Drive: J.D. Pardo
Drive is a family affair. You've got fathers and daughters on the road, husbands and wives, mothers and babies. It gets even more complicated as long lost brothers reunite to compete in the secret race. J.D. Pardo explains.
J.D. Pardo Takes a Drive
"I play Sean Salazar," said Pardo. "He's the half brother to Winston Salazar who's played by Kevin Alejandro. What you're going to see in the first episode is Kevin gets called to this race and he goes to his dad's house who left them. He knew that dad, Fred Salazar had started a whole new family in Miami and he's known about me but my character's never known about him. It's always been rumors because our father's a politician. So we always think like it's just rumors created by other politicians to discredit him. So Winston comes over to the house, breaks in, stealing to get money for the ride, finds me there with a gun ready to take him out and tells me he's my half brother. So we go through this whole conflict thing and I realize that dad's been lying the whole time and I go on this journey with him.
Even the car speaks to the brothers' differences. "Kevin and I are supposed to be driving a '69 Impala. Fixed up, hydraulics so he just gets out of prison so he comes in this pimped out street ride and it's something that my character's completely not used to. My character's more used to the Mercedes Benz. It's just going to be great. It's going to be a lot of fun."
In real life, Pardo drives something simpler. "Right now in real life, I drive a '95 Supra. It's beautiful. One of a kind. It's not pimped out but it'll get there. We'll see how long I stay on the show, right?"
Despite the modest rod, Pardo still knows how to push the limits. "Oh man, I'm a great driver. My dad's a cop so I always get away with… I know how to read traffic. If I get in trouble, I always throw 'My dad's a sergeant at so and so.' I don't know if you can throw that out there. I guess you've just got to be cool and respectful."
Pardo came to drive fresh off the Lifetime movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story in which he played a transgender hate crime victim. Drive is much lighter, but it's all still the same job.
"Either way you look at it, there's a responsibility to making it organic, making it real for the audience because you've got to create characters. You've got to tell stories with human beings so that everyone can relate to it. So there's a responsibility but physically, I gotta tell you, I'm not sitting in a tub after work icing my balls because they're all sore and everything. It's so physically demanding. For me, there are only so many times I can make out with a guy before I'm like, 'Okay, I need a woman around.'"
Drive premieres today, Monday on Fox.
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