Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Kris Kamm of ABC's hit comedy "Coach" is a bright, sensitive young man. But he is not a clone of his character, Stuart Rosebrock. Or a wimp.
Stuart, the artsy drama major of "Coach," is married to Kelly, daughter of the show's title character, Craig T. Nelson's Coach Hayden Fox.Stuart is into hugs and emotions, all the while surrounded by macho men. He and Kelly (Clare Carey) rent a room in a house populated with brawny, brainless football players. Stuart has even tried to learn about football to please his father-in-law, but still finds more delight in the the marching band.
Kamm shares Stuart's passion for drama. But he is not usually identified by the "W" words: weenie and wimp.
"Yeah, I get a little tired of it - and I'm getting a bit of a complex," he says. " . . . Everyone seems to be writing about this wimpy guy as if he and I are the same person ... but that's not me."
He concedes, however, he has been typecast from time to time.
"People look at me and see my physical size (5 feet 9 inches), my looks, my coloring - and usually cast me as the sensitive character," he says. "I've played a number of angst-ridden men."
But fans of "Coach" are seeing a somewhat different Stuart this year as Kamm and the writers have tried to make the character a little less of a caricature. This year Stuart doesn't cry, and, while he's still prone to spontaneous hugging, he does it less often.
"In upcoming episodes, you'll see Stuart's relationship with Coach changing," Kamm says. "Stuart can annoy . . . everybody, but in (one) episode, Hayden and Stuart are forced to sit down and argue out their differences.
"With those two characters, it's a lack of communication. Stuart represents everything Hayden isn't, and for Kelly to have fallen in love with Stuart indicates - to Hayden - a rejection of him and his way of life."
After the confrontation, a new side of Stuart emerged.
"I'll be more involved with his life, with football. I may even be a water boy or something."
Kamm says he had the opportunity to go to another sitcom after the first half-season of "Coach" while ABC executives were deciding whether to renew the series. He turned it down because "I wanted to see 'Coach' back on the air and wanted to be available to still be a part of it."
Kamm spends some of his free time working with teenagers and preteens on a 100-foot wall mural in the heart of Los Angeles.