March 30, 2012

Eugene Simon House of Anubis Interview

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House of Anubis

EUGENE SIMON in House of Anubis

19-year-old Eugene Simon plays Jerome on House of Anubis. It’s kind of a mystery/soap opera/fantasy set in a British boarding school, so it’s got a little of everything. We spoke to Eugene about the show, about his own boarding school experiences with bullies, his favorite American fast food, and the best advice he ever got. Read on. . .

Q: Why do you think kids love House of Anubis?
Eugene: I think what kids really enjoy is that brilliant balance between a somewhat realistic social life of kids ages 13 to 16, but incorporate the mystery into it in a way that makes it real enough for us to enjoy the ride. I think people really like that, a combination of the mystery and the social life.

Q: Tell me about your character, Jerome. Is it fun playing the sly guy?
Eugene: It is. I wouldn’t want to be any character other than Jerome. When you first meet him, this appears to be your standard prankster who doesn’t have much incentive other than to just make pranks because they are simply funny. When you come to the mid-part of the first season, it’s incredibly fun to see that he has this underlying personal problem that relates back to his family, this somewhat neglected childhood that has resulted in him being sort of a closed kind of guy. When I discovered that he was this person who had been sort of denied a real father in his life, it occurred to me that the slyness we see of Jerome is him trying to put off the fact that he is actually quite a sensitive guy.

Q: Do you have a favorite episode or scene? 
Eugene: It’s a comedy scene: me eating the creamed carrots. I mean, as painful as that was, and it really did hurt, it was very fun to do. I would also say that one of my favorite scenes in the second season was towards the end with Jasper. Some of the storylines that Jasper and Jerome have together are incredibly exciting. It’s a very good pair. Jasper turns out to be quite a different character. He looks like a nice guy, but is actually an informant. He turns out to be quite an interesting character later in the series. So I enjoyed my scenes with him.

Q: Do you have a favorite prop from House of Anubis
Eugene: I definitely enjoyed . . . the gem [in season 2]! Also just any prop that I have to use within the library. The library is my favorite set really. So the props I had to use in there were great.

Q: Do any of your actual experiences in boarding school come into play?
Eugene: Yeah, they do. Initially, I very strongly based Jerome on a rather unpleasant character that I knew at my boarding school, who has the same sort of social issues with his family that Jerome had. So my experience at boarding school was absolutely very important for that. And also, very often I had a room buddy rather like Alfie or like Alex – you know, this incredibly wacky, funny but sort of easy-to-con kind of guy. So boarding school was important for me to have a better understanding of the show.

Q: Were you ever bullied at boarding school?
Eugene: Yeah. It was three years of subtle but intense bullying that was orchestrated by one character who had a real problem with me, and essentially used people’s fear of him to turn them against me. He was a kind of ringleader who turned about 10 of my friends against me, and I left with no real friends. But as sad as that sounds, I learned a lot, you know, and it happens to the best of us. Everyone to some degree has been bullied at school. I think the most important thing is you take something away from it, an understanding of people and how shallow they can be sometimes.
A lot of attention was drawn towards me because I arrived as “the actor.” I was called Eugene Simon, Child Actor. I never really got the opportunity to be me because I was labeled. [After that] when I went to my new boarding school, I loved it because I never told anybody that I was an actor. I allowed them to get to know me first, and then one day one of my friends said, “Eugene, are you in something called My Family and Other Animals?” And then they all suddenly found out that I was an actor. But they got to know me by this point. They knew who I was, not what I was, which is important.

Q: What’s your favorite American fast food? 
Eugene: One of the first days [in L.A.], I went to In-N-Out Burger and it was unbelievable. I got a Double-Double with a vanilla milkshake and fries, and I almost cried, it was so good.

Q: What is the best advice you ever got?
Eugene: A friend of mine said to me, “Eugene, you must remember something. Having agents, having managers, having publicists, this is obviously very useful. But don’t forget that even without these guys, nothing can stop you. Nothing can stop you.”

That’s great advice! Nothing can stop you! What do you think? Are you a fan of Eugene in House of Anubis? Leave a Comment!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon
Interview by Marie Morreale

  1. Nelida

    Hehehe, yay! They’re SO good. I bet it would be equally good with blackberries. I was eyeing them at the market when I got my raspberries…

  2. ghostblue21

    OMG I LOVE House of Anubis it’s my favorite show ever!! But this interview would have been a million times better if it was with Brad Kavanagh (The guy who does Fabian Rutter) or Nathalia Ramos (The girl who does Nina Martin).

  3. vampirecheerful5

    I LOVE house of anubis i have watched every episode of the 2nd season and love it.

  4. travelwatermelon2

    i loooooooove house of anubis i miss it so much and you are so cute and you are a very good actor

  5. rachel

    I really hope they make a season 3 of house of anubis. My friend and i love to wacth it.

  6. carrie

    i love house of anubis my fav person is nina and fabin i just watched one episode then i really like it

  7. g

    omg this is my kind of show i mean my show its awsome becuz it is a kind of show that is a mysterious quest i lllllllllllloooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeee it so much i really hope there is a season 3 and plus Eugene is sooooooo cute

  8. adventureanubis2

    “Nothing can stop you”
    Great advice!
    I LOVE your acting at House of Anubis!
    Please let there be season 3!

  9. kylie

    Eugene is so totaly cute!!!
    I really have’t wached it before only a cople of episods in season 2 but so want to wach season3!!

  10. Valentina

    Fabian from house of anubis is cute. I hope the actor doesnt have a girlfriend!!!!!!!

  11. writinggorilla1

    I dont miss any episodes of the show and at first i wasent a fan of Eugene cause i didnt know him that well yet but now im his 1 fan oh and i love the parts when he takes care of his little sister Popy(in the show)

  12. Brenna

    I love HOA (House of Anubis) I have seen both seasons and am looking forward to the 3rd season

  13. Samiha

    there is going to be a third season but unless you want me to ruin it for you don’t look down.

  14. Stanabelle

    I LOVE this show. I was so excited, the minute I saw House of Anubis, I clicked and started reading. It’s my favorite show of all time, although no one else in school likes it. :( It’s awesome and I thought the interview was very entertainig. Go House of Anubis! I’m BEGGING on my knees for Season 3 and can’t wai to see Season 1 since I didn’t see it yet!

  15. lynxdeciphering2

    i luv House of Anubis Jerome is soo cute i hope they make season 3 i will die if they dont

  16. anonymous

    I have seen House of Anubis, a.k.a HOA and Eugene really seems to be the right type of person to play Jerome ‘the prankster’. By reading this interview or survey you really get to understand where he is coming from and how Eugene fits into playing the part of Jerome.

  17. artblue281

    i think the house of anubis is awsome and mysteryes and very sneaky and smart people but its not that awsome

  18. aquabooks99

    Fabian is my favorite character, but this is cool. I didn’t know he was in “my family and other animals”! I have to watch that. the book was hilarious. They are creating a season 3!! yay!!
    @bugsybunny It’s on Nick.

  19. katt

    i luv him they gotta make a season three him and mira (so cute)

  20. pinkchihuahua290

    I love House of Anubis I watch every episode and can’t wait until the next season comes out. :)

  21. midsummerpeaceful4

    i love Jerome in House of Anubis. I can relate to him in many ways. hopefully there will be a season 3 and Jerome/Eugene Simon will play a big part.

  22. merlindragon29

    I hope they make a season 3 *anxious* I wonder what Victor
    will do with the last tear of gold…

  23. merlindragon29

    I heard they are making a season 3!
    I’ve seen all the episodes. I LOVE house of anubis :)

  24. Kirsten

    Love house of anubis! I have seen every episode!My favorite is Amber. She is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty! :)

  25. falliscool

    h.o.a. is the best!!!!!!!! and Jerome is so funny in the 1st season! but i the 2nd at the end its not fair that mick doesn’t realize he changed!

  26. Twinktoes87

    OMIGOSH I LOVE EUGENE SIMON *fangirls* And now I officially love Scholastic for interviewing him 8D

  27. Erika

    OMG I love you so much Eugene! I went to London recently, only to find that you just flew off to L.A! So sad!

  28. Lucy

    House of Anubis is the best show ever! Seriously, if you haven’t watched it, you need to get off the computer and watch, now!

  29. Deborah

    House of Anubis is my all time favorite show and I’m definately a #1 fan of Eugene Simon. <3

  30. bugsy bunny

    I love this show but its never on ytv anymore does anyone know if its on any where else? I miss this show sooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!
    House of Anubis Rocks!!!!!!

  31. Angela

    I am a huge fan of Eugene! He is a great influence and a wonderful Actor! (and not to mention very cute!) :)

  32. Cutie3500

    I LOVE this show! When I heard it was coming back, I completely freaked for weeks. It’s got to come back again!

  33. Ghost

    I love this show, and Jerome is the best character on it. Eugene does a wonderful job playing that mix of vulnerability, devil-may-care attitude, and humor. And this interview was lovely, although I was sad to hear he’d been bullied at school. Still, I’m glad it’s not keeping him down. And House of Anubis is a great show.

  34. HomeschoolGirl

    I love House of Anubis, and Jerome is my favorite character. This was a great interview! I think Eugene’s experiences with Boarding School really came into play during the show. Anyway, I hope it’s renewed for a third season. :)

  35. Theresa

    OMG! I love Jerome. I love “House of Anubis”. I really hope there will be a Season 3.

  36. CuddlyTigress

    I haven’t watched much house of Anubis, but it seems like my kinda show. It relates to the name of this book is secret, and h2o. Eugene seems like a nice guy, and his character seems interesting. This article intreged me into the House of Anubus series. Thanks Sonja, I think I’ve found my new fav show!!!

  37. Onyxfairy5

    i havent seen this show before but i really want to start watching it! It sounds so interesting and mysterious!

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