My name is Charles Everett Tacker but everybody calls me Charlie. I am 9 years old and I’m in the 4th grade at John W. Decas Elementary School in Wareham, MA. My favorite things (besides acting) are riding my bike, hanging out with my friends, making short films on my Mom’s computer, and playing Mine Craft.
When did you start acting? What do you enjoy about acting?
When I was 4 I had my first audition, but I didn’t get the part. I was an extra in The Town when I was 5 and right after that I did my first student film. It was for Sean Goller who was going to Harvard. I really like acting because I get to be somebody else all the time and the sets always have a lot of cool people to meet. Then I get to go to premieres, which is a lot of fun too.
I have done about 20 or more student and independent films. Last summer I was an extra in THE WAY WAY BACK. That was a lot of fun because they filmed at Water Wiz. My mom drives me all over the place, to New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. We travel a lot.
Can you tell us about some projects you’re working on right now?
Right now I’m working on A PREDATOR AND ITS PREY, which is a really cool story about a little boy who has special powers and an evil snake. I just finished my scenes on PROVOKED, a feature film that is going to be really scary. I have 2 things I’m doing in Connecticut. One is a short film called FIREFLY JAR, which is a really cool film and the other is a web series that I can’t really talk about yet. Soon I will be working on HOPELESS, a 3D zombie movie and HENRY AND GRETA, a feature film that is kind of like Hansel and Gretel.
Charlie with his Runner Up For Best Actor award
at the 2012 Boston 48-Hour Film Project
Auditions are kind of fun I guess. Sometimes you get sides (the audition script) before but sometimes you don’t. If I do get sides, I practice them with my Mom or sisters but if I don’t I just go in and do what they tell me. You can’t get all the jobs-- but you really can’t get it if you don’t audition. And Skype auditions are pretty cool. You don’t have to drive anywhere but I have to keep my niece Hannah quiet and sometimes that’s hard.
I would say to not be nervous about the audition. Just do your best and have fun. They (the casting directors) love that.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened while you were on set?
The funniest thing that ever happened on set was when I kept tricking Arthur Wahlberg with the fart app on my iPhone. And when I was filming I FELL SILENT all of the crew guys were tossing me around like a basketball until my Mom caught us and made them stop. That was fun.
What’s your method for “getting in character”?
The best thing I do to get in character is to read the script and then figure out how I’m supposed to be. I pretend I’m not me but I’m the person in the story. That’s how I get into character.
Charlie on the set of THE LADY IN WHITE
with Arthur Wahlberg
Kissing a girl!!! It was just last weekend and it was little peck of a kiss but it was hard!
What advice would you give to young actors who want to pursue their passion?
I would say to always make sure to have fun. My Mom asks me all the time if I’m having fun. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s worth it.
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