Students who do cool things: Jon Franco ‘16.5, cast member of ABC Family’s The Vineyard

ABC Family introduced The Vineyard star Jon Franco ‘16.5 as “the All-American pre-med student; Jonathan has this summer to let loose before he has to focus all of his attention on school. A self-described ‘player,’ Jon loves women but doesn’t want to be tied down. He won’t let anything distract him from becoming the first doctor in his family, but could a potential summer fling turn into something more and lead him away from his goal?”

Naturally, in the wise words of Phil Dunphy, I thought, “let me meet this playa.” Not yet three weeks into his first semester on College Hill, Brown’s very own mid-year sophomore transfer student sat down with me in the Blue Room to discuss whether or not starring on The Vineyard knocked Jon off his pre-med plan. If you are completely lost and have no idea what The Vineyard is, Jon essentially spent his summer “working” at the Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard in exchange for living in a super sweet beach house with his fellow cast members. It’s like a preppy version of The Hills. Find out below what Jon listens to while working on his famous abs (seriously, he was always shirtless on the show–I thought this was ABC Family), his strangest fan encounter, and, obviously, whether you can find him greeting Gail at the Ratty or hitting up CFF at the V-Dub.

BlogDH: How did you get on the show?

Jon: I had an agent in Boston at the time, and I was mostly doing commercials, modeling, and print advertisements. One day I got an email for an ABC Family show. They contacted local agencies to find people that they thought fit “the look.” It took about three and a half months of on-camera auditions – them getting to know who I was, who my family was. Eventually I got the job, which was pretty amazing.

How many people did they interview?

Thousands and thousands.

How long was filming? Was it hard to be on camera all the time?

Eight weeks to film, about a week an episode roughly. The first couple weeks you’re kind of nervous when you get on camera. There’s a crew of thirty people behind you including lighting engineers, technicians. At first it’s nerve-wracking, but then you just try to be yourself and act natural without trying to act.

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