Actor Nathan Arenas could be seen on Disney’s popular children’s show Bunk’d where he played the character Jorge Ramirez after getting the role from his first ever audition. Attending Actors Giving Back, Nathan was mentored by David DeLuise and also enjoys uploading videos to his YouTube channel along with being a keen magician. Recently chatting to us, Nathan tells us about being cast in Bunk’d, playing the role of Jorge and filming for an episode of New Girl.
How did you first get into the entertainment industry?
I got started in the entertainment industry at age nine. We called up a number for an acting program, Actors Giving Back, which was my introduction to acting. I later signed with an agency which changed my life because of an audition I got from them, it was for Bunk’d. I’m pretty sure you know the rest.
What did you enjoy most about playing Jorge Ramirez in Bunk’d?
Working on Bunk’d was amazing! My castmates taught me so much. One of the things I enjoyed the most was doing our Network Run-Through! That’s when we do all the scenes in order for the network.
Can you tell us about your character Jorge?
My character Jorge was a very interesting boy who believes in aliens and all sorts of things! He has a great imagination and is very lovable!
Do you remember the moment you found out you’d booked the role?
I was OVER THE MOON when I found out I got the role!! It was amazing that I had booked something so big on the first audition!!
How much did you learn whilst on the set of this production?
My castmates were great! They’d fill me in with details and tips on set all the time! I learned a lot!
What was it like acting alongside the rest of the cast?
Working alongside the cast was like being added to the family! They were so kind to us and it was magical to work with people you’ve been watching almost your whole life!
You booked this role on your first ever audition, how was it having a Disney TV series as your first regular character?
I have to admit that at the time when I got the role I wasn’t sure what a series regular was… I was very green but of course later down the line I was so excited! I was part of Disney and that was my initial goal! Checked that one off the bucket list haha!
How was the experience filming for your episode ‘The Capilanos’ of Criminal Minds and who was your character Robbie?
Working on Criminal Minds was so much fun! Matthew Gray Gubler was a great director and I hope to work with him again.
Is there anything you are allowed to say about your role of Alex Kimball in For The People?
This is all I can say, my character Alex is a very sweet and honest kid who just wants everything to be ok.
In 2016, you appeared in an episode of New Girl; what do you remember about being on the set?
I remember that while filming New Girl, Zooey Deschanel was really nice to me and almost on every take she’d look back and tell my other castmates and I that we were doing a great job! I also remember that their craft service was awesome!!
You play the role of Evan in both Mr. Neighbour’s House and Mr. Neighbour’s House 2; what did you enjoy about being part of these productions?
Being on set with Brian Huskey is so great! He’d be making us laugh while filming scenes! I’m very happy with the result!
Who is your character Mateo Bustamante in Shut Eye?
Mateo is the son of Eduardo Bernal in Shut Eye. He goes to the same dojo as Lala Marks, Fonso’s daughter.
This year you appeared in I Hate Kids as Frank, what can you say about this film?
I HATE KIDS was the first film I did! I had fun with my set siblings! Our director John Asher was great!!
We heard that you studied at Actors Giving Back and had David DeLuise, who played the role of Jerry Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, as your mentor; what was this like?
Having David DeLuise as a mentor was wonderful and the best part is that we got pretty close and we still keep in touch.
Can you tell us more about your YouTube channel?
My YouTube channel is really fun and crazy but I’m still working on being consistent! I’m working on a video at the moment with a special guest! My account is under The Nathan Arenas!!
Do you have any other projects booked for this year?
I’ve been working on a project that still has a tbd date! That’s all I can say!!
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