Interview: Jean-Luc Bilodeau on upcoming ‘Baby Daddy’ storylines & guest stars
Who’s excited for tonight’s Baby Daddy summer premiere? We chatted with Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who plays Ben Wheeler, to find out more about the show’s upcoming storylines and guest stars.
Pop City Life: There are several really cool guest stars coming up this season. What was it like to work with them and what do you think they added to the show?
Jean-Luc Bilodeau: Reba McEntire is probably one of the sweetest, professional, cool, all-around amazing women. She’s a sensation. She’s a superstar and she’s friends with Melissa, so we had an “in” there. When she got to set, it was just incredible how normal she is. It was a very pleasant surprise working with such a huge superstar and she turned out to be this really great girl. I think she’s funny. She was hilarious on Reba and she brought that same kind of twang to Baby Daddy. It’s good for the show and for our viewers. She’s a great person to work with and made the week of work really awesome.
Any character that we have is great for the actual show on TV, but it’s nice to work with people you like. Eddie Cibrian was a very, very sweet man and working with him on a few episodes was really cool too. It’s always fun adding another person to the mix. Peter Porte will be back again this season – he’s amazing and our cast loves him. We’ve been very blessed with very cool, nice, respectful and professional guest stars and people, so it’s been great.
Pop City Life: Are there any guest stars you particularly enjoyed collaborating with?
Peter Porte is brilliant. I love Eddie and Reba, but they were only in for a few episodes. Peter is becoming almost like a series regular, being in almost every episode. He’s a new guy – he’s really great and he’s hilarious. Whenever I get scenes with him, they’re going to be great because he can hold the weight really well of a show going into its fifth season. I definitely like scenes with Peter, for sure.
Pop City Life: Is there anything you haven’t had a chance to do on the show yet that you’d love to do?
That’s a really good question. I haven’t really thought about it. I think that the writers have a really good way of surprising us with different storylines and different episode points, with the dancing stuff or singing or what have you. I don’t think I want to do it until it’s in the script – [then] I’m like, “Oh, this is going to be fun.” I’ve got the Flair bartending stuff. I’ve done a lot of funny dancing things. Generally, I’d love to do more physical comedy. I always enjoy that the most, when Ben can just walk in like Kramer and freak out a little bit. I love that kind of stuff. I love falling. Pratfalling is always fun. I just love the physical comedy! Maybe we can write some more of that stuff in. I’d definitely enjoy that. But honestly, we’ve covered a lot of bases and now it’s just “Let’s just have some fun and we’ll see where this next season takes us.”
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What should we look forward to this season of Baby Daddy?
A lot of people are looking forward to see what happens with the love triangle, for sure. There’s definitely some advances taken by our good old Chelsea Kane, Riley. She’s narrowing down her search between the two boys and I think people are really interested to see what’s going to happen with that. Our show is day-to-day. It’s like Seinfeld where it’s really about nothing. It’s about this family who lives together and fights and loves together and raises a kid. What we’ve been doing for the last four seasons is just making funny jokes, telling true stories and showing great relationships and chemistry on screen.
It’s going to be another funny season. Like I said, there’s going to be a huge turn in the love triangle. Emma is still alive, which is good. She’s growing up and getting older, which is fun to see that transition and watch her mature along with her father, Ben. So, it’s still Baby Daddy [laughs].
Are you Team Ben or Team Danny?
I’m team Ben 100 percent, and I used to say I was Team Danny, but I’m growing and maturing with the character as well. As Ben has gotten older, he’s making wiser decisions and he’s turning into a good man, and I think Ben deserves a great girl like Riley. She’s the perfect mom figure for Emma and she would definitely step up to the plate, so I think Ben deserves Riley. I obviously have a more emotional connection with Ben than I do Danny. I just think he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He doesn’t play professional hockey, but he works at a bar and makes good tips. He’s a good guy. I’m definitely Team Ben.
Who is the most hilarious out of your whole cast?
Tahj Mowry. He’s just funny. He’s such a sweet kid. He’s always happy. He’s never in a bad mood. Even when he’s in a bad mood, you can just give him a smile and he’ll smile back and laugh at you. He’s just a good guy. I don’t know what makes him so funny, it’s just his personality. He’s so brutally honest – it’s awesome. I’m very close to Tahj. He’s an amazing kid … [but] they’re all funny. Melissa can crack the entire set up all day long because she’s just like a stand-up show 24/7.
If you could be on any other ABC Family show, which would you want it to be and why?
I know the girls from PLL since I’m friends with Lucy, so I would say Pretty Little Liars just to play around with some friends, but it’s always nice to be part of the new generation of a network and ABC Family is doing a really interesting change. I’d love to be part of that curve and jump on one of their new shows and be a guest star. That would be cool. Stitchers looks pretty cool.
Check out our exclusive interview with Jean-Luc’s co-star, Tahj Mowry, and catch the summer premiere of Baby Daddy tonight at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Family!