The Meet & Greet: Gig Morton, Disney's 'Mr. Young' Star
Tell us a little bit about the show and your character, Derby.
The show’s about a 14-year-old genius named Adam Young. He graduated high school at age nine, and went to university at age nine. He’s a genius in science so when he graduated high school, he got offered a job at NASA. But then he decided he didn’t want to take the job at NASA because he’d be away from his family and then also would never have the high school experience he wanted. Since he graduated from university, he’s the perfect age to go to high school. He takes a job as a high school teacher and my character was his best friend before he was discovered as a genius. When he comes back to high school, he’s my science teacher and we’re instant best friends again.
My character is the goofball at school. He’s totally a ladies’ man, but he doesn’t make it with the ladies very well!
Are there any similarities between you and Derby?
I’m very silly in real-life and so is Derby.
What are some of your favorite TV shows?
[The Suite Life] of Zack and Cody. It’s a good example of kind of humor that’s in Mr. Young. I also really like sci-fi shows like Fringe. I also like House, and I watch Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel all the time.
What made you want to become an actor?
Well, when I was seven ... my sisters were all doing community theatre. So my sisters and my mom convinced me to audition for a play so I did. I just loved it. I fell in love with acting and performing on stage and entertaining people. It just grew from there.
Which actors or actresses inspire you?
When I was younger I always looked up to Jim Carrey because I thought he was so funny. I really liked Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show.
What do you love about those movies?
Bruce Almighty was really funny, I liked it because it was good comedy. I also liked how someone who’s got this personality and he’s sort of full of himself the whole movie and he learns how to take care for people better. In The Truman Show, it just showed a good example of how Jim Carrey did a serious role of a character who was tricked his whole life into believing something and when he found out he had his whole life to do whatever he wanted and it wasn’t controlled by him, and that was cool.
Any particular actor(s) are you dying to work with in the future?
Someone really diverse like Johnny Depp.
Have you met any of the other Disney stars?
I’ve met Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and I’ve met Debbi Ryan. They’re great people!
You’re also a musician. You play the guitar and you’re an avid dancer. Any plans to record an album or crossover into the dance genre?
I probably will eventually. Right now, I’m still training my voice and the guitar. Dance is definitely a huge part of my life. I dance so much all the time. Tap is my favorite. The style [of tap]…I like the older style of tap in musicals.
We hear you have some awesome robot-building skills. That’s definitely an interesting hobby!
I always thought that technology was really intriguing for me. I would take apart VCRs and things like that and look up on YouTube how to make little robots. That was sort of a little hobby of mine for awhile. I don’t have much time to do it right now, but I hope to get back into it soon!
Finally, Gig is definitely a unique name. Where did it originate? Is it a nickname?
It’s actually my real name that’s on my birth certificate. It’s a funny story: when my dad was little—my dad’s name is Gary—his little brother couldn’t say Gary, so he called him ‘Gig’ and that became his nickname. And everyone calls him Gig besides my Nana, my dad’s mom.