By Natalie Broulette
Bradley Steven Perry is just 11 years old, but he's already displaying a knack for comedy with his role on Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie." He plays Gabe Duncan; formerly the family's youngest child, he's ousted from this spot once baby Charlie enters the picture. We talked with Bradley about the show and his onscreen family, his project with Ashley Tisdale and his Disney Channel pals.
MSN TV: What's the most fun part of working on "Good Luck Charlie"?
Bradley Steven Perry: I think the most fun part about working on "Good Luck Charlie" is spending time with everyone, honestly, because everybody on set is like my brother and sister and mom and dad. They're so fun to be around, so that's probably the best part about working there.
Do you feel like you have two families now?
I do feel like I have two families. It's really funny. It's like I leave one family at home and then I go to set with another family.
Tell us about your character, Gabe. What's he like?
Gabe is a kid that was very sad about the birth of a new child because he was the youngest, so he had all the attention, and then when the new baby came along everybody started paying attention to her and he was, like, neglected. So in the first episode, he's trying to find food, but he can't find food; nobody cares what he's doing in that episode. He didn't like Charlie when she was first born, but he's warming up to her slowly. He's still not in love with her, but he doesn't hate her.
How do you relate to your character? Are you similar to Gabe?
I'm actually a lot like Gabe. I have three other siblings just like Gabe, and he's my age so there's that. [Laughs.] The one thing that's really different is Gabe isn't the youngest, and I'm the youngest. He also has a brother and I don't. It's actually really cool because Jason [Dolley] is the first brother I've ever had.
That episode is about Gabe having his first crush and he wants to talk to this girl and get to know her, but he's very nervous and everything just goes wrong at the beginning. So then he has a chat with his mom, and she says to find things you have in common. Gabe took that to mean he should lie, which was the wrong thing to do. He lied and he just made everything wrong, and everything goes awry and he tries to fix it when Kit [Ryan Newman] comes over, but everything just goes bad for Gabe.
Will we see her back on the show? Does this crush develop into something more?
I would really like Ryan to be on the show again because I really like Ryan. She's a really close friend of mine, and I would love to have her on the show again, but Gabe messed up pretty badly. She's gonna have to forgive Gabe.
How do you balance schoolwork and acting?
Well, I'm schooled on set. I'm homeschooled, so the teacher on set does it with me. It's actually pretty easy to balance because I go up and down from school to set. I think the hardest part is remembering all of what I did in school that day and the scripts, otherwise it's not that bad.
You are going to be in "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure." Who do you play in that?
I'm filming that right now. I'm in Toronto, Canada. My role is a kid who is 12 years old. His name is Roger Elliston III, and he makes sure that everybody knows he's the third. He's very proper; he looks like he just came out of a Ralph Lauren ad. He dresses very nice, he's very clean cut, and he's very competitive when it comes to [getting] his dog on Broadway, and he's kind of like Gabe in the way that he doesn't give up. He's also very smart. He knows a lot for his age just like Gabe. He's just a very fun character to play because he's really kind of different from me. I feel that Roger probably does not know how to play baseball at all and that is one of my main things -- playing baseball. But I feel it's pretty funny, like Roger probably does not know how to throw a baseball.
Tell us about working with Ashley Tisdale.
A lot of my scenes are with Ashley. The dogs are going for a Broadway role and I am very competitive with Ashley, so we have a lot of scenes where we're fighting, which is really fun.
Do you hang out with other Disney stars?
I do. I know a lot of Disney Channel stars. I hang out with Debbie Ryan. Me and Ryan Newman hang out a lot, and I know a lot of them from Friends for Change -- we all meet from there. It's cool. Everybody is like family at Disney Channel. All the stars are so fun and nice, so it's really fun to hang out with them.
What movies or TV shows are you into?
I like watching baseball on TV. I love watching all the sports. Otherwise, I like watching "Good Luck Charlie." I don't know if you've heard of that one. [Laughs.] I like all the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. I love "Modern Family." I have a lot of friends on that show. My favorite book is "Million-Dollar Throw." It's about football, which is one of the main things I like watching and reading about.
Do you have any fun summer plans or are you busy working?
When I finish this movie, I'm going to spend a lot of time with my family. I'm really kind of excited about that because I've been gone from home since May, so I'm really excited just to spend time with my family and go to the beach and have fun.
"Good Luck Charlie" airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
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