Thunder Jack with Jack Griffo
by Eric Chase
You worked with talented artist, who would you say impacted your career?
There are a ton of people along the way that have made a difference for me, including a lot of fellow actors and countless directors. It's hard to single out just one. There have been times people have shown me what to do and most definitely times they've shown me what not to do.
What is a dream role you'd love to play or artist you'd like to work with in the future?
I love action films and doing stunt so getting to work with someone in that world is a definite goal of mine. I would love to work with Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, and Clint Eastwood. I also am a huge Marvel and DC fan so being in one of those films would be a dream.
Did you always want to be an actor even as a child? What did you want to be when you grew up aside from an acting?
Acting was always around me growing up. My brothers are a lot older than me and they were always doing some kind of production in their high school magnet program so that's what I grew up watching. I had some other aspirations as well. I love basketball, but I knew I couldn't make a career out of it because of my size so I took up gymnastics for a few years and that wore off (but comes in handy for stunts now). Meanwhile, I was still doing productions and taking acting classes on the side, so acting just fit and it was the thing I enjoyed most.
What do you love most about your profession?
I love the thrill. I love getting in front of a live studio audience and making myself bigger than life to make kids laugh. And at the same time I love doing my best to be as honest as possible in an intimate single camera scene.
What challenges or struggles have you face along the way and what helped you overcome them?
It's a rejection game for sure. The hardest part is not getting your hopes up for something. You have to look at it from a business perspective, because at the end of the day, it is a business. This is often hard to remember since I am a creative.
Do you work with any charitable organizations? What is your involvement in them?
Whenever there's an opportunity I like to get involved with Nickelodeon's Big Help. We've been involved in various projects like cleaning up ecosystems, helping out the LA Zoo, and feeding the underprivileged around the holiday season.
Of all the work you have done over the years, what is the one thing you are most proud of?
As far as professional work goes, "The Thundermans" has definitely been the project I've grown the most on and learned the most from. It’s amazing to just be around these individuals that pour everything they have into it.
What are some personal ambitions you would like to fulfill?
Just keep being creative. I want to pitch and write projects, and hopefully try my hand at directing one day.
What do you like to do for fun in your downtime?
I like to relax when I have time for it. I always enjoy going to the beach, hanging with friends, or just hanging at home.
Of all the roles you've played, which one has been your favorite and why?
Max has been the most challenging and also the most fun.
What is one thing about yourself that the world may not know?
I've broken my nose.
If you would walk away from all this, what would you take away from it?
A lot of life experiences. It's crazy how much goes on that I wouldn't have leaned if I never came to LA.
Where are you originally from?
What is your nationality?
American. Actually I'm like an 8th Greek too! Haha
Give us 5 words that you think best describe you.
What are the recent projects you've worked on?
Season 2 of The Thundermans wrapped in December and we are about to start production on Season 3. I recently did an indie in called Those Left Behind and will also be making an appearance in Sharknado 3. I have been in Australia working on another Nick show (don’t know how much I can say about that) but it's going to be awesome!
What would you say is your best asset?
I think not taking things so seriously. I'm really easy going for the most part.. I think.
What do others compliment you on the most?
I'm one of those kids who has super long eyelashes that every female over the age of 16 or so comments on. It’s a blessing and a curse.
How did you get started in acting?
I did community theater and acting classes in Orlando. I was encouraged to come out to LA and try my hand in acting when I was 13 years old and I never went back.
What do you enjoy most about being an actor?
The kids response the The Thundermans makes all the work worthwhile. The work itself is rewarding too, but the kids make it that much better!
How did you land the role for the Thundermans?
You are in Sharknado, how is that like?
It was awesome! I got to go shoot in my hometown so that was a really cool experience.
What do you like most: TV or Film?
I feel like I enjoy TV more... at least right now.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you on a shoot?
Being starstruck by people you're working with is always funny. I've been able to meet some really cool people.
Do you enjoy the constant attention and adoration that comes with being an actor?
Its not all that constant. It's nice to know people appreciate what you do, but it hasn't gotten to the point where it's overbearing.
What are some of your hidden talents other than acting?
Hidden talents? Not a lot of people know the party trick I do with my shoulder..
Where do you want your career to be in two years?
This is always a tough one because you never know what is going to happen with this career; I can't plan or expect anything. I just want to continue doing what I love and making good work.
What is the best info you can give a new talent?
Just enjoy it. Take it easy. Auditioning is patience. Try not to get too discouraged and keep moving forward.
As an actor, what would you say has been your biggest obstacle?
I haven’t been in the auditioning circuit in a good couple years but auditioning is definitely an obstacle. I learned to enjoy it though. You have to- It's your job.
If you had to walk away from acting today, what memory would you take from it?
I've grown up acting, so there are a lot of childhood memories I’ve made. I've been doing this from 13-18 years old. A lot has happened!
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Don't worry so much. When I was a kid I would stress about getting stuff. But really I wouldn't change a thing, my life has gotten me to the exact place I'm suppose to be.
What's next for you?
Finish the next season of The Thundermans and continue auditioning!
Feature: Jack Griffo
Photographer: Isaac Alvarez
Stylist: Ali Levine
Groomer: Sophia Poch