Resurrection’s child star Landon Gimenez admits it’s lonely at the top
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 fit 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 finding 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 find 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-effect. 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 crescentshaped 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 definitely does get very dark this season,” Gimenez says.
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