On Wednesday, September 26, "The Middle" returns for its fourth season. And the Heck family is up to their usual craziness. In a recent exclusive interview Atticus Shaffer, who plays Brick, shared five things that fans don't know about him.
Atticus Reveals His Favorite Heck
In the upcoming two-part episode, Frankie and Mike commit a major no-no for all parents - they reveal which of their children they like the best. Fans will have to tune in to see who they pick, but when asked who his favorite Heck, besides Brick, is Shaffer admitted, "It would have to be Axl just because when Axl and Brick have their little storylines it's fun to film and it's fun to see as well. And also Axl is just such an uncouth, funny character - over the top in a way. And Charlie [McDermott's] a really nice guy in real life, too. Everyone is."
Atticus Shares What He Did on His Summer Vacation
Shaffer's summer vacation included a family trip to Vermont and a stint at space camp in Northern California. But he admitted that the latter wasn't exactly what he thought it would be. He expected the sessions to be a big learning opportunity with a small class of kids. But he soon realized that wouldn't be the case.
The "Middle" star recounted, "We get there and we find out that there are 110 children and I'm like the 109th person. And I'm like, 'Wow, that's a lot people. That's a lot more than I thought that there was.' And first day they all sit down and the teacher gives the, 'Hey, this is what we're going to do during the science camp.' And then all of a sudden I hear her say, 'Oh, and whenever you do a good job, we're going to give you sugar.' And I was like, 'Can I sit in the way back? I don't want to be part of the rush.' It's like the mosh pit at a concert."
Brick Gets a New Tick
Now 14 years old himself, Shaffer explained that Brick will be growing-up on "The Middle" this season. And while he couldn't give too many details, he did reveal, "Brick gets a new tick. And that is going to be really cool to see. And it's really surprising, too. I knew that Brick was going to get something this year but I didn't know it would be how it is. And so when you see in the episode when that comes out, everyone's going to be shocked because even I was and I was like, 'Really?'"
Shaffer Describes What He's Most Passionate About
While Brick is a very indoorsy kid on "The Middle," Shaffer explained that he's very enthusiastic about something that might be different than what some might expect. He divulged, "I'm most passionate about anything to do with nature and the simple things. I love taking walks with my family or my friends and seeing nature. And that's why I love living where I live because I live up in the dessert area in the mountains. And so being able to see all that and be able to drive by that every day going to work, it's really nice and I really enjoy that."
Shaffer Picks a Pop Culture Icon
When asked which pop culture icon he'd like to be for one day, Shaffer confessed, "I would honestly have to say Liam Neeson because I am such a big fan of his work. I really love all his work and especially when he played Aslan in the 'Narnia' series. It would just be so cool to see how he lives his life."
Catch Atticus Shaffer on "The Middle" season premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on ABC.
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