Memories From the Set: Legit's DJ Qualls Recalls Roles on Lost, Scrubs, Breaking Bad and More

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DJ Qualls‘ copious number of guest spots over the past 12 years isn’t just a way to make a living – it’s a means of keeping him out of trouble.

Legit only shoots three months a year,” the actor says, referencing the FXX comedy on which he plays a 31-year-old with muscular dystrophy who’s getting his first taste of living in the real world.

“And I am so self-destructive when I’m idle. I’ll just sit and eat Cheetos and buy things on eBay. I need to get out of the house.”

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That drive has resulted in a slew of jobs over the past 12 years, including roles on Emmy favorites like Breaking Bad and crowd-pleasers like Criminal Minds. 

“The beautiful thing about being a character actor is that you plug into so many different moments in pop culture over the course of a career,” he says.

On the eve of Legit‘s Season 2 premiere (Wednesday at 10/9c), Qualls looked back at some of his more memorable roles – including a Lost fried-chicken slinger and a Supernatural Winchester sidekick. Click through the gallery below for his take on some pivotal gigs.

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Comments (13)

  • Thank you for posting this! I am loving this recurring feature. It’s really fun to walk down memory lane with a character actor and go “oh yeah… he was THAT guy!”

    Comment by Lauren – February 25, 2014 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG, that last sentence of your smade me miss “The New Guy” even more. Has it been really 12 years?!

      Comment by James – February 25, 2014 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome idea and a good trip down memory lane. If you ever rope Glenn Morshower into one, you’d need 500 pages.

    Comment by Pat – February 25, 2014 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There’s just not enough of DJ Qualls on our telly boxes.

    Please, sir, can we have some more?

    Comment by Katie_Mead – February 25, 2014 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hot pockets and Xena tapes! Love this article, thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    Comment by Meredith – February 25, 2014 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Qualls on ‘Memphis Beat’. That was a cool show, wish it hadn’t been cancelled!

    Comment by Barbara Harney – February 25, 2014 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a great character actor! Always good to see him try a new role.

    Comment by Lisa – February 25, 2014 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’ll always be The New Guy to me, I love that movie, it’s always nice to see him pop up on TV shows.

    Comment by Steven – February 25, 2014 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really hoping that the Supernatural spin-off would be based on Garth.

    Comment by side3 – February 25, 2014 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved him so much on Memphis Beat, that was one show that really wasn’t given a chance to grow.

    Comment by Velveteen Rabbit (@dharawal) – February 25, 2014 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DJ Qualls as Sheldon… intriguing.

    Comment by wordsmith – February 25, 2014 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • to me he’ll always be the guy who was in Road Trip.

    Comment by Isaac – February 25, 2014 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “I had sex! WITH A GIRL!”
      That’s also how I see him.

      Comment by Steve F. – February 26, 2014 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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