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Ari Stidham, who plays genius mathematician Sylvester Dodd on Scorpion, has seen his life do a 180-degree turn since he landed the part of the anxiety ridden statistician on the hit CBS show.

Ari Stidham On Scorpion

Before he joined the Scorpion cast, Stidham was living with his parents, hopping in between small acting gigs while simultaneously trying to work on smaller, more personal projects for which he had little resources to fund.

“I’m 22, so this is a pretty crazy employment situation for me. I’m very grateful. I was able to move into my own place and sort of start to fund my own artistic projects, which is what my dream has always been to make your own stuff,” Stidham told uInterview in an exclusive interivew. “And Scorpion is so great because it’s such an amazing character and the people here are so much fun that it doesn’t feel like I’m going to work. It’s just like an amazing process and such a cool show. I’m so stoked to be here.”

Stidham got his start in acting in his early teens after realizing he had a natural gift and love of being up on stage. “There was a play; they were doing Annie at my elementary school and I auditioned for it and I got Drake the Butler and Sandy the Dog and I was just a ham so it was fun,” Stidham confessed. “There was something cool about playing two characters; there’s something cool about being in front of people and I guess I was just an attention hog. But I liked it.”

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Before landing on Scorpion, Stidham had a two-episode arc on Robin Williams sitcom The Crazy Ones. Speaking of the experience of working with the late actor, Stidham called it amazing, and noted that Williams always had time to talk to fans and pose for pictures. As for his personal experiences with Williams, Stidham revealed that they talked about songwriter Harry Nilsson and comedy.

“We nerded out about Harry Neilson, who is like my Elvis, and he did all the music for Popeye,” Nillson said of the movie Williams starred in during the earlier part of his career. “We nerded out a little bit about comedy, but I didn’t have a lot of lines and I wasn’t there for very long. But the time I spent there with him was instrumental for me definitely.”

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Q: How has ‘Scorpion’ changed your life? -

I was living above my parents’ garage. It was a nicer place, I admit, than it sounds because I had my own spot away from my parents, but yeah, I’m 22, so this is a pretty crazy employment situation for me. I’m very grateful. I was able to move into my own place and sort of start to fund my own artistic projects, which is what my dream has always been to make your own stuff. And Scorpion is so great because it’s such an amazing character and the people here are so much fun that it doesn’t feel like I’m going to work. It’s just like an amazing process and such a cool show. I’m so stoked to be here. So I guess my life has changed pretty drastically, about a 180 within the span of like a couple months.

Q: How did you first get into acting? -

I started acting when I was 13. I mean third grade. There was a play; they were doing Annie at my elementary school. And I auditioned for it and I got Drake the Butler and Sandy the Dog and I was just a ham so it was fun. There was something cool about playing two characters; there’s something cool about being in front of people and I guess I was just an attention hog. But I liked it. Because I lived so close to Los Angeles, it was easier to look at kids’ parents and see, “Oh they are directors or producers or actors.” I didn’t grow up with anybody crazy famous, but people had those careers so it seemed more attainable to me than not. So I guess that kinda gave me the balls to try, and I just tried from pretty much age like 7 until now. And then when 17, I got lucky and got my first gig, which was huge on ABC Family and that sort of acted like my foot in the door into the business and I had been bouncing around doing guest parts until Scorpion.

Q: What was it like playing with Robin Williams in the Crazy Ones? -

It was amazing. I mean that guy knew what he was doing. He was funny when he didn’t need to be funny. He just like was a bright light in the universe. I remember it was so sad when he passed, but on set he was amazing. He would talk to the extras and every time somebody – if we were shooting on location and there was a guy who ruined the shot once – and the director cut, Robin just went up and talked to the guy because he was basically fan-boying him like, “Oh Robin, I love you, I love you,” and he went up talked to him and took a picture with him, and took time out his day you know. He was very humble, very funny. I loved him.

Q: Did you have any direct interaction with Robin? -

Yeah we nerded out about Harry Neilson, who is like my Elvis, and he did all the music for Popeye, and Paul Dooley, was on Huge. So I nerded about Harry Neilson with him because Harry Neilson was on the set of Popeye, because everybody lived on this island together when they made the movie. So I talked to Robin Williams about him because I love Harry Neilson and that was cool. We nerded out a little bit about comedy, but I didn’t have a lot of lines and I wasn’t there for very long. But the time I spent there with him was instrumental for me definitely.

Q: What’s on the horizon for you after this season of Scorpion? -

Gosh, hopefully a movie, hopefully a play. I got a lot of stuff I’m working on I guess personally, like some short films, and there’s a lot of music I’m working on as my band, Dr. Television, a couple projects coming out in April. Just like, on my Twitter and Instagram I’ll be pushing all that stuff out – all of my personal stuff – and then hopefully, I don’t know. It’s still up in the air what I’m doing for the hiatus, but we come back and start shooting season two in July, so it’s soon.