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Tahj Mowry On His Biggest Pet Peeve, His EP, And The Nae Nae

We asked Tahj some pretty tough questions.

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A lot of you grew up with Tahj Mowry as 10-year-old genius TJ Henderson, but he's since moved on from Smart Guy with an EP on the way and a role on ABC Family's Baby Daddy as Tucker Dobbs, the best friend who gets roped into helping his buddy change poopie diapers. Tahj stopped by BuzzFeed to answer a few questions and make some tough decisions.


Who would you rather have babysit your child, Danny or Ben?


Are you a morning person or night owl?

Night owl for sure.

Probably the first single, "Flirt."

Would you rather win an Oscar or a Grammy?

I want both!


What's the first CD you ever purchased?

Oh, I think it was the Men in Black soundtrack. I think it had Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri. I would turn it down when I heard a cuss word.

Taylor Swift.

Are you more of a cat person or dog person?

Dog, for sure. Cats freak me out, they're too sneaky.


What's your favorite memory on the Baby Daddy set?

OK, so me and the boys like to hang out after work and sometimes there will be golf carts left on the lot. We take them and sometimes they get tipped over — things get a little crazy on the lot.

Hamburger. No, cheeseburger.

If you could be a guest star on any ABC Family show, which one would it be?

Pretty Little Liars. I want to be A.


My head's gonna explode! Michael, you gotta go with Michael. But they're both amazing and different. You know what, both. Both.

Bacon or Nutella?

Nutella. Or wait, what was the other one? Bacon! Both! Bacon and nutella.

Dream vacation?

Anywhere where there's no phone. No, but seriously, I want to go to Bora Bora and stay in one of those huts above the water.



Who would you most like to collaborate with on an album?

Prince, Janelle Monáe, Miguel, Lorde. I have a lot.

What's your favorite reality show?

Vanderpump Rules.

Do you have a favorite candle scent?

Oh, I love candles. Chelsea [Kane] told you?! She made me a candle too. I love anything vanilla or lavender — those are the go-to scents.

What's your favorite curse word?

I'm not a huge curser! My favorite cuss word I will not repeat, but you can probably guess which one it is.

Probably someone from my team. It's nonstop. They're over there right now like, Do you want to work or not?

What would you say your biggest pet peeve is?

When I say, "Bless you" to someone in public, just say, "Thank you"!

What's the worst birthday present you ever received?

Aw man, you know what, it's the thought that counts. Every gift is a good gift.

Instagram. It's more artistic. I like to use a bunch of filters because then people don't know what filter you used. Pro tip!

Is there a fashion trend you miss?

Not because it was cool, but because it was hilarious: the light-up belt buckles that you can add your name in so that it will scroll across the buckle. I want to bring that back.

Frosted tips?

Like the hair? 90s style? No. Nooo.

What's the last book you read or one you're currently reading?

Uh, do scripts count? Scripts!

I guess since I've been acting for so long, people will run up to me and forget that we don't know each other. Like, I'm just trying to get coffee. Just back up a little bit. I mean, it's cool. I love my fans. I love that I have fans that feel like they grew up with me.

What was your first AIM screen name?

Oh man. It was something horrible. Probably some football position I played with my number attached to it, I don't know. Something like runningback22, something stupid.

What's your favorite color?

Blue! Navy blue, though.

I don't know the name of it. This one. What's it called? The nae nae?!

The Baby Daddy spring finale airs tonight at 8:30pm/7:30 CT on ABC Family.


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