The Meet & Greet: Adrian Kali Turner Talks ‘Bad Teacher’ & ‘The Walking Dead’

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If you’ve seen the trailer for Bad Teacher you’ve probably caught a glimpse of Adrian Kali Turner, the adorable young student who launches into a screaming match with Jason Segel over LeBron James and Michael Jordan. However, the cute young star is more than just a face in a trailer, the actor has already complied an impressive resume, including a regular role on AMC’s The Walking Dead and the upcoming Apartment 23. Celebuzz chatted with the rising star about his role in Bad Teacher, what it’s like to work with Cameron Diaz and the surprising list of stars that he’d like to work with.

You have this great moment in the Bad Teacher trailer where you argue with Jason Segel about Michale Jordan vs. LeBron James – have you gotten any response from the trailer yet?

Well sometimes I’ll be talking to people and they’ll ask me, “So do you really think that about Lebron and Jordan” and I’ll be like, “Hey I really don’t watch basketball so I really wouldn’t know!” Some people have recognized me and all my friends have seen it and write on my Facebook wall about it.

What’s it like working on a film with such big stars? Were you intimidated at all?

Well at first i was like, “Woah all these big stars…I don’t know what I’m going to do, I have to step my game up!” But everyone made me feel comfortable Jason was awesome, Justin is such a nice guy and Cameron is like the nicest lady I’ve ever met in my entire life. It was great.

Was there any joking going on behind-the-scenes?

Yeah, we’d all hang out on set and Cameron and Justin would always be joking. Me and my friend did this one little song parody type thing for Justin and he had a little response for us. It was cool.

Cameron plays your bad teacher in the film, how would you respond if you had a teacher like Cameron’s character?

I have no idea! I would try to avoid her as much as I could.

So you are kind of a good guy?


Watch Adrian’s infamous Lebron/Jordan argument in the Bad Teacher trailer below.

Cool. You are also in The Walking Dead, do people ever recognize you from your role on that show?

Oh, yeah. I go to ComicCon conventions and everyone loves the show and everyone tells me, “You did such a good job.” So, the fans definitely love it.

Are you into comics and sci-fi stuff at all?

Oh yeah, I love comics! I’m going to see Green Lantern with my best friend soon.

What are some of your favorite comic book characters?

Green Lantern…Superman definitely has some good story lines, Batman, The Flash. Those are the main four.

You are also starring in Apartment 23, have you guys started filming yet?

Yeah, we already started filming the pilot episode.

What’s it like working with James Van Der Beek? Has he given you any career tips?

He’s a very nice guy, very cool guy. He didn’t really give me that kind of advice, we didn’t really talk much but when we did talk he was a really nice guy.

Are there any actors or actresses that you’d like to work with in the future?

Yes, I would like to work with Zooey Deschanel, Will Smith and Rainn Wilson.

Rainn Wilson? That’s great, I think you might be the first young actor that has said you’d like to work with him and Zooey.

Well Zooey Deschanel, I just love all of her work, 500 Days of Summer and everything else. Rainn Wilson because he’s the funniest guy ever in The Office.

Do you follow him on Twitter?


Do you use Twitter a lot? Have you had any fun interactions with fans over Twitter?

Yeah, I use it sometimes when I am doing social events and stuff. Some people tweeted me things like, “So do you really think that about Lebron and Jordan?” [Laughs]

So people are really on you about the Lebron and Jordan thing, huh?

Yes, they are very on me about it.

Do you have any other big projects coming up?

We’re starting production on the second season of The Walking Dead. I’m now working with a charity called the Star Eco Center.They have rescue animals there like bobcats and lizards and stuff. I’m an animal lover so it’s a dream come true.

Follow Adrian on Twitter @AdrianKTurner. Bad Teacher hits theaters nationwide on Friday, June 24.