TWIST chatted with Brendan Meyer from Disney XD's new show Mr. Young! Brendan spilled to us about his character Adam Young and what it's like to be a kid actor. Check our our interview below!
TWIST: Could you tell us a little bit about Mr. Young?
Brendan: The show Mr. Young is basically about this fourteen-year-old genius named Adam Young, who has already graduated university and instead of taking a job at NASA or something like that realizes that he never got a chance to have a high school experience, so he decides to take a job as the grade nine science teacher at his local high school. He has to deal with the other faculty members and the principal. He has a crush on one of the girls in his class, and his best friend is in the class. He can be effectively bullied by the class bully, so he's stuck between these two worlds.
TWIST: How do you relate to your character?
Brendan: Adam is very confident, and that's something that I hope I have as well. I found that his predicament of being a kid teacher is very similar to being a kid actor. You have a job that normally is very adult, working long days, and all that stuff is actually very relatable [for me], because at the same time you're trying to be a kid and you're dealing with everything else that goes on.
TWIST: Why should our readers absolutely watch your show?
Brendan: Because I think it's really funny! I think it's a show the whole family can enjoy. It's kind of in the vein of things like Shrek. There's some more adult humor and sophisticated wordplay! We have so many over-the-top gags and people getting hit with things and crazy plots. There's something in it for everyone!
TWIST: How did you get your start as an actor?
Brendan: Acting is something I've always been interested in. [When] I was a kid growing up, it was a hobby. I did a lot of little theater productions in my community and did a lot of stuff just for fun. Then as I got older, I went, 'I should really try to make a go at this, because this is what I really want to do.' So I got an agent in Edmonton, and I auditioned there for a while. I was lucky enough to get a TV show called Dinosapien, which wasn't a big hit, but it was enough to get me into the Vancouver market. Since then I've been in Vancouver auditioning and doing the whole attempting to be an actor thing.
TWIST: Are there any other projects that you're working on?
Brendan: I did the two-part season premiere of The Haunting Hour. I was working with Joel Courtney, who was the star of Super 8, so that was really exciting to do. We're about halfway through filming season two of Mr. Young!
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