Jonathan Keltz is one of the many young - and cute - actors in Disney's new movie PROM. Before you catch the movie in theaters April 29, read below to see what Jonathan told J-14 about his character, his own prom experience, and what he thinks of his dance moves!
J-14: Tell us a little bit about your character.
Jonathan Keltz: I play Brandon Roberts, the all-American prepster. He's pretty much an over-achiever. He's on about different sports teams: the swim team, the golf team, the crew team. He's involved with the baseball team. He's also part of the student council and on the prom committee. He and Nova (Aimee Teegarden) are competing against each other for valedictorian, top of the class. All the different class awards since kindergarten pretty much and oblivious to him, she's been crushing on him along the way. I just think we're friends and in the same classes and all of that stuff. At the end of the year we get closer and closer to prom and all she does is want me to ask her, but I don't even realize it.
J-14: Were you anything like your character in high school?
Jonathan: Definitely! Yeah, there were moments of it. I was fortunate because I got to start my acting career early and start acting while I was in high school. So once I'd been going out to audition, working and shooting that certainly took a lot of my time, priority and focus, but I was definitely somebody who was working hard in class, trying to maintain everything. I had like 130 absences because of acting my senior year, but I managed to stay on the honor roll. I did row crew, I don't play golf, but I am learning how right now. Not quite the best golfer, but trying to get myself there. I always try to commit myself and get as good as I can at everything.
J-14: Was it fun to work with a young cast?
Jonathan: The thing that was great is there's a good variety of kids. Everybody sort of came and brought their own unique and individual self to it and we had some kids who were just working on their first credit. This was their first job, first gig they had booked and then there were some others obviously like Aimee Teegarden, DeVaughn Nixon, myself who had worked on some other things beforehand so we were sort of like the old veterans trying to work with the new kids, but everyone showed up, was so professional, so much fun. It was just instant bonding, a connection right from the table reads to the first day on set.
J-14: What was your own prom like?
Jonathan: I'm from New York originally, but I went to high school in Toronto and I went to prom up there with a bunch of my buddies and a girl that I was dating at the time. It was a fun prom, it was a great time. My favorite part was the limo ride to prom. Although at prom, me and my girlfriend got into a bit of an argument and I ended up being the heartbroken kid at his prom. I unfortunately had a bit of a sad time as well, but the celebration and the memory of it all with my friends, going there and having a blast for our last hurrah before graduating and going on to the next stage of our lives; it was still a blast.
J-14: Would you consider yourself a good dancer?
Jonathan: Oh, it depends. If I'm dancing for fun by myself, absolutely. Hilarity might ensue out in public. I love dancing. I have fun dancing. It depends what kind of music you're grooving to. I've taken a couple hip-hop classes and I liked it. I could get a good vibe going, but it's definitely something where I'd like to invest some more time. I feel like if I can feel the beat, but it's what to do with it. I don't always know what to do.
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