Andre Robinson from Cheaper By the Dozen – Interview with TWK!

Andre Robinson launched his career at age six by landing a role as a baby Meerkat in the animated feature film Khumba with Laurence Fishburne and Loretta Devine.  Later, he was a slave boy’s voice in the Oscar Award Winning Twelve Years a Slave, and an additional voice in Despicable Me 2 and The Best Man Holiday.  Later he booked the lead role as Young Bilal in the animated feature film, Bilal. His voice can now be heard in over two dozen box office and television films.

Andre’s voiceover career soared in 2013 when he was cast as Donny McStuffins on Disney Jr.’s, Doc McStuffins.  In 2016, he was cast as Niko, the lead in Niko and the Sword of Light on Amazon Prime and Cutter on DreamWorks’ Animation show Dragons Rescue Riders on Netflix; Oliver on Cartoon Network’s, Summer Camp Island; and Clyde on Nickelodeon’s, The Loud House.  You can also hear him in several guest star roles on the TV series, Family Guy and American Dad on Fox. 

Andre also enjoys being in front of the camera! He played the role of DJ on Disney+ Cheaper By The Dozen, the 13 year old boy in SOLOS on Netflix, Austin in The Exes, on Lifetime, and Williamsburg on New Girl. He booked several national commercials for Apple, FORD, McDonald’s, and in 2016, he was cast as Miles, a “Pacifikid” for Chrysler, and traveled the country filming a plethora of YouTube commercials and several national commercials promoting the Chrysler Pacifica with celebrities, including the characters on Sesame Street. 

You can also hear Andre’s voice in a multitude of national and regional radio commercials, video games, dubbing the voice of the main character on The Life Ahead on Netflix, and additional voice in several movies and television shows.

Andre’s winning awards include a Young Artist Academy Award for Best Teen Voice Actor for his role as Clyde McBride on Nickelodeon: The Loud House and a People’s Choice Award for Best Ensemble for Niko and the Sword of Light on Amazon Prime.

When Andre is not working, he enjoys spending time with family, playing Fort Nite and Brawlhalla with friends, and riding his hover board and bike.  Whenever guests come over his house, he challenges them in a game of Checkers.  Andre is an amazing teen…well rounded and grounded.  Be on the lookout for Andre Robinson—truly a rising star in front of the camera and behind the mic.

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Hello Andre, great to chat with you! For those unfamiliar with you, tell us a little bit about yourself and your background outside of the world of showbiz.

I have an amazing family—my Dad, Mom, and two older sisters, ages 29 and 23.  Oh and I can’t forget our German Shepherd, Riley, and our fish, Ocean.  I’ve been homeschooled since 1st grade and I just finished High School in December 2021.  I’m narrowing down colleges for Spring 2023. My favorite sport is swimming and I like to wind down my day with friends on PS5.

Your new film Cheaper by the Dozen was released on March 18—how excited are you?

Oh my goodness…so very excited! Most of my work has been voiceover, but this is my first “on camera” movie.  I’m thrilled to be a part of such a legendary film.

Tell us about your role and how close he matches your own personality—or are you very different?

My character is DJ.  He’s loveable, super smart, and nerdy.  Comic books and superheroes totally excite him. I’m not nerdy at all, but I cherish my family like he does and I absolutely love comic books and superheroes.  Marvel and Star Wars are my favorites.

Why do you think people are going to want to watch the movie?

The movie is a contemporary Disney classic with humor, heart, and a little bit of attitude.  People love movies that the entire family can enjoy. 

What was the best part about filming it?

The cast became extremely close while filming so it was truly a joy being on set.  We were truly a blended family.

And the most difficult?

Honestly, the most difficult part of filming was when we wrapped.  There was such unity with the producers, director, cast and crew! We didn’t want it to end.

Any funny blooper moments?

My scene with Zach Braff was hard to do because he’s hilarious! I had to work hard to stay focused and I literally couldn’t stop laughing. He is so down to earth and was a joy to work with.

You are very well known as a voice actor, with notable roles on shows such as Doc McStuffins and The Loud House. Was it weird to have to be on camera this time?

I’ve worked on SOLOS, The Exes, New Girl, and several commercials on camera so I was comfortable with the process.  This was my first on camera movie and the longest I’ve worked on a project on set.  I truly enjoyed it and look forward to more in the future.

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What has been your most memorable moment in show biz so far?

My most memorable moment was when I was invited to the movie premiere of Bilal in Doha, Qatar! I played young Bilal in the animated movie and it was life-changing being there for five days.  The city and people were beautiful.

What do you feel are the biggest pressures of social media for teens, and how do you deal with it to stay positive?

I think the biggest pressures teens face are feelings of insecurities.  Many feel left out by comparing themselves to others, or they long to be like someone else.  This is the biggest mistake.  They have to realize how unique they are and become comfortable in their skin.  My family has constantly affirmed me since I was a young child, telling me I’m unique, special, and gifted with God-given talents. I’ve heard it so much that it’s ingrained in me.  If teens ever embrace that truth, they’ll have a new, positive outlook while on social media.

Long-term career goals?

My long-term career goal is to be a Voice Director. 

Biggest pet peeve?

Honestly, I don’t have any. Nothing really bothers me.  I just chill. [Editor-“AWESOME!“]

Secret fear?

Bees! I was stung when I was a kid and I’ve been afraid of them ever since.

What’s your favorite item in your room and why?

My signed poster of the cast of Niko & The Sword of Light.  It was my first lead role in a TV series, and I had the honor of working with my favorite voice actor, Tom Kenny (Spongebob)!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I don’t like eating cold meals (i.e., salad, shrimp cocktail, sandwiches)

Tell me ONE food you REFUSE to eat and why?

Broccoli! I promise you it tastes like a tree. LOL

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

I currently work consistently on two television shows behind the scenes with voice acting.  In addition, I average one to two movies or series a month looping, which is giving a voice to characters or adding background noises to films.  It’s fun work while waiting on bigger jobs.  Another cool thing I do is coach kids and teens with voiceover auditions.  I’m in my element when I do it! I’m also in the running for a lead role in an animated film with a major production so, fingers crossed!

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