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malcolm in the middle
teen, november 2000

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fall turn-ons

why will we be glued to the tube 10-plus hours a day, seven days a week? scandalous love triangles, teenagers saving the earth from hell's minions, supernaturally-cute computer "geeks" and sexy boys wooing the girl next door. just part of your everyday happening son this fall's extra-cool, small-screen line-up. just breathe!

malcolm in the middle, sundays, 8:30, fox
cutie justin plays reese, the wise-cracking, totally obnoxious, "accident-prone" big-bully (but so darn hysterical) second child.

the lighter side of reese: "reese has a soft side, especially when it comes to girls. i'd like to see him get into more relationships. it's so funny to see how he reacts when he likes a girl."

close to his character? "no way! i don't go around beating up kids or stealing their lunch money! and i'm not that stupid. but i think justin is a real character. he says whatever he wants."

that laugh: "it sounds like a chipmunk. and the weird thing is, it wasn't in the script. i just did it myself when we were filming. i was goofing around and then the director said, 'hey, do that again.' so i did it. it just snowballed from there."

any advice for reese? "calm down!"

what did you buy with your first big paycheck? "a new mercury mountaineer. i was so excited to get it. i wanted a new car for a million years because our car was 8 years old and dirty. i was embarrassed to go anywhere in it. when i'd meet my friends somewhere, i'd have my mom drop me off a hundred yards away. i'd rather walk, 'cause i was so embarrassed about that car."

would you ever want the malcolm family to be your own? "that would be a lot of fun. if your punishment is running around in circles, i'd love that. it's better than getting your tv and stuff taken away."