Sigh… it seems like just yesterday we were watching a boy and his dog make basketball history, doesn’t it? But life moves on in that pesky way, and suddenly that cute little boy from the Air Bud movies is all grown up. But he’s still acting, and you’ve probably seen him around.
In fact, depending on which age group you happen to fall into, Kevin Zegers says fans from all walks of his professional life come up to him. Whether that’s from Air Bud, his days on Gossip Girl, or a little indie flick he did called Transamerica.
“I’m always interested to see what people say if they come up to me or ask for a photo or something,” Zegers says. “I wonder what their frame of reference is. But it is a lot of times Air Bud, which is flattering if you can consider I was 12 years old when I did it.”
If the Canadian actor — who is now in his thirties with two little girls of his own — has his way, people may soon know him from another project entirely. We’re talking about the new fall drama Notorious, in which he stars alongside Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) and Daniel Sunjata (Grey’s Anatomy).
The series revolves around TV news show producer Julia George (Perabo) and lawyer Jake Gregorian (Sunjata), a pair that has something of an unconventional relationship as they help each other further their careers. It’s based on the real-life relationship between former Larry King Live producer Wendy Walker and celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, who has defended the likes of Michael Jackson and Wynona Rider.
In the series Zegers plays billionaire playboy Oscar Keaton, the creator of a huge social media company with public shares. Jake represents Oscar when he becomes a murder suspect and is forced to camp out at his house until things blow over. Despite the real-life basis for the show, however, Oscar isn’t exactly based on any of Geragos’ actual clients.
“The criminals – not that Oscar’s necessarily a criminal – are fictionalized characters, so as far as I know Oscar is a creation of the writers,” Zegers explains. “I was intrigued by the idea of somebody who’s really insulated because of his wealth and because of his success. I’ve always been interested in what Mark Zuckerberg’s world is like… what sort of life does he have with everyone knowing how rich he is and being taken advantage of?”
It’s a supporting role with a lot of weight to it, and according to Zegers we’ll see lots of that story as the season progresses. Once it comes to a halt however and the murder is solved, the actor is also okay with moving on to another project — even if Notorious becomes a huge hit.
“I signed on for the interesting bit of the Oscar story at the beginning and if they decide to keep me around great. But if the show moves on to a different direction that’s totally fine too,” he wraps. “I feel like there’s a lot for me to do and I like the idea of starting a show off with a bang. However I’m not selfish like that — I don’t need to stay on the show in order to feel good, I just want the show to be successful and get it off on the right foot.”
Well we’d say he’s off to a good start, indeed.