By Amy Chesler, blogger and author
We recently had the honor of sitting down with Diedrich Bader, prolific actor, voiceover talent, and comedian. He gave us a little perspective and a lot of wisdom on some of our Hollywood favorites.
A.C.: Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Bader. Its a pleasure to be given the opportunity to chat about your career! I remember reading on Twitter that your only aspirations as a young man were to make your way over a mountain range with your motorcycle. So, what eventually led you to and down this much different path of voice-over, acting, and comedy?
D.B.: I always wanted to be an actor. I was inspired very young by Charlie Chaplin. For a time (when I was 18) I kind of lost that and just wanted to ride a motorcycle to Tierra del Fuego. Maybe I’ll do that someday, but right now I’m crazy happy.
A.C.: And for good reason! You’ve been extremely successful in film and television. Let’s talk TV first. Over the years you’ve had cameos on some of the TV’s biggest hits. You’ve also joined many casts as a regular, like The Drew Carey Show, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Outsourced, and your current role as Greg Otto on the hilarious American Housewife. What do you find unique about the experience of being a part of a television show cast? Which projects have been the most memorable to be a part of and why?
D.B.: I’ve been lucky enough to try pretty much every medium for an actor and television really suits me best. It suits my attention span. The pace is breathtakingly fast and the scripts show up at the last minute. That’s perfect for me.
American Housewife is great to work on because of both the scripts and the truly amazing Katy Mixon. She’s an absolute pleasure to work with. We’ll spend days just making each other giggle. I feel like if we weren’t cast together we would still be great friends. Lucky for that because sometimes actors are difficult and ungrateful and that’s the opposite of Katy.
A.C.: You’ve also had roles in some of our favorite movies like Office Space, Miss Congeniality 2, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Do you do anything in particular to prepare to play these characters? What have been some of your favorite on-set experiences?
The Beverly Hillbillies was a blast because of the cast. Jim Varney was a gentleman and Cloris Leachman was an absolute hoot.
A.C.: Lastly, what one piece of wisdom would you impart to your fans that you’ve learned from your amazing professional history?
D.B.: I would say to anyone starting out [in their career]: Don’t limit yourself to what you think [people] want. Do things the way you want to do them and if it works, they’ll hire you.
A.C.: So true. Thank you so much for your time, Diedrich!
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abchesler), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!