Interview: AFTER EARTH’S Young Star Jaden Martin
The summer blockbuster movie season has begun in full force and one of the films that is highly anticipated is After Earth (Out in theaters on May 31st!), and I recently got to email interview newcomer Jaden Martin who stars in the film as Jaden Smith’s characters younger version. Jaden is an actor and a model! He’s a great kid who is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry. We talked about what it was like getting cast in this film, what the other stars of the film taught him and other fun stuff!
In After Earth, you play young Kitai Raige, tell us a little bit about young Kitai and how he’ll tie into the story.
Young Kitai is a scared 9-year-old kid at the time, and is the younger Jaden Smith in the movie. He is afraid of the Ursa and his sister protects him, but as he grows up he learns to be a ranger like his father (Will Smith). I could tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil it!
How was your experience working with Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoe Kravitz and the rest of the cast like?
It was really cool because they are all famous for acting, and working with them was awesome because they were so talented. Will Smith was very funny and was always cracking jokes on set, Sophie was very professional, and my sister Zoe was really great at getting into character.
Did they give you any advice for your future in acting?
Zoe gave me some advice to always have your adrenalin going when shooting an action scene.
Being cast in After Earth must have been an amazing moment for you, how did you react when you found out you’d been cast in a summer blockbuster film like this?
It was amazing. I thought to myself, “Hey this is my big break!” I was cool about it but on the inside I was really happy. I only went on one audition, and we left for Philadelphia the same day I found out I got the part, so the whole thing was just crazy.
Being relatively new to the acting world, what kind of films would you like to be cast in in the future?
I would like to do a super hero movie or something like that so I can do cool moves and stunts; Maybe a young Superman or Batman movie.
Are you working on any films currently?
Currently I am auditioning for several movie roles, and I have been modeling a lot so that’s keeping me busy.
Is there anything you’d like the world to know about yourself? Favorite hobbies? Movies? Whatever you’d like to tell us.
Well I love to skateboard and I just brought a new custom penny board for my birthday! I also love to hang out with my friends and do trampoline and acrobats, practice mixed martial arts, and draw. When I’m not busy, I am a big movie watcher; I go to all the new movies when they come out. My favorite movie currently is “Iron Man 3”.