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BSCkids recently got the chance to talk with young actor Jacob Hopkins. He currently stars in the web series “Supermoms” and will appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit series “True Blood.” He spoke with us about working on set, the actors he met, and being a young actor.
Born into an acting family, Jacob had talent from the start. He was discovered at age 5 when he went to a meeting with an agent with his father (also an actor). Since then he has had a string of successes including appearing in two episodes of the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” His first feature film was Priest and he later played the son of Elizabeth Banks in the film Just A Little Heart Attack. His web series “Supermoms” was honored as Best Drama Web Series at the 2012 International Academy of Web Television Awards. His television breakthrough role is on the upcoming fifth season of “True Blood” where he plays alexander Drew, the youngest (looking) member of the Vampire Authority at the age of 9. Jacob is definitely not an actor you want to miss. HIs talent and drive makes him one of the hottest young actors in the industry.
BSCkids: Jacob Hopkins
Tell us about your new web series, “Supermoms.”
Supermoms is a half live-action and half-animation web series. It’s about four women that our moms and they have these really cool super powers that defend the world from this villain named Dr. DeConstructo. The name of my character is pretty ironic because it’s Jake and my name is Jacob. I play the son of Joey Lauren Adams, and her super power is that she is able to control wind.
Do you share any similarities with your character on the series?
If you mean Supermoms, yes, because Jake is really smart kid who cares about his family and that’s the kind of person I am.
You are playing a pretty big role on the new season of “True Blood,” what can you tell us about your character?
Alexander Drew is a feisty and strong-minded vampire. He’s the kind of vampire who likes to taunt others. He may look young, but looks can be deceiving. He’s very wise and he pretty much makes himself heard.
Was playing a role of someone who is mentally very old despite appearing very young, difficult for you?
I prepared Alexander to think like he was more important than anyone on the council or anyone who was in the same room as him. It didn’t matter if I was 9 or not, Alexander is old and wise. Once I was on set, it helped to be around all the other adult actors too. I was in a suit and tie, sitting with the council, I felt like I was Alexander and a part of it all.
Which do you like better, working on television shows or feature films?
I like working on television shows, because maybe I will get a lead role and be on that show all the time.
Do you have a favorite project that you have worked on?
I would have to say “True Blood” because I loved working with such nice people, great actors and I loved wearing my fangs!
Out of all the actors/actresses you have worked with, who have you learned the most from?
I have learned a lot from Chris Meloni because he would rehearse in front of everyone and he didn’t mind, and if he made a mistake, he would just go right back into it and he is such a great role model. I also really liked working with Elizabeth Banks because she’s not only an actor, but a director too. She has a lot of energy and thinks so fast and really knows how to communicate with kids.
Are there any actors/actresses you would love to work with?
I would really like to work with Johnny Depp because he is such a hilarious guy and I’m pretty funny too. I love what he does in Pirates of the Caribean, he’s so sarcastic and makes really funny remarks. He can do so many different characters and I can’t wait to see him in “Dark Shadows”.
If you couldn’t be an actor, what other profession would you want to do?
I would like to be an FBI agent.