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Steven Weber welcomes compassionate, adult role on ABC Family's 'Chasing Life'

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BEVERLY HILLS, California — 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.

PHOTO: Cast members of "Chasing Life," from left, Haley Ramm, Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, and Steven Weber attend the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Cast members of "Chasing Life," from left, Haley Ramm, Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, and Steven Weber attend the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

"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.


Online:

http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/chasing-life


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PHOTO: Cast members of "Chasing Life," from left, Haley Ramm, Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, and Steven Weber attend the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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