Cover Star - Elias Harger

When did you begin acting?

When I was four years old, my younger sister and I signed with a talent agency in Colorado. On our first commercial audition, my sister got the job. She was two, and I was almost five. It looked like she had a ton of fun, and later we saw her on television. I wanted to see what it was like myself. 

What inspired you to get into the acting industry?

I was inspired by my sister and the fun experience she had on her first commercial shoot. 

How do you balance your work life with your personal life?

It’s pretty easy. I am homeschooled. When I get an audition, I just have to rearrange my schedule to go to the audition. When I’m on set, they provide a set teacher. When I’m not acting, outside of school, I have hobbies. I spend time with friends. I play with my brother and sister. I get to do lots of things outside of acting. 

What do your friends think about you being on TV?

Most of my friends are actors themselves, so it’s not a foreign idea for them. The friends I have who are not actors think it’s pretty cool. They ask me a lot of questions about acting and my experiences in the industry. 

Do you have any hidden talents?

I have double jointed thumbs, so I can pop my thumbs out of their sockets. Most people think it’s pretty weird.

What is your favourite thing about being on tv?

I enjoy auditioning, meeting new people and having new adventures. I enjoy being an actor. I prefer the creative process of acting over watching myself on television. I tend to be pretty critical of my performances.

What do you like to do outside of acting?

I have multiple hobbies. I ski, swim, play piano, take gymnastics classes and began archery last fall. I also love to read and create things, as well as study Spanish and French. 

What advice would you give to kids your age wanting to get into the industry? 

I would advise kids to stay in their local community and do everything they can do there before trying to move to a place like Los Angeles. If they already live in LA, of course, then start here! For instance, audition for student films if there is a local film school and audition for community theater projects. See if your local community has any acting programs or workshops. Find improvisation classes. Check out local talent agents and contact them to see if one will represent you. It’s always best to get as much experience as you can auditioning and acting in your hometown. 

Do you ever get recognised by fans? If so, what is it like?

Yes, I do. It’s a lot of fun getting to meet my fans. So far, all of my fans have been super nice. They are very polite about asking to take photos, and they usually just want to talk a little bit. 

Who is someone who has supported your acting career that you feel grateful for?

My mom. She’s been there since I was born. There is no one in the world who cares more about my well-being.  She drives me all over town in LA traffic to go to auditions, coachings and classes. She homeschools me, coordinates stuff with my agents and manager, and is on set with me whenever I’m working.