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Celeb Scoop: Jake Short

By It's My Life on November 4, 2011 7:29 AM | No TrackBacks

jakeshort.jpgDisney Channel's new hit show "A.N.T. Farm" centers around three friends who attend their high school's gifted ("Advanced Natural Talents") program. Sometimes these talents make life easier for them...and sometimes they don't. We're sure many of you can relate!

Fourteen-year-old Jake Short stars as Fletcher Quimby on the show and is enjoying the ride so far. We had a fun chat with him recently:

IML: Hi Jake! "A.N.T. Farm" is super-popular and that must be exciting! Why don't you tell us, in your own words, about your character Fletcher, and how you two are similar and different?

Jake: Fletcher goes to Webster High School, but he's only 11 years old. He's a quirky kid who's really good at art. His main flaw is that he has a huge crush on his classmate Chyna. He gets really nervous around Chyna sometimes when he flirts with her, and makes weird comments. Fletcher and I are similar because we sometimes flirt with girls in a way that's very obvious, and makes us look like a dork! We're different in that he's way good at art, and I am the worst artist on the face of the earth.

IML: What are you really good at that he's not so good at?

Jake: Well, I do tumbling, which is flips and tricks and stuff. I've been doing that for 2 years. I love that. I don't think Fletcher would be so good at that.

IML: The crush that Fletcher has on Chyna is pretty funny. Have you ever had a crush like that?

Jake: I feel like Fletcher's pretty deep into Chyna and I've never felt quite that way about someone. When you're a tween and a teen, you just think every crush is love...Actually, I don't think anyone really knows the definition of love no matter how old you are. I think it takes time to understand.

IML: What would you like to see happen for Fletcher in the future?

Jake: Truthfully, I would like to see Fletcher interact with his art teacher. Are they friends? Does the art teacher not like Fletcher because he corrects him sometimes? I'd like to see how that would play out.

IML: How do you get along with the other cast members? Is it like you really all are going to school together?

Jake: We get along great! Even though we're all doing different school programs, when we're on set we all work in the classroom together and it's like a school environment. For fun, we do a lot of Nerf gun games, going around shooting each other with Nerf guns. Sometimes we play basketball, and other times we go to other show sets and do Nerf gun wars with them!

IML: What's been the most fun scene on the show for you to shoot?

Jake: There's one scene in one of the episodes, I don't want to say which one, but Fletcher gets splattered with a pie in the face. That was so much fun! It wasn't actually a pie, it was shaving cream and graham cracker crust. So it didn't taste so good but it looked great on camera, and it was super fun to do!

IML: Who's the coolest person you've met in your career so far, and what did you learn?

Jake: I would say Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow when I worked on "Dexter." That was fun because they're both Method actors, and Method actors really get into the character before a scene, they become the character and they're not themselves anymore. I saw that with them, and it was phenomenal. They did an awesome job and I was genuinely stunned by how well they jumped into character, how their facial expressions changed.

IML: Do you do other sports besides tumbling?

Jake: I play on a soccer team. I played all last year, I did regular soccer and then I did all-star teams. I do tumbling and flips, there's a gym I go to for that. Since I'm homeschooled, I don't get much kid interaction, so I started at this gym and I got to meet other kids. I actually met one of my best friends there, we hang out all the time. It's sort of like a fun thing, but I also go there to learn, because I'd like to do my own stunts in the future. When I do go, I get there feeling stressed and when I leave, I feel happy.

IML: Thanks for chatting with us! It's been great getting to know you better. Good luck with everything!

Jake: Thanks!

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