ABC has found its Bean. Thirteen-year-old Simon Belz has been tapped to co-star as title character Bean (aka Ed Rogerson) in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Chunk & Bean. In addition, Sofia Gonzalez (Barely Famous) has joined as a series regular.
Written by Ed Herro and Brian Donovan and exec produced by Dave Hemingson, Chunk & Bean is a dual-family comedy centered on the unlikely friendship of Chunk and Bean, two misfits who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
Belz’s Bean is as small as Chunk (Cyrus Arnold) is wide. When Bean and his dad, Jim (Adam Rodriguez), move in next door, Chunk’s bad attitude runs smack into Bean’s optimism. They start as friends, quickly become enemies, and circle back to friends again — just like real teenage boys. Gonzalez will play Sarah Diamond, the pretty, snarky high school guidance counselor who is Chunk and Bean’s best hope at turning their teenage weirdo streak around. She loves her job, but she also hates it, and has to work at Chili’s on weekends to pay rent.
In addition to Rodriguez and Arnold, Belz and Gonzalez join previously cast Andy Daly and Anna Gunn.
Belz discovered his love of acting at age 10. He also likes to draw comic books and as an aspiring director-producer he creates his own short films with his friends. Belz is repped by Take 3 Talent Agency. Gonzalez recurs on VH1’s Barely Famous. Credits also include Life in Pieces, Community, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She’s repped by APA and 3Arts Entertainment.