An interview with Bumblebee actor Jason Drucker

Renowned for his work on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, child actor Jason Drucker talks to Mandy News about featuring in his latest movie Bumblebee.

4th January 2019
/ By James Collins

How did you get into acting?

I started when I was seven, and have been acting for 6 years now. I’ve always been really animated and expressive, I would watch TV and see kids my age and say ‘I could do that, I want to do that someday’. My mum took that into her own hands and put me into an acting camp. At the time it was just a fun activity but then she got me a couple of interviews with agents and the first interview the agent took me. So I already was represented at the age of 7, they submitted me for an audition and I booked that audition, from there I continued and I book larger things now.

What’s it like to be a part of the Transformers universe and in Bumblebee?

It was an insane experience. I thought I need to get this... I’m a huge fan of Transformers, I grew up with the toys and the cartoons. I did get it and right off the first take, no screen-tests or callbacks, which is incredible and the first time that has happened to me. On set I was welcomed with open arms, the whole cast is so talented and kind. It was an incredible experience.

What was a typical day like on set, and what was it like acting with the robots?

Every day was something new. Every day was fun, we would get to play football and hang out. Then when it came to shooting the scenes it was always different and there was always laughter and lots of fun. I didn’t do too many scenes with the transformers so I didn’t have to work too much with the editing and tennis balls. I never had the experience of doing a scene without talking to a physical person or object, but It was funny seeing them talking to a tennis ball and reading their lines.

What’s next for you?

Just trying to finishing the 8th grade, focusing a lot on baseball and spending some time at home with my friends. I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with my family and hopefully after the holidays I’m back to work on another project.

How do you balance work at school and acting?

That’s what I love about living in Florida, I’m not surrounded by the industry and the acting business. So I get to go home and play sports and of course video games with by brothers. My friends don’t treat me differently because of what I do, which is why I love them. They are extremely supportive. For now I want to stay in Florida and focus on being a normal 8th Grader.

What advice do you have for people just getting involved?

If your passionate and devoted to what you are doing then go and get it and don’t let anything stand in your way. The other important thing about child actors is you have to be in the industry for the right reason, It has to be your choice to be an actor, your choice to go to auditions. Don’t let anyone make that choice for you. That choice has to be yours

interview  |  featured  |  actor  |  child actor