Our interview with talented young actor from ABC’s “American Housewife” Daniel DiMaggio who is delivering sidesplitting comedy, scene after scene, in the show TV GUIDE says, “continues ABC’s trend of quality family sitcoms.” DiMaggio stars as the witty, self-assured, smart beyond his years and honestly speaking, a bit of a disciplined capitalist, ‘Oliver Otto’, in a suburban family that’s ended up in a pompous Connecticut neighborhood. With every move they make, the family prove that they don’t belong and have no intentions of fitting into the cookie-cutter perfect family scenario, and instead forge their own path. Also staring Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Ali Wong & Meg Donnelly, “American Housewife” is ABC’s hottest comedy airing on Wednesday’s at 8:30pm sandwiched between two of ABC’s other famed sitcoms, “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family.”
Hi Daniel, please tell us a little about you?
I was born is Los Angeles. I’m fifteen years old and I enjoy skateboarding, travel and hanging out with my friends and family.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Competitive, messy, and goofy.
Who is your biggest supporter?
How did you get started in the industry?
I started doing commercials when I was 8 which led to some TV and film spots and then I got “American Housewife.”
What was your first acting role?
A Christmas Honda commercial.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
The best part is the freedom and also getting paid to pretend. The worst part, sometimes the hours can be long.
Best advice ever given?
Show up prepared. Know your lines and hit your marks.
Now tell us about your role on ABC’s “American Housewife?”
Oliver is a kid from modest means growing up in a very affluent community. He fits right in because he’s very materialistic and wants to be rich. His mom is trying to keep all of the kids rooted but he is very ambitious and has big plans. He wants to go to Harvard and he figures he can use ballet as a scholarship method
What has been your most memorable experience from the set so far?
There have been so many because I work with such great actors and learn from Katy and Diedrich but the most memorable so far was getting the chance to work with George Hamilton. He’s a legend and he was really nice and full of great advice.
And your guest role in CW’s “Supergirl?”
It was very cool to get a chance to play Superman (Young Kal-El). It’s a very small club and it’s great to be a part of it. The cast were really great to me and the sets were very sci-fi – so fun to be part of.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
Leonardo Di Caprio. He’s a great actor and has done so many different things and worked with the best directors. He has incredible versatility and range. He’s a role model for sure.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
Phone, water, backpack.
What music do you like?
Rap, Alternative Rock.
What is your favorite healthy food?
A chopped salad, fruit (apples, pomegranates, grapes)
And your favorite cheat food?
Takis (salty, spicy chips).
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Getting up late and watching football.
How’s a normal day in your life?
I get up depending on my call time. It can be as early as 6am or 7am or as late as 10pm or 11pm. I report to work, and I go to makeup – do my scenes. I have to go to school before and after scenes. Sometimes I have time to play ping pong with the crew guys. I have a lot of fun.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Abraham Lincoln and Hailee Steinfeld.
Something people don’t know about you?
I’m very frugal.
How do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Doing movies, going to college – enjoying the good life.
Do you support any charities?
The Los Angeles Mission, MS Society.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Holiday Destination: Lake Tahoe, Mammoth – some place snowy.
Song: “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
Sports Team: Dodgers, Kings, Clippers – and NY Jets
Movie: I don’t have a favorite, but I love THE DEPARTED with Leo.
Photo Credit: Tashi Palmer