Q&A with Tahj Mowry of ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’

Q&A with Tahj Mowry of ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’

The return of the baby mama and what’s ahead on the summer finale

By Lie Shia Ong

You might remember him as Michelle Tanner’s friend Teddy on “Full House,” the kid behind “Smart Guy” and also from his role on “Sister, Sister,” in which he appeared with his real-life twin siblings, Tia and Tamera. Now, at 27 years old, Tahj Mowry is one of the stars of the ABC Family comedy “Baby Daddy.”

On the show, the actor plays Tucker Dobbs, the best friend of the baby daddy, Ben.

MSN TV spoke with Mowry about what’s ahead on the Season 2 summer finale, which airs Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

MSN TV: What can you tell fans about the Season 2 summer finale? I understand it’s the return of the baby mama!

Tahj Mowry: Yeah [laughs]. The baby mama will be on “Baby Daddy.” It’s going to be a good one. I’m really excited for the fans to see it. There will be some closure in this episode. I feel like fans have been waiting to find out certain situations and figure out the whole love triangle thing. I think after this episode [fans] will be pleasantly surprised. It’s just a fun episode to watch. It’s equally as funny as it is dramatic, and I think it’s really cool when a sitcom really goes there with the drama sometimes because that’s real life. Life isn’t always funny. We wanted to bring some drama into this last episode and leave people hanging a little bit and get them a little more excited for Season 3 because they’re just going to have to tune in to Season 3 even more. So yeah, I’m excited to see it.

Do we know how long fans will have to wait until Season 3?

I don’t know if we have the exact ate yet, but probably the middle of next year, I believe.

What is the most fun part about playing your character, Tucker?

There’s a lot of things I love about playing Tucker. Probably the most fun is just being able to. I’ve sort of been able to create the character and find out what makes him tick. I’ve been able to create this person, so when I get to work it’s like jumping into a completely different person because he’s such a character. You just gotta go there with Tucker … You just have to go for it. It’s just fun to go to work and just play. It’s like being at recess all day with this job. Just the stuff that I get to say. He has no filter. He doesn’t think before he speaks. He’s very sarcastic—like the most sarcastic human being on the planet. It’s just fun because I’m not like that at all. I like to think before I speak and I’m pretty well-mannered [laughs], I believe, and Tucker, the things he says to his mom and to women in general, it’s just like ‘What are you saying? Who says those things?!’

Some of your fans sent in questions for you. Katie wanted to know if comedy is your favorite genre to act in or do you want to delve into other areas as well?

Well, comedy is something I’ve been doing my whole life, so I do have that love for it. So it’s just like being at home. I just love it. I love playing and creating different comical moments, but I’m a huge horror fan. I love horror movies, so I’d just love to get a few horror movies under my belt. That would be amazing. I just love being scared, and I feel like it would turn out really well because I’d actually be really scared while filming it. That would just be awesome. I definitely am going to be getting into more film anyway, so comedy will always be there, but definitely looking to jump into some other genres and give people something a little different.

Tiffany and her friends wanted to know how you’ve managed to stay grounded and not fall into any traps some other child stars have struggled with.

I think it’s all about my upbringing. I have great parents and I have great people surrounding me, and it’s all about staying humble and just realizing this is a job. This is my job. It’s not everything. There’s family. There’s your friends. For me, my faith. That stuff keeps me grounded. I have a really strong group of best friends and they’ll get on me really quick if I was ever not humble. They’d be like, “No. Come back down to earth.” I think it’s because of my parents, for sure. They kept me in regular school. I played sports. I kept a normal lifestyle. They don’t allow me to get caught up in the “scene” so to speak.

Any plans on working with your sisters, Tia and Tamera, on a project anytime soon?

Well, not anytime soon. There’s nothing that’s about to happen or anything, but we definitely love working with each other. I would definitely love to do something now that we’re older. We did a movie called “Seventeen Again” for Showtime. Fans loved seeing us together in a movie, so that’s definitely something I would love to recreate. It’s so fun working with them because its just like being at our parents’ house hanging out.

Do you ever catch yourself watching rerun episodes of “Full House” late at night and see yourself on TV as a kid?

[Laughs] Oh, man! I seem to catch, accidentally, episodes of “Smart Guy,” but my friends send me the best “Full House” gifs of me—these Tumblr gifts—and they crack me up. I’m like, ‘Where did you find that?’ … “Full House” was a great show to be a part of. There are some hard-core fans.

What I’ve been finding out lately, Melissa [Peterman] is actually the one who told me. Her son, her 6-year-old son, he just started watching “Full House” and he finally ended up putting it together that I was Teddy., so when he comes to set, he’s super starstruck when he sees me because he’s watching “Full House” and he gets it that I’m older, but he’s just like, “Oh my gosh. You’re Teddy.” It’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in my life. It’s cool that the show has different generations of kids who fall in love with it. That’s kind of cool.

The Season 2 summer finale of “Baby Daddy” airs Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

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