Jake Short A.N.T. Farm Interview
14-year-old Jake Short plays Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, and he was voted Favorite TV Actor this year at the Kids' Choice Awards. (Random tangent: Did you see One Direction perform at the KCAs? Wowee!) Anyway, when I first saw Jake Short in this video, I thought for sure he must be related to Martin Short who was a famous comedian in the 80s. They totally look alike, don't they? (Sorry, that was another random tangent. Apparently they are not related.) Well, we have an interview with Jake, and I promise not to interrupt with any more randomness.
Q: Tell us about Fletcher.
Q: Are you anything like Fletcher in real life?
Jake: I would say I am. He's much more talented at art than I am, but arts can be classified as different things. Like the art of acting is sort of my thing. Fletcher's very good at art, but I'm very good at acting. I connect with the character Fletcher, but I could never be like Fletcher because we have too many differences. But it's fun to play him and he's a funny, funny, quirky character who is just so lively and energetic.
Q: Do you think you'd ever be friends with him in real life?
Jake: Um, if we were the same age I would say maybe, but I think he's a little bit quirky and a little bit dorky too. But he’s a good guy, so yea, probably.
Q: What sports are you into?
Jake: All kinds. I love basketball, baseball, soccer, football. I even play a little hockey. It’s all like recreationally and just for fun, but I play all sports, volleyball, everything. My favorite sport is soccer and I really like Bayern Munich. It’s a German team. That’s who I play as on FIFA. I’ve been wanting to go to a Galaxy game, and one of my friends said he would totally take us, so it’ll be fun.
Q: What book has interested you the most in the last year?
Jake: The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up). I love The Hunger Games. I hope they do as good a job on the movie as they did on the book. I hope they relate to it at least a little bit.
Q: Is there a literary character that you would like to play?
Jake: I’ve always kind of wanted to play a villain. I know it sounds weird, but I’ve never played a bad guy. I’m reading The Odyssey right now, and I might want to be Odysseus. He’s pretty cool. Or Hercules. I’m a Christian, but I really like Greek mythology.
Q: Tell us about your dog.
Jake: Skipper! We rescued him four years ago when he was about six months old, but we’re not sure what kind of dog he is. We know he’s part long-haired Chihuahua and something else. He’s a mutt.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
Jake: I really, really like grilled chicken Caesar salad. But if I can just have salad, salad’s good. I try to be healthy. I try to.
Q: If you could describe a perfect day in your life what would it be? What would you do?
Jake: I would play as much guitar as I can, play as much sports as I could. I’d probably go around a lot and be everywhere. And I would have a car. I would be able to drive and have a license. I could go wherever I wanted in a Jeep Gladiator. It’s a Jeep truck and it’s extremely cool.
Q: How do you help save the environment?
Jake: I try to take shorter showers and save water. I also recycle at the local grocery store. We bring cans and recycle them, and we get five cents back. It’s one of my pet peeves when I see somebody just drop something on the ground and like leave. I’m like, “Really? Why? Why would you do that?” because it just makes a mess. I try to reduce the amount of trash, like less packaging and stuff. If paper has a back side, use it to write or to print stuff on, and it’ll save you money and paper.
Interview by Marie Morreale