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Fred’s Back!

TFK chats with web star Lucas Cruikshank about Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred

October 20, 2011
NICKELODEON. ©2011 VIACOM, INTERNATIONAL INC.

Fast-talking Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) goes Halloween shopping with his best friend, Bertha (Daniella Monet), in Nickelodeon's "Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred."

Everyone’s favorite fictional, fast-talking teen Fred Figglehorn is back in his second original movie for Nickelodeon. On October 22, fans of the wildly popular Internet character can catch him in a brand-new adventure in Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred. The two-hour sequel follows Fred as he investigates his mysterious new music teacher, Mr. Devlin. Fred believes he’s a vampire! But can he get everyone else in town to believe it, too?

Nebraska native Lucas Cruikshank, 18, created his video-blogging alter ego when he was 13. The quirky character skyrocketed to Internet stardom soon after. In 2009, Lucas made the leap to television when he appeared as Fred on the iCarly episode, “iMeet Fred.” Last year, the premiere of Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie drew in more than 7 million viewers, making it the No. 1 cable TV movie for kids in 2010.

TFK spoke to Lucas about Fred’s staying power after all these years, and about where he’s taking Fred next.

Fred is convinced that his new neighbor and piano teacher, Mr. Devlin, is a vampire.
NICKELODEON. ©2011 VIACOM, INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Fred is convinced that his new neighbor and piano teacher, Mr. Devlin, is a vampire.

TFK:

Fred is back! What was it like to be on set?

LUCAS CRUIKSHANK:

It was great to go back to the Fred set and to be in the little cul-de-sac of houses where we filmed the first movie. There were a lot of [returning crew and cast], so it was great to see everyone again. It brought back a lot of memories.

TFK:

What’s Fred up to in Night of the Living Fred?

LUCAS:

He gets himself into a big mess! He has a lot of time on his hands because he pretty much only has one friend. He’s always hanging around his house, so he starts to notice that his new neighbor is kind of eccentric. He soon gets it into his head that his neighbor is possessed and this evil creature, and tries to convince his whole town of it.

TFK:

His new neighbor is also his new piano teacher, right?

LUCAS:

Right. He used to have an old piano teacher who loved him and really enjoyed his piano playing. But that teacher retires, and this new teacher doesn’t think that Fred is good at piano. So Fred takes his anger about that issue and convinces himself that this guy is a vampire. [Laughs]

TFK:

What would you do if you thought your teacher was a vampire?

LUCAS:

I would be really scared! I would wear a lot of turtlenecks to school. I wouldn’t want to be one of his victims.

TFK:

Fred gets himself into so many wacky situations in the movie. What was your favorite scene to film?

Fred does his best vampire impression.
NICKELODEON. ©2011 VIACOM, INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Fred does his best vampire impression.

LUCAS:

My favorite scene—it’s in a lot of the movie previews—is the one where Fred is dressed as a vampire and carrying around the character Thalia. That whole night shoot was a blast. I loved wearing the vampire makeup and the costume, and being really overdramatic.

TFK:

Fred has an admirer in Thalia this time around. How does it feel to have someone crushing on Fred for a change?

LUCAS:

It was a nice change of pace. Fred has a huge amount of confidence in himself, but he’s used to being the one who is always trying to get people to accept him. It was cool to see someone else trying to get Fred’s approval.

TFK:

The only problem is that Thalia is the school bully Kevin’s little sister.

LUCAS:

Yes. He doesn’t even know if he should be friends with her because her brother is his arch-nemesis. He doesn’t want Kevin to get mad or beat him up. Plus, she’s a bit younger.

TFK:

Jennette McCurdy, from iCarly, played Fred’s best friend, Bertha, in the first Fred movie. But Daniella Monet, from Victorious, plays her in this one. How was it working with them both?

LUCAS:

They both brought different things to the table. I love the character of Bertha. She’s totally cool and chill. It was fun seeing their different takes on the character.

TFK:

You recently introduced a new web-based Fred show, called Figgle Chat. Where did the idea come from?

LUCAS:

I wanted to do more Fred stuff on the Internet since I hadn’t done anything in a while. But I didn’t want to do the exact same thing as before, which was Fred video blogging. I thought it would be hilarious for Fred to be a talk-show host and to interview celebrities and people from the Internet. He’s going to ask questions that no reporter is supposed to ask!

The tables have turned! This time around, Fred is the one who has an admirer in Thalia.
NICKELODEON. ©2011 VIACOM, INTERNATIONAL, INC.
The tables have turned! This time around, Fred is the one who has an admirer in Thalia.

TFK:

Who would you like to see on Figgle Chat?

LUCAS:

I would be pleased with anyone. It would be funny to have people on the show that you wouldn’t expect to be associated with Fred, like reality TV stars.

TFK:

You must get people coming up to you all the time. Have you had any crazy fan encounters?

LUCAS:

Usually, it’s pretty normal. The fans will ask for a picture, and we’ll talk for a while. But there have been a couple of times where people have started crying, or they videotape you when they think you don’t notice. I never really know how to react when someone starts crying. I thought I was supposed to bring happiness, not sadness!

TFK:

Do you ever feel pressure to live up to people’s expectations?

LUCAS:

At first I did. Before, I just made videos for fun. But when I reached a million web subscribers, I remember looking into the camera lens and thinking, “There are a million people on the other side of that!” But I realized I couldn’t think that way. I just had to act like I was still doing it for a small group and remember to have fun with it.

TFK:

Why do you think Fred has had staying power after so many years?

LUCAS:

I don’t know. I’ve been doing Fred videos since I was 13, and I’m 18 now. It’s been a long run, and I’m so thankful. Hopefully, they’ll want to see more Fred, and after the Fred content ends, I hope they’ll want to see me try out new stuff as well.

TFK:

What’s next for you and Fred?

LUCAS:

There’s going to be an animated Fred series online, which will be really cool. I’ve done a few recordings for it, and it’s really funny. I’m so excited about it. Obviously, I’m a human being, so I’m going to age! I’m not going to be able to play this character forever. But with animation, Fred can live on.


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