Jake T. Austin: biography
Starting his creative career with advertising and voice acting, Jake T. Austin's filming career took off very quickly. The multi-million army of his fans, for the most part, was formed at the time of the success of the children's television series Wizards of Waverly Place, in which the young actor played together with Selena Gomez.
A new wave of popularity covered the young man after the role of The Fosters: a good half of American girls fell in love with this handsome brown guy. And then Austin was on the verge of another success, now on the big screen.
Childhood and youth
Jake Austin Szymanski known as Jake T. Austin was born on December 3, 1994, in New York City, New York, the U.S. Jake Szymanski's father is a former fireman, now a restaurant owner; his mother's name is Giny Rodriquez Toranzo. Jake and his sister Ava (6 years younger than him) were born in an international marriage. Jake T. Austin's ethnicity is noteworthy. Latin American ancestry of his mother (Puerto Rican, Spanish, Argentine) and European (English, Polish, Irish) of his father made an impact on the attractive, unique appearance of their children.
Thanks to the good looks, at the age of eight Jake was already starring in advertising. And at nine, he got his first acting part on television, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman show. The talented artistic child was noticed by the producers of the children's channel Nickelodeon and invited to voice the boy Diego in the popular animated series Dora the Explorer, and then to the spin-off of the project, Go, Diego, Go! This voice-over work occupied Jack for three years, from 2005 until 2008.
At the same time, Austin did not forget about his studies. The boy graduated from West Nyack Elementary School and entered Felix Festa Middle School in New York. His parents assured him from early childhood that proper education was the key to a successful career.
In 2006, Jake voiced Nikki in the animated film The Ant Bully. This experience was exciting because the boy worked in the recording studio surrounded by stars: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep took part in the voice-over work on the project. The protagonist of the animated film Everyone's Hero, Yankee Irving, speaks with this young man's voice. Twelve-year-old Austin already felt quite confident in the studio, and such famous colleagues as Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Rob Reiner, and Forest Whitaker helped the young man.
Soon the producers realized that with such an interesting appearance Jake could not hide in the studio anymore. And the teenager got a chance to shine on the television screen. In 2007, he played the central role in the movie Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, a Disney Channel Original Movie. Austin's character, Christopher "Chris," is a twelve-year-old teenager, whose passion is mountain boarding. But after his mother remarries, a new relative appears in his life, Johnny "Pono" Kapahala, a 17-year-old snowboard champion. The guys have to stay extremely patient to get along with each other.
On the set of this movie, Austin learned that he was approved for the new project of Disney Channel, Wizards of Waverly Place, and was in seventh heaven. The television series really made the young man a rising star. The rights to broadcast the fantasy teen sitcom have been sold to more than 65 countries. The audience from Japan, China, Russia, Israel, Europe, and Scandinavia, and other countries closely watched the adventures of the wizards.
The plot revolves around the family of Jerry and Theresa Russo. At first glance, they are ordinary parents, but with one unique feature: their children Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin (Justin Russo), and Max (Jake T. Austin) are wizards who do wonders in the modern rational world. Max instantly won the hearts of the show's fans with his cheerful and carefree personality.
The sitcom aired on Disney Channel for four seasons, from 2007 until 2012. During this time, the actor became idols of millions of teenagers around the world. By the end of the project, Jake had been nominated for several prestigious film awards: ALMA Award, Imagen Award, Teen Choice Award. And in 2012, he finally received his first and long-awaited prize, Hollywood Teen TV Awards, as Favorite Television Actor.
However, all this time the young man lived not only by one role on the small screen. A couple of movies were added to his filmography. In 2009, Austin starred in the family comedy film Hotel for Dogs. The protagonist of the film, Bruce, portrayed by Jake T., together with his sister organizes a dog's shelter-hotel, but one day all the pets break free and start on exciting adventures. For this role, the teenager received a nomination for Young Artist Award.
In 2010, the drama film The Perfect Game was released on the big screen. Jake played the central character, Ángel Macías, a talented young baseball player, who together with his new mentor is trying to create a powerful local team. At the same time, the actor was voicing a new animated comedy film Rio, which told the story of the adventures of two parrots.
The next year, luck smiled at Austin again – the guy starred in a film by the Hollywood master Garry Marshall, the legendary director of the famous romantic comedy films Pretty Woman, Overboard, Runaway Bride. A new romantic drama film entitled New Year's Eve in parallel tells several stories, which took place on New Years' Eve in New York. Jake had a part in one of the episodes together with Abigail Breslin.
Another wave of "love fever" for Jake excited American teenagers from 2013 until 2015. All the fangirls wanted to see Jake T. Austin shirtless on the TV screen. At this time, their young idol was starring in the television series The Fosters. Two lesbians, Stefanie, and Lena, who are raising five children, are in the center of the plot. Austin's character, Jesus, is an adopted child of the same-sex couple. He's got some neurological condition and is taking pills. The guy tries to find salvation in a relationship, but he is not very lucky.
Austin portrayed Jesus on the screen for two seasons, and then suddenly decided to quit the project. The fans wondered why Jake T. Austin left The Fosters. The actor cleared everything up on his Twitter account.
"I'm honored to have been a part of such a groundbreaking series, but I personally want to let you know that my time on the show has come to an end. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family, it's been a pleasure," - Jake wrote. Previously, many sources assumed that Jake T Austin was kicked off The Fosters.
The guy really began to experience a lack of time: Jake T. Austin received more and more offers from movies and TV shows' producers. In 2014, he managed to play the major roles in two movies: Huckleberry Finn in adventure comedy film Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, as well as Grantham Portnoy in the drama film Grantham & Rose.
In 2016-2017, Jake took part in the show Dancing with the Stars, and after that mostly devoted himself to voice acting: Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, The Emoji Movie.
One of Jake's recent works is the drama film The Valley about a scientist who is trying to find out the reasons for the suicide of his beloved daughter. This essential experience in a serious movie cannot but please everyone who cares about the actor's creative career. Although it is a pity that Wizards of Waverly Place forever remained in childhood, the fans realize that new interesting and exciting roles await the aspiring actor. The guy also wants to concentrate on the implementation of his cherished dream of becoming a director.
Jake started starring in Wizards of Waverly Place as a thirteen-year-old chubby teenager, and by the end of the television series, he turned into an eighteen-year-old fit hot guy (Jake T. Austin height is 5 feet 67 inches), whose love life is of interest for many fans around the world. He was said to have had a relationship with Selena Gomez; another media sources claimed that Jake T. Austin was gay. However, all the rumors turned out to be completely groundless.
In 2010-2011, the tabloids reported on the affair of Jake T. Austin and a young actress Bella Thorne, the star of the movies Blended and The DUFF. However, the relationship ended quickly. For a long time, the guy did not answer any personal questions, but in 2016, he announced that he was dating his longtime fangirl, Danielle Caesar. His girlfriend started "hunting" for the star back in 2009, regularly sending him messages on Twitter.
Perseverance did its work: the persistent fangirl drew the attention of Jake, who suggested meeting in real life. After this meeting, the lovers have not parted.
And although in his interviews the actor says that he is insanely happy, he doesn't want to rush the proposal to Danielle. Jake T. Austin currently lives as a bachelor with his two favorite dogs which he records on video and posts on Snapchat regularly.
Jake T. Austin has a lot of passions besides movies and TV shows. In his spare time, the young man is dedicated to sports: snowboard, surfing, basketball, and football help him stay in shape; after all, many fans and foes write comments on posts by Jake T. Austin about his weight gain. He likes to relax on the beaches of Santa Monica, to boost his energy for work.
Jake T. Austin always keeps in touch with his fans on Instagram and pleases them with fresh photos of his abs.
Jake T. Austin now
Jake T. Austin has a net worth of $5 million. It is known, that currently, the actor is engaged in voice-over work for Peter Pan, Land of Forever animated movie, which is going to be released in 2019.
Besides, the young man is preparing for his role in the thriller film Adverse, in which he is going to star together with Penelope Ann Miller.
- 2007 – Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
- 2007 – Wizards of Waverly Place
- 2009 – Hotel for Dogs
- 2010 – The Perfect Game
- 2011 – New Year's Eve
- 2013 – The Fosters
- 2014 – Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
- 2017 – The Valley