Saturday, March 23, 2019

Nickelodeon Star Jace Norman Previews Kids' Choice Awards 2019, New Prank Show 'The Substitute'

Nickelodeon Star Jace Norman Previews Kids' Choice Awards, New Prank Show 'The Substitute'

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The Harvey Danger actor also reveals the star he'd like to see slimed at Saturday's awards show.

Fans of Jace Norman will be able to see him a lot more in the coming weeks.

The star of Nickelodeon's Henry Danger has a new episode of his show (the No. 1 live-action show among kids 2-11 and 6-11 and the network's longest-running live-action sitcom) airing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, leading into the Kids' Choice Awards 2019 (airing at 8 p.m., with DJ Khaled hosting), where he is set to present. In addition, the actor will appear in the premiere episode of Nickelodeon's new unscripted prank show The Substitute (from the producers of Undercover Boss), which will have a sneak peek Saturday immediately following the awards, before it officially premieres at 2 p.m. (ET/PT) Monday, April 1. That date, incidentally, also marks the 40th anniversary of the cable channel, which launched on April 1, 1979.

Earlier this year, Norman starred in his fifth role in a Nickelodeon TV movie, Bixler High Private Eye. He also is the co-founder of Creator Edge Media, an influencer marketing agency.

Norman took time out to answer some questions this week from The Hollywood Reporter about his busy slate.

You're presenting at the KCAs. Are you worried about getting slimed? How do you think you’d handle getting a bucket of the green goo dumped on you?

I think everyone who comes to the show is worried about getting slimed. I got slime on me after I slimed John Stamos at the 2016 KCAs. I’ve never been officially slimed at the show. It’s a rite of passage on Nick, so I think it’s probably a little overdue. I think in the moment it would be pretty bad because it’s really messy and cold, but looking back and watching the videos afterwards will be really funny.

Which celebrity would you like to see slimed?

I would want to see Jayden Smith slimed. I saw him last year at Kids' Choice Awards, and he seems like such a cool guy. He's been dodging the slime for a while and with Will [Smith, Jayden's dad] coming to the show [as a presenter], it'd be fun if he slimed him.

You're also nominated for favorite male TV star, and the series is up for favorite funny TV show. This is coming on the heels of your wins as favorite TV actor in 2017 and 2018. What do these wins and noms mean to you, especially given that the awards are voted on by fans?

I feel like it means that people appreciate all the hard work that we put into the show. It's really cool to know that kids genuinely like what we make.

Henry Danger is in its fifth season, with a new episode set to air Saturday. What can you tell our readers about what they can expect coming up for the rest of the season?

I think people can expect to see all the characters getting closer and watch them learn more about themselves and their relationships.

What is it about this role you enjoy playing?

I like getting to play a normal person who's also a superhero. It's nice to have the contrast between my normal life and the crazy superhero life. Getting to play a superhero is a special thing and it’s been awesome.

You’re also appearing in the premiere episode of The Substitute, where you go undercover at a middle school to prank students. [The episode finds him pranking the kids at Luther Burbank Middle School in a variety of subjects, ranging from gym to science. Using full prosthetics and a fool-proof costume, a team of special effects artists transform Norman into a completely unrecognizable substitute teacher who is ready to give his students an unforgettable surprise. During the reveal, a $25,000 donation is made to the school.] What was that experience like? Are you a prankster in "real life"?

It was pretty nerve-racking because I've never done anything like that before, but it was also very fun because I got to be in prosthetics and go undercover and we tricked those kids pretty good. There were a lot of laughs. I'm definitely a prankster in real life.

It must have been fun to interact with some of your fans while filming The Substitute. What are some of the most interesting fan encounters you've had?

I didn't realize how popular the show was overseas. When I went to Europe, it was great to meet and connect with fans from all over.


Also, from People:

Henry Danger Star Jace Norman Goes Undercover as Old Man in New Nickelodeon Prank Show

Jace Norman is starring in The Substitute, a hidden-camera show that follows celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists and go into schools to prank the kids

Get ready for April Fool’s Day.

Nickelodeon is reviving the prank show format with their new unscripted series The Substitute — and Henry Danger star Jace Norman will star in the premiere episode on April 1 as a much older substitute teacher, who fools some unsuspecting students at Luther Burbank Middle School.

The hidden-camera show follows celebrities that are transformed by a team of special effects artists and go into schools to prank the kids.

Jace Norman in The Substitute.

“A fun surprise prank is my go-to,” 19-year-old Norman, who is nominated for favorite male TV Star at this year’s Kids Choice Awards (airing Saturday, March 23), tells PEOPLE. His show Henry Danger is also nominated for favorite funny TV show.

“You don’t want to be too mean about it so you have to kind of find a nice balance to the whole thing,” he adds.

Jace Norman in The Substitute. Credit: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon

As for his prank on The Substitute — the debut of which coincides with Nickelodeon’s 40th anniversary — Norman, who wore prosthetics and wigs for the role, says he pulled off the prank so well that one of the students tried to call an ambulance because he thought Norman was actually in danger.

As for whether there might be any tricks or pranks that would scare him, Norman says sure. “Unfortunately lots of things scare me,” he says. “But one of my biggest fears is definitely flying!”

The Substitute premieres Monday, April 1 at 2 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.


Don’t miss the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards, hosted by music mogul DJ Khaled and featuring performance by Migos, a SpongeBob SquarePants musical surprise, the first Dora and the Lost City of Gold trailer, and much more, LIVE from Hollywood on March 23rd at 8/7c on Nickelodeon USA and YTV Canada, and soon after on Nickelodeon channels worldwide!

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