Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Byline: Nicki Gostin, Devin Gordon

Q&A: Zach Braff

Zach Braff is expanding his thespian chops (and learning some barnyard epithets?) by voicing the title character in the animated "Chicken Little." He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.

A chicken is a girl. It should really be called "Cockerel Little."

Yes, but that doesn't sound funny.

Were you offended when they offered you a girl's voice to do?

You're never offended when people offer you a gargantuan movie.

You also did the TV movie "My Summer as a Girl."

No, I don't have a specialty in the area.

Can you relate to Chicken Little?

Of course. Everyone can relate to feeling like an underdog. He's a one-foot version of me as a chicken.

This isn't your first voice.

Yes, I'm also the voice of the Cottonelle puppy.

Do you get free toilet paper?

You'd think. But I did switch to Cottonelle. I just figured if I'm going to be the voice of a puppy that's so fond of Cottonelle I should use it.

When you told people you wanted to direct "Garden State," which you also wrote, did everyone laugh at you?

With everything you set out to do, the majority of people say, "You're never going to be able to do that." It's been a tremendous lesson.

Do you ever worry that you've had too much good luck? When something good happens to me, I'm scared that something bad is going to happen.

You might consider therapy.

What is your guilty-pleasure show?

I loved "Gilligan's Island." Before I could tell time, my parents used it to articulate increments of time. If we were in the car and I'd ask how much longer, my mom would say, "Two more 'Gilligan's Islands'."

How old were you--15, 16?

No, it was last year.

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