stud George Eads
is having technical difficulties, please stand by... Apparently, starring as a forensic investigator on TV is almost as hard as being one! And the actor who plays dreamboat-in-a-labcoat Nick Stokes on the hit crimefest clearly has the most trouble running his lines in science-speak.
"You know, I didn't realize how applied technology has really become to forensics," Eads tells the TV Guide Channel. "It's complicated. There's static dust [fingerprint] lifters. And scopolamine is a certain kind of chemical that you can put on a dry surface and it will reveal blood. Uh no, that's phenalthalene, sorry. Scopolamine is somethin' else it knocks you out. So yeah, I'm learning quite a bit!"
Charmingly flustered, Eads tries to make a save: "It's an ongoing thing," he concedes, "but the tech advisor's always there. If she just lets us know how to pronounce the word and what the chemical or substance does, then [we] pretty much connect the dots. It's not too hard."
Fortunately, having an academic background helps him both with his homework making sense of those lingo-laden scripts and his work in front of the camera. "I taught school for a couple of years," Eads explains, "so I kinda know what that is all about. Whether they're kids or adults, having a group of people's attention like that, there's a little bit of acting involved there, too."
Of course, the show's fans have proved a much kinder audience than his precocious pupils once were. "They're pretty rough," the ex-teacher chuckles. "They're like, 'Mr. Eads, you've got a zit right there.' [I'm like], 'Okay, thank you. Open your book.' They're brutally honest."