The race car driver, 38 – who is ‘100 per cent ready’ for a Malcolm In The Middle reunion – opened up by stating, ‘I’ve still never had a sip of alcohol’ and ‘never done drugs.’
Bialik later asked the former child star, ‘Were you raised in a tradition that did not drink? Do you not want to drink?…You don’t have to.’
He quickly explained with a laugh, ‘Every family member in my family drinks. And that’s what they do for fun, you know what I mean?’
‘I’ve tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason,’ Frankie continued. ‘It wasn’t, like, a religion.’
Frankie Muniz, 38, revealed that he has ‘never had a sip of alcohol’ during a candid discussion on a recent episode of the Breakdown podcast hosted by Mayim Bialik
‘I’ve tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason,’ Frankie continued. ‘It wasn’t, like, a religion’; seen earlier this month in Las Vegas
Muniz then stated, ‘Maybe it goes back to my hatred towards time. When I was 15, 16-years-old, I felt like I was so old. Like, I had experienced so much. And I had experienced a lot in my life in comparison to most 15 or 16-year-olds.’
The Agent Cody Banks actor explained, ‘But even though I was in the entertainment business, I never saw it, meaning the drug use, any of that stuff. I somehow stayed away.’
‘I just went to the set and did my thing,’ he recalled of his time working in Hollywood.
Frankie humorously added, ‘I grew up thinking the only people who smoked pot were criminals on Cops,’ referencing to the reality TV show.
‘Now I talk to my dad about it and my mom and they’re like, “We smoked pot every single day, you just didn’t know.” It’s a weird thing to think back at.’
The sports star then told Mayim that the first time he was around alcohol or drugs was when he was 18-years-old. ‘In my mind, I felt like I had made it so long without it. I was like, “Well, I’m not going to start now, even though I was only 18.”‘
Muniz admitted that he ‘couldn’t believe everybody’s reactions’ when he revealed that he didn’t drink.
‘They’d be like, “Oh, we’re at a club, we have a bottle. You want a drink?”‘ which he would reply with, “No, I don’t drink. I’m good with water.”‘
The race car driver opened up and stated: ‘I’ve still never had a sip of alcohol’ and ‘never done drugs’
‘Everyone was either shocked or appalled that I didn’t drink. Or they’d be like, “Wow, that’s so strong of you that you don’t,”‘ Frankie explained to the podcast host
‘Everyone was either shocked or appalled that I didn’t drink. Or they’d be like, “Wow, that’s so strong of you that you don’t.”‘
‘And I was always kind of like, “It’s so weird that people have such a strong reaction to me not drinking.” Like, who cares? I don’t care what you do. Why do you care so much about me?’ Frankie added.
‘I don’t know if I made a conscious decision, but it just stuck with me that I was never gonna drink or do anything.’
Towards the end of the discussion, the actor jokingly said, ‘But now I’m 38 and I think I’m going to start tonight. No I’m kidding.’
Muniz has faced health issues over the years, including nine concussions as well as mini-strokes which he recently revealed were migraines auras following an official diagnosis.
He has also suffered an assortment of injuries during his time as a professional race car driver, such as a broken back.
The star notably put his Hollywood career aside to focus on race car driving, and also was briefly a drummer for a band called You Hang Up from 2012 until 2014.
Earlier this year in January, Frankie opened up about his various interests in life while talking to CNBC Make, and stated he wants ‘to live the most fulfilled life I can.’
He has also suffered an assortment of injuries during his time as a professional race car driver, such as a broken back; seen in 2016 in Long Beach, California
Earlier this year in January, Frankie opened up about his various interests in life while talking to CNBC Make, and stated he wants ‘to live the most fulfilled life I can’; seen in 2018 in L.A.
‘I’ve always felt like I was running out of time. Even when I was a kid, I just felt like I needed to take advantage of having the opportunity to do things.’
During the recent podcast episode with Bialik, Muniz also talked about the possibility of a Malcolm In The Middle reboot.
He explained that Bryan Cranston – who played his on-screen father in the hit series – has been working with two writers for a few years to put together a script.
‘I would love it,’ he said of being a part of a potential reboot. ‘I have a greater appreciation of even what the show is and was and would love to dive in with all those people again…to do it.’
But he expressed that the reboot, ‘has to make sense’ and ‘be good.’
Earlier this year in June, a source informed DailyMail.com that Frankie is ‘100 per cent ready’ for ‘any type of reunion’ when it comes to the sitcom – which aired from 2000 until 2006.
During the recent podcast episode with Bialik, Muniz also talked about the possibility of a Malcolm In The Middle reboot
While the star has varying interests, his main focus is on raising his two-year-old son, Mauz – whom he shares with wife Paige Price
‘It is such an important part of his life, so to return to it and do something fun and see everyone again would be great.’
Cranston previously voiced his curiosity about where the family would be now and Muniz ‘shares Bryan’s thoughts’ and ‘has his own ideas and really hopes that it works out and they can eventually do something.’
‘He thinks that it would be awesome to have something for the 25th anniversary,’ the insider added. ‘Whether it be something [like] Friends did, a movie, or a full-on reboot. If the idea is awesome it would be a no-brainer.’
While the star has varying interests, his main focus is on raising his two-year-old son, Mauz – whom he shares with wife Paige Price.