Meet Dave Franco of 'Scrubs'

This doesn't appear in print until next week in most markets, but just because I like you ...

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By Kate O'Hare



Fans of the apparently immortal "Scrubs," airing its ninth season Tuesdays on ABC, are facing a lot of changes this year.

The setting has changed from Sacred Heart Hospital to its medical school (necessitating a move from the abandoned San Fernando Valley hospital where the show was always filmed to new studio digs in Culver, City, Calif.), and a whole crop of new med students has moved in.

Among them is Cole Aaronson, played by Dave Franco, often recognized for his "Funny or Die" Web series with his older brother, called "Acting With James Franco."

"He's serious about acting," Dave says. "He's let me figure out things for myself, learn from my own mistakes. But at the same time, if there is anything I ever do need to know about acting, If I have any questions, he's always there to answer them.

jamesfranco_generalhospital_2.jpg"But I love that he doesn't interfere with my path. I want to have my own career. I don't want to be James Franco's little brother for the rest of my life."

Franco's "Scrubs" character is described as "cocky" and "entitled." Franco agrees with that, but says, "As the season progresses, you learn about his relationship with his parents, which a lot of his attitude stems from.

"At the same time, you see that he is a vulnerable kid. With all that said, he puts on an arrogant front, but at the same time, it's obvious that he's not really this guy.

"He is harmless, when it's all said and done."

As for Franco himself, he says, "I like to believe that I'm nothing like this character. I don't know why it comes easily to me. I like to believe I'm a pretty friendly, gracious person, and maybe it's just my desire to be an a-- that I never am."


Birthplace: Palo Alto , Calif. , on June 12, making him a Gemini

Movie cred: "Frat Bros." (2006), "After Sex" (2007), "Superbad" (2007), "Milk" (2008), "A Fuchsia Elephant" (2009), "The Shortcut" (2009)

Upcoming movie cred:  "Greenberg" (2010), "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud" (2010)

TV cred: "7th Heaven," "Do Not Disturb," "Greek," "Privileged"

Producer cred: "A Fuchsia Elephant," written and directed by Dianna Agron, who plays cheerleader Quinn Fabray on the hit Fox series "Glee." Franco is a screenwriter but has yet to be produced.


Favorite book: "One of my favorite books of all time is 'Ham on Rye ,' by Charles Bukowski, which my brother and I are actually adapting right now. It's like a dream come true. Hopefully that will amount to something. Definitely with Bukowski's material, it's pretty dark, and it's not going to be a movie that appeals to wide audiences, but we love it so much."

Favorite music: "I'm mainly into what I would classify as indie rock, but the bands I've been listening to recently include this band called Bon Iver. Who else have I been listening to? This guy, Andrew Bird, and this up-and-coming British band called Mumford & Sons, and to another British band called Noah and the Whale. Also, there's this band the National."

Favorite movie: "If I had to pick a single movie as my favorite, I'd have to say 'Stand by Me. ' I love that movie. The first script I ever wrote was heavily influenced by that. Nothing has ever happened with it, but maybe something will down the line. That and 'Shawshank Redemption' are two of the best movies based on (Stephen King's) books."