If you watch Austin and Ally, then you know who Calum Worthy is since he plays Dez on the show. You might not know that he is Canadian and will turn 22 on January 28. He first decided to become an actor at age 4 after seeing Macauley Culkin in Home Alone (rated PG). Basically, he has been acting, singing, and dancing his entire life. Read on to find out more about his role on Austin and Ally, plus his plans for the future.
Q: What is your character Dez like?
Calum: It is interesting as he’s super intelligent in odd areas, but not smart socially. He’s not smart around talking to girls or even having any social interaction ever. If Austin would say, “We need to build a rocket ship for this music video,” I would actually build a rocket ship. I can do that kind of stuff; I just can’t hang out with people easily.
Q: Tell us about the episode where Austin has to get an operation and you’re in the doctor’s office with Robert Picardo and he gets so annoyed with you.
Calum: I love Robert Picardo. He was so annoyed with me. . . . which is so funny; on set we got along so well. We had so much fun. We came up with how it should be played out by talking about it in the dressing room. We weren’t even rehearsing; we were just talking about all these little nuances that we could have with each other. And it wasn’t even supposed to be in the script that we got annoyed with each other. That was supposed to be the light part of the scene, but the more we talked about it and the more we liked each other, we thought that we should dislike each other on the show.
Q: Did you go to public school?
Calum: I was home-schooled grades 9 to 12, but I went to a regular high school for P.E. and drama so I could have that high school experience.
Q: Did you have any problems in school when you were younger?
Calum: The worst thing I had in school was that I used to walk on my toes. I didn’t use the heel of my foot all through elementary school. I don’t know it was some weird thing and it was totally embarrassing. I eventually got over it because of a film when I saw myself walking in the camera frame and I was bobbing up and down throughout the camera frame. The director said you have to stop walking on your toes; you’re a toe walker.
Q: Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
Calum: In five years I would like to see the show still be on, or if it is off the air to be a big success that people will remember and that kids grew up with. For myself, I just want to keep working. I would like to work more on the creative side. I’ve started to work more on writing and producing, and I’d like to pursue that more as an actual career as well as the acting.
Interview by Sue Schneider
Images courtesy Disney Channel