From Urkel To Dad: Jaleel White Tells Us All About 'Adulting'

For those of you who need a little refresher course on this fine #ThrowBackThursday, Jaleel White starred on the hit TV series, Family Matters, back in the late '80s and early '90s. Not ringing a bell? Well, does the name "Steve Urkel" ring a freakin' bell? Yep, that's what we thought, because Urkel has been a pop culture icon for as long as most of us have been alive!


Unlike a lot of other childhood actors, Jaleel has remained ever-current in Hollywood. Going on to act in roles for movies and other shows like Big Fat Liar, Dream Girls, The Game, Are We There Yet?, House, NCIS, Psych — need we continue or do you get the point? The man has surpassed his Urkel roots. In fact, his new show, Me, Myself & I premieres on CBS this coming Monday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. Central.

Currently, Jaleel has partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to share tips about a topic that we're sure all of y'all can relate to — Adulting.

We spoke with Jaleel to discuss several of the tips that he’s learned over the years, transitioning from child star to present-day father.

“In my younger days, I certainly had my fair share of ‘Did I do that?’ moments,” said White. “But as I’ve grown up, become a father and taken on more responsibilities, I’ve learned a few simple things that I think can help everyone, no matter what stage of adulthood they’re in.”

FHM: So, we've gotta ask — do you ever put on the old garb and go between Jaleel White, Stefan Urquelle and Steve?

Jaleel White: (laughs) "No way — the past is in the past!"

FHM: How about people coming up to you on the street? I mean we're sure you've been called out a time or two, right?

Jaleel: (laughs) "Yeah, it happens — but I've done so much between Family Matters and now that it really does feel like a different lifetime, but when I shoot on the same set as Family Matters the guards always come up to me and say hello."

FHM: Alright, enough about the past. On to the topic at hand — adulting! What exactly is adulting to you?

Jaleel: "Well, a lot of it is about checking off all the right boxes, you know? Crossing your t's and dotting your i's. I really don't sleep anymore without thinking about all of my responsibilities first. It's not a bad thing, different can be good."

FHM: What's the best advice you've got for people transitioning into adulthood and subsequently, the adulting-lifestyle?

Jaleel: "Stay working, stay diligent! Do the best you can and ultimately, what pops is what POPS."

Family Matters will be available to binge on Hulu start September 29, 2017.

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