Jaleel White co-stars on “Me, Myself & I” as Darryl, the perfect pal/confidant to forty-yr-previous inventor Alex (Bobby Moynihan), whose life unfolds in three levels on the freshman CBS sitcom. (Jack Dylan Grazer and John Larroquette play the teenager and senior variations of Alex.)
“Darryl is Alex’s clear-reduce greatest-pal since center faculty,” says White. “Witty, loyal and supportive. In enterprise, Alex is the dreamer and Darryl is Alex’s grounding drive.”
White, forty, is greatest-recognized to viewers of a sure age as Steve Urkel, the nasal, geeky, suspenders-sporting subsequent-door neighbor and breakout star on “Household Issues,” which aired from 1989-ninety eight on ABC and CBS. Right here, White talks about “Me, Myself & I” — and Urkel.
You’ve labored steadily, but “Me, Myself & I” is your first co-starring position in fairly a while. Why?
I feel it’s somewhat little bit of happenstance. I’ve been working within the single-digital camera [drama] format a lot within the final a number of years [that] when a single-digital camera comedy got here alongside I actually needed my shot at that. All of it got here collectively [on “Me, Myself & I”] — it made sense for the producers and for me. I actually made it a aim, as a result of I’m a dad first and I’ve to care for my daughter … I needed to be on each community drama there’s. It actually virtually received to the purpose the place I didn’t care concerning the dialogue. I used to be simply racing via ’em — “NCIS,” “Bones,” “Citadel,” “Hawaii 5-zero.” I did “Survivor’s Regret” final yr.
Did Urkel assist or hinder your profession?
I’m actually taking a look at Jason Alexander’s business for his new AT&T present [“Hit the Road”] as you’re asking me that query and discover it hella ironic. He’s very a lot George Costanza [from “Seinfeld”] so far as I’m involved. On the finish of the day, I don’t care how gifted you’re, there’s a component of luck that goes into being in our enterprise. I’ve received no gripes in any respect; only a few individuals on this enterprise get an opportunity to decide on how they pop onto the scene. The excellent news is that just about each black lady who sees me is gonna name me [Urkel’s alter-ego] Stefan. They’re not gonna name me Urkel.
Would you ever reprise the position?
I feel there’s some enjoyable available however I’m targeted on what I’m doing proper now. I used to be at a Dodgers occasion lately and I handed [former child actor] Haley Joel Osment, who clearly appears very totally different now. He’s a grown man. I ended him, shook his hand and was…