He Wrote the Romance Novel for Dudes

Actor and “Drinkin’ Bros” podcast host Ross Patterson sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In this newest episode, Patterson talks about his best-selling novel series, the best lesson he learned as a young actor, the time he got COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, the range of guests he has on his podcast, his thoughts on cancel culture, and much more. Highlights below. 

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On his New York Times best-selling novel, “At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed”:
“So I called my agent, and said, ‘Hey, that book you’ve always been asking me to write– has anybody ever done a romance novel for dudes?’ And I did it, and it exploded… and the audio book is what exploded off of that first, and then the hardbacks… No matter what page you turn to in that, there is something so ridiculous that you’ve never heard of before, that you’re just like ‘There’s no f****** way somebody let you write this.’”  

On what he learned on the set of Sony’s “The New Guy”:
“I booked a lead in this film called ‘The New Guy’ for Sony, and it was a huge teen movie. And it exploded, did pretty well in the box office and all that stuff, and I was relatively famous from that movie at that time. Big budget, it was shot in Austin, Texas, we were on location, ton of celebrities in it, and it was a blast. And I remember the head of the studio was a guy named Todd Garner… he is a maniac on set, and he is a whirlwind and a force, and he’s just a great guy. But there was a dinner we were at towards the end of the shoot, and he goes, ‘Hey, I just want to let you know this will probably be the greatest time of your life,’ and I’ve never been on a movie like this that was this much fun. He goes, ‘It is unbelievably rare.’ And he had done like ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘The Rock’ and all these huge action movies before that, and he goes, ‘…This is different. Like, you’re on a teen movie, you’re the lead of it, you’re 23 years old, you’re in a city that has a vibrant downtown, we’re giving you a per diem, we’re giving you a suite, you have carte blanche on the liquor bar in your room…’ and I was like, ‘No no no, this will go on forever like, this will be great forever.’ And sure enough, he was right. And as I went on to do 30 movies after that or whatever, I kind of looked at it more like a job versus that fun time in my life…”

On the idea behind his podcast, “Drinkin’ Bros”:
“The logline that I pitched is, ‘Anywhere from Oscar winners to pornstars.’ You know, we’ve had Matthew McConaughey on the show. We’ve had pornstars on the show. It is in the vein of old school Stern where, you know, we’ve done live shows inside of strip clubs. You name it, it is going down on ‘Drinkin’ Bros.’ Politics, nothing is off limits on that show. I always tell people of how weird my show is, where it was Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and then Lisa Ann. I had a Navy SEAL on yesterday. So, I mean, it varies across the board. And that’s why I’ve never lost excitement in it in the last seven years. Literally every day, I don’t know who’s going to be on the show. And I can either learn something, take away something, or meet somebody that I worshiped and get to chat with them for, you know, 60 to 90 minutes.”

On getting COVID-19 and working on his show during the pandemic:
“Like, COVID’s opening night, I had it. I wasn’t feeling well, I got home. And I was with maybe four or five friends who I brought backstage with me, and then we each started calling each other and it was like, ‘Hey, I think I have that thing that’s on the news right now that people are talking about.’ I was in Wilmington, North Carolina at that time– I went back and I told all my employees and said, ‘Look, me and my co-host, we have COVID. Blah, blah, blah, we have a chance to work and make content when the world has stopped. Do you want to do that, and we will raise your salaries by a ton.’ And all of them said, ‘Yes, we’re all in.’ And so, for that two year stretch of COVID, I did three-to-four shows every single day back-to-back-to-back for two, two-and-a-half years, and that also helped build the audiences for all of these shows.” 

On cancel culture:
“I hate it. You can say whatever you want on the show, you can do whatever you want on the show. I hate what is going on now. I think creatively, it is crippling. There is no comedies.”


More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “At Home With The Creative Coalition” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.

Upcoming guests include LaMonica Garrett (“1883,” “The Terminal List”), Caity Lotz (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), and Yolonda Ross (“The Chi”).

Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Shiri Appleby (“UnREAL”), Justin Bartha (“The Hangover,” “National Treasure”), David Alan Basche (“The Exes”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”), Aaron Cooley (“The First Lady”), Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Ethan Cutkosky (“Shameless”), The Creative Coalition President and actor Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Griffin Dunne (“This Is Us”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Wayne Federman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Michael Fishman (“Roseanne,” “The Conners”), Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Judy Gold (“The Other F Word”), Nicholas Gonzalez (“The Good Doctor”), Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Evan Handler (“And Just Like That…,” “Californication”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Jon Huertas (“This Is Us”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Harry Potter”), Susan Isaacs (“Compromising Positions”), Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Nathan Kress (“iCarly”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show”), Rachel Mason (“Circus of Books”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Let’s Get Physical”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters”), Melissa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”), Molly Smith Metzler (“Maid,” “Shameless”), Marta Milans (“Shazam!”), Rob Morrow (“Billions”), Kathy Najimy (“Younger”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Haley Joel Osment (“Future Man,” “Entourage”), Joey and Daniella Pantoliano (“The Matrix,” “Memento”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”), Kyla Pratt (“The Proud Family”), Jessica Queller (“Supergirl”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), Mona Scott-Young (“Love & Hip Hop”), Alena Smith (“Dickinson”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), Tramell Tillman (“Severance”), Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy”), KT Tunstall (“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), Constance Zimmer (“Good Trouble”), and David Zucker (“Airplane!,” “Scary Movie”). 

More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. The Creative Coalition harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.