As career transitions go, Matt Jones is doing pretty well.
Jones, a semi-regular on “Breaking Bad” throughout its run, now stars with Anna Faris in “Mom,” one of the more anticipated shows of the fall. The Chuck Lorre-produced comedy, which premieres Monday (Sept. 23) on CBS, gives Jones a more central role in which to show off his laid-back charm.
The erstwhile Badger — whose character on “Mom,” incidentally, is named Baxter — is one of Zap2it’s Ones to Watch for the 2013-14 TV season. He’s also a TV omnivore, as you can see in the questionnaire below.
What’s the current home-screen picture on your phone?
A picture of my wife with our 100-pound golden lab, Hank Williams.
What are your can’t-miss TV shows?
There are the obvious ones like “Game of Thrones,” “Walking Dead,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Veep,” “Parks and Rec,” and other hits. But I also love “The Killing,” “The White Queen,” and “The Incredible Dr. Pol.”
Also, I never miss an episode of “The Colbert Report” and “Pardon the Interruption.”
Oh, and “Breaking Bad” and “Mom.” Duh.
What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
Anything by Kenny Loggins.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Anything by Kenny Loggins.
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Alien invasion but one like “E.T.” or “Mac and Me.” If you don’t know what “Mac and Me” is, then LOOK IT UP. It’s terrible. Terribly amazing.
What’s the last item you purchased?
I just pre-ordered a Xbox One console. Shhhh, don’t tell my wife.
Do you have any current pop-culture obsessions?
Corey Feldman and his new “angels” are fascinating. I can’t wait to fall apart like that.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
I sharted trying to do Crossfit.
Do you have any nicknames?
Never needed one. Everyone just says “MattJones” like it’s one syllable.
Your first kiss — who and when?
Katherine, in a movie theatre, during “Meet Joe Black.” She was looking at Brad, I was bored, so I went for it.
What’s the worst place you have ever been to?
Northern Arkansas. Terrifying.
What’s your spirit animal?
Winnie the Pooh.
What was the last lie you told?
I’m gonna go on a diet and start working out.
Do you have any strange phobias?
Guys who wear a lot of jewelry freak me out.
Air guitar or hairbrush singer?
I play a real guitar but I sound like I swallowed a hair brush when I sing.
Who is your last text message from?
Rainn Wilson. He’s bragging about his fantasy football team.
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?
“In all my years in psychology, I have never run into an effect this large,” Barnsley says. From Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers.”
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
I’d be a carpenter. Make tables and chairs and such. Like Ron Swanson or Jesus.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Where I am. At home with my dogs.
Is there a celebrity that you have met and been starstruck by?
I’ve hung out with Phillip Seymour Hoffman a couple times. I’m always nervous.
What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?
A book, iPad, pen and paper, headphones, and overpriced sandwich I bought in the terminal.
What’s your favorite beverage?
A Manhattan. I make my own version called a Matthattan and everyone who’s tried it says its disgusting.
What food can you not resist?
Cheese popcorn mixed with caramel popcorn. I do not share. Ever.
What do your friends make fun of you for?
Everything. My friends are comedians, so our whole friendship is based on tearing each other down for everything. It’s great, I love those guys.
What clique did you belong to in high school?
I was in the “football player who left to do theatre and hung out with the stoners and eventually became homecoming king” clique.
“Mom” premieres at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday on CBS.