"He's annoying, but in a good way," said White, beaming happily. "He has nothing but positive energy to let out. He does gross things, but he doesn't do them intentionally. He's different, but deep down inside, everybody likes someone who's different. He has no shame about it. He walks his walk, and his pants are high--they're probably the same pants he's had forever--but that doesn't bother him at all."
The cast and producers of "Family Matters" admit that the Urkelization of "Family Matters" has caused some internal stress--a syndrome that affected even the sunny-tempered Ron Howard when Henry Winkler became the most popular actor on "Happy Days." The "Family Matters" household also includes Telma Hopkins as Harriette's widowed sister, Bryton McClure as her son, Rosetta Lenoire as Mother Winslow and Darius McCrary and Jaimee Foxworth as the other Winslow children.
Things have smoothed out, however.
"It was a good lesson for me--my ego is not above being bruised by something like that," VelJohnson said. "When certain characters start 'breaking out,' it's a little hard to take. But after awhile, you learn to roll with it."
"It was also a good lesson for the other kids on the show," Hopkins said. "They're over the panic, and we all have a better grip on what we can contribute. It doesn't matter who's shining at the moment . . . the longer the show stays on the air, the better chance we all have of getting that show that lets us shine."
"Not to mention the checks," VelJohnson added, grinning widely.