsay Godfrey came in and they jumped around, back and forth, so happy, and I’m like, “I can work with this.” I joked around with them a bit, and I loved them, loved my test. They called me back on Friday to test opposite Scott, and Scott was awesome too. We talked about the scene, and about putting all these different layers into it. So we went in and they ultimately loved it. They wanted me on the show – and I started the next Wednesday. And I was like, “All right. Let’s do this.”

Soaps.com: You’ve done a lot of different projects since we last saw you on Daytime. How does it feel to be back?

Brooks: I have done a lot of comedy, which is very fun. I love comedy and I always try to find places to put it into soaps, and into drama too, because I think it makes a more well-rounded character. But I had to jump right back into the swing of things and build up that memorization muscle. And meeting new people and starting a new family. Because whenever you are on any kind of TV show it becomes a family because you spend so much time together. It’s been great because everyone has been so welcoming. Brad [Bell] is just the sweetest, sweetest guy and he has just been so giving and welcoming. We talked about the character one time and just dove right into it.

Soaps.com: How does it feel getting in between the Hope and Liam characters?

Brooks: When Brad and I were originally talking about the character, we knew he was going to be this bad sort of guy. But there is never really bad guys, they just have issues. So we would talk about the character, and I referenced Jack Nicholson. I think with everything he does, there is always this need for love and relationships that he puts into all of his characters, even in “The Departed” where he is a bad guy. He’s a mob boss who kills people, but you just love him. He is just so fun to watch. So I just try to keep that as a part of his character because Wyatt has certain things he won’t put up with and certain things that he will put up with. I think when he saw Hope he just fell in love with her and then found out she had a boyfriend. And then I find out that it’s my brother, and I have a father and this character just gets thrown right into it.

Soaps.com: How have the fans reacted? They are very passionate about Liam and Hope, pro and con.

Brooks: Well, we did a fan event a couple of weeks ago, a signing at The Grove, and fans came out from everywhere. The common consensus I have seen so far is that people like Wyatt. They wanted someone to come in and shake things up from being too nice. I think people are really digging on how this character knows what he wants and he has fun doing it. He enjoys getting in the middle of things. He reacts first and thinks later and I think people are liking it.

Soaps.com: Do you think Wyatt had issues growing up without a father? Does Bill (Don Diamont) bring any out in him now?

Brooks: I think Bill brought it out in him. Growing up without a father, Wyatt has always kind of had to take care of his mother. He had to be the father figure and take care of the household and do his thing and grow up fast. He had to learn how to do things for himself. And then when he finds out he really does have a father after he has been told the story that he died, it kind of made him wonder and question things. And when he finds out that it’s Bill, a billionaire while Wyatt has had to struggle with his mom in the jewelry business and other things that have happened, he just starts questioning things. And when his mother confessed to him that Bill gave her money to get rid of him, that hurt. That doesn’t paint a good picture in his mind of Bill, and if Quinn (Rena Sofer) had gone through with that I wouldn’t be here. I think there were a lot of things that went through this character’s mind early on when he started getting thrown in the mix of all this stuff. His whole world just got turned upside down.