Necessary Roughness' Mehcad Brooks on TK's New Romance: "He's Met His Match"
Mehcad Brooks, Kate Miner
Move over Tom and Gisele, there's a new football star and model combo about to heat up the tabloids: New York Hawks wide receiver Terrence "TK" King and model Sheera Kane.
"There seems to be love in the air," Necessary Roughness star Mehcad Brooks tells TVGuide.com.
After their meet-cute at V3, things will quickly start to heat up between TK (Brooks) and Sheera (Kate Miner) on Wednesday's episode (10/9c, USA). "He's met his match almost. She doesn't need him. She has her own stock. She doesn't really put up with the stuff that most women would put with when it comes to TK," Brooks says. "I like it because it brings out a different side of TK where he isn't trying so hard and he is able to trust someone other than Dr. D."
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But will Sheera also bring out TK's rebellious side? Although he has managed to stay on the straight and narrow so far this season, their growing relationship could spell disaster. "She's a mirror for him in a lot of ways. Just as wild, just as crazy and just as unpredictable, and he loves it," Brooks says. "It's problematic once you get a partner in crime. They can either calm you down or make you worse, and I think a little bit of both happens."
However, TK and Sheera have some major differences as well. While he's always been known to speak his mind, usually without solicitation, Sheera plays it much closer to the vest. "She's different. She projects an image of herself that's easygoing and supportive and it turns out that she's someone who may not live up to all of these things. As much as she doesn't admit it at first, she's very preoccupied with his status," he says. "Her true colors come out a little later than most of us think they do, just like in real relationships."
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Shades of the real Sheera will surface especially when the two famous faces go into business together, creating a lingerie line called "CK." Now that they've officially teamed up and put their respective brands at stake, look for V3 boss Connor McClane (John Stamos) to get involved in their romantic entanglement. "TK looks up to Connor and goes to him for certain advice, whether it's professional advice or personal advice or relationship advice as this CK thing goes along," Brooks says. "He's also dating Sheera, so there's this supplemental interest that Connor has in managing both of them and keeping them both happy. It becomes a bonding point for Connor and TK, and I love the scenes that Stamos and I have together."
TK's star power will continue to rise this season as the campaigns and other business ventures keep to rolling in, such as the reality show pitch TK is working on with Dani's assistant, Paloma (Karissa Lee Staples), in the web series TK Gets Real. "We actually discussed it two years ago when it was being thrown around as a plot point for our actual series," he says. "It's a lot of fun. I get to just do whatever I want and say whatever I want and break the third wall when we start to shoot this reality show for TK. He's insane, so it's fun to just let all of my little idiosyncrasies and politically incorrect thoughts just fly out."
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TK's focus on his life and career off the field has been a big shift from the first two seasons of Necessary Roughness, but a welcome one for Brooks. "The less running I have to do fully-padded, I'm all for it. It's fun to live out your touchdown dreams for a little while, but then I've gotten hit a couple times and it's not fun," he says with a laugh.
"I think it's an interesting transitional period in a sports star's life when they get towards the end of their career. Maybe their old injuries are catching up with them or age is catching up with them — there's just certain issues. That transition from being a star to being a sports commentator or some sort of industry mogul I think is very pressing to TK, and I'm curious to see where it goes."
Necessary Roughness airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.