Kids' Choice Awards: Grant Gustin, Rico Rodriguez Reveal What They Watched Growing Up
The young stars revealed to THR what their favorite films and television shows were before they became actors.
Slime was not in short supply Saturday at the 29th annual Kids’ Choice Awards, where host Blake Shelton involved the crowd in the slimefest by inviting them to vote on certain pranks online, and audiences were treated to performances by DNCE, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa.
On Nickelodeon’s signature orange carpet beforehand, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with some of the nominees about their favorite shows and movies they watched growing up.
Grant Gustin, who was nominated for best male television actor in a family series for The Flash, said that sports movies were his favorites as a kid, especially The Sandlot and Little Giants. Jackson Tyrel Williams of the nominated Disney series Lab Rats also counted himself a fan of sports movies, saying that for him, Space Jam had held the top spot.
Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez and sister Raini Rodriguez, of Austin & Ally, agreed that last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens had jumped to the top of both their favorite movie lists.
THR also spoke with Austin & Ally stars Laura Marano and Calum Worthy on the orange carpet. Asked what her favorite childhood television show was, Marano responded: “Lizzie McGuire, for sure. It’s amazing.” (Lizzie McGuire won favorite television show at the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2002 and 2003). Worthy changed it up, saying, “Ally McBeal, hands down. I was just your typical 8-year-old dude,” he quipped.
Neel Sethi also had an unexpected favorite. The 12-year-old star, who plays Mowgli in the forthcoming Jungle Book remake, revealed that Friends is his favorite show, but declined to choose a favorite from the big screen, saying, “I can’t pick a favorite movie, I like a lot.”
THR also spoke with Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner of Black-ish, who were attending the Kids’ Choice Awards to support their co-star Anthony Anderson, who was nominated for favorite television actor. Shahidi was a Hayao Miyazaki fan growing up, counting Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle among her faves, while Scribner said, “I was mostly a television kind of person,” revealing that his favorite show was Everybody Hates Chris.
Jack Griffo, who was nominated for best TV actor for The Thundermans, was a fan of Happy Gilmore. “It’s my birth movie, actually. It came out the year I was born," he said. "I can quote a lot of it.”
Meanwhile, Jessie’s Karan Brar said that Finding Nemo and The Lion King were his all-time favorites, adding, “I watched Lion King so much that I broke the videotape.”