Nasim Pedrad’s new role as a 14-year-old boy

The “SNL” alum talks about her unusual role on the new show, "Chad.”
3:46 | 05/04/21

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our next guest from her hilarious five-year run on "Snl" and her role ally Nelson on "New girl." She's stepping into the creator, writer, show runner and star of the new TBS series "Chad." Take a look. I'm guessing you heard I'm Nicky's legal guardian for tonight, so please take me to her immediately. Um, okay. Come on in. Off to a good start. Let's keep that it way. You need to take your shoes off. Look, what are you guys up to tonight? Contouring? Chad? Oh, my god, there's alcohol all around us. Please welcome nasim pedrad. Nasim, thank you for being with us. I love our description here. Thank you for having me. You play the ever-cringy, desperate to become popular 14-year-old teen named Chad. Why did you choose the play the awkward teen boy rather than the awkward teen girl? Great question. I really felt like I could just disappear into looking like a little dude and with the help, Yu know, of the wig and eyebrows and the posture and the baggy clothes, I could just get as far away from myself the actor. You know, for a show like this with a conceit at the center of it, where an adult is playing a 14-year-old adolescent, I was just trying to get as far away from myself as possible. And, you know, all the things that make his exterior shell I would say for sure helped the performance. And nasim, to her question, why do you want to play a 14-year-old boy? Is that a lot of why you were hearing people say "Don't do that." You stuck with this for five years trying to get this project done. Is that a lot of the response to say hey, let this one go. There are definite like what about you playing the mom? Which I understand. But to me it was the whole, you know, DNA of the show was -- and again this is, you know, five years ago when I wrote the first draft was, what if we -- what if we made a coming-of-age story where the teenager at the center of it was played by an adult who is in on the joke. To that point, we were genuinely laughing playing that clip. It is inherently funny and the fact that you are playing alongside other actual 14-year-olds. I think there was a situation you even fooled an on-set teacher. Accidentally, to be honest. It was our first table read and I assumed everyone that came understood what the show was object. But the on-set teacher who showed up at the read was going through her roster of the actual 14-year-olds that had to be in school while we were shooting. And she was just a few feet away from me and just was speaking to my producer and turned to me and goes, and now, what about Chad? He's not on my list. Sir, sir, what grade are you in? And I was like oh, no, nobody told her. And I'm not a child, I am an adult woman. Nasim pedrad, thank you so much for joining us. Everyone, please catch "Chad" Tuesday nights. Thanks again. Thank you so much.

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