As the youngest adult son of the fictional Braverman family on “Parenthood,” Crosby makes his share of headstrong mistakes. This past season alone he cheated on his girlfriend Jasmine (Joy Bryant) while they were separated and left his recording engineer job to start his own very expensive business. Dax Shepard plays Crosby on the NBC drama and recently told Gold Derby he (and his mom) hate to see his character have problems. “That’s why most of your selfish desires are counter-intuitive to what makes good drama or what makes good TV,” he said. “The more mistakes I make, the more interesting my character is.”
One of Shepard’s favorite storylines of the recent third season was his partnership with brother Adam (Peter Krause) to buy the legendary recording studio The Luncheotte. Despite relationship problems throughout those episodes, the next-to-last program “Remember Me, I’m the One Who Loves You” reignited the passion between Jasmine and Crosby during a camping trip. If nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Drama Supporting Actor, Shepard said he would submit that segment. In the season (and possibly series) finale, the couple finally got married at his parents’ home with the entire family in attendance.
Because of the peaks and valleys, Shepard added, “Without me consciously deciding to love Crosby, I just do, so when I see him explode on screen, it doesn’t affect me at all. For years in movies, I did all these characters that aren’t super likeable, and it occured to me that people in America think I’m kind of that way… either that I’m stupid or I’m a jerk.”
Shepard will next be seen this August in “Hit and Run,” a comedy action film he also wrote and directed about a former criminal on the run from the law and his past. His fiance Kristen Bell co-stars along with Bradley Cooper, Kristen Chenoweth, Tom Arnold, and Beau Bridges.