Lucas Cruikshank is going from YouTube star to TV star! Better known Fred Figglehorn, the J-14 Teen Icon nominee is starring in his first flick, Fred: The Movie! J-14 chatted with Lucas and found out all about the movie, how he came up with the character of Fred, and which The Twilight Saga actress he has a crush on!
J-14: How did you come up with the character Fred Figglehorn?
Lucas: My older sisters were always making videos when I was around four, so I really didn't get to participate. I got a digital video camera for my 13th birthday, so I made a bunch of videos and just decided to put them on YouTube because I was finally capable of doing that. People always expect me to say I was plotting this for months, but I just thought of the idea one night, picked up my camera, and shot it. The more Fred videos I did, the more the Fred world got fleshed out.
J-14: What was it like working on Fred: The Movie?
Lucas: It was a blast. I've always wanted to be an actor, so it was so cool to go set every day. I also always knew who the other characters were in my head, so to see such talented people playing these characters was such an amazing feeling.
J-14: What was the funniest thing that happened to you on the Fred: The Movie set?
Lucas: One time the wardrobe team gave me this really loose pair of pants because I was supposed to be playing a gangster character. They were just way too big, so I kept asking if there was another pair I could wear. They kept reassuring me that it was all going to be fine and nothing was going to happen. When we were filming, my pants fell down. It was pretty embarrassing.
J-14: You've also guest starred on Hannah Montana and iCarly -- what were those experiences like?
Lucas: It was a blast working with Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, and all the other cast members. I've always watched those shows, so it was so cool to actually be on the sets. Those two were my first professional acting roles, one right after the other.
J-14: Do you have a celeb crush?
Lucas: It changes all the time, but right now it's Dakota Fanning. She's so talented!
Fred: The Movie, starring Lucas Cruikshank, Jennette McCurdy, and Pixie Lott, premieres Saturday, September 18, at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. Check out a sneak peek of the flick here:
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