1. What’s the strangest fan encounter you’ve ever had?
Jake Thomas: I can recall one, when I was at Universal Studios with a couple friends. It was years ago, but I still remember it. This little girl runs up to me and screams, “Matt McGuire!” and she actually, like, body slams me! My friends had to, like, pry her off of me.
2. You’re in front of a magazine rack that has everything. What three do you grab?
Macworld — I’m a big Apple buff; TopGear magazine. I’m a gearhead — I love foreign cars. That’s big with me. And last one … probably Guitar World or something like that.
3. Do you have a favorite sports team?
You know, I don’t watch a lot of sports, but I’m originally from Knoxville, Tenn., so I have to represent the Vols. We go to the games when we’re out there. So we support the football team, basketball team — everything like that.
4. When was the last time you were starstruck?
I was eating lunch with my dad at the Daily Grill, and Johnny Knoxville sits next to us. I’ve watched all the Jackass shows and Jackass movies and everything. I’m like, “Aw, dude! It’s Johnny Knoxville!” What’s funny is that my grandfather knows his grandfather — because he’s from Knoxville. We talked to him for a while because we’re from the same town, you know.
5. You can only have three shows on your TV. What are they?
Whew! [Concentrates hard.] OK, 24 — we watch that, like, religiously. MythBusters. I’ve always liked that show. That show is awesome. Last one … well, Top Gear I can only get on, like, YouTube, because it’s BBC. I watch Nip/Tuck when it’s on … but that show gets, like, really intense.
6. What do you usually do when you’re not on set?
Well, when I’m not working, I’m usually concentrating on schoolwork. I’m doing Japanese studies — taking Japanese as a second language. I love filmmaking. My friends and I just go out and either we film dramas or a comedy that we’ve written before, or we just go out for a random day and just improv the entire thing, do just whatever comes first into our heads, and we shoot it. From there, we edit it — it usually comes out to be our best stuff. … I like photography — working with black-and-white, 35mm SLRs, everything like that. And sports — golf, skiing. Stuff like that.
7. You and your buddies are really into film? What really jazzes you?
Personally, I’ve really gotten into horror movies. One I just saw the other day — my [DVR] recorded it for me — was The Hills Have Eyes. Now that’s a good movie! … Some of my favorites, and also the reason I’m taking Japanese, Ju-on — The Grudge. One’s called Premonition — not the one with Sandra Bullock. … Let’s see — Dark Water was really good … a couple of others. I just can’t remember the names of them. I started watching a lot of the classics — you know, Freddy Krueger, Jason, also … [The] Texas Chain Saw Massacre. [Laughs.]
8. What are you most looking forward to at this very moment?
Thomas plays Jason Stickler in Disney Channel’s comedy series Cory in the House, airing Fridays.