His first big screen role is huge — as the ‘Wimpy Kid’

Jason Drucker
Jason Drucker

Jason Drucker was born to act.

The 11 year old Cooper City resident started his showbiz career when he was still in single digits with Nickelodeon’s 2013 telenovela “Every Witch Way.” The series went on to air for four seasons in Latin America.

These days you can find Jason on a bigger screen, starring as Greg Heffley in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” In the film, based on the hit children’s books by Jeff Kinney, the little troublemaker persuades his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday as a cover to attend a nearby gamer convention. As expected, things do not go according to plan.

When do you know you wanted to go into entertainment?

At a young age I never really thought of becoming an actor. I originally wanted to be a clown. I always enjoyed making people laugh. It was after one summer when I asked to go to a theater camp is when acting really became an interest to me.

What was your first role?

A Discovery Kids Channel commercial.

Were you a big fan of the “Wimpy Kid” books before getting the part?

I absolutely loved the franchise. It’s funny because when I was watching it, never in my wildest dreams did I think that would be able to play Greg in a few years. I really enjoyed “Rodrick Rules” the best of all.

We hear you earned the parte after a long, national search in which more than 2,000 kids auditioned. Wow.

I got the role actually through a self tape, which involves recording your audition on tape instead of going to audition with casting directors. It went from the self tape to the last step which is the screen testing.

What was the shooting experience like?

So much fun! Being able to go through this wonderful journey with such amazing people was s special experience. A lot of my scenes are messy, so after multiple days covered in mud. Well, you can image how I felt.

What was is like working with your co-stars?

It was such an honor to work with all of them. They are all such wonderful and amazing people I couldn't imagine what it would be like without them. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott, who play my parents Susan and Frank Heffley, were great role models. They both have been in the business several years and are real, down to earth, special people. Charlie Wright [who plays Greg’s brother Rodrick] is so much fun and so nice. When he’s in front of the camera, he’s full of surprises.

Any funny pranks?

I heard Jeff Kinney was going to try to prank me. It started with a rumor that the fairgrounds that we were shooting at were haunted.... not sure why the prank stopped there! I took every opportunity to pranks someone, anyone, on set. From sneaking up and scaring someone to fake cockroaches, I got a lot of scares on set!

What was your favorite part about playing Greg?

Probably being able to portray an iconic character from a children’s book series and be able to bring it to life. How cool is that?!