Ha! So, who's been your motivation and inspiration through it all?
My parents and my brothers have been so supportive from the start. Also, I wouldn't be able to do any of it without my acting coach in LA. He's my mentor. There are a few people I'd be lost without.
Taking on a role based on a true story of a boy who's passed away must have been harder than one based on a fictional character.
Oh yeah! It took a lot more confidence. I freaked out during filming and called my best friend who's an actor because I was under so much pressure. He had to remind me that I was an actor, I wasn't Jay. Then at the screening in Santa Cruz where the movie was filmed, the real Kim Moriarity (the late Jay's wife) and Jay's father attended, and told me afterward they were proud. He said that Jay would have been proud, too. I don't see how it could get any better than hearing that.
What's next for you?
Well, I'm doing an independent film 87 Fleer, so we're beginning to film that soon. After that, I want to wait for another part that really captures me the way that Jay's story did.
Make sure you catch Jonny Weston in Chasing Mavericks in theaters everywhere tomorrow, October 26!
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