One of the celebrity guest stars on the latest season of “Billy on the Street” is Vancouver’s own Jacob Tremblay, and during a recent interview with website Popsugar, star Billy Eichner spoke about the 10-year-old Canadian phenom.
“He’s great; he’s like a 40-year-old man,” quips Eichner. “[He] was the first ‘Billy on the Street’ guest where I had to hold his hand across the street. I have no paternal instincts whatsoever, and I was like, ‘Maybe this will inspire them!’ Nope. Nothing. But literally, we were walking down the street and between shooting he was just like whispering under his breath. Like muttering, he was like, ‘This is hysterical.’ I’m not kidding. He just turned 10 years old. He is like a 45-year-old. . . . It’s like walking around with Martin Landau, like an aging character actor. He’s so great, he’s so great. I think people are going to like it. Also the height difference is insane.”
Then again, Eichner jokes that his admiration for Tremblay did not leave him immune to professional jealousy. “He’s Canadian! I think he was on some press tour for something. He’s doing movies, he’s like, ‘Oh, I’m off to work with Julia Roberts.’ And I was like, ‘F*** you, Jacob Tremblay!'” joked Eichner.
“His dad was there, and Jacob’s shoes kept falling off. They weren’t, like, tied properly. We’re like, running through the street, and I kept going up to his dad like, ‘I’m so sorry, we’ll get different shoes.’ And his dad was like, ‘He’s fine.'”
You can catch a snippet of Tremblay’s appearance on “Billy on the Street” in this promo from the new season.