At the age of 13, John Francis Daley launched his acting career playing the socially awkward Sam Weir on cult classic "Freaks and Geeks." A dozen years later, Daley talks about his role as Sweets on Fox's crime drama TV series "Bones," which returned for its seventh season last week, and how he became one of Hollywood's most popular comedy writers, co-writing the recent hit movie "Horrible Bosses."
You starred on "Freaks and Geeks" as a teen. Are there things you learned then that are useful today?
Unlike so many auditions that I had done before where I was directed to act really kid-like and appealing to mainstream audiences, with "Freaks and Geeks" they encouraged me to just be myself and play everything real. That is something that has stayed with me through to where I have gotten more and more comfortable with being myself on-screen.
What are you most excited about for the new season of "Bones"?
The new dynamic with the two leads, Booth [David Boreanaz] and Brennan [Emily Deschanel]. Now that they've "hooked up," it's all about the aftermath and how they are going to address it all. And the fact that I get a gun … mostly the fact that I get a gun.