We have been eagerly anticipating hour-long premiere event of The Astronauts on Nickelodeon Friday, November 13th and we were lucky enough to get a chance to talk with Keith L. Williams.
In The Astronauts, the spaceship Odyssey II is set to launch to investigate a mysterious asteroid passing by Earth. Keith leads the ensemble cast who gather to watch the lift-off and sneak onto the empty ship with their parent’s security clearance before the event, accidentally initiating the launch sequence.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit about your character Martin on the upcoming Nickelodeon series, The Astronauts?
Keith L. Williams: Martin Taylor is the fun-loving and protective big brother to Doria. He brings a healthy dose of common sense, heart, and loyalty to the group.
Do you feel like you have anything in common with your character? Would you sneak on to an empty ship?
I feel like I have a lot in common with my character Martin. We both like gardening and are protective of our family. I would definitely sneak on a ship, as long as it didn’t launch into space.
So how technical are you? Do you feel like you could pull this off in real life?
I would say I’m very technical. I love fixing and building things and with the right team I could definitely pull this off.
Last summer, Keith was the breakout in Universal’s #1 comedy film, Good Boys, earning rave reviews from critics, including Deadline praising his performance as “…the real scene stealer here is the irresistible Williams, who not only is the one with common sense, but also an actor who already has mastered perfect comic timing and line delivery.”
What are two things you would not want to go to space without?
I would not want to go into space without my pet gecko Leo, and my mom.
What would you say the hardest part about filming was and do you have any fun behind the scenes stories you can share?
The hardest thing about filming was leaving my family behind and due to COVID-19, we had to be very careful. Everyone involved in the production of our show made safety the number one priority on set. One of my favorite stories was when I had to wear my spacesuit outside the ship and pretend to run when the ship was in trouble. I didn’t think I would ever catch my breath.
Tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am very passionate about antibullying and civil rights.
Best known to television audiences for his memorable role as Jasper on FOX’s The Last Man on Earth; other notable credits include Jason Reitman’s celebrity-filled The Princess Bride reboot for Quibi, TV Land’s Teachers, Showtime’s Kidding, and ABC’s Selfie and The Goldbergs, among others.
If you could guest star on any Nickelodeon show past or present which one would it be and why?
It would definitely be Game Shakers because I would get to learn how to code.
Why should everyone tune in to The Astronauts on November 13th?
Everyone should tune in because it’s an exhilarating show for all ages and is nothing like you’ve seen on Nickelodeon. With Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as executive producers, you know it will be an incredible series. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!
So looking forward to this show and grateful for the opportunity to speak with Keith L. Williams about his role!