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Interview with Jean-Luc Bilodeau of "Baby Daddy" on ABC Family 8/19/13

ABC Familyís Q&A with Jean-Luc Bilodeau
Baby Daddy

Moderator: What are your hopes for Ben in Season 3?

J. Bilodeau: My hopes for Ben were definitely to find a girl, find a more motherly figure for Emma. Having someone around for Emma is always important. I hope that he keeps his job. I hope that he doesnít make any career moves. I feel that Ben being a bartender for the show keeps him young and funny. I donít really look like a bartender, so I think itís really kind of cool that I get to play one and Iíve never had a job like that before. So yes, keep the job, get a girl, and then just let the hilarity ensue. Let the writers just take control of each episode and make every episode a funny one.

Moderator: What could you tease about Benís relationship with Riley?

J. Bilodeau: Season 3 picked up where we left off in Season 2. Weíre building the love triangle and turning it on fire a little bit. We give some closure to that love triangle at the end of Season 2 and it starts with Ben trying to make the move now. Heís realizing that sheís been into him for so long and itís time for him to take advantage of it. He realizes that sheís probably the best example for Emma and heís definitely working toward it. But I donít want to tease too much. You got to watch the show!

Moderator: How did you came to be on the show?

J. Bilodeau: I just auditioned like every other normal actor out here. I got the first audition, went in for Alyson Silverberg - our casting director - and did a good job with her and then just moved up the line; worked with producers, director, and then went to the network and just climbed the ladder. I loved the script from the very beginning. I didnít need to take much convincing to really work at it and to get on it, so my team and I really, really worked hard on it.
My relationship with ABC Family was great. I had already worked with them on a show for three and a half years, so it was time for me to be back on the network. It was painless, it really was. I had a really great time during that period finding Ben and working with Michael Lembeck - our director - he really helped me ground Ben and really find who his character was inside me. It was just a regular audition process and it only took about a week and a half from the first audition to getting the role. It was pretty painless.

Moderator: Did you have to show how you could handle a baby in your auditions?

J. Bilodeau: Yes, actually in the audition they had this weird toy. It almost looked like a dog toy, this little fluffy thing and thatís what we had to carry as a baby. Instead of using that, I brought in a hoodie and rolled it up and pretended that was the baby because I just couldnít take myself seriously holding this big fluffy dog toy. It changed a lot, obviously. On day one we got the real baby. It was my first time ever handling a baby, so it was fun.

Moderator: What do you find most rewarding about acting?

J. Bilodeau: Iíd say working with the people and the locations. I love film sets. I love the food. I love the people, the personalities; I guess just going to work every day is the best part. Itís a great setting. I donít think I could ever have a desk job, so I get to be mobile. Iím on set. I get to walk around kind of doing my own thing, being independent ó itís just a really good vibe. Everyone on a film set is very happy and they all love their jobs, so itís a cool environment to be a part of. Seeing whatever youíre working on, the show or the movie, seeing it progress from day one to the last day and seeing all the pieces put together, it takes a village, but itís fun. If everyone works well and everyone is cohesive, itís a really, really, really rewarding experience.

Moderator: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do while you were there?

J. Bilodeau: Iíve always really, really wanted to go to Egypt and go inside some pyramids and just hang out there. I donít know why. I donít like hot weather and I donít like the desert, but something about the pyramid and the mummies and all their history there, Iíd love to go check it out. I want to sky dive in every cool country I go to, so Iíll probably sky dive. I want to travel through some pyramids and stuff. Maybe wake up a mummy.

Moderator: Have you ever been able to use your dancing talents on Baby Daddy?

J. Bilodeau: Yes, we did a dance episode in Season 1. I believe it was Season 1, Episode 7. We had another dance episode, and when I say dance episode, I mean weíre not all dancing the whole episode. Itís not a musical. We just have a moment in the script that I break out in some dance moves. But yes, I danced for quite a while and the producers know that. Itís been such a long time since Iíve taken a class, so itís always very nerve wracking for me and Iím my hardest critic. I would dance for ten years and the producers and writers like writing that in, so Iíve had to use it a couple of times.

Moderator: Are there any chances of us seeing you on Dancing with the Stars any time soon?

J. Bilodeau: Iíve thought about it. I think Iíd do pretty well, just because of my dance background. I donít know if itís the right time for me to go on that show, but Chelsea did it and I work with her and she loved the experience. Itís something to think about in the future definitely.

Moderator: Could you talk a little bit about what itís like working with your cast?

J. Bilodeau: Itís so great. Iíve been blessed with an amazing cast to work with. Ever since the beginning, Iíve worked with the people on Kyle XY and they were amazing. I never thought Iíd be able to equalize to that. I never thought Iíd be able to work with such an amazing group of people again and I did.

Now Iím working on Baby Daddy and these people are just as great as the people on Kyle XY. Itís a really great group. Weíre all so different from each other, which makes it so funny and unique. Weíre just such a weird looking group of people together you know. We just like to have fun and we like to just make each other laugh and thereís no ego. Thereís no tough personalities; weíre all very easy going.

We just want to get our work done and have some fun and make a good TV show. Weíre all friends hanging out with the cast on weekends and after work during the week is a regular thing, so we all love each other very much. Itís a great, great, great chemistry we have.

Moderator: With summer coming to an end, what are you looking forward to in the fall? Are you a hockey fan?

J. Bilodeau: Definitely, thatís number one! Hockey is coming up pretty soon. I think I have about a month left until the first preseason game starts. Fall is my favorite my time of the year. I love it. Iíll try and make it back to Vancouver a bunch. I love going back home for that. Everything turns orange. You start to get out of summer, start making your way into the winter, everyone is wearing jackets. Vancouver lights up in the fall, so I definitely go back there for a bit. I just want to spend some time with my family. I love that season, and then winter and start snowboarding!

Moderator: What guest stars might be coming up on Baby Daddy?

J. Bilodeau: We have a bunch! We had Matt Dallas recently. We also have Greg Grunberg coming back as my dad. Wayne Brady was on earlier this season.
Lacey Chabert comes on and plays about six episodes and sheís absolutely incredible. We have Caroline Rhea play Rileyís mom. We have a ton of really great people to work with. We had a really great line-up of people to work with this season, especially Lacey Chabert. Sheís the nicest human being on the planet. We love her. We wish she could just come back on the show and be a series regular, sheís so funny.

Moderator: What celebrity guest star would you like to have appear on the show?

J. Bilodeau: I love That 70ís Show and I would love to have Topher Grace somehow come on the show as a guest star. I know he doesnít really do guest stars at all, but heís super funny. Iíd love to rehash his character from That 70ís Show into our show somehow. I think itíd be really funny. Heís an extraordinary actor, a great comedic actor and heís cool.

Moderator: Do you tune in to watch any other ABC Family shows besides Baby Daddy?

J. Bilodeau: A little bit. I donít want TV that often. Iíll watch Melissa & Joey sometimes before Baby Daddy. Iím friends with Lucy Hale, so Iíve Pretty Little Liars a couple times. I have watched Twisted, my buddy Avan Jogia is on that show. I donít watch that much TV, I think I should probably watch a little bit more, but I love the ABC Family shows.

Moderator: Do you have any other projects that youíre working on besides Baby Daddy?

J. Bilodeau: Nothing right now, Iím just working on Baby Daddy. Weíre halfway through Season 3 right now and weíve got 15 more episodes to shoot, so Iím working all the way till January. Hopefully I can line something up afterwards, but Iím just working on my show and focusing on Ben and his baby.

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