17 Aug 2009
Happy birthday to Ghost Whisperer's David Conrad!
In honor of his birthday, today's blog will focus on our favorite leading man, David Conrad, who will celebrate his birthday on Monday, Aug. 17!
When we first started casting Ghost Whisperer we searched high and low for the perfect actor to play Jim, but this soon became quite a challenge! In fact, we were four days into shooting without a Jim and we needed to shoot the wedding scene the next day! We just couldn't find our guy. We tried to keep the staff calm as we continued our search for the right actor to play opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. After all, rumor has it that when the producers shot Gone with The Wind they had already burned down Atlanta before they cast Vivien Leigh, so we knew we'd find him eventually! Then, in walked David Conrad. With those piercing blue eyes, handsome looks and acting chops to match. We knew we had something here. We hired David the night before the wedding shoot, he came in the next day and the good news is the tuxedo fit as well as the role!
Then of course, last season we all got to witness the strength of David's acting as he portrayed two very different men: Jim Clancy and Sam Lucas. The fans could feel the smoldering attraction between Melinda and Sam as David worked convincingly and effortlessly to portray a man who couldn't understand why he was so attracted to a woman he'd just met.
Of course, it's easy to understand why we, and you, are so attracted to David when you consider that his zodiac sign is Leo. Leos are dominant, creative people who are natural born leaders with positive, strong wills. Just as the lion is the King of the jungle, a Leo exudes an animal magnetism that makes others want to support and be near them. This is very true of our David. He's a natural born leader on the set, and keeps the cast and crew focused. He takes his acting seriously (after all, he did graduate from Julliard) and always comes to work prepared and ready to give 100 percent on each take. Happy Birthday, David! We hope your special day is magical!