JARED GILMAN WAS EN TERING sixth
grade at Newark Academy, a private day
school in Livingston, when he received
his first callback. Six months later, the
young actor learned he had landed the
juicy role of camper/romantic Sam
Shakusky in Wes Anderson’s quirky com-ing-of-age comedy Moonrise Kingdom.
Playing alongside Bill Murray, Bruce Wil-
lis and Tilda Swinton, he was catapulted
to indie stardom. The scripts have been
rolling in ever since.
“I like to think I am
getting the best of both
worlds,” says the astute
15-year-old. “I am having
a great experience at Newark Academy,
and I’m also having a great experience as
an actor. I don’t know what else I could
Gilman’s latest project, the independent
comedy Two-Bit Waltz, premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival and will be released
December 23 on DVD. Gilman’s new char-
acter, Bernie, is a wise-beyond-his-years
teen who must ensure that his older sister
Maude (Clara Mamet) stays in school and
doesn’t lose herself in heartbreak or apa-
thy. The film also stars William H. Macy
and Rebecca Pidgeon.
When not flying to and from L. A. for
auditions, Gilman stays busy hanging out
with friends and playing on the varsity golf
team. A self-described film nerd, he still
gets star-struck at times. Walking the red
carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Gilman
felt like “a kid in a candy store.” And, he
adds, “this kid is, like, a candy fanatic.” ;
[ F I L M ] BY CHRISTINA COLIZZA
Two-Bit Waltz star
H. Macy, who
plays his dad.
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