If you’re a comedy nerd or a youtube addict, you’ve heard of Bo Burnham. Well, now he’s got his own show on MTV, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. I got to speak with Cameron Palatas, who is one of the co-stars on this show. I won’t say much more because he said everything else!
So what’s this show all about?
Cameron: “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous is basically about Zach Stone, [who plays] my older brother on the show. He graduates high school and he has no idea what he’s going to do with his life so he decides he’s going to spend his entire life savings trying to make a reality show about himself. I play Andy Stone, Zach’s younger brother. I’m the more athletic, straight A student. I’m basically Zach 2.0.”
I watched the trailer. It looks so funny.
“Thank you so much.”
I can tell Zach Stone is the misfit.
“Yeah, there’s a scene where Zach is in my room pretending all the trophies in my room are actually his and I walk in and I catch him and I basically kick him straight out of my room. I’m like, ‘What are you doing in my room?’”
What do you like most about working with Bo?
“Oh my gosh, there are so many things! Honestly, I would have to say my favorite thing is his improv skills and his comedic timing. Bo’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my entire life. I used to watch his YouTube videos before I even got on the show. I think he’s super funny.”
How did you get into acting?
“I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. My mom and brother were doing theatre. I started doing theater when I was younger and I really loved it. We filmed a Walmart commercial in Kansas City; I was an extra and I didn’t want to be an extra. I wanted to be on screen, and so we ended up moving from Kansas City to LA.
That’s SO much cooler than what I do.
“I wouldn’t say that! You don’t your like your job?”
Well, I don’t have a job. I’m 12 and I go to middle school so it’s not the best.
“Yeah, well you got to stay in school.”
So you’ve been on iCarly and A.N.T. Farm and lots of other stuff. What has been your favorite role so far, other than Andy Stone?
“I was on this TV show called On The Lots. It was pretty much American Idol for filmmakers and they were making a horror film. And I had to play a kid who got bitten by an ankle biter and I had to work with blood and special effects and that was really fun.”
Okay, so what social media things are you addicted to?
Yes, I use many hashtags!!
“I try to use as many as possible. Sometimes coming up with one is a little bit difficult.”
What do you do when you’re not acting or coming up with hashtags?
“In my free time, I really enjoy mixed martial arts: I train in boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu. And I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to video games.”
Which games you like most?
Do you play Call of Duty?
“I do play Call of Duty a little bit; I play Black Ops.”
Oh, I have that one. It’s my favorite.
“Really? Do you have all the levels?”
I’m not very good at it but I’m trying to get better! What’s Halo? I’ve never played it.
“You’ve never played Halo? My gosh! I kind of grew up playing Halo. I have two older brothers that just kind of got me hooked, I think.”
I know people who play video games for 8 hours straight and I’m like, how do you do that? I have so much homework, I don’t have that kind of time!
“I can’t say I’ve never done that! Well focus on homework, it’s more important than Halo, trust me.”
Back to Zach Stone. What’s your favorite thing about the show?
“My favorite thing about the show is probably all the craziness that happens. I mean, later on in the series, you have a lot of episodes that are just insane. You just have to wait and see.”
I’ve seen comedies being produced and everyone looks like they’re having so much fun.
“It is! It’s a blast. You have these moments on set where everyone starts laughing sometimes. And it’s just awesome to finally see the finished product and get to see what you actually do [get] put on the screen.”
Comedies are always the best things to watch.
“Well, good comedies!”
Any last words you want to tell us HelloGiggles readers?
“Watch Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous – the premiere is Thursday May 2, at 10:30pm. Look forward to a bunch of craziness and a lot of laughs!”
CREDIT: Joe DeAngelis.