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Jacob Hopkins | The Multi-Dimensional Heartthrob Everyone Should Know — Flaunt Magazine

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Do you remember your first big break? 

When I was nine, I booked the role of Alexander Drew on True Blood. I was a kid, and I had never really heard of True Blood. I thought “Playing a vampire! This is gonna be awesome.” Everyone on set was so nice: Christopher Meloni, Carolyn Hennesy, Alexander Skarsgard. They’re all family people. They really treated me like I was one of their own. They didn’t talk down to me, I was very respected and treated as a part of the True Blood family. I was a little nervous going into it because I expected it to be a scary vampire place, but it was really a movie set with normal people.

I had a really great time. I remember taking all these tours to the special effects studio, they were showing me all the behind-the-scenes of the fangs and the fake vampire blood. I’m looking at all the stuff super excited and my mom is behind me like “uhh are you going to be okay?” But it was a blast and really cool. My character, Alexander Drew, was really fun to play. To this day, he’s the only character I’ve played that’s really evil and bad to the core. He’s supposed to be the oldest vampire on the Vampire Council in True Blood. He was turned into a vampire as a child so he’s stuck in that body, but he’s really supposed to be thousands of years old. He’s very powerful. That was super fun to me because, as a kid, you want to rule the world. 

Talk about your long-running role on ABC’s The Goldbergs. Talk about your fondest memories from there as well. 

I started doing that around the same time I started voicing Gumball, I was 11 years old. I’ve been doing it for eight years now. It’s still crazy to say we’ve been going that long. It’s an awesome show! I play Chad Kremp, Adam Goldberg’s best friend on the show. Everyone is super nice, funny, and really great to be around. 

I remember my very first episode I shot, which was The Kremps, where we got to meet the Kremp family. They had just moved in next to the Goldbergs. Sean Giambrone who plays Adam, at that time there wasn’t another kid or anyone else near his age on the show. When I started, we immediately hit it off. Still to this day, we treat each other like brothers. We always hang out and have a blast on set and off. We went everywhere together on set when we first started. We still do, but now the gang has grown. We have Stephanie Grant, we have Kenny Ridwan. It’s awesome. 

Being only 19, what do you like to do for fun when you’re not working? 

First of all, I’m going to college this year at The University of Arizona, which I’m really excited about. I’ll be studying Mechanical Engineering. I’ve also been doing martial arts since I was nine, and I’m a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. 

That’s amazing! How does that feel?

It’s a really good feeling. When you spend so much time on a craft, especially something very physical like martial arts, you’re basically putting your heart, your soul, and your body into it. I’ve been doing it for ten years now and achieving all these new ranks, third degree black belt, feels really awesome. I’m accomplishing something not only physically, but mentally. It hasn’t really changed my personality or my view on life, but it’s in addition to it. I view things in a martial arts sense, and I try to keep myself very humble.

What do you want to do with Mechanical Engineering?

I want to study robotics. I want to build robotic prosthetics for people who need them, like people who were born without limbs or lost them in accidents. I’ve always been fascinated with helping people and robotics in general. I really like building, technology, and machines. I have a really deep interest in that, so I think it’s something cool to pursue.

Goals for yourself at this point of your career?

Acting-wise, I got the anime! In voiceover, I’ve already accomplished everything I’ve wanted: lead in a cartoon, lead in an anime. I will definitely be continuing that though. In terms of on-camera, I’d love to be the next Marvel superhero. I’m just throwing that out there. I want to incorporate martial arts into an acting job, that’d be really, really cool. Also,  getting my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and who knows, maybe going to grad school after that. I’ve accomplished a lot of things so far, and I’ll keep working hard at the other stuff.

What are you most excited for this year as the world’s opening back up?

Definitely college, it is going to be a really cool experience for me. I live in California and I’m going to Arizona. It’ll definitely be a big change, living away from home in another state. It’s not only going to be a great educational experience, but help me grow as a person: be independent, be on my own. I’m really excited to see the changes that’ll come with that: new friendships, new opportunities, and new experiences.

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