Not long after that series ended, Brody was offered a dramatic role in StartUp, a drug-and-money thriller put out by Sony’s free-streaming site Crackle. The second season premieres Sept. 28 and it has already been renewed for a third, and it’s Brody’s first serious role, both on and off the screen -- he’s producing the show as well.
“It's something your agent gets you when they can't give you any more money,” Brody half-jokes, “but I have come to produce the show in a real capacity now, in that I've spent a lot of time in the writer's room [for this and the next season].”
The show came out of left field for Brody, but he felt it was a good opportunity to work with “a bunch of good actors I really like,” he says. “Ben Ketai, the creator-writer-director, is a really sharp guy and a really good director. Being in Puerto Rico for a full month, and with my family, it was just a great experience.”
This is one of the many things that have changed in his life since getting married and becoming a father – his priorities. “Without seeming too corny,” Brody glows, “I'm the happiest I've ever been. It’s common knowledge that when you get married or start a family your priorities change, and that turned out to be a really good thing for me. I don't want to say anything is more real, and I don't want to say Hollywood and movies are fake -- I think that's such a stupid trope -- but it does allow me put less stock in my status as an actor and the town's opinion of me. I just have other priorities now.”