Since 2021, Jakari Fraser has voiced one of the lead characters, Miles Morales / Spin, in the children’s television series Spidey and His Amazing Friends, a show that features young versions of the Marvel characters, with Disney Junior currently airing its second series and recently announcing Series 3 and 4. Further voiceover credits for Jakari include the Apple TV+ series Interrupting Chicken, and he took over the role of AJ in Blaze and the Monster Machines in Series 6. Jakari also works as a screen actor, most recently appearing in the 2023 release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania with Paul Rudd, and he has previously filmed for projects such as Abbott Elementary, Superintelligence with Melissa McCarthy, and he had his first role as Liam Burns-Beeby in Ben Is Back alongside a cast including Julia Roberts, Courtney B. Vance, Lucas Hedges and Kathryn Newton. Chatting to Jakari, he told us about voicing Miles Morales / Spin in Spidey and His Amazing Friends, taking over the role of AJ in Blaze and the Monster Machines and his first film role as Liam Burns-Beeby in Ben Is Back.
Do you remember how you felt finding out you’d booked the role of Miles Morales / Spin in the children’s television series Spidey and His Amazing Friends?
It felt amazing! I remember getting the phone call and my mom put my agent on speaker, she told me I booked it. It was the best feeling in the world to know I would be playing such an iconic role.
How much did you know about the Spider-Man franchise before auditioning and how has it been joining the Spidey series?
I knew everything there was to know about the franchise because I am a huge fan! Joining the franchise has been a dream come true!
What is Miles like to voice and do you have a favourite aspect of playing the role?
Miles is much like myself, it’s very easy to voice him because he’s me!
How do you feel watching the completed episodes for the first time and hearing your voice with the animation?
Watching the episodes have been nothing short of amazing, with animation it’s all imagination so to see it on screen is great!
How has it been working on the show over the years and what are you looking forward to for the future release of Series 3?
Working on the show has been a very fun journey! I’m looking forward to more Team Spidey action, it’s going to be very fun!
You are in the cast of the Apple TV+ animated series Interrupting Chicken, can you tell us about recording for this show?
Interrupting Chicken was very fun to record!
What do you enjoy most about voicing AJ in Blaze and the Monster Machines?
AJ is such a teacher to the preschool audience. I love how I get to educate and interact with them throughout the show.
Was there anything that drew you to the show and how was it taking over the role of AJ?
AJ has been around since I was much younger, so I would say I was a fan from the beginning. Taking over the role was an adjustment but in a good way, I can say I learned a lot and had fun in the process.
As an on-screen actor, you were most recently seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, how did you find the experience on set of the film?
The experience when filming Ant-Man was yet another dream come true. Paul Rudd was a great guy!
What was it like playing Paul in an episode of Abbott Elementary?
Abbott Elementary was an awesome experience with a lot of laughs!
What do you remember most from your time filming for the 2020 feature film Superintelligence?
I actually filmed Superintelligence in 2019, we filmed on my birthday. Melissa McCarthy was very funny.
In 2018, you played Liam Burns-Beeby in Ben Is Back alongside a cast including Julia Roberts, Courtney B. Vance, Lucas Hedges and Kathryn Newton, what are some of your favourite memories from filming?
Ben Is back was incredible, it was my first role and we were like family! All great memories.
Can you tell us about some of the other screen and voiceover projects you’ve worked on over your career so far, which have included The Dragon Prince, Stillwater, Jellystone and Station 19?
I would have to say each project is unique in its own way and they teach me so much along the way!
Where does your love of screen and voice acting come from and how did you get into both?
My love for both came from watching TV and just feeling inspired to be a part of the magic that happens both on set and in the booth!
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and how do you like to spend your time away from your career?
I love to watch Anime and I have a work-life balance that keeps everything simple.
We understand you are the founder of your own charity Kid Kari Cares, can you tell us about this?
Kid Kari Cares is me just using my platform to help those in need and giving a voice to those that don’t have one!
You have been a guest at events such as red carpet premieres and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, what are they like to attend?
Attending events are always fun! There are a lot of cameras flashing and interviews on the red carpet.
Do you have any upcoming plans that you can tell us about and what are you hoping 2023 brings you?
I’m hoping for 2023 to continue being an amazing year with much growth and positivity.
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