RIF: What made you want to become an actor?
Jake Cherry: My older brother was a model and acted in commercials. When I was 2, his agent thought I should give acting a try and I’ve never stopped.
RIF: How does reading help you with your acting?
JC: My first grade teacher taught me to read with enthusiasm and vigor. With that skill I am able to bring emotion into the dialogue I say. Because I read a lot, I find it easy to memorize lines and understand what is going on in a script. That helps me develop a character.
RIF: What kinds of books do you like to read? What are you reading right now?
JC: I prefer realistic fiction, mysteries and some other random stuff. Right now I’m reading books I have read before while trying to find a new book to read. I do read Andrew Clements books over and over again.
RIF: Do you have any advice for other kids who might want to give acting a try?
JC: My advice is to never give up and to practice. You have to enjoy the process of auditioning and learning as much as filming a role.
RIF: You have been in both TV shows and movies. Which do you prefer?
JC: I like them both but they are different. In TV, if a show is a success and is on for many years, your character has a long time to develop and may have many transformations. In movies, if a character makes a transition from being mean to kind it tends to happen over a shorter period of time.
RIF: If you could be any book character, whom would you be? Why?
JC: I would be Ender from Ender’s Game because who wouldn’t want to be a kid genius that commands an entire fleet of spaceships?
RIF: You’ve acted with some really terrific performers like Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Nicolas Cage. Who was the funniest actor you’ve worked with?
JC: Robin Williams, because one day I was working with him on the original “Night at the Museum” and he just grabbed a toy revolver and a cowboy hat and started singing and dancing.
RIF: What do you like to do in your free time?
JC: Read, play video games, and play basketball.
RIF: What is your favorite movie?
JC: “Catch Me If You Can” and “Toy Story ” and “Toy Story 2.”
RIF: Where was the coolest place you’ve filmed a movie/TV show?
JC: The “Night at the Museum” movies were filmed in Vancouver, Canada. I loved it there, because that is the only place I have ever been outside of the United States and everyone there is nice.