Jackson Dollinger is set to become one of Disney’s newest rising stars with the January 25 premiere of the Original Disney Channel Series, Sydney to the Max. Jackson plays Young Max, the tween version of title character’s Sydney father who is shown in flashbacks set in the 1990s.
We got the chance to ask Jackson a few questions so you get to know him and his upcoming show better. Scroll down for our Q&A!
Hi Jackson, nice to e-meet you! Before we get into your role on Disney’s new show “Sydney to the Max,” tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi. It’s really nice to meet you too. Well, I am turning 12 years old this month. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have been acting for a couple of years now. I started my acting career doing commercials and about a year in, I decided to try out theatrical. My passion is skateboarding and I have been skating since I was about 2 years old. In my spare time, I spend a lot of time skateboarding, surfing and playing basketball.
Thanks…now tell us what “Sydney to the Max” is all about, and about your character Young Max!
Sydney to the Max is a sentimental and heartwarming comedy about a single father raising his middle school daughter with the wisdom and wisecracks of his mother, Judy, who has a razor-sharp memory of Young Max’s teenage antics. Many of the flashbacks scenes to young Max and his best friend Leo parallel the funny predicaments that Sydney and her best friend Olive get into.
Young Max is a fun, outgoing, loveable daredevil and avid skateboarder. He is being raised by his single mother, Judy, and is seen in flashbacks to the 1990s. Young Max wants nothing more than to impress the cool skate crowd known as the “Dog Boys” and hang with his best friend Leo, at home or the local video arcade.
You play the younger version of Ian Reed Kesler’s character, Max, shown in flashbacks. Did you guys meet or were you totally separate on set since your characters live in different eras?
Although we never shoot scenes at the same time, I see Ian every day because the present day and 1990’s sets are all on the same stage. I love playing the younger version of Ian. He is super talented and funny and I learn a lot about Young Max’s mannerisms just by studying Ian when he is performing his scenes.
What is the biggest difference between young and older Max, and what is the most challenging part about playing him?
The biggest difference is Young Max is quite the character in his younger years and Adult Max has mellowed out in his older years, but is still a big kid at heart.
I think the most challenging part about playing Young Max is that when shooting a scene in the 1990s, there is technology that I have never even seen. For example, I had to make a call from a payphone and I had to get a quick little lesson on how to use it, smartphones operate a whole lot differently than rotary phones. LOL
What’s been the best part about being on that show so far?
I would have to say that the best part about being on the show is I have learned so much. I have learned a lot about myself, my acting, blocking and shooting, and doing stunts. Also, the cast is so talented and the crew is so awesome. It is truly a pleasure to work with each and every one of them. I feel very fortunate to be part of this awesome show. It is a show to be proud of!!
And the hardest?
I think the biggest adjustment for me has been getting used to doing school and work every day while shooting. It isn’t hard, just different from my schedule when I attended traditional school.
If you could bring back ONE thing from the 1990s, what would it be and why?
I would definitely bring back the freedom to roam with friends without parental supervision. Young Max is a pretty free-range kid on the show. It seems like kids in the 1990s had a bit more freedom in terms of going places with their friends. The world seemed like a simpler and safer place.
Tell me something people might be surprised to know about you?
I think that people might be surprised to know that unlike my character Young Max, I am a straight A student.
Biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when someone is handing me silverware or a straw and they touch the part that I will be eating or drinking from.
My favorite food is absolutely SUSHI…hands down.
My favorite Youtuber is Roy Purdy because he is a great skater and I love his dance moves.
What’s the last movie you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : )
The last movie I saw was Birdbox. Two words . . . Couldn’t sleep!
The one thing I cannot live without is__________.
The one thing I cannot live without is my skateboard, but water would be a close second.
Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?
One very embarrassing moment was when I was sitting and tipping on a chair during a network run through and the chair fell all the way back and I ended up on the floor in front of everyone.
What else are you working on or have coming up next?
We are still in production on Season 1 of Sydney to the Max. I will be working on the show through March.
Follow Jackson Dollinger at https://www.instagram.com/jacksondollinger/
Watch Jackson in this trailer for the new show, Sydney to the Max!