The fat kid. Whether you like this cliche character or not, there’s always one in every group. He can the bully, the nice kid, or just someone who simply loves food. In the case ofÂ Hey Arnold’sÂ character Harold Berman, he was all three, plus much more. Today we had gotten the opportunity the man who voiced Harold, Justin Shenkarow.
Before going on voice acting, he had appeared in a few TV shows playing as Simon Holmes inÂ Eerie, Indiana, Matthew Brock inÂ Picket Fences,Â and a few other guest roles in shows such asÂ Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World,Â andÂ Home Improvement.Â As for voice acting roles, he was in shows such asÂ RecessÂ as Gelman,Â Lloyd in SpaceÂ as Eddie R. Holton, andÂ W.I.T.C.H.Â as Eric. Hope you enjoy this interview.
Patricia What were your favorite cartoons/shows growing up?
Justin-Â Alvin and the Chipmunks,Â He-Man,Â andÂ Garfield.
Patricia- What age did you decided that you knew that you wanted to pursue yourÂ life into acting?
Patricia- How did the audition process go forÂ Picket FencesÂ andÂ Eerie, Indiana?
Justin-Â EerieÂ was 10 auditions andÂ PicketÂ was about 4
Kevin- What kind of fun stories can you tell us about filming an episode ofÂ those two shows?
Justin- My favorite forÂ EerieÂ was crawling through the fog that they blew outÂ to create a scary feeling for the Halloween episode and also drivingÂ around in a golf cart around the studio.Â PicketÂ was the episode with
Lauren Holly where I had a wet dream, I kept pretending to forget myÂ lines so she would have to do more takes with her top off.
Patricia- Why do you think weird things occur in Rome, Wisconsin and Eerie, Indiana?
Justin- Donâ€™t know, youâ€™ll have to visit them to see.
Patricia- What did you think of those shows after you saw it?
Justin- Loved them, they were terrific.
Patricia- What was it like working with David E. Kelley?
Justin- Great, heâ€™s a brilliant writer.
Kevin- You have guest starred in a few TV shows. What were your favorite?
Justin- PerhapsÂ Home ImprovementÂ because the guys were my friends and we couldÂ hang out after shooting.
Patricia- What was the audition process like for voicing Harold onÂ Hey Arnold?
Justin- I went in twice to meet the Creator.
Kevin- What was it like working with Craig Bartlett?
Justin-Amazing, heâ€™s an awesome guy.Â
Patricia- Did you know of Craig Bartlett’s work onÂ Pee-wee’s PlayhouseÂ beforeÂ you auditioned?
Justin- No, I didnâ€™t, heâ€™s super talented.
Patricia- Did you seeÂ Pee-wee’s PlayhouseÂ when you were a kid? If so, what didÂ you think of it?
Justin-Yea, I loved it, it was hilarious.
Kevin- Did you befriend with any of the other voice actors?
Justin- Yes, Jamil, Tauren, Franny and several others.
Patricia- Do you still keep in touch with them?
Kevin- What would a typical day be like for voicing an episode forÂ Hey Arnold?
Justin- The entire cast would read the script.
Patricia- What characteristics do you have in common with Harold Berman?
Justin- Iâ€™m loud!
Patricia- What is your favoriteÂ Hey ArnoldÂ episode?
Justin- Haroldâ€™s Bar Mitzvah
Patricia- What was it like doingÂ The Hey Arnold Movie?
Justin- Fun, similar to doing the show.
Patricia- Were you disappointed thatÂ The Jungle MovieÂ never saw the light of day?
Justin- Yes I was.
Patricia- You also voiced other cartoon characters. What were your favorites?
Justin-Â Lloyd in SpaceÂ andÂ Recess.
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Kevin- What were your favorite Nickelodeon shows?
Justin-Â Hey Arnold.
Kevin- What do you think of Nickelodeon now?
Justin- Itâ€™s fine, I donâ€™t really watch it.
Kevin- How does it feel now thatÂ Hey ArnoldÂ has finally got a proper DVD release?
Patricia- What made you decide to do TLC’sÂ Flip That House?
Justin- I thought itâ€™d be fun.
Patricia- Do you have any upcoming projects?
Justin- Iâ€™m working on a feature film in China.
Patricia- Alright. That’s all our questions. Thank you so much, Justin.
Justin-Â Â You’re welcome :)Â
To find out more about Justin, you can visit his website atÂ Â http://justinshenkarow.com/. You can also follow him on Facebook atÂ http://www.facebook.com/justinshenkarowfansÂ and onÂ Twitter @justinshenkarow.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon.
-Patricia and Kevin