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What originally inspired you to take on an acting career?
My brother and I started making videos with our family’s video camera when we were in elementary school. Eventually, we got our own YouTube channels and started to upload our videos to them. I used to watch shows on Nickelodeon starting when I was about 8-years-old and thought it would be really cool to be an actor. My parents suggested I try musical theater but I wasn’t interested in that — I wanted to do comedy on TV and in movies.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an actor?
I love being able to positively influence kid’s lives. I remember how much those shows resonated with me when I was a kid, so the fact that I’ll be a part of so many people’s childhood memories blows my mind. That’s the most rewarding part of it. For the most part, it’s great to meet people that enjoy the show. It makes all of the hard work worth it.
One large disadvantage is the workload. Since my character leads a double life, I am in most of the scenes and have very busy days. I am very interested in all the aspects of making a TV show and would love to be on the other side of the camera as well.
What do you do in your free time?
Sometimes I delete my social apps in order to have time to myself. I just have to disconnect from it all and remember there’s a real world out there. I really enjoy spending time with my dog, Henry and watching my favorite shows.
You’ve been playing Henry Hart for so many years on the show, what have you learned from playing him? What would you want to explore further with the character or on the series?
I grew up on set, so I feel like Henry and Jace (me) have grown up together in a way. Henry and I are different because I’m more mature than him, and I also tend to be more of an introvert. Henry is more outgoing, so I want to continue to channel his personality, both on the show and in real life.
I know you’ve been very open in the past about your struggles with dyslexia, what would your advice be to a young kid in school that’s going through that right now?
I always say it is important to find a way to use your differences to your advantage. I believe that being dyslexic gives you advantages in other areas, like creativity and perseverance.
What made you so open to talking about your learning disorder?
I want people to know that they are smart and that they should keep pushing. I believe one of the most important things I can do is to let others know that they’re not alone, that’s my main goal. There is hope, and that it can be an advantage.
You have such a huge following and you’ve just turned 18-years-old this year, how do you deal with that?
I am so grateful for my success, but I definitely have to keep my head on straight and allow myself to have moments where I take a step back and take it all in. Overall, my acting journey has been a great learning experience. Because acting has been my passion since I was little, I do not know what I would do without it.
What would you say is the hardest part about being in this industry?
Besides balancing my work life with my social life, I’d say the hardest part is to not be caught up in the machine and realize there are things outside of this industry.
Would you ever consider doing any producing or directing in the future?
I am actually producing (and acting in) Nickelodeon’s upcoming movie, Bixler High Private Eye. I love trying new things, so I would not be opposed to exploring directing in the future.
What’s next for you?
I recently launched a marketing agency that enables social media influencers to deliver quality branded content, which is called Creator Edge Media.With this, my goal is to explore and get outside my acting bubble. After the show, I’ll eventually go on to other projects, but Henry Danger and Nickelodeon will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m excited for a new chapter and era, in my personal life and my career.