Interview with Percy Daggs III

For three years Percy Daggs III has played the character Wallace Fennel on "Veronica Mars" who is the best friend of main character Veronica. Since the show ended in 2007 myFanbase asked the actor what he is doing now, if he is still in contact with some of his former co-stars and what he knows about the rumors of a "Veronica Mars" movie.

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1. What is your favourite moment of your childhood?

Tough question! I come from close and large family so I have a lot of special memories. I guess it's a toss-up between Christmas in 1991 when my Dad told me work had been slow all year and he could'nt get me anything, then he rolled out my first bike with a big red bow on it! Then when I was 11, I delivered the "I Have A Dream" speech by Dr. Martin L. King Jr. in front of my church. It was the first time I spoke in front of a large audience.

2. When and why did you decide to become an actor?

I did that twice. I did a play when I was 11 and loved the way I felt after. Moving people to smile, think, laugh or just feel good made me feel great. I booked a K-Mart commercial at 13 thanks to the diligence of my Mom to get me started. Then as a freshman in college, I booked "Blue Hill Ave.", my first film. I struggled to stay in school while in Canada. But while out there,and after working since 13, I decided that I would pursue being an actor as a career and make sure that I received my degree in time.

3. If you could choose to put together an entire crew for a movie: Who would be the director? Who would be the writer? And who would be in the leading role(s)?

Director: Brandon Hammond, Writers: Percy Daggs III, Brandon Hammond, WB Alexander, Leading Actors: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Percy Daggs III, Jontille Gerard and my man Don Cheadle

4. What was the hardest scene you've ever done and why?

Being duct taped to the flagpole in the opening scene of the pilot in "Veronica Mars". It was freezing! I was up there for 6 hours (with a break for lunch), and there were about 200 people staring at me. The it's an embarassing scene and my first of that type as a series regular at the time. Kristen Bell kept me laughing and distracted from the crowd and the crew was helpful too.

5. You were part of the great show "Veronica Mars". What is your fondest memory of the time filming the show?

I can't choose just one, ya know? The whole experience was special for me. Pulling up to work, conversations and jokes with the cast and crew, the feeling you get on set when you know you just did something really nice together, the late delirious nights of laughter on long shoots, catering....mmmm, hahaha, it was all very memorable for me.

6. Are you still in contact with some cast members from "Veronica Mars"?

Yeah I am. Teddy Dunn, (Duncan Kane) is a very close friend of mine. We're tight. Me and KB (Kristen Bell) keep in touch from time to time through email and such, as you know she is a busy lady these days and well deserved! I'm happy for her, that's my girl...

7. Some of the characters were enemies at one point or another, Wallace was even bullied. Is that difficult to play?

It was a bit difficult at times. I grew up all over Long Beach, Ca in some tough neighborhoods. I come from a family that always let it be known that bullying and being bullied is not an option. So I'm tough, and I have always empathized with those who were bullied and wanted to stand up for them if I could. I enjoyed playing that role though because Wallace eventually adjusted to his surroundings, matured and although still very kind-hearted, learned to stand up for himself and others if he could.

8. If you look back, which season of "Veronica Mars" do you think was the best and why?

Oooooohhh good one. Without season 1 there would be no season 2. If I HAD to choose one of the three I would choose Season 1. It was raw. Correct me if Im wrong but I believe it was the first series regular for myself, Kristen Bell, Teddy Dunn, Jason Dohring and Francis Capra. The energy level was tremendous.We were all very very hungry and thirsty to succeed. Personally, was able to mature and grow a lot as an actor from one to three, but overall I think one was Rob Thomas' baby, and I think we gave our all to what he was trying to do.

9. What do you think about the series finale of "Veronica Mars"?

Filming it or watching it? Either way, it made me want season 4.

10. Have you kept any "Veronica Mars" mementos?

This guy named Phil gave each of the leads this custom lunch pail of the show, featuring ourselves. That was cool and I still have it. Thanks Phil! I have a Neptune High yearbook the crew came up with and a lot of the little things we acquired along the journey.

11. Every now and then there are rumors about a "Veronica Mars" movie. Can you tell us about it?

I don't know much anymore. Late in 2008 and during last year I would hear that too. At the time I had talked to Rob it was fifty-fifty. As time passes my hope for it diminishes a little bit, but I would love to do it if it happens. If Rob, Joel Silver, and Kristen can get on board with it then who knows...

12. Do you have any other new projects you can tell us about?

If you were able to or are interested in the shows "In Plain Sight" or "Raising the Bar" I did a couple nice guest stars on those shows. I'm also in a movie with Nick Cannon called "American Son" which is now on DVD. Im working to develop a couple projects with a several colleagues and planning to be on a new series for 2k10. Keep checking for me!

13. Since myFanbase is an online magazine about TV series, do you have a favourite show?

I think my favorite show of all-time is "Martin". I haven't watched much TV lately, but I hear there is a lot for me to get into now... Any suggestions?

God bless the people of Germany and I had fun with the interview! Peace and Love!

Annika Leichner - myFanbase