CJ Adams was just six years old when he got his first gig playing Steve Carell’s nephew in “Dan in Real Life.” Now 12, the up-and-coming actor has moved on to taking the lead in a major motion picture, starring as the title character in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" opposite Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and Ron Livingston. The film, from "Dan in Real Life" director and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" writer Peter Hedges, is about a special boy who brings love and a little big of magic to those around him, and is sure to bring some tears to the eyes of those who watch it.
While Adams is just getting his career started in Hollywood, he has a good handle on where he sees himself in a few years, and his aim is quite, well, super-heroic. We sat down with the young star to talk about "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," how he got his big break and whose shoes he's looking to fill when he gets older.
What was your first acting gig?
The first movie I did was "Dan in Real Life," which was directed by Peter Hedges, the same director who did "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."
How did you get the role in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"?
[My mom and I] heard Peter was doing another movie, so we thought, "Why not try out?," and then we read the script and were like, "Whoa, that is me!" So I tried out and got the part.
How were you discovered?
I was watching TV one day and there was this open casting call for extras, and my brother says, "You wanna try out for this movie?" and I said, "No, I'm okay." And then he said, "Do you wanna be on a DVD?" And I said, "I wanna be on a DVD!," so I tried out.
Is there anyone you look up to in Hollywood?
Robert [Downey Jr.] who played Iron Man and Chris [Evans] who played Captain America.
What did you buy with your first Hollywood paycheck?
My laptop ... a Macbook Pro.
What's your dream role?
Do you have a nickname?
CJ is my nickname. It stands for Cameron and my middle name is John.
What's your favorite type of music?
Hip-hop, pop, the latest music.
Are there any starlets in Hollywood that you have a crush on?
[CJ's mom chimes in: "Is she the one from 'Transformers'? She's cute!"]
What's next for you?
I had to decline two films right now because the scheduling didn't work out. [But] I wanna be a professional soccer player.
Mac or PC?
New York or L.A.?
"Harry Potter," "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games"?
I haven't seen "Hunger Games" yet so I guess "Potter." But if I see "Hunger Games," it will probably be that.
Rock or Rap?
Twitter or Facebook?
Bieber or Timberlake?
I guess Bieber.
Vampires, Zombies or Werewolves?
Apples or Oranges?