By Ryan McPherson
Many of us would dream of becoming an actor, an athlete, a singer, or a model when we grew up. If you were one of those people, prepare to be jealous; because at a very young age, Jax Malcolm has accomplished all of those things. Working his way into young-adulthood, the multi-talented star has set his sights high, and with his drive and determination is set to meet them. Doing voice-over work in the upcoming horror film “The Other Side of the Door”, Malcolm shows he’s willing to try anything and prove his talents know no bounds. He might be young and he may have already accomplished a lot, but it’s hard to believe he’s reached his peak. We expect to be seeing (and hearing) a lot more of Jax Malcolm in the near future.
What can you tell us about your upcoming film “The Other Side of the Door” and what our readers should be looking forward to?
‘The Other Side of the Door’ is a horror movie with a lot of supernatural elements so if your readers like a good scare, they should definitely check it out. I play the voice of Oliver and Oliver’s ghost. He loses his life in an unfortunate car accident and his mom misses him a lot. She wants to see him again and instead of just talking to him, she lets him out of the underworld and into our world. You’ll have to see it to see how scary it gets!
You’re doing voice work in the film. Had you done voice-over work previously?
I’ve been working with Casting Director/ Voice Over Artist Lynanne Zager for about 2 years on perfecting my character and voice work. This was my first booking as a voice actor and it was really exciting!
What was your experience voicing a character in a live action movie? Were you on set during filming or was your work done solely in a recording studio?
My work on this film was in the recording studio with Director Johannes Roberts. He really helped describe everything that was going on in my scenes. I was also shown tons of clips of the film to add my voice to. It was pretty cool to see everything done and then get to add my voice to it. For instance when Oliver was drowning the scene was really intense and getting to see it helped me find the right place to work from.
At only 12 years of age, you’ve accomplished many of the things your peers only wish they could do (acting, singing, modeling). How do you think your life has been different from others your age?
I don’t think my life is all that different from other kids my age. I go to school, I go to swim practice, and like to play video games with my friends. There are times when I can’t make it to a party or a school dance because I’m working or have an audition. But it’s really no different than being a competitive athlete or making honor role, sacrifices have to be made for the things that are important to you.
You’ve worked with some pretty big names in the comedy world, in some pretty big series thus far. Do you see yourself continuing to work in comedy or are you hoping for more dramatic roles?
I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with so many great comic actors like Nick Kroll, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and Nathan Fielder. It’s so much fun to be on sets like ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ with Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom because they are always joking around working on new material. That being said, The Other Side of the Door gave me an opportunity to do a more dramatic role. My goal is to do be able to both dramas and comedy.
What do you hope to be doing when you reach a more “traditional” working age?
I hope to continue my career in the entertainment industry as an actor/singer/model. I have goals for my future which include swimming for Team USA in the 2024 Olympics, touring as a musician, and starring in the ‘Transformers’ franchise. Pretty much what every other kid my age wants to do when they grow up too.
What strokes do you compete in as a swimmer?
I actually compete in all strokes freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. My favorite and best stroke is butterfly.
You seem so mature at such a young age. Are you naturally pretty levelheaded or do your parents work hard to keep you grounded?
My parents have a saying that they’ve always told me which is “to go with the flow” so whenever things seem hard or challenging, I stay flexible and try not to let things bug me.