2012 Summer Movie Guide

Meet CJ Adams

The actor chats about his first big role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, now playing

August 15, 2012
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Timothy Green (CJ Adams, center) brings many surprises to the lives of his new parents, Cindy (Jennifer Garner, left) and Jim (Joel Edgerton, right) in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Six years ago when his mom asked him if he wanted to be on TV and in movies, CJ Adams said no, at first. “But don’t you want to be in DVDs?” his brother asked. Suddenly, CJ’s answer changed. “Well, yeah, I do want to be in DVDs!” the 6-year-old said. Not long after that, CJ got a minor role in the movie Dan in Real Life. Now, after a break from Hollywood, the 12-year-old is the lead in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, in theaters now.

The young actor plays the title character, Timothy Green. He’s an extraordinary boy who changes the lives of a couple who are told they can’t have children of their own. Cindy and Jim Green (played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) have dreamed of being parents for as long as they can remember. But when the doctor tells them it’s not possible, they decide it’s time to let go of their dream. To say goodbye, they write down all of the wishes they have for their child and bury the box of notes in the backyard. After a stormy night, the couple wakes up to find a mud-covered 10-year-old named Timothy in their house, who says he’s their son. It seems he’s sprouted right out of the garden—from the very spot where the box was buried—and he’s got leaves growing on his legs to prove it.

The Greens hope to teach their new son everything there is to know. But in the end, it’s Timothy who teaches them about all of the possibilities life as to offer. TFK caught up with young CJ, recently, about taking on the magical role.

TFK:

How did it feel to take on the responsibility of the title role in this movie?

CJ:

It felt great. I felt really comfortable because I had worked with the director [Peter Hedges] before. He was always with me, so I never felt scared.

TFK:

Timothy is a very unique boy, and he seems very wise beyond his years. How did you get into character?

CJ:

When I played Timothy, I tried to act wise, like I understood everything and that I knew what was going to happen.

TFK:

Do you and Timothy share any similarities?

CJ:

Well, I think Timothy and I look a lot alike! Another similarity is that we’re both unique in our own different way. Timothy inspires people to keep going. He changes people’s lives, and he changes the whole town.

TFK:

How are you least like Timothy?

CJ:

I’m least like Timothy in that he grew out of the garden, and he has leaves on his legs! Also, Timothy’s not afraid to share his secrets.

TFK:

Coach Cal (rapper Common) coaches Timothy Green (CJ Adams) on the Stanleyville Erasers soccer team, in The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Credit: ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Coach Cal (rapper Common) coaches Timothy Green (CJ Adams) on the Stanleyville Erasers soccer team, in The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Your parents were played in the film by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, and you got to work with some pretty cool actors in addition to them, like the rapper Common. What was it like to work with these actors in your first big role?

CJ:

It’s awesome to [work with] these guys after seeing them on TV. If you’re a regular kid and you see Jennifer Garner or Common—this huge movie star and this famous rapper—you’re pretty happy. It’s just like that for me. When I’m on set, I’m always like, “Whoa, these people, I’ve seen them everywhere else!” It’s so good to be around them.

TFK:

Did they have any advice to share with you about being in the business?

CJ:

Probably the best advice is to keep it real. If you keep it real, [playing] the part comes easier to you.

TFK:

Do you have any favorite memories of being on set?

CJ:

My family loves swimming and being underwater. So, what I thought was really cool was that in one of my scenes, I’m underwater [in a pool]. They had people in scuba gear around me. Whenever I needed air, I would make the sign to call for air, and they would come give me air with the scuba gear. When I was ready for the scene, they would take the scuba gear out of my mouth, and I would do the scene. I thought it was really cool that I learned how to scuba dive.

TFK:

Is that your favorite scene in the movie?

CJ:

I’m not sure if that was my favorite scene… My favorite scene was probably the scene where Timothy got to meet his parents [for the first time]. It was such a huge moment.

TFK:

Were there any scenes that you felt were more challenging than others?

CJ:

There were two very challenging scenes. One of them was getting the food [poured on me in the cafeteria scene]. After 20 minutes of having it on there, the food starts getting all scaly and dry, and it’s really, really hard to get out of your hair.

The other scene I thought was kind of uncomfortable was [the scene where the Greens first meet Timothy]. The house was built in a really cold garage. I had to put mud on my body, so to keep the mud moist, they would spray—it was warm water, but it felt cold to me—they’d spray water on my body to make my body look moist. It was so cold that night, and I was like, [shivering,] “Woo!”

TFK:

What would your ultimate dream role be?

CJ:

My ultimate dream role would probably be young Captain America, or Captain America.

TFK:

What are five fun facts that our readers should know about you?

CJ:

I love soccer. I like playing with my friends and hanging out with them and throwing parties. I love sleepovers. I like shopping with my mom. And I also like playing video games.

TFK:

What else do you have planned for the summer?

CJ:

When the movie comes out, my friends and I are going to go the day it opens and watch the movie together. We’re going to love it!


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