Rick Yaeger: Everyone, it’s Rick Yaeger here with “One Question Interviews”, the show where I ask famous people curious questions. Today’s guest plays Danny Wheeler on ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy.” Please welcome to the show, Derek Theler.
Derek Theler: Hello, thanks for having me.
Rick: Thank you for being here.
Derek: You’re in my bedroom.
Rick: I’m in your bedroom, OK, well…
Derek: [laughs] Everyone else is, too.
Rick: [laughs] Just invite the whole crowd into Derek Theler’s bedroom.
Rick: Alright, thanks for being here…Well, thanks for being there. [laughs]
Derek: You’re very welcome.
Rick: Tell us what you’ve been up to. Obviously Baby Daddy is a big thing.
Derek: Yeah, Baby Daddy. We’re going into our fourth season soon, middle of August. I’ve had most of the summer off from the show which has been really nice. I went to South Africa and shot an action movie, which was awesome.
I had the time of my life, I was down there for a couple of months.
It’s like an action comedy with sharks. My character is a shark cutter, so doing all my stunts and all that kind of stuff, I had the time of my life out there.
It’s going to be a TV movie, they haven’t sold it to a network yet, but I’m really excited about it. I’m proud of it, I worked hard on it. I’m the main character and I’m in like in every scene. I had a good time. The experience with the crew and Africa, it was all around pretty much the best summer I’ve had in a long time.
Rick: Sounds amazing. That’s great, good for you.
Derek: I got to dive with great white sharks in a cage. That was cool. I got to see lions. I even got robbed while I was down there.
Rick: [laughs] It’s not a vacation in South Africa without being robbed.
Derek: Yeah, it’s not cool.
Rick: Yeah. We should mention that, yes, Baby Daddy is coming back for season four, probably January 2015ish.
Derek: That’s a really good guess. Most likely January. I’m pretty sure we’ll still be on Wednesday nights on ABC Family on 8:30, 7:30 central. It’s a great show. Come to a live taping if anyone is in LA on a Friday in the next few months.
Rick: Sum up the show a bit for those that are not familiar.
Derek: It’s like a modern “Three Men and a Baby.” It’s based in New York City and it’s about three dudes living in an apartment together, and a baby is just left at the doorstep.
Rick: Oh my.
Derek: These guys have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to children, and they decided they’re going to band together and become a little family and raise this baby girl together.
My character plays the older brother of the baby daddy, is also a professional hockey player. He’s like the moral compass of the whole group; he’s always the positive one, he’s always trying to make the right decisions. He’s definitely a little slower than the rest of the cast when it comes to understanding the jokes.
That’s how the show is based, and you’ve got a couple of female characters. Our mother’s character’s always in the show as well as our female best friend growing up, played by Chelsea Kane, who’s great.
It’s a great time, it’s a very close cast. Jean-Luc lives in this house with me, who’s my TV brother.
Rick: I was going to ask about that, it sounds like you’re in a bit of a frat house situation…
Derek: I would like to defend myself against that but honest, my iPad is on a beer pong table.
Rick: I found out something about you that I personally find inspiring. You got your pre-med, but you realized that you had a dream to act and you realized that that dream was not going to happen on its own, so you saved and planned and made that happen.
Derek: Yeah. I was born in Alaska but grew up in Colorado. Acting never was an option the way I grew up. I was raised on action movies. I’m a big super hero fan and the movies business has really taken a turn for that kind of stuff.
I always wanted to be a super hero.
I went to school, I got my degree in pre-medicine and nutrition because I’m a type one diabetic. That was very important for me to learn about my disease as well to try to find ways to get into diabetes research. That was something I was really passionate about.
Once I finally got my degree, I thought that I did not want to go back to school anymore because it was a tough degree and I put a lot of work into it. When I had about a year left, I decided I was going to take this pipe dream of being an action hero/super hero seriously and start saving up.
As soon as I got my degree for my folks, because they thought I was crazy and they had no idea about the business, I just went. I came to LA on my own.
Rick: So your advice is, make it happen. Do it.
Derek: My advice is, go for your dreams and attitude is everything.
Honestly, as long as you’re positive about it, and you have a goal and you have steps to take to go get it, you can make it happen, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.
Rick: That’s what I find inspiring. Here’s me, I just turned 45 yesterday and I decided I’m going to be a talk show host. [laughs] That’s what I’ve decided I’m going to do. I pursued that.
Derek: Here you are!
Rick: I’m doing it.
Derek: Right on. That’s exactly what I’m talking about.
Rick: Good for you, good for both of us I guess [laughs] . As you know, the show is called One Question Interviews.
Derek: Here we go, the hat time.
Rick: It’s the hat time. I have almost a thousand different questions, ranging from the profane to the profound. The two of us will choose one at random, and you can answer it seriously or in a funny voice if you like, and everyone goes home happy. Sounds cool?
Derek: Sounds cool.
Rick: I’m going to grab a handful because I can’t actually hold a thousand different cards in my hand at the same time.
Derek: Oh wow. These are actually random questions on cards.
Derek: Sweet, love it.
Rick: Oh yeah, my other job is making cards
Rick: I’m just going to riffle down the side, you tell me when to stop.
Rick: Stop, OK. Do you want the top or the bottom?
Derek: I want the top.
Rick: You want the top, this one here. Derek Theler, what would be a perfect night of TV?
Derek: A perfect night of TV…I love TV.
I love HBO so much. I watch “Game of Thrones.” I watch a new show, “The Leftovers.” I’m a really big fan of that, even though the reviews aren’t that great.
I love “Black Sails” on Starz. All the premium network shows, those are shows that I would do anything to be a part of, along with the “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Walking Dead.” Those are all pretty much my favorite shows.
Besides, I have to mention “Strike Back” on Cinemax. Have you heard of it?
Rick: Strike Back? No I haven’t heard of that one
Derek: It’s one of my favorite shows. It’s these two mercenaries, I think it’s a British show. These two mercenaries that basically everything leads up to the next action sequence. It’s just unbelievable. It’s really well done.
I actually have a relationship with The Walking Dead Twitter handle, which is really cool. They’re really kind to me. They sent me…I don’t think I have it, you got one second?
Rick: Oh yeah I got one second.
Derek: I’m going to look for this hat that they gave me. Check out this hat that guy gave me. It’s got The Walking Dead with the bite out of it.
Derek: Sent directly from them. Cool, right?
Rick: Very cool, very jealous.
Well, that’s the interview, that’s it. Thank you so much for being on the show.
Everyone check out Derek Theler on Baby Daddy on ABC Family. Like you said, it’s Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, and check your listings for that one on January 2015 when it returns for season four.
Derek: That’s right. Keep a look-out for my shark movie, I’m not sure when that’s coming our either. But also, you can see what I’m up to on my Instagram @derektheler and my Twitter @derektheler as well.
Rick: Excellent, you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Derek: Thank you.
Rick: Thanks everyone.