Psych: Shawn's Dad Feels He's Cooler in Real Life
Psych: Shawn's Dad Feels He's Cooler in Real Life
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It's a very complicated father-son relationship on Psych, with Shawn Spencer, played by James Roday, and Henry Spencer, played by Corbin Bernsen.  In an interview, Bernsen, 53, says that while he feels he shares some things with the character he plays, he often feels at odds with how his character deals with Shawn.

“Henry is a guy who is very set in his ways and I think I'm a little more adaptable. I think I'm a little bit cooler.”

However, he still insists that all fathers somehow just want the best for their kids, and Henry is no different, and so is he.

“Henry Spencer is not very far from what I am. I'm a father.  I have four kids.  As you get older, if you're even halfway responsible, you want your kids to do well, to succeed, life to work out for them.  But you think you know the best path.

“The huge wonderful irony of this relationship is that Shawn is doing exactly what he wants him to he's just not doing it his way.  And that's the source of disruption in the relationship.  And for Shawn, the better he gets at it, the more he can thumb his nose at his dad.  If Henry was smart, her would say, ‘What a second, let the kid be.  He's not in trouble, he's a decent kid.'  But Henry's not going to do that. Henry wants him to be a cop in a uniform.”

Outside of this complicated relationship, however, Bernsen reveals working on the set of Psych is actually as fun as it looks.

"It really is.  It's an experience like LA Law.  With the exception that I'm not deep in it.  I sort of have a secondary role. I'm not there all the time.  It's stress-less.  It's fun to go to work.  It's a great group of people.  Just like LA Law was.”

-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Daytona Beach News Journal
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