Sunday, September 16, 2012

Old School Lane's Nickelodeon Tribute: Interview with Justin Shenkarow

The fat kid. Whether you like this cliche character or not, there's always one in every group. He can the bully, the nice kid, or just someone who simply loves food. In the case of Hey Arnold's character Harold Berman, he was all three, plus much more. Today we had gotten the opportunity the man who voiced Harold, Justin Shenkarow.

Before going on voice acting, he had appeared in a few TV shows playing as Simon Holmes in Eerie, Indiana, Matthew Brock in Picket Fences, and a few other guest roles in shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World, and Home Improvement. As for voice acting roles, he was in shows such as Recess as Gelman, Lloyd in Space as Eddie R. Holton, and W.I.T.C.H. as Eric. Hope you enjoy this interview.

Patricia What were your favorite cartoons/shows growing up?

Justin- Alvin and the Chipmunks, He-Man, and Garfield.

Patricia- What age did you decided that you knew that you wanted to pursue your life into acting?
Justin- 5

Patricia- How did the audition process go for Picket Fences and Eerie, Indiana?

Justin- Eerie was 10 auditions and Picket was about 4

Kevin- What kind of fun stories can you tell us about filming an episode of those two shows?

Justin- My favorite for Eerie was crawling through the fog that they blew out to create a scary feeling for the Halloween episode and also driving around in a golf cart around the studio. Picket was the episode with
Lauren Holly where I had a wet dream, I kept pretending to forget my lines so she would have to do more takes with her top off.


Patricia- Why do you think weird things occur in Rome, Wisconsin and Eerie, Indiana?

Justin- Don’t know, you’ll have to visit them to see.

Patricia- What did you think of those shows after you saw it?

Justin- Loved them, they were terrific.

Patricia- What was it like working with David E. Kelley?

Justin- Great, he’s a brilliant writer.


Kevin- You have guest starred in a few TV shows. What were your favorite?

Justin- Perhaps Home Improvement because the guys were my friends and we could hang out after shooting.


Patricia- What was the audition process like for voicing Harold on Hey Arnold?

Justin- I went in twice to meet the Creator.

Kevin- What was it like working with Craig Bartlett?

Justin-Amazing, he’s an awesome guy. 


Patricia- Did you know of Craig Bartlett's work on Pee-wee's Playhouse before you auditioned?

Justin- No, I didn’t, he’s super talented.

Patricia- Did you see Pee-wee's Playhouse when you were a kid? If so, what did you think of it?

Justin-Yea, I loved it, it was hilarious.

Kevin- Did you befriend with any of the other voice actors?

Justin- Yes, Jamil, Tauren, Franny and several others.

Patricia- Do you still keep in touch with them?

Justin- Yes.

Kevin- What would a typical day be like for voicing an episode for Hey Arnold?

Justin- The entire cast would read the script.

Patricia- What characteristics do you have in common with Harold Berman?

Justin- I’m loud!


Patricia- What is your favorite Hey Arnold episode?

Justin- Harold’s Bar Mitzvah

Patricia- What was it like doing The Hey Arnold Movie?

Justin- Fun, similar to doing the show.

Patricia- Were you disappointed that The Jungle Movie never saw the light of day?

Justin- Yes I was.


Patricia- You also voiced other cartoon characters. What were your favorites?

Justin- Lloyd in Space and Recess.


Kevin- What were your favorite Nickelodeon shows?

Justin- Hey Arnold.

Kevin- What do you think of Nickelodeon now?

Justin- It’s fine, I don’t really watch it.

Kevin- How does it feel now that Hey Arnold has finally got a proper DVD release?

Justin- Great!!!

Patricia- What made you decide to do TLC's Flip That House?

Justin- I thought it’d be fun.


Patricia- Do you have any upcoming projects?

Justin- I’m working on a feature film in China.

Patricia- Alright. That's all our questions. Thank you so much, Justin.

Justin-  You're welcome :) 

To find out more about Justin, you can visit his website at You can also follow him on Facebook at and on Twitter @justinshenkarow.

That's all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon.

-Patricia and Kevin

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