Thomas Barbusca stars as Chip in the new Fox family comedy, ‘The Mick’ which will be premiering on January 1, 2017. Thomas recently co-starred as Leo in the film ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” and you may have seen him as Peter Pan in the Geico commercials and in the Old Navy’s back to school campaign with Amy Schumer.
Check out our interview with Thomas!
upfrontNY: How did you get involved with acting?
Thomas Barbusca: My sister, she is an actress and started really young. I was always around it and got kind of jealous and wanted to do it too. I really like it. It is one of my favorite things in the world.
upfrontNY: What do you love about it?
Thomas Barbusca: Playing different characters. It is always super fun.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about your new show, ‘The Mick’ and your character Chip?
Thomas Barbusca: ‘The Mick’ centers around Kaitlin Olson who plays my crazy Aunt Mickey and she comes to my mom, her sister for a handout and one thing leads to another and my parents go to jail for security fraud and I am in the hands of my Aunt Mickey. Chip is very entitled and can be a jerk sometimes and his parents have been indicted for federal fraud . He thinks he should be in charge and is the man of the house. They don’t always see eye to eye but he has a good heart and he is really funny.
upfrontNY: The show looks really funny! What was it like every day on set?
Thomas Barbusca: It is so fun. We all laugh all day on set. Kaitlin is hysterical and it is so hard to keep a straight face with her. We all get along great and have a great time.
upfrontNY: What was it like when you found out you booked the role for this show?
Thomas Barbusca: It was one of the best moments ever. That is my dream to be on a show ever since I was 5 years old. Getting the call was just the most amazing moment in my life because that is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I really wanted the role, it was really funny.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’ and your role as Leo?
Thomas Barbusca: Playing Leo was a great experience. The role was a lot of fun to play and Leo is always up to something. We shot the whole movie in Atlanta for a few months. We shot it in a school. We all got along really good and we would hang out all the time off set and on set. It was one of the best experiences ever.
upfrontNY: Do you still stay in contact with the people you were in the movie with?
Thomas Barbusca: Yeah, they are all my best friends.
upfrontNY: You have a lot of great credits to your name. Is there a certain type of role that you hope to play one day?
Thomas Barbusca: I really like Biopics and would love to play in a Biopic playing an actual person. That would be so awesome.
upfrontNY: Do you have anyone you really hope to work with one day?
Thomas Barbusca: Robert De Niro
upfrontNY: You have been in several commercials. What do you enjoy most about filming commercials?
Thomas Barbusca: Commercials are so fun.They are only a day or two to film. The Geico Peter Pan one in particular was so much fun and I got to use a harness. I was able to fly around and almost that whole commercial was improvised.
upfrontNY: Do you get ready for commercials differently from film and television?
Thomas Barbusca: No, I would say the same way. I just stay really focused and try to tap into that character.
upfrontNY: Are there any commercials or campaigns you would really like to be a part of?
Thomas Barbusca: I feel like a Nike campaign or Adidas. Some type of shoe campaign would be fun to do.
upfrontNY: When you are not acting what do you like to do?
Thomas Barbusca: I love to hang out with my family and friends as much as I can. I love going to basketball games. I just recently started going to basketball games and they are really fun.
upfrontNY: The year is right around the corner. ‘The Mick’ is premiering on January 1st so I’m sure for you that is a great way to start your new year. Do you have any other goals or projects for the new year?
Thomas Barbusca: I’d love to do another movie. Those are so fun. You are on set for a couple months and you build a family. I’d love for ‘The Mick’ to go like 10 more seasons.
upfrontNY: It looks like it was great to film!
Thomas Barbusca: It is! ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is one of my favorite shows of all time and I always wanted to work on that show. Now I get to work with most of the writers from that show and Kaitlin who is one of my favorite actresses ever and the whole crew.
upfrontNY: Is there anything you want others to know?
Thomas Barbusca: If you go follow me on my social media you can see all my projects that are coming up and what I have in store for the future.
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