'Awkward's' absentee dad Mike Faiola: 'Without him things could spin off out of control'

Zap2it: How do you describe your "Awkward" character, Kevin?Mike Faiola: He is calm, cool and collected under fire and probably learned that after 16 years of living with two highly strung females who both gravitate toward drama. He was a very young father, probably involved in a family business. I think he works with his father in textiles. I think he is integral to the show because without him things could spin off out of control.Zap2it: Do you interact with teens apart from the show?Mike Faiola: I work with teens quite a bit. I work for L.A. Youth Network, which houses and helps homeless youth in Hollywood, and I had taught a playwriting program to help students learn English. I knew Lauren's (creator Lauren Lungerich) voice would strike a chord because teenagers know when they are being b****y, and this takes their emotions and treats them with delicacy and respect. It is about time. There...



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