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Tampa native back to battle Bree

Published February 6, 2006

PASADENA, Calif. - Tampa native Shawn Pyfrom's name seemed just about to burst onto the lips of every watercooler conversationalist in America last spring as Bree's evil son, Andrew, on Desperate Housewives .

Then, just like that, he was gone, virtually absent from the show for the first half of this season as critics grumbled that DH's mojo had gone MIA.

As 2006 begins, he's back. Pyfrom's character is apparently ready to live up to his promise last year to ruin Bree Van De Kamp.

Oh, and waking up in bed with a seminude hunk should clear up any mystery about his sexual orientation.

"At this point, I can say he's gay," Pyfrom said at an ABC network party last month.

"It kind of freaked me out at first, but I think it's been a nice twist."

If he looked a little heavier in his return than when he was last onscreen in May, it's because he was. Pyfrom said he was working out and taking protein supplements to add mass. He worked through it, and by January he was back to the trim teen viewers are accustomed to.

Pyfrom said he can't say much about what to expect this season in the way of surprises, in part because he hasn't seen all the scripts.

At 19, Pyfrom has completed high school and has an apartment in Studio City, Calif., a cool new Infinity sport utility vehicle and a steady girlfriend, 18-year-old college student Elana Reyes.

Life's pretty good, he said.

He said he may start taking a few college classes, although his television schedule makes it hard to be a full-time student, and he's eying some independent film projects once production at Desperate Housewives breaks for the summer.

He was back in Tampa over Christmas, visiting relatives and friends, and said he looks forward to more visits home in the coming year.

And even if critics have complained about DH's sophomore season, viewers are still tuning in (an average of 23-million), making it the fourth-most-watched show in America, behind the two American Idol shows and the original CSI.

A return next year seems like a guarantee.

[Last modified February 6, 2006, 01:09:14]

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