Steven Weber welcomes new 'Chasing Life' role

Steven Weber welcomes new 'Chasing Life' role

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(AP Photo/ABC Family, Rick Rowell). This image released by ABC Family shows Steven Weber participating in the "Chasing Life" session of the TCA Summer Press Tour 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/ABC Family, Rick Rowell). This image released by ABC Family shows Steven Weber participating in the "Chasing Life" session of the TCA Summer Press Tour 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
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(AP Photo/ABC Family, Rick Rowell) (AP Photo/ABC Family, Rick Rowell)
By ALICIA RANCILIO
Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Steven Weber was ready for something different when his role on ABC Family's "Chasing Life" came along.

"I manifested it in a way after years of playing kind of womanizing (jerks) or just kind of authoritative guys in suits," he said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"Chasing Life" follows a young woman named April Carver, portrayed by Italia Ricci, who discovers she has a form of leukemia. It premiered in June on ABC Family.

Weber plays Carver's uncle who is also a doctor.

On a network that targets a younger demographic, 53-year-old Weber appreciates his role of an adult with a purpose on the series.

"This show does a great job of giving say 'older actors' great roles to play especially in a genre that you would say is almost, I wouldn't say fixated on younger people but there are older people out there who exist in these younger people's lives and they're very prominent in the story."

"Chasing Life" airs Tuesdays on ABC Family.

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