BM: What was your first major acting role?
WO: My first major acting role would have to be playing Young Peter Quill for the first “Guardians of the Galaxy!” It was a great experience, from flying to London, to crying my eyeballs out!
BM: What has been one of your most memorable moments on set?
WO: One of the most memorable moments I had on set was this one scene in “IT” where I had to get emotional with my cast mates. It’s an intense scene around The Losers and their friendship. It was also uncomfortable because I had to lay in a puddle on a cold, hard floor, crying for three days. In the end, it was such a great bonding experience, and it brought us all closer together.
BM: Were you familiar with the “IT” mini series before filming?
WO: I was vaguely familiar with it. I always knew about the scary ‘movie’ with that clown, but I never had interest in watching it.
BM: Why did you want to be a part of this project?
WO: I originally did not want to audition for “IT,” because I was too scared. But it just so happened that my mom and my manager pushed me to do this amazing project. After only a short time, I began to love the project not as a horror movie, but as a coming of age story.
BM: When was the first time you met “IT”/Skarsgard?
WO: Well, I saw Bill for the first time on a monitor while one of my castmates was shooting a scene, and we all had to be there for it. The first time I saw him in person he was wearing full clown makeup and a tank top. Even without full costume it was still terrifying, seeing as he is 6’4”. But when we officially met, he was super nice, which was unsettling with all of his makeup on.
BM: How did you feel when the “IT” trailer broke records for the most views in 24 hours?
WO: I was literally blown away when the first trailer broke records. I was with my friends and we were all freaking out. It was quite the surprise!
BM: Are there any similarities to you and your character in the film?
WO: I feel that Stanley and I have a lot in common. We are both trying to be the voice of reason in the group, although, no one listens to us. In his situation, he’s trying to stop everyone from going into a scary house with something that likely will kill them inside. In my case, I’m trying to stop everyone from trashing my house when we have sleepovers.
BM: What was the biggest challenge when taking on this role?
WO: There were a couple of times in the movie where I had to be emotional. In those times, I would often have to isolate myself from everyone, thinking some dark thoughts to myself. It was tough, but getting the scene right and then everyone comforting me in the end was definitely a great payoff.
BM: If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
WO: There aren’t a lot of people who I think could look like me at this age. If you were going to do a movie about me in the future I would choose Joseph Gordon Levitt or Patrick Dempsey.
BM: Who is the funniest person in the cast in real life?
WO: To say who’s the funniest would be impossible, because it’s all by opinion and honestly we were all a bunch of silly losers. For me though, the title of funniest would go to Jaeden, as his jokes were often the funniest, to me at least. We share a sarcastic and dry sense of humor.
BM: What do you like to do when you aren’t acting?
WO: My favorite thing to do is just play video games, but besides that, I love to make skits with my friends, play piano, go to the beach, and take walks (no really).
BM: What was your experience like in the Hollywood “IT” house? Were you scared?
WO: You know, I never intended to go in that house, and I really don’t want to have to do it again. It was terrifying and I am going to have nightmares because of it. However, it was so well made and executed, I maybe enjoyed it? It was incredible!
BM: What has been the hardest role you have played so far? OR What has been your favorite role that you’ve played so far?
WO: One of the more difficult roles, as far as preparation, was for “Once Upon a Time”. I played young Rumpelstiltskin and had to mimic Robert Carlyle’s Scottish dialect, which was quite a challenge. However, Stanley is both my hardest and favorite role so far since I got to play him for 3 months. He gave me a lot of experience that I will always keep in mind for future roles, because Stanley is very complicated.
BM: Do you have any advice for other kids aspiring to be actors?
WO: Don’t give up! Seriously! It is such a hard journey, but if you’re passionate about it, then you will persevere. I’ve been acting for 7 years. It will take a long time, but if you have the will to keep going, then please don’t let anything get you down! And make sure that you have interests outside of acting to keep you grounded.
BM: Bellus is latin for beauty. How do you define beauty?
WO: It really depends if we are talking about humans, art, or nature. I think that beauty is personal. For me, if a human has a good soul then they are beautiful. Nature is beautiful in an amazing but sometimes scary or dangerous way. When art affects me, then it is beautiful.
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