Let's Shake on It
As the star of this year’s Subaru Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, Jeffrey was required to play a character with an uncanny devotion to both dogs and Subaru. As it turns out, it actually wasn’t too much of a stretch. Presenting an informal chat with actor Jeffrey Brown on acting, cars, and the joys of sitting shotgun next to a German Wirehair Pointer.
I became a Subaru owner in 1997 when I bought a 1992 station wagon. It was funny because I’m colorblind and I thought the car was red. I got it home and my friends informed me the car was not red, but brown. As my last name is Brown, I took it in stride and drove that car into the ground.
I have taken many adventures in my Subaru. I used to drive it loaded with drums (I am a drummer and a blue man in the Blue Man Group) back and forth between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for gigs with various bands. It fit an entire drum set perfectly! I also used to take friends up into the mountains and desert around Las Vegas for hikes. One of my favorite trips was driving across the dry lakebeds in the desert. It was such a surreal environment to drive on. My Subaru handled great.
I bought my second Subaru in 2001. I bought it because I needed a car that could hold my drums, got good gas mileage, looked awesome, handled great, and I could afford it. The 2001 Outback Sport fit the bill. I also had so many friends with Subaru’s, I knew how reliable they were.
I became a Subaru owner because it offered a combination of qualities no other car could match. And Subaru is such a fantastic company. Their work with the ASPCA and Leave No Trace foundation really resonate with me as a dog owner and NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) grad. As I have learned more about Subaru working with them through these commercials, I am so impressed with their concern for the environment and being a conscious and responsible company.
I will drive this car to at least 200,000 miles just for the Facebook pic of my odometer alone. I may drive it more. I love the fact that I can decide when I’m done with this car as opposed to the car deciding it for me. I’m taking it up to San Francisco this month! There’s another 1,000 miles…
Being in the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign has impacted me in many ways. It has added enormous exposure to my acting career of course and given me an opportunity to do dry comedy – one of my favorite acting styles. I get knowing looks from Subaru drivers which is fun. And I loved the experience of advertising a product I truly believe in.
Working with only dogs in these commercials was a great experience indeed. They were so well behaved. The trainers from Working Wildlife were amazing. They could get the dogs to look right or left at a certain moment, or move their paws exactly like we needed. It was like they got inside of their brains and could control their every move. Also, the dogs made my job so easy. Dogs are naturally funny. I didn’t have to play the comedy at all. I just sat back and let them do all the work with their hilarious deadpan looks.
When we were shooting the dogs driving the cars, there was an amazing stunt driver crouched by the pedals driving from a video screen. The dogs were in the driver seat with their paws on the wheel. A van with a trainer hanging out of the back was in front of us while a camera car with a giant boom drove beside us. It was quite an ordeal.
The Grant Weber character did come naturally for me, as I am a Subaru owner and dog owner. I took a bit from my dad too as he is a bit nervous at times but masks it with a pleasant smile. It was a ton of fun to do. Grant is a believer. He sees no reason why dogs shouldn’t own a Subaru too. I can relate to that optimistic view of the world.
My dog Maddy is an Aussie Shepard/Golden Retriever mix. We rescued her from the Glendale Humane Society 6 years ago. She is super smart and can literally say “hello”. We love to take her hiking in the Los Angeles National Forest. She jumps in the car, as she knows the Subaru leads to fun fun fun!