14 year-old teen sensation Thomas Barbusca blabs about Fox's The Mick, and playing Drew in American Wet Hot Summer
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY April Mills, Kathy Hutchins,
- Los Angeles, California
14 year-old teen sensation Thomas Barbusca gives us the inside scoop on Fox's "The Mick", and getting into a physical on-set fight with co-star Sofia Black-D'Elia. Also Thomas shares his memories playing Drew in American Wet Hot Summer: First Day of Camp.
Congratulations we just got the news Fox's "The Mick", will be renewed for season two. Can you tell us about the audition process for the role Chip Pemberton?
I had just got back from filming the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in Atlanta and got a bunch of scripts and auditions. The Mick was one of them. The script was super funny and I ended up getting an offer for it.
"The Mick" is a fantastic hilarious sitcom about Mickey, a not so bright aunt who is forced to take care of her sister's three kids that live in a mansion. Can you explain to us what kind of character Chip is?
Chip is super entitled and spoiled. Money is no object and he thinks he can buy his way into any situation.
At 14-years-old you've already starred in the film "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life." What was it like shoot the film with Griffin Gluck?
He's my best friend I had the best time filming with him.
One of my favorite scenes in "The Mick", is when Chip and Sabrina get into a physical fight over their parents' bedroom. Do you have any favorite on-set stories shooting with Sofia Black-D 'Elia?
That was probably my most favorite episode to shoot with Sofia. We were doing a lot of the stunts and having fun with it. I think we definitely had some bruises after that episode. She's just so cool and we get along so well. Just like my real sister.
Actors tend to get overwhelmed when seeking out representation. How did you find the right agent?
My mom found us the right team early on. My advice is just find a team that fits and that has your best interest.
You also played Drew in "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp". What was your favorite memory of Wet Hot American Summer?
So many! Paul Rudd being super nice when we first met. David Wain was awesome and I got to work with him again on Another Period. I had the most fun on that set and ended up staying friends with all the kids on the show. It was like being at summer camp with my best friends.
Chip is not your average middle child. He's mischievous, a little high class, and enjoys tormenting his little brother Ben. How much can you relate to the character?
I'm pretty opposite of Chip. I don't have a little brother, I have an older sister who I probably torment a little.
Since the first season of "The Mick", recently wrapped earlier this year. Can you tell us what you like to do for fun outside of acting?
I love basketball and going to games, skateboarding, spending time with family and friends is most important.
Watch full episodes of The Mick on fox.com.
The Mick was recently renewed for a second season by Fox Television.