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This Month's Reading Superstar!
Jake Cherry

Jake Cherry in a scene from "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."


Background: Jake Cherry recently appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, his second film in the Night at the Museum series, playing Nick Daley, the son of Ben Stiller's character. 

After his first TV appearance on "Third Watch," Jake played many other guest and recurring roles on shows such as "Criminal Minds," "House," "Bones," and "Desperate Housewives." He can soon be seen in The Rebound with Catherine Zeta-Jones and The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Nicolas Cage. 

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RIF:  What made you want to become an actor?

Jake Cherry: My older brother was a model and acted in commercials. When I was 2, his agent thought I should give acting a try and I’ve never stopped.

RIF: How does reading help you with your acting?

JC: My first grade teacher taught me to read with enthusiasm and vigor. With that skill I am able to bring emotion into the dialogue I say. Because I read a lot, I find it easy to memorize lines and understand what is going on in a script. That helps me develop a character.

RIF: What kinds of books do you like to read? What are you reading right now?

JC: I prefer realistic fiction, mysteries and some other random stuff. Right now I’m reading books I have read before while trying to find a new book to read. I do read Andrew Clements books over and over again.

RIF: Do you have any advice for other kids who might want to give acting a try?

JC: My advice is to never give up and to practice. You have to enjoy the process of auditioning and learning as much as filming a role.

RIF: You have been in both TV shows and movies. Which do you prefer?

JC: I like them both but they are different. In TV, if a show is a success and is on for many years, your character has a long time to develop and may have many transformations. In movies, if a character makes a transition from being mean to kind it tends to happen over a shorter period of time.

RIF: If you could be any book character, whom would you be? Why?

JC: I would be Ender from Ender’s Game because who wouldn’t want to be a kid genius that commands an entire fleet of spaceships?

RIF: You’ve acted with some really terrific performers like Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Nicolas Cage. Who was the funniest actor you’ve worked with?

JC: Robin Williams, because one day I was working with him on the original “Night at the Museum” and he just grabbed a toy revolver and a cowboy hat and started singing and dancing.

RIF: What do you like to do in your free time?

JC: Read, play video games, and play basketball.

RIF: What is your favorite movie?

JC: “Catch Me If You Can” and “Toy Story ” and “Toy Story 2.”

RIF: Where was the coolest place you’ve filmed a movie/TV show?

JC: The “Night at the Museum” movies were filmed in Vancouver, Canada. I loved it there, because that is the only place I have ever been outside of the United States and everyone there is nice.

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