The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Chad Jamian Williams: Through the ad you guys stuck on my windshield that rain and heat has prevented me from removing.
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
CJW: So excited that I skipped “The Talk” to be with you guys today.
TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?
CJW: Believe it or not, mostly by watching Michael Jackson videos. When I was eight years old, I was acting a’fool in the backseat of my parent’s car, so they purchased me Michael Jackson’s Dangerous cassette. So, instead of sports or normal eight-year-old stuff, I just watched his movies and listened to his music. And that eventually brought me out to Hollywood. Think of the beginning of “The Jerk.”
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
CJW: Jaleel White, he might still be.
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
CJW: “Mac and Me.” As an adult, I realize it’s one giant commercial for McDonalds, and basically just “E.T.” But I love it.
TDQ: What was your first acting gig?
CJW: My first acting gig was in the short-lived Orlando O-36 film festival. My team, (which were friends I worked with at The Daily Buzz), had 36 hours to make a silent film and when we realized I couldn’t write, hold a boom, direct, or do anything important, they had me make faces and run away from a jewel thief. We won the grand prize, under the name Roamin‘ Polanskis.
TDQ: What was your first paying acting gig?
CJW: As far as the first ACTUAL one, I’m currently trying to get it off the black market and I can’t discuss it until the case ends. The first one I’ll actually talk about is my year-long stint at FOX as “Chad on the Couch,” where I somehow did 20+ commercials with every NASCAR driver. They consisted of insulting each driver as they played video games with a 23 year-old me on my mother’s basement sofa. Despite children at my local Publix disappointed I wasn’t a real driver, it was a pretty rad gig. YouTube it.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
CJW: William H. Macy once told me to “Take Fountain.” I think he was quoting Bette Davis, but it refers to a street over here that’s an alternative when rushing to an audition. Now I only have to give myself one hour instead of two, when traveling 1.5 miles. Thanks, Bill.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
CJW: The worst advice I’ve ever gotten career-wise is to “wait ‘til you get your SAG card” before moving to LA. That was dumb. If you got the talent, you should come here. The other worst advice was, “Hey, sign up for OKCupid!” I’ve been on some risky dates.
TDQ: You were in an episode of “Bones.” Can you confirm that you could totally take out David Boreanaz if he copped an attitude with you?
CJW: I could totally take Boreanaz if he copped an attitude with me. He’s way shorter in person, and controlled by a puppeteer.
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Chad Jamian Williams will run next Friday