Zap2it: In the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones,” premiering on Thursday, Sept. 26, you play Zach Cropper, the womanizing member of the Chicago advertising agency of Roberts & Roberts, run by the father-daughter team of Simon and Sydney (Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar). What’s Zach’s story?
James Wolk: He definitely has a heart. He is a big kid who is a fun seeker and a thrill seeker. As we see in the pilot episode, he’s a Lothario. He loves going out with Simon to pitch these clients and BS his way through things, but beneath that, there is a real person there.
He has a little bit of the Peter Pan syndrome. He doesn’t want to grow up, and he does a pretty good job not growing up, and he is able to stay in that world. It’s always interesting to watch people like that have to grow up.
Zap2it: In the pilot episode, you get to sing with Kelly Clarkson. Was that a surprise?
James Wolk: When I auditioned, I sang. It was one of the audition scenes. I don’t think the Detroit Opera is going to invite me over, but I know I can carry a tune. I grew up in a very musical house; we used to sing all the time.
Zap2it: What have you learned from working with Robin Williams?
James Wolk: Something he does draws you in, and there’s a certain energy he gives off that puts you at ease. He has a contagious energy that brings you with him. You go, so there’s no time to really be nervous.