Call Answered: JAC Carrera: Child Actor: "Gotham", "Facts of Life", "Swinging Into Action"
One of the most interesting interview opportunities I get is with child actors because you never know where they will end up. I always hope I’ll have the chance to chat with them now, at the beginning stages of their careers, and that down the road, when they are an adult, we’ll get to catch up and reflect.
The latest child actor I get to interview is JAC Carrera, known for his roles on Gotham and the web-series Facts of Life. He has already won "Best Young Actor in a Short Film" at the Young Entertainer Awards and has received a nomination for “Best Performance in a Short Film” at the Young Artists Awards for his performance in the short film Swinging Into Action.
JAC just finished wrapped his latest project, an indie film called Keep on Believing, directed by his mom, Evelyn Ferreira. When he’s not on set, JAC, like any kid, can be found playing playing video games or watching TV.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? I had one actor that inspired me when I was three years old, and that actor was Toby Maguire because I wanted to be Spiderman. I would watch Spider-Man over and over again. My mom had to buy two DVDs because I would scratch them.
As I was growing up I got inspired by a few actors in the industry which I hope to work with one day: Denzel Washington, Stephen Amell, Robert England, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and a few others.
2. How do you balance work and school? As of now it has been easy to balance both because I have not yet missed a lot of days at a time. I am able to attend school and work, most of the short films are filmed during the weekends so thats a plus. The weekday work usually are a day or two. I think only one time I was out for three days, but we communicated with my teachers via email and was able to do my work and email it to them which is cool. Technology rocks!!!!
3. You go by JAC, but your full name is Jose Antonio Carrera. What made you want to go by JAC over Jose? When I decided to get back into acting, we started talking about a stage name because Jose is so common. To be honest, if I win an award, and they say my whole name, it is pretty long…lol. So my mom said why we don’t take the first letters of your name and make it into one….And I said sure. It sounds cool just to know that it’s my full name in one…so JAC was born. On set, they always ask me, “Do you want to be called JAC or Jose?” I tell them which ever one makes you happy.
4. At such a young age, you are already getting recognized for your work. You won "Best Young Actor in a Short Film" at the Young Entertainer Awards & was nominated for "Best Performance in a Short Film" at the Young Artists Awards for your role in the short film "Swinging Into Action." What is it like to get recognized for your work so early on? It feels amazing because people in the industry are seeing our work. It gives me the hope that I am on the right path and happy there is a platform to give us. I think as actors we have a complete satisfaction in knowing that our work is being recognized on so many levels. We all work hard to show our gifted talent.
5. You have worked in film, TV, and stage already. What do you like most about each medium? I love film and television sets. I call them the easy way of acting because you have the opportunity to do a few takes of the same scene and then they choose the right one when editing. Stage to me is a platform where you show your true talent because there is no room for mistakes. If a mistake does happen, you have to be quick on your feet and be good at improvising.
6. You've worked background on two of my favorite shows Divorce and "Orange is the New Black." What did you learn from working on these shows? When working on certain episodes you get a description of the scene, or a breakdown as they call it, so you know exactly what’s going to happen. You watch the crew put every detail into place. You meet the actors on set and see them work their scene and you learn by watching them bringing the scene to life. The best part is that you are as important as they are on the scene. On the TV show Divorce, Sarah Jessica Parker was standing next to me and she tells me, “OMG you are sweating. Are you okay?” I was super excited that she spoke to me but I kept my cool and said yes I am fine. When I watched the scene and saw my face as the intro to that scene, I was like, it was worth the sweat.
7. You just wrapped your latest indie film, Keep on Believing, which was directed by your mother. What was the best part about working with your mom and what was the most challenging part? The best part of working with my mom is that she has a vision of what she wants and she is forward with it. She is not an easy cookie but easy to work with because she loves what she does and she puts in 100% and expects 100% from you.
I think the challenging part of working for her is that she is a perfectionist and she wants to get things done. I mean when she wants it done, it doesn’t matter how long it will take. There were long nights and I was tired. So, she is my mom, so that’s where the challenge begins if you know what I mean…lol
I love you mom. I know you are reading this. I am super proud of her and I know her biggest dream right now is to create her pilot. I hope someday her dream comes true.
8. Playing with the title of the film, Keep on Believing, how do you keep on believing in yourself when times get tough? Sometimes I think how far we have come and seeing my mom hustle to make my dreams come true gives me the motivation to keep on believing that some day all this hard work and dedication will pay off. I believe every step of the way and I have my mom by my side to support me all the way.
9. What video games do you like to play? What are some of your favorite TV shows to watch? I love to play Assassin’s Creed, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Sims. I love to watch superhero TV shows like Legends of Tomorrow, Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. I love to sit and watch some funny videos on MTV Ridiculousness. I love some TV shows on Netflix like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, No Good Nick, and Marlon.
10. Who do you hope to work with as you continue to act? There are a few actors on my list I would love to share screen time with: Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Jennifer Lopez, Gina Rodriguez, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Dwayne Johnson, and many more. The list could go on and on and on and on…..lol.
More on JAC:
Jac Carrera is know for his roles on Gotham, Facts of Life, Mysteries at the Museum and many more. Currently Jac is filming a feature film Bastion. Jac is represented by Innovative Artist and Lil Angels Unlimited here in Los Angeles.
Jose Antonio Carrera (JAC) born in Brooklyn, NY on January 16, 2004, raise by a mixed ethnic heritage with his mother being of Dominican descent and his father of Puerto Rican descent. JAC lives with his mother Evelyn Ferreira. At the age of four, he already knew he wanted to be a performer and his mother quickly supported his passion. By the age of six, he participated in the movie call A Precious Life. In 2015 at the age of 11, JAC has decided to take his acting career full force he is best known for his performance in the short film Swinging into Action (2018) also the web series Facts of Life (2018). He just finished wrapping his latest indie film, directed by his mother, Keep on Believing (2019) and he is working on a few projects. As any kid he loves spending time playing video games, watching TV.