Jahzir Bruno currently plays the regular role of Clyde McBride in the live-action Nickelodeon comedy series The Really Loud House, having also taken over the voiceover role of Clyde in the hugely-popular animated series The Loud House for the start of Series 6 last year. In 2020, Jahzir played Jack in the Netflix release of The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, and he was in the cast of the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches as Hero Boy/Charlie Hansen, working alongside a cast including Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci and Octavia Spencer. We caught up with Jahzir about playing regular character Clyde McBride in The Really Loud House, voicing the role in the animated series and filming the 2020 screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
In the Nickelodeon comedy series The Really Loud House, you play the role of Clyde McBride, what is it like on set of the series and what is the character like to play?
When we are on set, we function like a family. We have grown really close and enjoy being around each other. My role as Clyde McBride is very fun and entertaining, even for me. It is just as much fun to play the role as it is to entertain others.
How would you describe Clyde and was there anything that drew you to the role?
Clyde is a very loyal friend and I really relate to him. I consider myself to be loyal to my own friends. He also likes to cook, and I absolutely love cooking. Maybe I will be a chef when I grow up (lol).
You took over the voice role of Clyde McBride in the animated series The Loud House for the start of Series 6, how different did you find the experience voicing the role opposed to filming?
I found that the voiceovers were more challenging because I wasn’t able to read the facial expressions of the other characters. It required me to use my imagination, which was a lot of fun.
In 2020, you played Jack in The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, how was it working on a popular Netflix Christmas release and filming with the rest of the cast?
It was fantastic because I had the opportunity to work with two industry icons, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. This was my second film and to have worked with that amazing cast was an honour.
How was your time filming for The Witches as Hero Boy/Charlie Hansen and what was your experience like on set of the film?
These are giants in the industry and are considered royalty really. Octavia (Spencer) won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Help and she played my grandmother in the movie… what an honour! Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci were beasts in The Devil Wears Prada. Octavia Spencer… Anne Hathaway… Stanley Tucci… need I say more?
What was it like being part of a Roald Dahl screen adaptation and do you have any stand-out highlights from working on The Witches?
Working with Robert Zemeckis was a dream come true. I will never forget that opportunity because I really feel that it launched my career. That was my big break.
What do you remember most from playing Omari in Atlanta at the start of your career?
This was my very first speaking role. It was a blast to have worked alongside Donald Glover and Brian Tyree Henry because they are really talented and well-rounded artists.
How did you get into acting and was it something you always wanted to do?
You may not believe this… but it was a field trip that I attended with my former elementary school, Dream Keepers Academy in Fayetteville, GA. I took weekly performing arts classes there. Well, I wasn’t selected to go originally because I was a shy and very quiet kid. My aunt took me along for the ride and I ended up being selected to sign on with Joy Pervis Talent Agency. The rest is history.
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