In just 11 years of life, Christian J. Simon has already found success acting in hit TV shows, including the ever-popular The Amazing World of Gumball. Now, Simon stars in the new Disney Channel series Sydney to The Max. With all his experience, Simon is wise beyond his years, sharing his thoughts on his different roles and aspirations with us.
Q: Can you tell us about your career to date? For most of your life, you’ve been in front of the camera. How do you balance being a kid and young actor?
A: I’m so grateful to do what I love. I’ve worked on projects for HBO, Fox, TV Land, Hulu, Netflix, and now Disney. Being able to work on such great shows and be surrounded by amazing actors is truly a blessing. I do a lot of Voiceover as well. When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time hanging out with my family and friends to help keep me grounded.
Q: You were very comfortable during the shoot with Vulkan. Can you describe your style to our readers?
A: The shoot was so much fun. I love fashion because it gives me a chance to express myself by mixing different colors and blending them together. I love bold choices.
Q: Tell us about your role in Sydney to the Max. What is your character like?
A: My character’s name is Leo. He is Young Max’s best friend in the 90’s. He’s super smart, funny, and loves technology. He runs the neighborhood arcade that his family owns and takes his job very seriously. He and Young Max spend a lot of their time there.
Q: Was it easy for you to connect with your character?
A: It was pretty easy connecting with Leo because he’s your average middle school kid. We’re pretty similar because he’s funny, determined, loves technology, and he’s a loyal friend.
Q: You’ve had a versatile career so far in front of and behind the camera. How was it recording for The Amazing World of Gumball?
A: The Amazing World of Gumball was so much fun to record. It was my first lead role in a Voiceover project so it was pretty special. Everyone involved in the project was super cool! Fun fact: this show was my very first audition I received when I moved to California. I didn’t book the job the first time, but the role came back around about 6 months and I knew it was meant to be.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: My dream role? Good question. I would like to star in a comedic feature film starring alongside one of the comedic greats like Will Smith or Chris Rock.
Intro by Sam Spotswood