Rick Yaeger: Everyone, it’s Rick Yaeger with “One Question Interviews,” the show where you get the golden opportunity to talk to a celebrity. I wasted on some totally random question. Sitting across the Internet from me today is the actor who plays JT Forbes on the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Please welcome Austin Basis.
Austin Basis: Thank you for having me.
Rick: Welcome, my friend. Thank you so much for doing this.
Austin: Thank you matching with me. I think we are color coordinated a little.
Rick: We should talk a little bit about what you’ve been up to before we launch in to the one question.
Rick: Of course Beauty and the Beast season three, any idea when this is going to happen? It is going to happen, we know at least that much.
Austin: It is going to happen. I’m not sure at all at this point, but we don’t have a date. If you haven’t watched the show then it will give you an opportunity to see it on Netflix or whatever.
Rick: Season one is on Netflix. Season two, if you haven’t been watching, is on iTunes.
Austin: Yes, right.
Rick: You can check that out at least and get caught up. You have been shooting episodes for season three. JT is taking on a bigger role this season?
Austin: One of the characters met his end in the finale. I don’t want to give any spoilers as new people are watching. Someone…There’s one last name, actor, in the show and so naturally the rest of the actors pick up and fill out the rest of the episode. Per episode, there is way more and for JT to do but also in the story, he occupies a good portion of the A story, and B story and the TV writing sense.
Based on, there’s always the Beauty and the Beast and usually he has something to do with their plot and their arc for each episode. He is in every episode this season so that’s a good thing for me. The beast story tends to be his relationship with Tess, the Tess character.
JT and Tess, or as we like to call it JT and T, have an ongoing relationship, and the ups and down of that relationship compared to that of Beauty and the Beast. It was fun and JT…I don’t think this is much of a spoiler alert, because he’s been the punch dummy for this show in a sense. He’s strung up, shot with trunks, thrown across the room among other things.
He is the Kenny in the beast. Especially this season, he has really stepped up, and grown in to his position in this hierarchy of battling the evil forces, nature, and supernatural forces. But also whether it’s hacking, or creating a serum, or being there for his girl, he really proves himself and earns his hero stripes this season.
Rick: Tell us a bit about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, you mentioned it. It’s jdrf.org?
Austin: Yeah, we are about two weeks before my 9th birthday. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes, and it’s been almost 30 years since I was diagnosed. When I started working in TV and then being in the public eye, I thought that it would be good to give kids like I was when I was diagnosed someone, an example of a success story to look up to and maybe strive for…
I like the fact that I’m able to interact to type one diabetic kids, and that’s the main reason I do it, to have that impact. Raising money is obviously a beneficial thing, and just giving a more specific face to something that I’ve dealt with most of my life.
My parents, my wife, my brother, and everyone around me has dealt with, but just to have people see that it’s something that could be handled. Probably because of all the strides that JDRF has made in research, in fund raising and in technology.
I’m on insulin pump. The path I’ve taken as a diabetic over the course at 30 years, among that time has been like a computer generation that has exploded. We’re looking at an arc within my life time where there could be an artificial pancreas, or there will be an artificial pancreas within a couple of years approved by the FDA and other government organizations.
Also the potential for a cure is what I first…Diabetes is like, the walks. It was called Walk for the Cure, JDRF Walk for the Cure. I do these walks and I’m thinking they are going to really cure diabetes. Maybe get some sort of vaccination where they’ll be able to give people before they get it, and then they won’t get it.
I never really…a kid thought that there would be a cure, because that’s what I was told. It was like, “This is for life. This is permanent.” But the kids today are actually, besides seeing a normal life ahead of them, they are also seeing a really normal life because they might not have to have type one diabetes anymore. It’s amazing.
Rick: It’s the period we live in where like you say, you have this pump and you could have that artificial pancreas that syncs with your iPhone. [laughs]
Austin: Yeah, that’s it.
Rick: It’s just an amazing time where it sounds like a joke, but it’s such a big deal to those people that have to manage their lives this way.
Austin: I think when most people think about diabetes, they think about…There are couple things. One, not having sugar which is not necessarily true. It’s just you have a more strict diet than most people. They think about the kids and whoever has type one, pricking their fingers to test the blood sugar multiple times a day. I do it five to seven times a day.
Usually more like seven or eight when I’m on set, because I want to make sure that its level. Then giving yourself injections, which the pump helps with, and I only have to do it once every three days or four days with the pump because it’s a catheter that stays in you. Once you inject it or fuse it, it stays. Then you just have to redo it every four days.
The things that also I think see that will be relieved by in artificial pancreas, or the overly cure is the worry and the stress of having to always counts your calories, always being aware of what you’re eating, your blood sugar levels. I step in to a car, sit in a car I have to make sure that my blood sugar is all right because…the vehicle, driving while impaired.
The worry that all the people around and especially these kids who are getting younger. They’re not necessarily at age where they could express what they are feeling, or that they are low, or what’s going on. The parents have to start being almost like doctors.
They have to learn the system and so it’s the worry that people don’t really see. I think that I’m trying to just spread the word that that worry doesn’t need to stop you from living out your dreams, and then achieving your goal, and being all that you could be.
Rick: Diabetes doesn’t have to be your identity.
Austin: Yes, right.
Rick: The technology that’s out there and that’s coming is going to lessen that day of shock where that diagnosis is dropped down. It’s not what it used to be and it’s only getting better. That’s great. It’s a great thing to be able to use your notoriety to help a cause like that. I’m going to get to the question.
Rick: Are we ready?
Austin: I just folded my arms, because I’m nervous.
Rick: Don’t be nervous.
Rick: As you know the show is called One Question Interviews. I have almost a thousand different questions ranging from the profane to the profound. We’ll choose one at random and you’ll answer it seriously, or in a funny voice if you like and everyone goes home happy. Cool?
Austin: Funny voice.
Rick: If you like, because…
Austin: Let’s see what the question is.
Rick: [laughs] I’m going to grab a handful here. I’ll just trifle the side, you tell me when to stop and I’ll give you your question.
Austin: OK. Stop.
Rick: Would you like the top or the bottom? That’s not the question.
Austin: The bottom. Yeah, go.
Rick: Austin Basis, have you ever purchased something from an infomercial or from a television shopping channel?
Austin: Yeah, I have.
Rick: Thanks for being on the show.
Austin: It’s like…
Rick: Would you like to know what it is? [laughs] OK.
Austin: I purchased the speed reading. You know that guy, Kevin Trudeau?
Austin: He’s basically an infomercial guy. He always has the best new thing. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had insomnia and I was up late one night. I knew I was going to be leaving school and I had to learn how to read scripts, and books, and do research, but read really quickly.
I’m a slow reader which probably doesn’t help in my profession, but I saw this thing and his partner in the video was the father of a girl I went to school with, who is a speed reader. Her father was one of the world’s fastest readers.
Kevin Trudeau, I guess had come to him, and worked with him to share his technique, and to sell a product based on his speed reading technique. To teach other [inaudible 12:03] to do it, and so that’s the one I bought. I don’t know how much it was. I think it was 39.95 or something. Not a lot of money, but it was 15 years ago or so.
I probably opened it, looked at the stuff, and didn’t even read it, because there was so much reading. I had other stuff for school to read, and to…except there was a video and things like that, but I bought it and never used it. It would have come in handy had I made that 39.95 worth it, but I haven’t.
Rick: I’m sure you’re not the only one. Kevin Trudeau also did the Mega Memory one. You could have read this script faster and memorized it all in one shot.
Austin: Exactly. I could have done all of it.
Rick: Yeah, I’ve memorize it. I memorized your part too by the way.
Rick: I hope I can tell them apart.
Austin: It makes me a better actor though. Whatever, but what the hell?
Rick: [laughs] That’s a great answer. That was cool. Thank you so much for being on the show.
Austin: No problem. I got to get one of those hats man.
Rick: I’ll wrap this up. Let’s remind people Beauty and the Beast. It runs for CW for season three sometime in 2015. Probably right about the time this interview drops. Season one is on Netflix in the US at least, and both seasons are available for purchase on iTunes.
If you are big supporter of the show, you want to go out and buy the DVDs as well, and bake cookies and go to the…
Austin: Your network.
Rick: Your local network.
Austin: Your local CW affiliate.
Rick: Follow Austin on twitter. He is @austinbasis.
Rick: Facebook, you are facebook.com/official…?
Rick: Officialaustinbasis and there’s austinbasis.com.
If you’re into the hashtags thing there is this “May the Forbes be with you,” going around.
Austin: Yeah, that’s right. That’s why you asked me about Star Wars?
Rick: No, that’s the pre-interview questions but yeah, will there be the “Forbes Awakens” now or…?
Austin: We’ll see. I’ll have to use it. You can’t copyright it now, because it’s out there?
Rick: No, no, this is for you. This is a gift.
Austin: Hashtags are free.
Rick: Hashtags are free, and even if I did copyright it, you can run off with it.
Austin: Yes, definitely.
Rick: That’s good. Again, thanks for being my guest. I hope you had fun.
Austin: I did.
Rick: Good and you people watching this, thank you so much for watching and thank you even more for subscribing to the show for free on YouTube. I love that. I appreciate it a lot. That’s it. This is Rick Yaeger for One Question Interviews. Take care. Bye-bye.