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SIMPLY JESSICA: Nick at Night teen talks about life off the set of ‘Instant Mom’

James Phillips is a kid who cares about money and getting what he wants. He will scam his way into any opportunity that benefits him.

Tylen Jacob Williams is a kid who thinks differently than James Phillips.

Tylen is not a hustler. He will not scam his way out of anything.

However, James Phillips and Tylen Jacob Williams look identical because Tylen Jacob Williams plays James Phillips on Nickelodeon’s (Nick at Night) “Instant Mom.”

“Instant Mom” is about a 25-year-old party girl (played by Tia Mowry-Hardict) who becomes an instant mom when she marries an older man with three children.

The cast of Nickleodeon's 'Instant Mom.' (Courtesy photo)
The cast of Nickleodeon’s ‘Instant Mom.’ (Courtesy photo)

Williams is quick to point out that James has a different personality than him. It is that difference that makes the role of playing James Phillips challenging and fun for Williams.

“I love working with Tia,” Williams said. “We have so much fun on set.”

When Williams is not on set, he likes to read.

His favorite books are the “Divergent Trilogy” by Veronica Roth, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman.

The television star has his eyes on a movie role in the near future.

“I want to do a movie,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

He would love to play a superhero of any kind.

His favorite movies are “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Batman” and “I, Robot.”

Williams has favorite actors he admires in the business.

“I admire Michael B. Jordan, Scarlett Johansson and Miles Teller,” he said.

He has not seen “Whiplash” with Miles Teller yet, but he hopes to sit down to watch it soon.

Like most 13-year-old boys, Williams likes to surf the Internet and play video games. His favorite colors are black, white and yellow.

He loves to eat fried rice, but he refuses to eat okra.

“The only person that likes okra is my mother,” he said.

Williams does not have a favorite subject in school.

“I don’t like school in general,” he said. “But I like to learn.”

Acting runs in the Williams family.

His older brother, Tyrel Jackson Williams, 18, plays Leo Dooley on Disney XD “Lab Rats,” and Tyler James Williams, 22, played the title character on the Chris Rock inspired sitcom, “Everybody Hates Chris.”

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