Jesse McCartney may have gotten his start in music, but the now 25-year-old has thrived on television -- from his award-winning performance on All My Children to roles in Summerland and Greek, McCartney has proven he's got chops to make it on the small screen.
But a new role is testing every fiber of McCartney's being in order to believably bring to life Army Wives' newest recruit, Private Tim Truman. ETonline caught up with the actor to find out how he prepared -- both physically and mentally -- to play a soldier and what fans can expect from this revamped season.
ETonline: How did you prepare, mentally, to play a soldier?
Jesse McCartney: With any character, the main objective is to bring authenticity to the role. But this is a little more sensitive because our troops are still over there so when you're talking about war, people are going to be a little more hyper-critical. Luckily we have a lot of resources to turn to [on set] which is really helpful and keeps us from looking like clowns [laughs[. I've also watched so many documentaries about life in the military at this point. Particularly, Restrepo, which is just fascinating. It was extremely ambitious for those filmmakers to go over there, and it's a good template for what you can expect from my storyline this season on Army Wives.