Come­back KID

Res­ur­rec­tion’s child star Lan­don Gimenez ad­mits it’s lonely at the top

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - writes COLIN VICK­ERY

IT IS lonely at the top. Just ask Lan­don Gimenez, one of the world’s big­gest child ac­tors thanks to hit drama Res­ur­rec­tion.

The 10- year- old has rock­eted to star­dom as the mys­te­ri­ous Ja­cob Langston, who has seem­ingly re­turned from the dead after 32 years.

Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Agent J Martin Bel­lamy ( Omar Epps) takes Ja­cob – thought to have drowned in 1982 – back to Ar­ca­dia, Mis­souri, to be re­united with par­ents Henry ( Kurt­wood Smith) and Lu­cille ( Frances Fisher).

Ja­cob’s shock re­turn – and the reap­pear­ance of more loved ones who re­turn from the dead – sets off a chain of events that ul­ti­mately leads to Bel­lamy and Ja­cob be­ing tar­geted by gov­ern­ment forces.

Gimenez is the sole child in the main cast and that has been a strain for the young­ster, who must also fi t in school­work be­tween scenes.

“I re­ally have no one to re­late to ex­cept for my teacher. She is re­ally nice ( but) I just wish there were some kids there,” Gimenez says.

“At home I have all of my friends. My mum owns a dance stu­dio and my friends are al­ways there be­cause ei­ther their sis­ters go there or they dance there.”

Gimenez landed the role of Ja­cob after an ex­ten­sive cast­ing search by ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Aaron Zel­man ( Crim­i­nal Minds) and di­rec­tor Charles McDougall.

The pair knew Ja­cob was the show’s linch­pin. The ac­tor play­ing him needed to gen­er­ate real emo­tion in view­ers and help ground the show’s su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

“We were de­ter­mined not to get some­one who had been trained in any way but to re­ally just look for a nat­u­ral tal­ent,” Zel­man says.

“We saw about 60 or 70 kids in Los An­ge­les and then we put out a cast­ing call in At­lanta, where we shot the show. We weren’t fi nd­ing the right per­son. We went to At­lanta to watch Lan­don and the more time we spent with him, the more he just blew us away. He was so gen­uine and tal­ented and nat­u­ral.”

Gimenez says that Zel­man and McDougall had some very sim­ple in­struc­tions on how to play Ja­cob.

“He’s very creepy and mys­te­ri­ous – that’s what they told me,” Gimenez says. “So that’s how I need to act.

“It has ( been easy) be­cause I’m a very weird child. I love the movie Co­ra­line and lots of dark stuff so it is an easy role for me to play.

“Once we get a script we have to wait two weeks or so to fi nd out what hap­pens next. It makes me so up­set. I’m like, ‘ You’ve got to tell me what’s hap­pen­ing’.

“I al­ways go home in this – I don’t know how to say it – like Ja­cob,” Gimenez says. “It is like a side- eff ect. There is just a lit­tle bit of Ja­cob inside me when I go home.”

The sec­ond sea­son opens a week after we left off , with Bel­lamy try­ing to un­der­stand why he has a cres­cent- shaped birth­mark on his neck.

Game of Thrones star Michelle Fair­ley joins the show as Henry’s mother, Mar­garet Langston, who has also re­turned from the dead.

“It defi nitely does get very dark this sea­son,” Gimenez says.


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