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Teen journey: Daniel DiMaggio enjoys role on comedy ‘American Housewife’

Daniel DiMaggio doesn’t mind growing up on TV.

In fact, he’s enjoying the journey of playing Oliver Otto on ABC’s comedy series “American Housewife.”

“We’ve been through adolescence together, and it’s been a lot,” he says. “I feel like I’ve become him a lot and we have the sarcastic side of us. I’ve eased it a little on-camera because people weren’t going to take me seriously.”

“American Housewife” follows the daily life of Katie Otto, a wife and mother who tries to stand out amid the wealthy and arrogant housewives in Westport, Conn.

She lives with Greg, her university professor husband, and their three children.

Oliver is the middle child and is savvy, ambitious and snarky.

DiMaggio has portrayed Oliver Otto for three seasons. The series begins airing again on Tuesday, Feb. 5, on ABC.

“I feel like this season is progressing, and there is always room for improvement with Oliver,” he says. “Oliver is coming into his own as a human and figuring out who he is and where he stands in the world.”

DiMaggio discovered a natural talent for acting at an early age. He started his career in a Honda commercial at 8 years old.

He would later go on to act in more commercials and guest star roles, including playing a young Superman in CW’s “Supergirl” and a young Michael Westen in USA’s “Burn Notice.”

A career in acting came as no surprise to his parents, both Hollywood veterans themselves, who first exposed him to the craft while he was still in diapers accompanying them to sets.

When the opportunity of a lifetime came to star as a series regular in ABC’s new half-hour comedy, the move felt organic. It was a perfect fit for a young actor to show his acting prowess through a series of comedic highs and dramatic turns, he said.

“Acting was always an option for me because of my parents,” he says. “I grew up in LA, and it was always around me. When I was younger, I didn’t consider drama. I always wanted to do comedy. I’ve been doing this for a while and would love to dip my foot in drama.”

Dimaggio, 15, keeps a high interest in his favorite sports teams while maintaining straight A’s.

He also recently completed his first Los Angeles Marathon and would love to get behind the camera and direct.

“I’m always looking for projects that will challenge me,” he says. “Fortunately, I have to wait until the series is on hiatus to seek those projects out. I’ve had some come across me that were in New Mexico. I keep all my options open during my downtime.”

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