'Malcolm In The Middle' star Frankie Muniz reveals he hasn't ever tried a drop of alcohol at 38 years old

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By Asiya Ali

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Frankie Muniz, best known for starring in Malcolm In The Middle, has candidly shared that he's "never had a sip of alcohol" in his life.

The former child actor - famous for his role as the title character in the Fox sitcom that ran from 2000 to 2006 - opened up about his relationship with drugs and alcohol on the Breakdown podcast, hosted by Mayim Bialik.

The 38-year-old actor-turned-professional-race-car-driver told the 48-year-old Jeopardy! host that he is the only member of his family who doesn't drink.

Having suffered health issues over the years, including nine concussions as well as a mini-stroke in 2012, Muniz clarified that there isn't a profound reason behind his decision not to consume alcohol.

Check out Muniz on the Breakdown podcast below: 

Muniz started off stating: "I've still never had a sip of alcohol" and "never done drugs," to which the Blossom actress questioned: "Were you raised in a tradition that did not drink? Do you not want to drink?... You don't have to."

The Agent Cody Banks actor explained that "every family member in my family drinks. And that’s what they do for fun," and said he "tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason. It wasn’t, like, a religion."

He mused that it likely goes back to his "hatred towards time," sharing: "When I was 15, 16 years old, I felt like I was so old. I had experienced so much. And I had experienced a lot in my life in comparison to most 15- or 16-year-olds.

"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," he said, about avoiding the Hollywood parties. "I just went to the set and did my thing."

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Frankie Muniz starred in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. Credit: Bob Riha Jr / Getty

Now a father himself, Muniz quipped that he "grew up thinking the only people who smoked pot were criminals on Cops," referencing the reality TV show, and said: "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 Bialik that the first time he was around alcohol or drugs was when he was 18, disclosing: "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."

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"But even though I was in the entertainment business, I never saw it, meaning the drug use, any of that stuff," Muniz said. Credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty

Muniz recalled people's "shocked or appalled" reactions when he would turn down alcohol at a setting like a nightclub, which he said influenced his decision to abstain.

"I was always kind of like, 'It’s so weird that people have such a strong reaction to me not drinking,'" he said. "Like, who cares? I don’t care what you do. Why do you care so much about me? 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.

"But now I’m 38 and I think I’m going to start tonight," he humorously said, before concluding, "Only kidding."

Featured image credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty

'Malcolm In The Middle' star Frankie Muniz reveals he hasn't ever tried a drop of alcohol at 38 years old

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Frankie Muniz, best known for starring in Malcolm In The Middle, has candidly shared that he's "never had a sip of alcohol" in his life.

The former child actor - famous for his role as the title character in the Fox sitcom that ran from 2000 to 2006 - opened up about his relationship with drugs and alcohol on the Breakdown podcast, hosted by Mayim Bialik.

The 38-year-old actor-turned-professional-race-car-driver told the 48-year-old Jeopardy! host that he is the only member of his family who doesn't drink.

Having suffered health issues over the years, including nine concussions as well as a mini-stroke in 2012, Muniz clarified that there isn't a profound reason behind his decision not to consume alcohol.

Check out Muniz on the Breakdown podcast below: 

Muniz started off stating: "I've still never had a sip of alcohol" and "never done drugs," to which the Blossom actress questioned: "Were you raised in a tradition that did not drink? Do you not want to drink?... You don't have to."

The Agent Cody Banks actor explained that "every family member in my family drinks. And that’s what they do for fun," and said he "tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason. It wasn’t, like, a religion."

He mused that it likely goes back to his "hatred towards time," sharing: "When I was 15, 16 years old, I felt like I was so old. I had experienced so much. And I had experienced a lot in my life in comparison to most 15- or 16-year-olds.

"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," he said, about avoiding the Hollywood parties. "I just went to the set and did my thing."

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Frankie Muniz starred in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. Credit: Bob Riha Jr / Getty

Now a father himself, Muniz quipped that he "grew up thinking the only people who smoked pot were criminals on Cops," referencing the reality TV show, and said: "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 Bialik that the first time he was around alcohol or drugs was when he was 18, disclosing: "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."

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"But even though I was in the entertainment business, I never saw it, meaning the drug use, any of that stuff," Muniz said. Credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty

Muniz recalled people's "shocked or appalled" reactions when he would turn down alcohol at a setting like a nightclub, which he said influenced his decision to abstain.

"I was always kind of like, 'It’s so weird that people have such a strong reaction to me not drinking,'" he said. "Like, who cares? I don’t care what you do. Why do you care so much about me? 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.

"But now I’m 38 and I think I’m going to start tonight," he humorously said, before concluding, "Only kidding."

Featured image credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty