Jonathan Lipnicki was one of the best-known child actors of the late 1990s and early 2000s thanks to his roles in films such as ‘Jerry Maguire – The Big Turn’ e ‘Stuart Little‘.
However, he disappeared from the spotlight for a long time to devote himself to short films and TV series without great commercial appeal, such as ‘Youthful Daze‘, aired between 2014 and 2015.
Currently 31 years old, Lipnicki told the Slashfilm who almost gave up dramaturgy because he didn’t consider himself a good actor.
“After adolescence, I went through a difficult mentality change in relation to my work and I didn’t work on big projects for a long time. People always stopped me to ask if it was because I wanted to dedicate myself to studies, but the truth is that I didn’t think I was a good actor. So I took some time off, in the sense that acting wasn’t my only priority. But I didn’t stop acting just because I didn’t want to. Turns out I didn’t really get any roles for a while.”
He went on to explain that the transition from childhood to adolescence took a toll on his self-confidence.
Lipnicki confessed that he compared himself a lot to actors he admired and who were considered heartthrobs, while still looking like a child.
“I’m very honest about it. There was a time when I no longer saw myself as a good actor. When you’re a kid, there’s this wonderful thing about being childish and innocent, but when you’re young, things change a little bit. When you realize the reality, you get more nervous, you charge more, you start comparing yourself… It’s the world entering the scene. There came a point where I stopped being myself and tried to be like my favorite actors.”
Happily, Lipnicki said that he was convinced to go back to theater classes, until he started acting in some plays.
Additionally, he has been cast in the upcoming horror ‘Camp Lake Pleasant’which will also have Robert Lasardo (‘The Human Centipede 3’, Kelly Reiter (‘Amityville Uprising’), James Di Giacomo (‘Stowaway’), Michael Pare, Bonnie Aarons, Devanny Pinn and Mike Ferguson.
With its premiere scheduled for 2023, the feature is written and directed by Thomas Walton (‘Room 9’).
In the plot, an enterprising couple, the Rutherfords, decide to open a horror camp on an abandoned property, where a young ‘Echo Meadows’ was kidnapped and her parents were brutally murdered 20 years earlier.