In 1996 we saw Jonathan Lipnicki for the first time on the big screen, a very young aspiring actor who, at only 6 years old, was already sharing a project with Tom Cruise in ‘Jerry Maguire’. Three years later he returned to theaters with the family hit ‘Stuart Little’. Lipnicki returned to the sequel and continued to work on smaller projects, until he disappeared from the public eye. Very popular was his physical change many years later, but we have not seen him again in a major movie or series. It was assumed that, like many child artists, he simply did not want to continue his acting career.. But in a recent interview with slash-film He has decided to come clean.
“The biggest transition for me was that I didn’t work for a long time. And people always put it down to ‘oh, he went to high school’ and stuff. That’s the story people tell sometimes when they’re not working. Or if they’re kids actors, take time. I took some time, in the sense that it was not the only priority I had. But I didn’t work because I didn’t work. I didn’t get roles in a good season“ explains the 31-year-old actor.
Lipnicki believes that the reason the phone stopped ringing was that she didn’t have much acting skills: “I wasn’t a very good actor at one point, because the cool thing about being young, being a kid, is that you have the inherent wonder of childhood.. That’s why a lot of the kids you see are so talented. But then the filters come along and you start to get nervous, or the world comes into play. In my case I went from making it natural to trying to be like my favorite actors”.
The weight of success too soon
Although he does not have bad memories of his first roles, he also sees the negative side of succeeding so soon: “I take a lot of responsibility for my decisions. I am very grateful for what I did when I was little, and of course it helps in many ways. But it opens some doors and closes others. I get great opportunities for what I did in the past. Sometimes it can be a hard sell in certain ways. I think that describes my career today. I’m very honest with how it is. I love what I do. Am I exactly where I want to be in my career? No, of course not. I love working. And I’m going to continue to work and do the best work that I can, and create my own stuff. It is something interesting. In the end, I have a great relationship with my past. I love what I did. It was great. And it’s a hard road to cross sometimes because you want to be cool. I’m super grateful for what I did and I have a good relationship with it, but it’s not something I want to keep hammering away at. She turned down many interviews. If there are things that speak of my past… I am 31 years old, almost 32. I love what I did, but I also want to live in the present, here. And I have so much more to offer as an actor than when I was little.“.
Right now, Jonathan Lipnicki is starring in Los Angeles in ‘Protected Under Parody’, a play that parodies ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Empire Records’. He has several minor projects in the near future, but is still waiting for his big comeback.doing auditions and not closing to any genre. “I love acting, man”, he concludes. Hollywood is a complicated industry.