I realize that interviewing an eight year old is not quite like talking to Oprah or Bill Cosby. And I’m no Cosby in terms of getting kids to say the darndest things, especially actors.
I didn’t get anything glorious from a phone interview with Newnan’s own Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who plays a sweet young child on the sweet new Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate,” which debuts at 8:30 p.m.
The show stars Dakota Johnson as a controlling, uptight single mom Kate with a daughter, played by Jones, who has an immature, goofy brother named Ben (Nat Faxon), who shows up every so often to create mayhem.
Though Maggie is eight years old, she plays a five year old. “I’m pretty short,” she said.
Maggie already has an impressive resume. She was the daughter of Matt Damon’s character in “We Bought the Zoo” and had a small role in last year’s re-make of “Footlose,” shot in Atlanta. She splits time between Newnan and Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is pretty,” she said. “I like it.”
Does she miss the Southern accents on the West Coast? “Not really. I don’t have much of a Southern accent.” (Her mom’s from North Carolina, her dad from Maryland.)
Her shows of choice: “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance.” She got to meet Lauren Alaina, the Georgia runner up from season 10. It was purely coincidental. “I got to ride a plane and sit next to her,” Maggie said. They met at the “Footloose” premiere.
Her thoughts on Julianne Hough: “She’s very nice and funny.”
And that’s all folks. But the pilot is pretty good. It has potential. Check it out.
“Ben and Kate”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk