One of the most famous child actors explains why he left Hollywood

Jonathan Lipnicki says he left Hollywood for a while because he was a bad actor.

by Charlene Badasi | published

Jonathan Lipnicki
Jonathan Lipnicki in Jerry Maguire

Jonathan Lipnicki made his acting debut at the age of five. He starred opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s 1996 film as Ray, the adorable young son of Dorothy (Renee Zellweger). jerry maguire, was an instant hit with younger audiences and later landed roles in high-profile family films such as Stuart Little, Dr. Dolittle, And like Mike, Now, in a new interview with slashfilmThe 31-year-old reveals why he took an extended break from Hollywood.

“The biggest transition for me was … I didn’t work out for long,” Jonathan Lipnicki said. “And people always frame it as, ‘Oh, I went to high school,’ and what not. That’s the story people tell sometimes when they don’t work out. Or if they’re child actors or whatever, they Took time off.” The actor said that when he took time off, it was not his only priority. He explained that he didn’t work out because he didn’t actually get a role for a while.

Jonathan Lipnicki briefly starred in several short films and direct-to-DVD projects in the early 2010s. But his career never returned to the height of his childhood stardom days. He revealed that the biggest reason why he didn’t get the roles was his acting talent. “I’m honest about it. And it was because I wasn’t a very good actor at one time,” he told the publication. for the change which he admired.

“Young, the best thing about having a kid is that it’s the good inherent childlike wonder. And that’s why you see a lot of kids are quite talented,” he continued. “But then the filters come in and you get nervous … or the world comes into play,” said Jonathan Lipnicki. “And so for me, I went from doing things natural to trying to be like my favorite actors.” Improving my craft Wanting to do, the former child actor enrolled in acting classes after high school. He also took up theater roles in an effort to become a better actor.

This included working as a student in a production of Martin McDonagh. Inishmore’s lieutenant Which allowed him to learn from Chris Pine. Working on smaller projects gave Jonathan Lipnicki a chance to see some amazing actors in that production work. He found the whole experience really inspiring. And though he never walked, jerry maguire The alum got to rehearse some really tough stuff which was a creative experience in itself.

These days, Jonathan Lipnicki has a renewed interest in bigger acting roles. In August, he joined the cast of Safier Entertainment’s indie horror flick Camp Lake Pleasant, Written and directed by Thomas Walton, the story follows an enterprising couple known as the Rutherfords. But their lives are thrown into disarray when they decide to open a horror camp on the abandoned property where a young girl was kidnapped, and her parents brutally murdered 20 years ago.

Camp Lake Pleasant stars Robert Lasardo, Kelly Reiter, James Di Giacomo, Michael Pare, Bonnie Aarons, Devani Pin and Mike Ferguson alongside Jonathan Lipnicki. actors will also appear Molly Singer’s Re-educationWhere are the stars with Britt Robertson, teen wolf Holland Roden, and Jaime Presley. Directed by Andy Palmer from a screenplay by Todd M. Friedman and Kevin Haskin, the story follows a young lawyer who must go undercover as a student to save his job.


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