Happy Birthday actor DJ Qualls
Born: Donald Joseph Qualls
June 10, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
You know, so many people say TV makes you stupid. But it had the complete opposite effect on me. It kept me from having a really bad Southern accent.
The idea of sitting in a booth, and having someone pay me to sign autographs, seems so gross to me.
My face is distinct. It’s hard to confuse me with anyone else.
I’ve lived so frugally for so long. I have to have that financial security or the world feels out of control for me.
Celebrity is a gift. I’m very lucky.
I have been to Graceland a hundred times. Every kid in middle Tennessee has this night where it hits midnight, and they are like, ‘Let’s go to Graceland!’ It’s a rite of passage. I did it.
I grew up in a town with no movie theater. TV was my only link to the outside world. Film wasn’t such a big deal to me. It was TV. So much so, that when I meet TV stars now… Not my co-workers, but real TV stars, I get nervous. I freak out around them.
I grew up in a rural area. I grew up in deep southern middle Tennessee, probably about thirty miles from the Alabama border. There’s nothing there, really. And the TV was my link to the outside world. It’s what kept me from going into factory employment. It’s what made me want to go to college. It was really inspiring.