Jackson Dollinger talks ‘Sydney to the Max’ and more in interview with Teens Wanna Know

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!

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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!!

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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.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is absolutely SUSHI…hands down.

Favorite Youtuber?

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.

Selfie time!

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Watch Jackson in this trailer for the new show, Sydney to the Max!

14 Comments

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted October 3, 2021 8:10 am 0Likes

    Ok HOT N COLD is exactly how I feel about the boy in my grade cause it describes him perfectly since he was so nice to me last year but now he is very mean for no reason. Like did I make him mad or something like that??? But he’s so confusing calling all the monsters is very accurate for my opinion since I’m on to the boy who is very mean this year cause I’m almost figured out why hes so mean maybe. Anyway how are you Jackson Dollinger??? Oh have you seen underwraps yet??? It’s Awesome!!!!? It made me jump 3 times in a row but it also made me feel sad. I honestly don’t know why but it did. Also you will be very happy to hear that your friend christian j Simon was very funny in the movie I really think they all did a great job in the movie. So if you get the chance I recommend it to you. You like funny things right?? I have never seen you in any pictures when you weren’t smileing. You are very funny and I think we’d be very good friends if I ever meet you at all. You’re very cool and from what I can see your very funny and sweet. BRO YOU HELPED 72 HOMLESS PEOPLE IN LOS ANGLES!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN’T TELL ME THAT YOUR NOT VERY SWEET!!!!? YOU JUST CAN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I honestly don’t care if anyone else says that your not awesome because you are!!!!!! It’s unbelievable your just perfect!!!!!! Sorry but it’s true. Yes I have a crush on you but I think I have a very valid reason for liking you. I can’t believe it that you helped 72 homeless people in Los Angeles California!!!!! Dude!!!! You’re very cool like very very very very very very very very very cool. I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ You are awesome 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted October 2, 2021 1:15 pm 0Likes

    Ok I don’t understand why this one boy in my grade is being so mean since I thought we were friends. Maybe I just really got confused about what he was trying to do when he was really nice last year and he was super fun to be around but now every time I see him I just don’t feel like he cares about being nice anymore. It kinda makes me feel really sad since we were making really good progress on trying to get to know each other. He even purposely walked right by my desk and he always acted very interested in what I was doing and he even lightly taped my finger when we were playing heads up seven up. Ok this is off topic but he has such a light and gentle touch. Not that I care but I seriously cried the one day since he was really mean. I just want to be friends again. And I seriously considered him a very nice and cool friend and I thought he felt the same way but I guess I was really wrong. So Jackson I just really hope you never have to go through that since it’s not fun. Have a great weekend!!!

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 26, 2021 3:09 pm 0Likes

    What the heck!!! Bro you have some really creepy fans!! Ops, sorry,I didn’t mean it like that, it’s just………..ok weird question, how many pictures do and did you post with you wearing a jean jacket???? I’m not stalking you or anything but your one fan has a picture of you and I’ve never seen it before, not that it’s important for me to know I just was surprised when I saw it. Ok please don’t hate this and think I’m stalking you because I’m NOT, NO WAY!!! But I have pictures of you that YOU posted on the internet and when I saw the fans picture of you I just was curious if you posted it before and I just haven’t ever seen it, or, the fan is just a total creep. Again I’m sorry if I’m being offensive but that’s not good if they are stalking you Jackson. Ok actually I can’t say anything since I kinda have over 100 pictures of you, BUT, BUT, , YOU AND ONLY YOU, posted them!!! So I’m sorry but okay I have a crush on you, so what? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Ok maybe I am but seriously can you blame me???? Like actually blame me??? No you can’t. Your just so cool and I, I’m not, ok there I said it, I’m not cool, but you are. Oh and your only two years older than me so it’s fair that I have a crush on you, ok, it’s totally fair. But in my opinion you probably won’t be very happy if you see this, sorry. Also I’m pretty sure that I might go to sleep before you do. The reason I’m saying that is since it’s 3:00 PM in LOS ANGELES right now and where I live it’s 6:00 PM so we are exactly 3 hours apart Time wise. You can thank geography and my older sister for me knowing that. Sorry again Jackson for saying weird things. I hope you have a great day and get a great sleep. From your most loyal fan and maybe friend. PS your very convincing, I’m seriously considering trying sushi because of you. Ok goodnight!!!

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 26, 2021 3:04 pm 0Likes

    What the heck!!! Bro you have some really creepy fans!! Ops, sorry,I didn’t mean it like that, it’s just………..ok weird question, how many pictures do and did you post with you wearing a jean jacket???? I’m not stalking you or anything but your one fan has a picture of you and I’ve never seen it before, not that it’s important for me to know I just was surprised when I saw it. Ok please don’t hate this and think I’m stalking you because I’m NOT, NO WAY!!! But I have pictures of you that YOU posted on the internet and when I saw the fans picture of you I just was curious if you posted it before and I just haven’t ever seen it, or, the fan is just a total creep. Again I’m sorry if I’m being offensive but that’s not good if they are stalking you Jackson. Ok actually I can’t say anything since I kinda have over 100 pictures of you, BUT, BUT, , YOU AND ONLY YOU, posted them!!! So I’m sorry but okay I have a crush on you, so what? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Ok maybe I am but seriously can you blame me???? Like actually blame me??? No you can’t. Your just so cool and I, I’m not, ok there I said it, I’m not cool, but you are. Oh and your only two years older than me so it’s fair that I have a crush on you, ok, it’s totally fair. But in my opinion you probably won’t be very happy if you see this, sorry. Also I’m pretty sure that I might go to sleep before you do. The reason I’m saying that is since it’s 3:00 PM in LOS ANGELES right now and where I live it’s 6:00 PM so we are exactly 3 hours apart Time wise. You can thank geography and my older sister for me knowing that. Sorry again Jackson for saying weird things. I hope you have a great day and get a great sleep. From your most loyal fan and maybe friend.

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 18, 2021 2:46 pm 0Likes

    Ok dude, DID SOMEONE JUST SAY YOUR CUTE??????!!!! I mean you kinda are but still!!!!!!!!!! Oops sorry, I really like you, ok??? But seriously your so cool and sweet!!!!!!!!! Sorry if I’m wrong but I’m sure you have a LOT of friends, right??? I wouldn’t be surprised if you do. Really I wouldn’t.

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 18, 2021 2:37 pm 0Likes

    How are you Jackson????? So I have a question for you have you ever heard elevate by Big Time Rush??? I’m literally listening to it and I just was wondering. Oh I actually have another question for you how is school going for you if you are in person that is? I just am hoping you are having fun and having a great time with your family and friends. I’m a huge fan of your songs and you. Sorry if that’s weird but it’s true. Anyway have a great weekend and week!!!!!!?

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 6, 2021 4:56 pm 0Likes

    Have you ever heard Big Time Rush sing?????? They are really good and there songs are so catchy I’m actually listening to them right now and trust me they are good. So are you Jackson but they just make me want to dance and i don’t dance like at all, unless I have to, but even then it’s really embarrassing for me since I don’t have good timeing or rythum what so ever. You do though and let me say that you are awesome at dance. BRO!!!! THEY ARE PLAYING ALL OF THE GOOD SONGS BUY BIG TIME RUSH!!!!! I love this song I’m literally about to start dancing I love there music!!!!! BRO!!!! Sorry I’m just, I love this song!!! But anyway you are so good at rymeing, rythum, dancing, and sing wich go together very well. I only know one dance. Ok good night and get a good sleep.!!!

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 5, 2021 5:12 pm 0Likes

    I know how it feels to be scared so Bad that you can’t sleep trust me I actually feel sorry for you since it’s torcher expecally when you have school that very next day!!!!!( Yes that has happened to me before, I literally couldn’t watch TV since I was terrified of zombies Disney showed the zombies move and my oldest sister turned it on and I literally ran out of the room since I was to scared from my nightmare, I COULDN’T EVEN CRY, SCREAM, OR BARELY BREATH I WAS SO SCARED!!!!!!!! Also I
    think I kept trying to get my grandma but I couldn’t stand up or move at all since was so scared so Jackson yes I do feel bad for you.

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 5, 2021 5:01 pm 0Likes

    Also you are literally exactly 2. Years older than I am so Jackson I can relate to what you say.

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 5, 2021 4:58 pm 0Likes

    I’m sorry that was a weird way to end the comment. So Jackson you are so funny and btw you are a AMAZING singer I’m literally listening to all of your songs right now. You just are perfect, definitely. I know that is weird to say expecally since you don’t know me personally or at all and I don’t know you personally either but I don’t think I can hold it back anymore, Jackson I think you’re so sweet and selfless and I think you’re an awesome person and I really like you, like I REALLY like you a lot. I literally laugh at anything and everything you say and do. So Jackson yes as you probably can guess I have a small crush on you. Please don’t think about it I can’t help it, I’m sorry. I’m only 12 so please don’t judge me for saying that, please PS wait or run is so good, all of your songs are really good actually. I’m yours 2 is just how I feel about you, sorry this is my first time with a small crush so Jackson I’m so sorry for being awkward and weird. I know that I won’t ever meet you ever in my life and I’ll probably forget about my crush on you and have a different crush by next year ,maybe, we’ll see. But can you blame me for liking you Jackson? Your perfect. I’m not joking. You are so good at expressing your feelings in your songs and I kinda want to be like you. I even did a hole presitation on acting since you made me want to be a actress.( It will never happen but I can dream) I just wanted to say that you kinda are like a friend to me since I don’t really have any friends and I know so much about you Jackson that I feel like I know you personally even though I don’t. So Jackson I hope you have a great night and I hope you are having a great year so far. Love your biggest fan ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Jackson Dollinger lover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Posted September 4, 2021 9:46 am 0Likes

    Ok I’m sorry but Jackson you fell in front of everyone!!!!!!! I’m sorry for laughing cause trust me I know how you feel but it’s really funny, and I’m sorry if that makes you upset to hear but you have to admit it seems very funny. Also a kid in my homeroom was standing up from getting something off of the floor and he fell down backwards and I had to hold my breath to stop myself from laughing really hard and he was standing in front of me so I didn’t want to laugh at him cause again I know how that feels. I’m trying to be nice but it’s just so funny. But yes definitely embarrassing. I know that this happened two years ago but I just can’t help asking, were you ok, Like did you get hurt at all???????? If you did then I feel bad for laughing and saying that it’s funny. You and I share a zodiac sign by the way. Oh and Jackson again I’m sorry for laughing. You are so cool 😎😎😎❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Also I just want to let you know that I am someone who if someone falls.,Trips, loses their footing ext. I HAVE TO ask if they are ok. I just feel very bad for someone if they get hurt cause then I don’t want to be mean. In 4 grade I literally almost cried when my really good friend Kayden hurt himself somehow. I wasn’t even the one that was hurt and I still almost cried!!!!!!! I HATE,HATE,HATE seeing people get hurt cause I know really well how it feels trust me I will make sure someone is ok before I laugh or anything else. I fractured my ankle in first grade so I know exactly how it feels and trust me it hurts like crazy!!!!! But anyway Kayden hurt himself somehow and I had to leave since I couldn’t bear to see him crying and hurt it makes me feel sad and upset. Here is a example of how sad and upset it makes me I couldn’t even play with my other friends since I was so upset at seeing him hurt and crying it felt like my heart literally broke ( I know that can’t happen but it still felt like that) so therefore that is why I asked you if you were ok after the chair tipped over and you fell. Plus I might have a small Crush on you, Sorry but I just want you to know. When you were acting in Sydney to the max and you did this one scene where your character max was crying you sounded so sad and upset that I almost cried myself. I had to literally leave the room to wipe my tears that were forming and get a drink so I wouldn’t cry. Yes I know that is very weird but if I’m drinking water then I can for one hide my face so no one knows that I’m about to cry but it also gives me water then I have enough water in my mouth and body(you can’t live without it) so that I won’t be able to cry and also I then have a reason to leave the room. Bye!!!!!

  • Gabrielle Cleghorn
    Posted July 19, 2019 9:13 am 0Likes

    You’re so cute and you’re awesome skate I know and I know your height 4‘5” Inches You’re perfect boyfriend but I don’t have a boyfriend and me a buzz when the you’re perfect boyfriend nameed Jackson Dollinger if you and I know you hair color dark brown I know your eye color brown and your birthday is january 19 2007 I meet you I know you were age 12 years old

    • Alejandro Moore
      Posted December 16, 2019 2:14 pm 0Likes

      Hey Jackson!Hru. What do you want for Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄🎉 this year?Are you naughty or nice on the nice list. Did you ask for Santa Claus 🎅 what do you want for Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄ this year. I would love to meet you and greet u Jackson. Jackson,What do you want for Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄🎉 this year in 2019. Are you going to cook a Christmas Dinner, this year in 2019.The season 2 premiere of #sydneytothemax premiere tonight at 8:30pm on @disneychannel on Friday, December 13th 2019. Did you know that you skip everybody reply on your comment @jacksondollinger and include me @almoore433 on your reply comment @jacksondollinger on your last post about It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄ on your Instagram account @jacksondollinger. I send you a 28 comment on your last post about It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄ on your Instagram @jacksondollinger, and I also send you a few comment on your new reply on your add comment @jacksondollinger on your new post about Hoped you enjoyed the Christmas episode of🎄🎁🎅⛄ #sydneytothemax for #season2 on @DisneyChannel on your Instagram @jacksondollinger. Jackson,Don’t forget to check your last post that you skip everybody comment and include me @almoore433, on your Instagram @jacksondollinger, about It’s beginning to feel like a lot like Christmas 🎄🎁🎅⛄ on your last post on your Instagram @jacksondollinger, & also don’t forget to check your new post that I send you a few comment on your new reply on your add comment @jacksondollinger on your new post about Hoped you enjoyed the Christmas episode 🎄🎁🎅⛄ of #sydneytothemax for #season2 on @DisneyChannel, on your Instagram @jacksondollinger. I hope you enjoyed watching the new episode of #sydneytothemax for Christmas episode 🎄🎁🎅⛄ of #sydneytothemax for #season2 on @DisneyChannel. I like to also to congratulations on #season2 of #sydneytothemax on @DisneyChannel for this year in 2019, and next year in 2020.Jackson, How long does it take to hear back from you on my email ✉📩, at almoore433@yahoo.com✉📩. You can contact me on my email at almoore433@yahoo.com✉📩. Jackson, I like to hear from you right away, at almoore433@yahoo.com✉📩. Today is Monday, Dec 16 2019. Have you finishing your Christmas shopping 🎄🎁🎅⛄ yet at the mall.I am looking forward to chat with you this coming week on Monday, December 16th, 2019 through Friday, December 20th 2019. Those gingerbread houses look amazing. I send you a new comment on your new post from your Instagram @jacksondollinger, about Dakota Lotus (@dakota_lotus) birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎉🎉🎊🎊 on Monday,December 16th 2019. Did you decorated your Christmas tree 🎄🎁🎅⛄ last weekend on Saturday, December 14th, or Sunday, December 15th. It’s beginning to look like a lot like Christmas Party 🎄🎁🎅. I hope you wish Dakota Lotus (@dakota_lotus) a Happy 15th Birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎉🎉🎉 today on Mon, Dec 16th 2019. I didn’t realize today is Dakota Lotus (@dakota_lotus) birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎉🎉 today on Mon, Dec 16th 2019. Don’t forget to check your last post on your Instagram @jacksondollinger,🚨 about It’s beginning to feel like a lot like Christmas 🎄🎁🎅 from your Instagram @jacksondollinger, and also don’t forget to check your new post🚨, about Hoped you enjoyed the Christmas episode 🎄🎁🎅⛄🎉 on your Instagram @jacksondollinger. I would like to hear back from you right away from my email✉📩 at almoore433@yahoo.com✉📩, and my Instagram at, @almoore433. Can you tagged me at #almoore433, from my Instagram @almoore433. I will talk to you later,this week? Jackson Dollinger, This is your biggest number 1 fan Al. P.S. Jackson, I always wanted to be your biggest fan from your show of Sydney to the Max on Disney Channel! The correct time is in Charlotte, NC, is 5:13?

  • camelly
    Posted July 18, 2019 8:45 am 0Likes

    do you and leo want to live with me.

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