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Mehcad Brooks talks to Greg In Hollywood about “My Generation” which debuts tonight on ABC character of Rolly Marks on ABC’s My Generation was a star athlete in high school and is now a US Army sergeant serving in Afghanistan.

Mehcad Brooks, coming off the short-lived legal ABC drama The Deep End, has high hopes for this show which has this premise: A documentary crew follows a disparate group of high school seniors from Greenbelt High School’s class of 2000 in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, and revisits these former classmates ten years later in 2010 to see where they are now, what they’ve become and where they’re still headed.

“I’ve never felt better about a show in my life,” Mehcad told me when we chatted at the recent TV Critics Assn. Summer Press Tour. “It’s the most important job I’ve ever had, it’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than the other actors. I think it’s going to be a cultural phenomenon and I would say that if I wasn’t in it.”

Mehcad, whose was a regular during season two of Desperate Housewives and appeared on True Blood last season, finds himself shooting a series in his hometown of Austin and he confessed that it can be tricky in an emotional sense to go back home again.“There’s always a reason you leave home, for my character and for me,” he said. “I knew I had to get out of there to be what I wanted to be – I wanted to be a actor. That was the main reason. I do have some difficult family issues and it’s easy not to deal with them with you’re a couple thousand miles away.”

“It’s not my folks, I love my parents. They’re fantastic,” he’s quick to add. “It was other family members I was very close to as a child and we grew apart and it was difficult. I’m back in the thick of it. I love in Austin. My girlfriend, she helped me. She said, ‘It’s not the old experience, it’s a new experience. You’ve never lived in Austin as an adult, you’ve never lived in Austin in 2010. People who you had a problem with and continue to have a problem with you have to deal with in a new way.”

Good luck to Mehcad on the show and in life!

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