I recently had the pleasure of chatting one-on-one with Tim Jo, who plays the oldest son, Reggie Jackson, of the alien family on ABC’s The Neighbors. He was so much fun to talk with, and he put me right at ease. Before tonight’s new episode, check out his great answers to the questions I threw at him.
Jenny: First of all, my husband, 14-year-old son, and I are all huge fans. It’s our favorite new show of the season. We just love it.
Tim: Thank you so much. That means so much to me because the show was met with a lot of harsh criticism initially. They didn’t really know what to think of it. It was…quote-unquote, it is a high-concept show that features aliens in a suburban neighborhood. I think once people saw it and understood what the show is trying to do, they started opening up their arms to us.
Jenny: What we’ve said from the beginning was that it could have gone either way: it could have been really wrong, where it wasn’t as funny as they wanted it to be or it was really too cheesy or silly, but instead, it’s so silly and so much fun. You don’t have to worry about anything. You just have to sit back and laugh and enjoy the silliness.
Tim: That is the highest compliment because… Let’s say we were doing a really strong drama, I would say the work day feels very heavy and you sort of feel what the show is hopefully while you’re making it. But this show…while we’re making it, we’re having a really good time and everyone’s really silly, but we’re really pouring our hearts into the show as well, and I think the heart is the unexpected surprise of the show. I think it has a lot of heart, and I hope it shows.
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