Tyler James Williams recalls rude remarks of Everybody Hates Chris's producer

Tyler James Williams recalls his first project's producer who didn't see any potential in him

By Maryland Hargreaves March 26, 2023
Tyler James Williams recalls his first project's producer, didn't see any potential in him

Tyler James Williams is the star of the critically praised sitcom Abbott Elementary, but he has had success in the past as well. Everybody Hates Chris gave the actor a successful start in television, but the show's producer didn't think well of him after that.

"'I’ll never see you as anything else and you’ll probably never work again,'" Williams told GQ about what the producer said.

He added, "I was like, ‘Holy shit, you really just looked at me and said that.'"

Williams experienced something "traumatic" while growing up in front of the cameras: being a child actor on a popular sitcom.

"The time this was happening was the same time the internet was becoming more ingrained in the industry," Williams said.

"So as I’m going through the most awkward years of my life, everyone sees it. I think my voice was cracking nonstop during seasons two and three. I was trying to find myself in front of everybody. And everybody had an opinion and was getting used to getting theirs out."

Williams continued, "It was traumatic. I still get triggered by things that are part of everybody else’s childhood. Every time someone comes up to me, regardless of what it is they recognize me for, what that says to me in the moment is that I’m seen. I have to be on, immediately, because someone’s watching."

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