Adam Brody Gets Animated
The sunshiny world of beach-side towns is not unfamiliar territory for Adam Brody -- in addition to growing up surfing, he brought one of the most beloved beach bums of the millennium to life as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Now, he returns to ride some waves on MTV's animated series Good Vibes, which premieres tonight after the re-launch of Beavis & Butthead.
I chatted with Adam about how it feels to be part of MTV's cartoon resurgence, why he can relate to stoned, horny high schoolers and what it was like getting stabbed in Scream 4.
Insider: What was it that attracted you to Good Vibes?
Adam Brody: I like the creative team – I'm a huge David Gordon Green fan and I just love the world. I grew up surfing but there were no surf cartoons. Sure, every now and then Garfield would go to Hawaii, but I always longed for a surf cartoon. The beach is already a tranquil, idyllic place and animation is very pleasing to the eye, so there's always been something about the two of them together that has worked in a fundamental way for me. I'm a big fan of the animated ocean. I know it's simplistic, but it is what it is. And I think it’s really funny. I like the guys – horny high schoolers who are getting stoned. I can relate.
Insider: Do you have a favorite episode?
Adam: One of the episodes is about this loophole – which is real, mind you -- that says you can't drink on the beach but can drink if you're a certain number of feet out, so the guys make a party barge on the water where everyone goes. And that really happens in San Diego. Go to YouTube, it's crazy. Otherwise, you'll see a lot of Mondo's on-going quest to assimilate while also trying to get with Gina. Not that he's picky – both Woody and Mondo are in the market for any female companionship but Mondo definitely has his sights set on the beautiful Gina and that romance starts to blossom. Otherwise, they get up to 12 beach-centric adventures that give you more hornyness and more boobs.
Insider: Tonight sees the premieres of Beavis & Butthead and Good Vibes -- how does it feel to be part of this cartoon resurgence?
Adam: It feels good. I think it's nice because MTV plays everything in blocks – 30 episodes of Teen Mom – so I think it'll be soothing to find 2 hours of cartoons.
Insider: Reminds me of their Liquid Television days.
Adam: Oh man, Liquid Television was awesome. I haven't thought of that in forever! I really liked that group of shows a lot.
Insider: What were some of your other favorite cartoons growing up?
Adam: I was in elementary school when The Simpsons came out, that was a big deal for me. Junior high was all about Beavis & Butthead and then high school was South Park. All of those were huge for me.
Insider: On that tip, we're roughly the same age, so Scream came out at a prime time for me -- what was it like to be a part of Scream 4?
Adam: Oh man, that was surreal. I mean, I was watching Wes Craven direct Ghostface. Then you’re in a scene with the Deputy Dewey. And Ghostface stabbed me. That was kind of a big moment. Suffice it to say, working on that was quite a treat for the high school me.
Good Vibes airs Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. on MTV.