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Tehachapi kid lands role in 'Kids Say The Darndest Things.'

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 21:22:34-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — An 11-year-old Tehachapi kid has landed a gig of a lifetime!

Spike Daniels, said he never expected his casual play date with a friend in Bakersfield would lead to the big screen on the hit ABC show, Kids Say the Darndest Things.

"I was at 'Flight Fit N Fun,' in Bakersfield with my mom and a friend, then all of a sudden a random lady came up to me and asked if I wanted to audition for the show, 'Kids Say the Darndest Things,' and so I said yes," Spike Daniels told 23ABC.

Spike said when his mom approved of the audition he went to meet with talent recruiters.

"They met with me for like 30 minutes," Daniels said.

From there his mom said she had to sign some paperwork. Shortly after the audition talent recruiters told Daniels and his mother that they would have to head to Los Angeles the next day to meet with another round of producers.

However, what talent recruiters didn't know, was that Spike has been acting since he was three-years-old, starring in many local plays over the years, while also landing roles in three separate University of Southern California short documentary films.

"They met with me for a while, and asked me what my hobbies were so I told them acting, basketball, baseball," Daniels said.

A week later Spike's mom, Jennifer Daniels, said she received a phone call, "I was in complete shock when they called and said he got it. I was stunned that my little boy from our little mountain town in Tehachapi was getting this opportunity."

Spike was told he was going to be filming a real commercial with actress and comedian, Tiffany Haddish, for her new product "She Ready Dessert Ketchup."

Spike and the two other kids that were chosen had no idea that the commercial was fake the whole time and "She Ready Dessert Ketchup," was actually just regular ketchup.

Throughout the entire commercial Spike tried the ketchup on various different desserts alongside Haddish who was struggling to keep it together without laughing.

Spike kept a straight face the whole time, even while eating lemon cake with ketchup on top.

"I really thought it was a real commercial and I didn't want to hurt her feelings by showing that I didn't like the way it tasted. I thought she put all her money into this new product."

The fake commercial aired during episode one of the new Kids Say the Darndest Things season premiere.

You can find a link to Spike's episode right here.