David Walton hopes his latest sitcom About A Boy is a hit.
The sixth time might just be the charm for Chestnut Hill’s David Walton.
The 35-year-old actor has appeared in five TV series that were cancelled before the end of their first seasons, but NBC’s About A Boy might break that streak.
The comedy is based on Nick Hornby’s 1998 novel of the same name and subsequent 2002 movie.
“I probably could be happy doing something else. I guess I just wanted to see what I could achieve,” Walton told the Herald.
“Looking back, I can’t believe what I get to do now and the level that I’m at. I’m very fortunate, and I’ve stuck with it through trying times and good times.”
Walton (Fired Up!) plays Will, a man-child who forms an unlikely friendship with Marcus (Benjamin Stockman, 1600 Penn), an awkward pre-teen being raised by his single, bohemian mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver, The Riches).
The show, written by Jason Katims (Parenthood), continues the quirky dynamic between the characters established in the book and movie.
Unlike Marcus, who experiences an eccentric upbringing, Walton classified his own childhood as a standard, suburban existence.
“I came from a very loving family, large family,” said Walton, one of seven children. “I really grew up around four girls. All of my psychological problems I would blame on them.
“Seven kids and we’re not Catholic,” he said.
“I think my mum just liked to party.”
Walton has made a name for himself playing comic characters such as Will, but his own background is steeped in New England tradition.
He caught the acting bug during his freshman year at St Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, United States.
“I started and never stopped,” the Brown University graduate said.
“It was only junior year at Brown when I started to get feedback from some of the college professors.
“They were encouraging me to take being a professional seriously, and they helped me believe that it was possible, even though they would always qualify it by saying, ‘You know, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning. If you can be happy doing anything else, then do it.’ “
Walton wasn’t the only Bay Stater honing his skills in Providence.
He and Newton-raised funnyman John Krasinski (The Office) were in the same comedy troupe at Brown.
“We both moved to New York after Brown to try and make it,” he said.
“We started getting pilots at the same time. I got this pilot called Cracking Up, and he got this little-known pilot called The Office. Cracking Up lasted about four episodes, and The Office lasted about 120, not that I’m bitter.
“I’m 35, I have two kids now (with wife and actress Majandra Delfino, Roswell), and I’m still an actor,” he said.
“I’m able to provide for my kids, home, shelter and food and all the things I never thought acting would let me provide.” – Boston Herald/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
About A Boy premieres today at 1pm on Diva (Astro Ch 702).