So. Deep in the middle of the wonderful week that could be headlined: ALI GETS HER WISDOM TOOTH OUT, TAKES LOTS OF (LEGAL) DRUGS, I had the pleasure of speaking with Demetrius Joyette and Dylan Everett from the show Wingin’ It. Demetrius, who plays Porter, the guardian angel-in-training to Dylan’s Carl, make sort of an unlikely on-screen pair, but in real-life, these two…they are like peas and carrots. Even with all the medication I was taking, it was easy to see that these two don’t just play friends on tv; they really ARE friends. There was so much laughing happening during the interview that I was a little nervous I was going to pop a stitch or two.
In case there are some of you who are still unfamiliar with Wingin’ It, I asked the guys to give you a little idea of what the show is about and they were happy to oblige. Demetrius says, “Porter, an angel-in-training, was sent to earth with an assignment in order to get his full angel wings. And his assignment is Carl. He has to make him the most popular kid at Bennett High and the two have to cope with each other, which is interesting, since they are on different ends of the spectrum. Porter is pretty laid back and kind of a procrastinator, which Carl is a little uptight and kind of an awkward, bumbling fool.” Dylan added that even though Porter is sent to make things better for Carl, he actually ends up making it worse. EVERY TIME. And somehow it all ends up working out in the end, and, of course, there’s a life lesson in there too.
We talked in detail about a specific episode they did about bullying. Not only was the episode fun and funny and full of hijinx and shenanigans, it was also full of really important lessons. Dylan talked about how great it was to film an episode like that, because it seems like a lot of time in schools, there’s no room for different. And for him, being an actor sets him apart a little and makes him different…so there’s a chance for bullying there. It was nice to send the messages of this episode.
Sounds like something your kids might like…and something you might like them to watch, eh?
When I asked how they were like their characters, and how they were nothing like their characters, Demetrius was the first to answer. He said that he’s kind of a procrastinator and he’s typically a wing-it (ha! See what he did there?) kind of guy, but unlike Porter, he usually doesn’t fail horribly while winging it. “Also,” he says, “I’m, well, I’m not an angel and I’m not 500 years old.” (Spoiler alert: He’s not actually an angel.)
Dylan says that like Carl he’s “not very good with the ladies. Just like him, I’m awkward and bumbly.”
I assured him that this would get better soon.
(I mean, have you seen him? It WILL get better for him.)
And then we got to the REALLY important stuff. I asked each of them to tell me something we might not know about the other. And then the giggles started…and I made them promise to keep it PG, as this is a family-friendly site.
Dylan went first and told us that we might not know that Demetrius is a total carnivore, which sounds great in theory…unless you have to eat at the same place as he does…because if you get in the lunchline behind him, well, there’s nothing left because he has it all piled on his plate. (The important thing here is that Dylan is not bitter. Heh. Not at all.) Apparently, D is also a huge car fan…his favorites are the 90s Japanese super cars. And his favorite is the 300zx.
And apparently, something we might not know about Dylan is that he is probably the world’s biggest Red Bull fan. No really, he is. At any given time he might be consuming, like, a Big Gulp-sized container of Red Bull, and, you know, he might be bouncing off the walls.
The guys were just so lovely to talk to, and seemed so down-to-earth and they really just seem so happy to be working with each other, and to be working on such a great show. Dylan says, “I am graced to be working with people that I really like!” and it’s obvious when you watch the show.
Carl, Porter, and the whole gang are back again as Astral’s Family Channel premieres season two of the Canadian original series Wingin’ It on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.