The Odd Life of Timothy Green CJ Adams Interview #TimothyGreen


This past week I had the opportunity to take part in a phone interview with child actor CJ Adams, better known as Timothy Green.  CJ did such a great job in the movie, it was fun to have a chance to chat with him and gain some insight regarding the movie and his life.

CJ has also been in the film-Dan in Real Life and is hoping to expand his resume with continued work.  Based on his sweet and inspiring performance in The Odd Life of Timothy Green I expect that won’t be a problem!:)

Here are some excerpts from the interview.

Q: What was your favorite part about playing the character of Timothy Green?

Probably my favorite part of playing the character of Timothy Green was just being such a sweet boy.  I just liked to play someone who was different and unique. That’s what I loved about being Timothy.

Q: Could you relate to Timothy Green’s experience?

Hmm, that’s a good question.  Me and Timothy are very truthful.  Also probably the best thing is that Timothy treats anyone the same no matter how they act. That’s what I do. I treat anyone I see the same. If someone was mean to me, I would be nice to him.

Q:  Did you receive any good advice from the adults playing in the movie?

They told me that to become your character, make your Timothy by putting all those personalities together and then become him by putting your mind into his head.

Q: Of all the qualities that your parents wished you would have, what was your favorite quality that you had and why?

Having a good heart because it’s most important treating people the way that you want them to treat you, and that’s what I thought was probably the most important.

Q: Did you like playing with Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life?

He always has this funny ability that whenever you talk to him, he always has a joke tied into it that he’s ready to say, and that’s what I really liked about Steve Carell.

Q: What do you think grownups could learn from Timothy Green?

What I think grownups can learn from Timothy Green is that you should always take care of your kids and alway have their back rather than always on their case.

Q: What was the hardest part of doing the movie for you?

Probably the hardest part for me was having to finish school at the same time because, you had to keep going back and forth and rushing to get home to the schoolroom and rushing to get back. And that was probably the biggest struggle between my time of filming.

Q:  How did you prepare yourself to play Timothy Green?

The way I prepared myself to play Timothy Green was, I learned all these personalities by reading the script and I crafted my Timothy by putting all those personalities together.  And then I became that Timothy and that’s really how I played him.

Q:  Besides Timothy Green, what’s one of your favorite movies?

Probably my favorite movie other than The Odd Life of Timothy Green is, The Avengers because it is so well done.  I thought it was really cool to watch and go all out, you know?

My question!!!

Q: I was wondering if being part of this movie affected your relationship with your parents at all?

I actually didn’t because every family is different. 

Q:  Have you always wanted to act, and how did you get into acting?

I never really always wanted to act. It kinda just came suddenly, because there was this free for all trial for Dan in Real Life, and I was kinda like, well, why not try out, you know, just for fun. And I got the part as, you know, Elliot Burns.  So the head director of that movie was trying another movie, and I tried out for that, and I got the part. So now I’m trying to do more movies now. I’m in the business.

Q: Was making this movie fun for you?

you know.

We’d be calling another guy or I like doing funnyEvery kid wants to get all dirty and stuff.  But it actually wasn’t that fun for me because we were filming in, like, a thirty-two degree garage, and they kept spraying me with water so the mud would stay moist and would be able to dry, and oh, it was so uncomfortable.

Q: What do you love most about acting?

What I like most about acting is just playing around, you know.  We’d be calling another guy or I like doing funny voices if I have to or just, that’s just fun for me.

Q: What do you want kids to learn from the film?

I want kids to learn that no matter how the person, who the person is, and, or how they act, like a bully or anything, I want you to treat them the exact same no matter how they treat you.


The Odd Life of Timothy Green is in theaters August 15th!

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