Matt Shively recently landed the role of Ryan on the newest Nickelodeon comedy, True Jackson, VP, opposite Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee). The show is set to air on November 8 at 9:30-10:00PM ET, right after the iCarly special, “iGoes to Japan.” The regular showing time is Saturdays at 8:30 PM ET.
“The show is amazing,” Matt stated. “And I’m not just saying that, because I’m in the show. For a Nickelodeon show, it’s a lot more mature. I wouldn’t say adult-ish. I’m just saying it’s more for the teens. Period. Pre-teens will love it. But teens will understand everything about it. And that’s just in my personal opinion. The humor, the plots. It does have that Nickelodeon humor where someone will fall or does a corny little move. It also has some things only adults will understand when it comes joke-wise. It’s a really good show.”
“My character is Ryan. I play True’s best friend. Her guy’s side, because she has two and I’m one of them,” Matt continued. Described as ‘the guy’s guy,’ ‘comical,’ and ‘witty,’ Matt adds, “He’s very loud. He speaks his mind. He thinks he’s all that and a bag of hot nuts. He’s just very cocky. But he’s outgoing, knows how to light up a room. He just doesn’t know how to light it up in the best way.”
In an interview with Blogcritics, Keke Palmer described the audition process as fun, but Matt referred to it as grueling. “I auditioned for the show. A lot of the time I audition for shows, I just do it. I leave not expecting anything. But when I read the script, I was like, there’s no way I can’t get this. It’s mine, 100%.”
He added, “So, I went in and I actually told the casting director, who I auditioned for numerous amounts of times, I looked at her and said, ‘All right. This is the last time you are going to see me.’ And she asked, ‘What do you mean?’ and I said, ‘I’m going to get this part.’ And she said, ‘Okay, we’ll see then.’”
He ended up getting another callback, which, he said, “…went really well and then there was no call for about four days. And my manager sent me an email and said, ‘Oh, sorry they ended up not going with you. They wanted to go younger.’” Two weeks later, he found out he got the part.
He called the cast “amazing.” He continued, “I think everyone is cast perfectly to who they are. I really couldn’t have asked for anything else. There’s not one weak person on this cast.”
Matt’s described for us his most embarrassing on-set moment. “My line was, ‘If she thought I had a girlfriend’ and I had done that in front of the live audition three or four times and I went to it again, and I said, ‘If she thought I had a boy—’ and I stopped. I got really embarrassed.”
He also admitted, “I’m obsessed with my cell phone. I probably text … I think my bill is 10,000 texts a month. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
“I collect movies. I put them in alphabetical order. I won’t necessarily watch them. It’s just the novelty of having them.” He loves all kinds of movies, especially independent movies, calling them “more intelligent.” His five favorite films are also probably five different genres. Shia LaBeouf is his favorite actor, because seeing him act was when he knew he wanted to be an actor.
Matt called the show “his big break.” Blogcritics also interviewed Keke Palmer and Ashley and Argota. Make sure to TiVo True Jackson, VP on November 8.