Actor Jason Biggs cemented his place in pop culture history with his unforgettable portrayal of Jim Levenstein in the American Pie franchise. Now, he's hosting Cherries Wild, a new trivia game show on Fox.
OK! chats with the star about his new gig, filming during the pandemic and his busy life during lockdown.
Tell us about your new show.
JB: A team of contestants play pop culture trivia for chances to spin a giant slot machine and win up to $250,000. The Cherries Wild mobile app also allows fans to play in real time to win prizes.
What makes Cherries Wild stand out from the other game shows on TV?
We've got a couple things the others don't: A huge grand prize, a massive, 30-foot slot machine and a host with a gigantic ego. Simply put, we're the biggest half-hour on television.
How did you prepare to host?
I feel like I've been preparing for this my whole life since I was a little boy pretending to be Pat Sajak — really, Vanna White — in my living room. Also, whenever I had a question or concern, I would just think to myself, "What would Ken Jeong do?"
How has filming amid the pandemic affected production?
We had strict safety protocols in place the whole time. I think the schedule was condensed to limit exposure. Overall, I was impressed with the entire operation, and grateful, of course, to have been able to work at all during this crazy time.
How have you been keeping busy in lockdown?
Aside from learning two new languages, building a treehouse for my kids [Sid, 6, and Lazlo, 3], hosting a game show, becoming a bread baker and finally reading War and Peace, I honestly haven't been doing much. Same, same, I guess.
If you were the answer to a trivia question, what would you want the question to be?
This longtime star of stage and screen has now added Game Show Host to his resume with Fox's Cherries Wild, thus completing what's known in industry parlance as "The Holy Trifecta." He has been quoted as saying that this means more to him than his EGOT.
Any other exciting projects coming?
Is Cherries Wild not exciting enough for you? Because it should be!