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Meet the actors: Their goals, dreams and favorite Halloween costumes Derek Brodehl is channeling the dalai lama

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Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 am

Role: Luther Billis

Age: 29

Acting experience: I used to do it as a kid. When I met my girlfriend, she was in it, so she got me into it.

Hometown: Lodi

What should people know about “South Pacific?” It’s a fun show — that’s for sure. It’s been a blast to make.

If I could trade places with anyone, I would be: The Dalai Lama. He lives a pretty chill life. I’ve got him on my Twitter now, so I know he has (a computer).

I love acting because: It gives me a mode of expression. It lets me vent a little in a way that most people don’t have available to them.

When I grow up: I want to take a two-week to one-month trip to backpack New Zealand.

My parents always tell me: Be nice. I wasn’t mean, I have potential to be a bit of a jerk.

Favorite movie: I really loved “Kick-Ass.” That’s was an awesome movie, as well as “The Boondock Saints.”

Challenging part of this role: I’m not exactly the most physically fit guy and I have to wear my shirt open the whole time, and I have to look like I belong in the Navy. Plus, I have to wear a hula skirt and a coconut bra, which is defintely a bit rough for me.

Describe a typical day in your life: Just wake up, go to school, study, do rehearsals, try to get in touch with my girlfriend, rinse and repeat.

Before you go on stage, DO NOT eat: Anything heavy. Yeah, don’t eat a huge meal, especially if you have to sing. Good Lord, that would be horrible.

What was your best Halloween costume? It’s going to be this year. I’m going to be a Blackwater Private Contractor from Afghanistan ... It’s going to look so “legit,” it’s not even funny.

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