Tell, us Chase, when did you first discover a love for acting?
When I was 6 years old. Being up front at church at children’s time and talking in front of everybody, also doing that when I was singing my solo Christian songs. I really liked all of that. Someone in the congregation said that they wouldn’t be surprised if I was on the big screen one day. Then mommy took that to heart and asked one of her friends how she got her kids into acting. That first year I started acting I had two agents and was in six films.
What was your first role?
It was in the movie Gabriel. I played the role of a son eating in a restaurant with his Dad and then Rory Culkin walked in and looked over at us. I got to travel to NYC for it and loved the city and getting to ride the subway!
How many movies have you been in?
So far, about sixteen, both feature films and some short films. I’ve had several lead roles and also some supporting roles. And I’ve been in TV shows, too.
What has been your favorite role so far?
Miles in Ivory Shadows, because there was lots of action and I got to fall through “ice” in a pool.
Tell us about your role as Mitchell in Providence. What did you like best about it? What did you find hardest about it?
I play the young version of a character named Mitchell. He didn’t have a lot of money. When he went to the book store, he didn’t have a big choice of what to buy because he only had $.12. He found a Bible for $.10 so he bought it and found out it belonged to a girl named Rachel. It turns out he ends up marrying Rachel when they grow up. Getting married when they did was all part of God’s timing and His plan.
My favorite part of the film was finding the Bible in the book store because the Bible has to do with God and Jesus.
I found acting for the movie mostly easy but, during the playground scene, my chain broke and the hardest part about it was finding the broken bead. The bead was black on the dark dirt. It was fun searching around with everyone trying to find it, which we finally did!
How did you become a book author at such a young age?
I’ve been reading for a very long time: Preschool to now, and along the way, I got inspired to write my own book called Stomper the Elephant. I’ve also written poems and other short stories. At school, I won the Young Author’s award.
Tell us about Stomper.
He is an adventurous elephant. In the story he and his friends go to the rainforest and try to decipher the paper pieces they are given into the directions to the tree frog habitat where they would find the boy or girl tree frog for their class pet. I am donating the money made from this book to three different charities: one, the Alzheimer’s association, two, the american cancer society, three, the salvation army. I feel like it’s my way of doing God’s work and helping others.
What are your plans for the future?
To grow up and be a scientist and invent cures for horrible diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
I love acting because I get to meet new friends, and the saddest part is leaving. I cry a lot when they say “that’s a wrap for Chase!”