McBrayer in 2007
May 27, 1973 |
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Evansville|
I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.
What all my years in improvisation taught is that – if you're going to grow as a performer – you have to try some new things. You've got to be willing to take a few risks.
When I was working at Teleflora, I got booked to do 'Talladega Nights,' so I went and did that. That was really my first big break ev-er. I made as much from my per diem during the three-month shoot as I did for the entire previous year.
When I was a kid, I had an Atari 2600, and I would play Pac Man, Frogger, all that kind of stuff. And I did enjoy going to the arcade.
I was under the assumption that the first job you get out of college is the job you have for the rest of your life. That's how my parents were; my parents have been teachers for as long as I've known 'em. I was worried that I'd gotten into something that I was going to hate.
I never would have guessed that I would get a job for the way I sound. I would get notes about how I should lose my accent, and part of me thinks, 'How dare you! This is who I am! Millions of people want to sound like me!' But it's sensitive, and I have tried to change it, with little to no success.
You have to understand that I'm not just some guy who voices characters in animated movie and TV shows.
I'm still walking around New York like a tourist staring up at all the skyscrapers. I wave at people, I shake hands, I help ladies with strollers.