Josh Peck

June 6, 2014

I am Josh Peck, and I was the only one available for this. Ask me anything!

You might know me from television shows like Drake & Josh, or movies like The Wackness. And I'm here supporting my new role as Chief Creative Viner for Joe Boxer and you can check out my latest Vine post here:

Victoria from reddit is helping me get started. AMA!

Thank you so much for your questions. I hope I answered them to your satisfaction. God bless all of you. And God Bless America.

You and Drake had such good chemistry on set. Did you guys ever hang out off-set? If yes, do you guys still hang out?

You know we don't hang out as much as I would like to, but I definitely have a special place for Drake in my heart. I feel like we were the only two members of a particular high school that we went to, and knowing each other since we were 12 and working together until we were 20. I am always proud of him and his success, whether it's music or acting, and it will be a lasting relationship, I imagine, for the rest of my life.

Do you still keep in touch with your old costars such as Drake Bell and Miranda Cosgrove?

Yes, we are cool.

Have you ever wanted to do another show with Drake?

You know, I feel like we did it perfectly the first time and trying to re-create anything would only be a substandard version of what we did so well, it's hard to capture that twice.

How did you stay motivated to lose weight? I'm trying to but it just seems so useless. I really admire how you got to be a healthy size but it just seems so impossible for me. Any advice?

I would just say to not be too hard on yourself and just stay motivated and moderation is always the key, and to do it because it will make you happy. It will all come in time. Rushing anything is usually a recipe for disaster.

what is your shoe size?


Hi, Josh. What's your favorite TV show?

I'm into Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (Guy Fieri is my spirit animal) and I really like House of Cars on Netflix.

What is your favorite episode of Drake and Josh? And what is your favorite movie that you weren't in?

My favorite episode of Drake & Josh was the one with the baby, where I was with a baby stuck on the roof, it was one of the first six episodes we ever shot, it's super nostalgic for me. We used a real baby, and it would really pee on us. And then my favorite movie where I wasn't in, Searching for Bobby Fischer.

What's your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve - I hate when people repeat themselves.

My biggest pet peeve - I hate when people repeat themselves.

Just kidding!

What was it like working with Ben Kingsley?

It was a dream. He was my favorite actor and he was that before I was doing a movie with him, he is an inspiration. He truly lived up to what I was hoping for. He made me a better actor, so I remain a huge fan of his.

Why did you decide to become an actor?

Eventually when spending most of your life not getting picked for any sport teams you have to start thinking of some sort of contingency plan. My mom's super creative and I grew up with her loving musical theater and comedy, so I'm sure there was some sort of inherent thing I picked up from her just being in an artistic household, and then I tried it and it gave me so much joy, and I was always attracted to something that made me happy.

Are you really as good at pool as Josh was in that hustlin' episode?

No, I'm an awful pool player. I'm terrible at table sports - pool, table tennis. I'm pretty amazing at chess, but thank god for TV magic.

Hi Josh! Which TV show do you wish you could guest star on?

I'd love to play Schmidt's younger brother on the New Girl. I feel like there would be no better place for me. But what else... I guess that would be a dream. Or to play a nerd on Silicon Valley.

Hello! I feel like I've grown up with you lol. Thanks for making me giggle. What's your favorite beer?

Root beer!

Will you pip pip my doodley doop? P.s You're beautiful and I love you.

Thank you, you're beautiful too. And pip pip doodley doo to you too.

Hi Josh Big fan you were so funny in drake and josh. so what was the most painful thing you did during the show?

I was always trying to push myself because my character was so physical, and I would constantly be trying to be sprinting, or leaping onto things. One time, I think it was during a rehearsal, I leaped onto a bed and tripped and slammed my knee, so that was pretty bad news. I suffered for my craft.

How would you say you've changed post-D&J?

When i was doing it, like I said before it was my high school years, as soon as it finished it was a world that I had to let go of. So the amount of change was challenging at times, and great at times, and as maturity goes.

Do people recognize you in the street more from vine now or Drake and Josh?

I get recognized from Vine a lot, but it's probably a tie. But the Vine thing helps. But as Chris D'Elia said, Vine famous doesn't really mean anything. I'm lucky, I get to make these videos for fun, I love watching videos that are huge online, so I enjoy the medium.

Do you prefer acting in serious, dramatic films or comedies?

I prefer probably acting in comedies, because any opportunity to make people laugh, it depends. I'm just trying to avoid being in bad movies. Dramatic, funny, I'm all about it as long as it's good.

Do you like waffles?

Love 'em! But I prefer pancakes. But don't tell waffles that...

I haven't heard, but have you gotten to meet Oprah yet? And how did your Oprah craze first start? I mean your role in Drake & Josh made you appear that way at least.

I haven't met Oprah yet! And Dare to Dream! I imagine that on some level, that's enough, but I feel like the day I meet her will be the greatest Vine opportunity in the history of the world.

Hey Josh, was wondering what a typical day in your life is like?

Basically you know, fulfilling my community service hours. I won't elaborate. Coffee with the peeps. And whaling on my thighs at the gym and getting fully turned up.

Do you still prefer the Gamesphere over the Gamecube?


Hey Josh! Since seeing Battle of the Year I've always wondered, how good can you break dance?

I'm awful at breakdancing. But I'm good at stand-dancing. But when I have to get down on the floor, I lose all my game. If I keep all the rhythm above waist level, then I'm pretty impressive.

What do you consider to be the most beautiful vegetable?

Probably the artichoke. It has some good looks sometimes.

Hey Josh! Thanks for doing the AMA!

How close were you with Nancy Sullivan and Jonathan Goldstein, Mom and Dad, on set? Do you still talk?

I'm cool with both of them! I don't really talk to Nancy anymore, but I saw Jonathan recently, and it's always so great to run into him. So much history and so many stories.

What was the most emotional scene for you to do in The Wackness?

Probably the scene where Ben Kingsley and I stopped talking in the middle of the movie, and kind of rips me apart, and assassinates my character. That, and the scene where we are getting completely trashed on Fire Island, because we were drinking a lot of fake alcohol and using a lot of fake drugs.

Hi, Josh! I'm Jasmyne. You've been one of my favorite people for a long time. I'm trying really hard to adjust to my first year of college and I just wanted to ask the best advice you had to be happy?

I would say just to honor your truth and whatever that is, and to try not to fit into other people's idea of the way you should be. Be with people who promote you being yourself.

Most pressing question...favorite dinosaur?

The Jewish dinosaur, Rabbi Rex.

Have you forgiven Megan for the evil she did to you?

I have forgiven her, but she must now forgive herself.

Josh, why did you decided to start vining professionally? I wonder why so many other actors don't partake in it more often.

I'm not Vining professionally, I just Vine for fun. It's hard to come up with ideas for good content, and I think a lot of people don't want to devote the time.

What sort of music do you listen to?

I like everything, I'm just not a huge fan of country. But probably mostly hiphop and Billy Joel.

Where is the strangest location that somebody has recognized you?

Probably in a coffee shop in Amsterdam. They asked me if I was the dude from Drake & Josh, and I said yes, but don't tell anyone you saw me here.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Like a natural foods bougie protein bar. But bougie and natural.

Did Rebels ever get picked up? I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you SO MUCH. It didn't get picked up, but I really enjoyed making it. And I wish I could make more.

Hey you're awesome. What are your favorite books?

Catcher in the Rye (I know, corny).

Whats your favourite flavour of doritos?

Classic cool ranch. I like to keep things pretty classic.

What is the best reaction you've gotten while making a vine?

Probably, I dunno, I've gotten so many weird stares vining in public that I've become pretty immune to it.

If a sequel to The Wackness were to be produced would you rather it be titled: The Wackness 2: The Wack Strikes Back, The Wackness 2: Even Wacker or The Wackness: Too Wack ?

I would want it to be called THE DOPENESS.

How did you get into the acting business as a child? Was it what you wanted to do, or were you somewhat forced by your parents?

I just knew that acting made me happy, and I never imagined it would become a career. I thought eventually I'd have to give it up and do something more mainstream, but luckily I was able to continue on my adult years doing what I love. I just started doing school productions and comedy as a young kid and it was born out of that.

If you never get into the entertainment industry, what you do for a career right now?

I would probably be a physician or a professional conductor.

Was there any moments on Drake and Josh that depicted your actual life?

Pretty much 90% of it.

The show was so poorly budgeted, but it was still one of the greatest shows on television since forever. The comedy was simple, but so pure and relatable. Did you and your co stars ever write any of the script, or just do improv and wing it? Or was it a set script that you didn't have any control over?

Our creator, Dan Schneider, was the brilliant person behind every script. But we were supported by the fact that he knew our voices so well. So he would write our voices, and if we had an idea for a joke, we could try it or pitch it to Dan, and he was always open to trying things.

Did you ever perfect the egg magic trick?

No. It still haunts me to this day. But I put in my practice hours for my magic days.

Hey Josh, what would be your dream role?

Also, what's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

My dream role would be to have Bill Murray's career, to be able to be funny and dramatic in the same breath. And my favorite ice cream is mint chip.

If you were picked to play a superhero in a Marvel or DC movie, who would you want to play and why?

I don't think they would ever allow me to play a superhero! But if they did... I guess Batman is the most interesting because he is the most flawed and haunted of all of them. And of all the superhero movies, the Batman ones have been my favorites.

which actors would you most like to work with in the future?

Denzel Washington is the number one, by far, just because I'm obsessed with everything he does and my friends and I quote lines from Training Day way too much. And it would be really cool to work with Benicio Del Toro and Michael Shannon, because I'm such a big fan of their work.

How did the whole Oprah joke start on Drake and Josh?

I can attribute that to our writer Dan Schneider. It's got to be one of those god-shots that he knew my character on the show would be obsessed with Oprah, and I've just been keeping it going ever since.

What is the most memorable encounter you have had with a fan?

Wow, I don't know. You know, that's a tough one. I'm not exactly sure. This girl ran up to me the other day at a crosswalk stop and had told me that she heard I was at a mall the day before and came looking for me at the mall, so that's my last funny reaction from a fan. It's always weird when people start crying, but it's touching. If you see me in the future, don't feel the need to cry, but if you do, let the tears out, because I will cry with you.

Who were your role models growing up?

My mom, really. That's it.

Do you still have the Gamesphere?

No I don't, but I do have a Sega Dreamcast I'm holding onto.

Favorite movie?

25th hour.

What is your favorite prop you have gotten to keep from a tv show or movie you were in?

I never really kept my props. But when I did the movie Red Dawn, the director got us all true to scale replica rifles and they were engraved with our character names from the movie, and I have that at my house. It's an awesome token to have from the movie and it shoots BBs which is cool.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Who are you backing in the NBA playoffs?

Neither team, I don't care about either team and I don't care about the NBA playoffs.

What is your best piece of life advice?

My best piece of life advice is: more will be revealed.

I'm sure others would agree with me when I say I grew up on Drake and Josh and it's one of my favorite shows to this day. How do you feel knowing that you have that sort of impact on people?

It's a weird feeling, that I'll never truly be able to internalize. I can't understand it really but i appreciate it. And I believe it's an honor to have been that impactful in people's lives. I feel really lucky. But I don't get it.

With Drake being a musician and all, have the two of you ever sang together?

No we never sang together. But the music I make is different than his. His is more classic rock and the stuff I like to sing is more soul.

I loved Drake and Josh growing up. What do you miss most about the show?

Have a nice day!

I guess just the crew, hanging out with my friends. I got to hang out with my friends every day and we became like ea family. I love entertainment people. The crew, makeup and hair, craft service people, we all just hung out. I miss my people and that family dynamic.

Hey Josh! Mean Creek is one of my favorite movies. That character was so different from Drake & Josh. Did you enjoy working on such a dramatic film?

Yes, it was a dream to be a part of that movie with those actors and the writer and director. That movie still resonates with people because it's such a universal theme and storyline. Between the performances and filmmaking, it's something I'm really proud of being a part of.

The wackness(Brilliant film btw) must of been a huge change of pace from drake & josh, what was your favorite part about it?

My favorite part was probably just challenging myself in ways that I had not done before. Every new movie and new character was a new experience and a new set of challenges, so I was excited to go into areas that I had never been before that were probably a little bit dangerous.

Will we see you in another action film in the future? I thought you were great in Red Dawn.

Thank you so much. I would love to do another action movie if the right one came my way.

Date me? Just kidding.

What made you decide to start making vines? I think they're hilarious and my friends and I love watching them (our favorite so far is the one with the pictures of yourself from the past and the third one you throw out, as well as the one where you're watching bloopers of the first drake and josh episode)

Thank you! And probably out of boredom, somewhat. I think it's because I was such a pan of Chris D'Elia and Simon Rex who were on the app early and I Just wanted to copy them and do what they were doing and then people seemed to respond so I kept it up.

Would you ever consider hosting SNL?

Yes, I would love to. To host it would be an honor.

You seem like a pretty chill and genuine guy so thanks for taking time to do this :)

What do you see yourself doing in the future? Are you thinking of staying in showbusiness, or are there other ambitions you're wanting to pursue?

I think I'll always be in show business, in what capacity I don't know, I might just try to write and direct or something else behind the camera. I don't know. But right now I'm just sort of taking the next indicated action.

What's your favourite question and can you answer it for us?

My favorite question is probably my favorite kind of sandwich, which is (spoiler alert)

Peanut butter and jelly!

Any hobbies?

I love playing music, I like boxing, and I like playing roller hockey with some of my buddies I grew up with.

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?

I gotta go with power in numbers and say one horse sized duck.

I have this theory that Oprah is taking over the world, what do you think?

I think we should only BE so lucky if that's true!

I think we should only BE so lucky if that's true!

If Oprah is running the Illuminati, i'm going to sleep easy at night.

Any chance we'll get to see more Ray Ron next season of The Mindy Project?

I really hope so! I don't know for sure, but I imagine so. I had so much fun with that character and I want to take every woman who watches that character on the show to a menu restaurant.

When did you become so cool?

I woke up like this!


What's your favorite song?

My favorite song right now is the Sam Smith acoustic version of Latch.

Hug me brotha?

Hug me brotha.

Are you still a boob?

I'm a boob, and proud of it. Lifetime boob.

Did you enjoy being on "The Amanda Show?"

You're awesome by the way! Thanks for doing this!

Yeah, I loved being on the Amanda Show, it was a dream come true, because I was a massive fan of the show All That and I got to play Tony Pajama's assistant, which was a dream come true.

Do you repeat stuff for emphasis in real life?


Is there a specific role (character type) you would love to play?

I would love to play some kind of tortured genius, like Bobby Fischer or something.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Josh Peck conducted on Reddit on 2014-06-06. The Reddit AMA can be found here.