The Odd Life of Timothy Green is coming out this week to theaters and I had the awesome opportunity to do a phone interview with CJ Adams, the amazing young actor who plays Timothy Green in the movie. I am exited to be able to share this with you. Talking to him was fun, I loved his honesty and he was seriously adorable over the phone!
Question: What was your favorite part about playing the character of Timothy Green?
CJ Adams: Probably my favorite part of playing the character of Timothy Green was just being such a sweet boy. I just liked to play someone who was different and unique. That’s what I loved about being Timothy.
Question: Could you relate to Timothy Green’s experience?
CJ Adams: Hmm, that’s a good question. Uh, well, me and Timothy are very truthful. Like, if I played, like, I wouldn’t lie about anything, but also probably the best thing is that I treat, Timothy treats anyone the same no matter how they act. That’s what I do. I treat anyone I see, like, if a bully is mean to me, I would be nice to him.
Question: Of all the qualities that your parents wished you would have, what was your favorite quality that you had and why?
CJ Adams: Having a good heart because it’s most important is treating people the way that you want them to treat you, and that’s what I thought was probably the most important.
Question: What can grownups learn from Timothy Green?
CJ Adams: What I think grownups can learn from Timothy Green is that you should always take care of your kids and always have your, have their back rather than always, like, on their case, you know?
Question: What do you want kids to learn from the film?
CJ Adams: I want kids to learn that this is probably what I, this I didn’t, I didn’t, I’d better not do, but I want kids to learn that no matter how the person, who the person is, and, or how they act, like a bully or anything, I want you to treat them the exact same an- and then they treat you that way.
Question: Was it fun for you?
CJ Adams: Uh, actually, you know, every kid wants to get all dirty and stuff. But it actually wasn’t that fun for me because we were filming in, like, a thirty-two degree garage, and they kept spraying me with water so the mud would stay moist and would be able to dry, and oh, it was so uncomfortable.
Question: In the movie, you played soccer, and I was wondering if that’s the sport you normally play, or what other sports do you play?
CJ Adams: Uh, soccer is, like, my main sport. If I had to play any sport to play for the rest of my life, it would be soccer, because I love soccer.
Question: How did you prepare yourself to play Timothy Green?
CJ Adams: Well, the way I prepared myself to play Timothy Green was, I learned all these personalities by reading the script and I crafted my Timothy by putting all those personalities together. And then I became that Timothy, uh, and that’s really how I played him.
Question: Did you study any particular plant to help prepare you for your role?
CJ Adams: Uh, I didn’t really. I kinda just went to various, like, I went to all plants, and when I did that, I kinda just, this is what I always told people. I said in order to do it like, there was one scene where I was teaching Joni, and this is what I told her. I told her to think tree. Like, she spread her arms out like a tree, and we called her the tree with branches.
Question: Have you always wanted to act, and how did you get into acting?
CJ Adams: Well, I never really always wanted to act. It kinda just came suddenly because there was this free for all trial for Dan in Real Life, and I was kinda like, well, why not try out, you know, just for fun. And I got the part as, you know, Elliot Burns. So, and the head director of that movie was trying another movie, and I tried out for that, and I got the part. So now I’m trying to do more movies now. I’m in the business.
Question: Did you learn or get any good advice from the adults playing in the movie?
CJ Adams: The way they told me that to become your character, like, make your Timothy by putting all those personalities together and then become him by putting your mind into his head.
Question: Did you like playing with Steve Carell, who is a comedian, in Dan in Real Life?
CJ Adams: Yeah, he kinda was. He always has this funny ability that when- whenever you talk to him, he always has a joke tied into it that he’s ready to say, and that’s what I really liked about Steve Carell.
Question: I was wondering what the hardest part of doing the movie for you?
CJ Adams: Probably the hardest part for me was having to finish school and that at the same time because, like, you had to keep going back and forth and rushing to get home to the schoolroom and rushing to get back. And that was probably the biggest struggle between my time of filming.
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