Many of you will recognize Daniel DeSanto for two roles, one from the movie Mean Girls, and the other as Tucker in the series Are You Afraid of the Dark? Well I got a chance to talk to the former SNICK star and ask him all about The Midnight Society. So… Submitted for the approval, of the CollegeHumor readers, I call this article- The Interview With Daniel DeSanto.

What, in your opinion, is the scariest Are You Afraid of the Dark? Mine is either the one with Zeebo the Clown or The Lonely Ghost. Wow, you remember Zeebo?! you MUST’VE watched the show! For me, I have to say The Tale of the Headless Horsemen, since it was my “initiation story” to get into the Midnight Society. I just thought the whole episode was done really well. I mean, I was a fan of the show before I was cast in the 3rd Season, so to actually see a story that I told was really cool.


That pinball episode was my favorite. What's yours? I can tell you what episode WASN’T my favorite! That one with the snake. I don’t do well with animals, even trained ones, so having that snake on the set freaked me out. But my favorite episode? I’m gonna have to be biased again and say The Tale of the Silver Sight. It was the first time that the Midnight Society was actually a part of the “story”. Letting us out of the woods (literally) was a really cool experience and we had a lot of fun shooting it.


Was there any intra-Midnight Society hookups? Name names.
Well, being an awkward 12 year old when I first came on the show, I can definitely tell you that I wasn’t hookin up with anybody. The “new” cast (besides Elisha) was pretty young, so I hope the dust stayed in the pouch, if you know what I mean. I wish I had some dirt for ya, but we all got along very well, I guess we just didn’t “get along” like that.

In your opinion, how should America handle the current situation in Iraq?
Hmmm, an actor commenting on the current political situation? Does anybody really care?

What's the best non-AYAOTD Snick show?
No idea. Haven’t watched it since they stopped airing AYAOTD.

Who were you the closest with on the set?
Ross Hull, who played my older brother Gary, was and still is a good friend of mine. It’s crazy though, we used to actually fight like brothers on the set. But, off set, we got along really well. Elisha Cuthbert (who played Megan) is one of my best friends. We met on the show and have been close ever since. I have so much respect for her and how hard she works at her craft.

Besides Ross and Elisha do you keep in touch with anyone else from the Midnight Society?
Besides Elisha and Ross, I don’t really keep in touch with anyone else. It’s simply a geography thing though, it’s not that anyone disliked anyone else…I think. Hey, maybe they didn’t like me. Maybe that’s why nobody keeps in touch with me!

As someone who was in both, how do you feel about the new cast of AYAOTD vs the old cast?
Well, for me, it was two totally different experiences. With the “old” cast, I was the new kid on the block. Don’t get me wrong, everyone was great and I learned a lot from them in terms of how the show flowed and worked. But with the “new” cast, it was a complete role-reversal. I went from being the youngest cast member to being the oldest. Tucker mature? WHAT?!


Is AYAOTD coming to DVD? Will there be commentaries?
The 1st and 2nd Seasons are already out on DVD! There’s also a special 2-disc set called “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Freaky Favorites”, which features 6 episodes from the “new” cast.


You were in both a Goosebumps and AYAOTD. How did the experiences compare?
Wow, that was a long time ago. All I remember from my Goosebumps episode (The Return of the Mummy)-

So good
Yeah. All I remember from my Goosebumps experience was me freaking out when I read that the script called for a tarantula to crawl over me. I refused to do it and they had to hire a stunt-double for that one shot. The “stunt-double”, by the way, was just a kid that WASN’T a complete pussy. Can you say pussy on the internet?

You can say pussy anywhere, Tucker.
Good.

Each episode the Midnight Society took turns telling stories, how did the writer’s decide who got to tell which ones?
You know, I have no idea. I wish I would’ve considered that when we were shooting, then I would’ve known which writer to suck up to.

Which story for you was the most fun to tell?
The first time I sat in “the storytellers chair” and actually introduced a story, was a really cool experience for me. I was so freaking nervous I almost forgot to throw the dust. By the way, throwing “the dust” in the fire for the first time? I couldn’t stop smirking! I think I had to do, like, 10 takes of it just to stop smiling like an idiot.

Is there any story that someone told that you wish you got to?
Not really. From the time I was hired as a cast member to when we wrapped the show, I was just really excited to be a part of it. I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t tell you that I always counted how many stories I got to tell versus the other cast members. It’s an “acting/competitive” thing. Or, maybe just an “arrogant/asshole” thing. Not sure.

Some AYAOTD episodes featured other stars such as a young Hayden Christianson and Budnick from Salute Your Shorts, did you get to meet people acting in the stories?
You know, we shot the “Campfires” all together, back to back. So, we never got to meet the other actors that actually played the “Tales” out. It’s pretty cool to see that so many actors from the show are doing well now.

You also had a role in Mean Girls, in your opinion what is more fun to take part; big movies or classic series?
Well, whenever you have the chance to ask Lindsay Lohan if her “muffin is buttered” it’s gonna be fun. Film and Television really are different things, but what makes it enjoyable is the people you’re working with. If you don’t get along and there’s always drama on the set, it doesn’t matter what the project is, you’re not gonna enjoy it. I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to always have a blast on set. Mean Girls and AYAOTD both had such young, talented casts, it wasn’t like working, it was more like hanging out and getting paid for it.


I read on IMDB that the dust in the pouch that was thrown onto the fire before every tale was regular table sugar. Is that true?
That’s a lie! Actually, this was another thing that broke my heart when I got onto the set of the show. The dust was simply coffee-mate and sparkles. There, the secret’s out. The thing that actually made the fire “poof” was a little chemical bomb that was placed in the middle of the fire, and our creepy prop master would be in charge of making the bomb and executing the timing of the whole thing. It was pretty complicated, and we had to do a lot of retakes on the “poof” because it didn’t always work out. Now, that I think about it, it was kind of dangerous…


Any chance of an AYAOTD reunion?
Not a chance. I don’t think anyone would care, really. That set was burned a long time ago. You know, I don’t know if viewers were aware of this, and it was disappointing the first time I stepped onto the set. But, we shot all the Midnight Society scenes on a sound stage in Montreal. Yeah, it wasn’t even a real forest. It was all a lie!!!

You’ve done other work since AYAOTD, which one of your roles are you most commonly recognized for?
I can’t believe that people STILL recognize me from AYAOTD, I mean, I was 12 when I started the show. I’d say the most common thing that I used to get (wrongly) recognized for was “The Wonder Years”. I’ll get you Fred Savage!


What are you up to these days?
I’m really fascinated with the filmmaking process. A few years back, I graduated from Film School at Ryerson University in Toronto. I have an insanely talented partner (Bob Barlen) that I went to film school with: he directs and I produce. Our first short film, “Push and Turn” just premiered at the National Screen Institute’s Film Festival in Winnipeg, Canada last weekend. We have a few projects that we’re working on now and hopefully will go into production soon. I’m also still acting (trying too, anyways. Ha!). I’ve been very lucky with cartoons, lending my voice to a few different animated series: Beyblade, Braceface, Totally Spies!

Thanks man, it's been great talking to you.
Well, I would be very surprised if any viewer/fan has actually read this far and appreciate the support: past. present and in the future! I’ll stop yapping now, but thank you guys so much for listening. (Okay, I’ll do the “Tucker” ending)…I declare this interview of the Midnight Society member…over.

That. Was. Awesome.