Today I'm meeting Jaden Michael at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Cooper Square. At only 14 years old, Jaden has already captured the attention of Hollywood as a young star to watch. Jaden's most recent movie Wonderstruck, premieres this Friday where he co-stars with Julianne Moore.
Jaden has also had recurring roles in Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down (Netflix) and co-starred in the 2016 TriBeCA Film Festival's indie feature drama, Custody alongside Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere and Ellen Burstyn. He has also worked alongside Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s film, Paterson featured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Follow Jaden @jadenmichael.
What’s your favorite t shirt? Where and why did you buy it? My favorite T shirt is a white one with lots of different hues on it. I like it because it is abstract and you can make up your own idea of what the design is portraying. The Shirt is from Anthony Morato. I purchased it because to me it looks like a busy street in Tokyo.
Do you prefer television or movies? Which if any movies or shows has inspired your style? I prefer films. Being a film actor allows me the ability to perform a range of characters. As an actor you become someone else. But with fashion, I can represent myself. I am able to express who I am and what I like. Thus, TV and movies have little influence in my style of dressing.
What’s your favorite part about living in New York City? I believe that living in the Empire State is a great privilege. I think it’s great being able to walk by the Rockefeller Center and other landmarks in NYC every day. My favorite part about living in the city is the diversity in the foods that are available and that there are many activities throughout to enjoy.
What’s your favorite restaurant and what do you like to order? This is a hard question. I love food and have many favorites in the city. I love Japanese cuisine and one of my favorite places for fresh sushi is Geisha Sushi. There is also a Japanese BBQ place that I think is fun and I love going with my friends called Gyu-Kaku. The twist to this restaurant is that you cook everything yourself. It’s a wonderful experience and tastes great.
Someday when you get nominated for an Oscar or Emmy what would you wear to the ceremony? I want to wear a suit I saw by Dolce and Gabbana. The jacket has two tigers on it and is a plum color.
What song keeps showing up the most on your playlist? These days Free by Denise Williams keeps popping up.
If you could go on a $5,000 shopping spree anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you buy? I would go to Japan and buy a pair of sneakers at the Y-3 store and then go to the largest camera shop in Japan to purchase cameras and drones, Yodobashi Camera. It is actually the largest camera store in the world.
Who is the most interesting person you follow on Twitter/Instagram? The most interesting person I follow on Instagram is Yara Shahidi. I think she is a great actress and her journey is very similar to mine. She started very young and has been building her career ever since. I have been a fan of her work since the film she did with Eddie Murphy, Imagine That. The reason why I like her Instagram so much is because she really engages with her fans. I like how she regularly talks with her fans via Instagram. I have a similar approach. I want my fans to feel close and I want them to think of me as a friend.
What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return? My friend, Jack Corbin, is a musician and I would love to “borrow” one of his guitars.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and who would travel with you? I would travel to Japan with my mom and grandma. I love the Japanese culture. I love their food, their style, the language (which I am studying on free time), the architecture, everything, I guess.
What would you do on the airplane to pass the time? I like to watch films on the airplane. I also read scripts and memorize sides on the plane.
I just read Anne Frank’s Diary and just saw the exhibit “Boom for Real” about Jean-Michel Basquiat at Barbican Art Gallery in London.
I would love to be on the cover of this magazine GQ wearing this designer Dolce and Gabbana.
Thanks for letting me interview your closet Jaden. I’m glad I got to know you better too. Now would you mind if I borrowed your cork Vans? Sure!
Wonderstruck starring Jaden Michael premieres this Friday, October 20th in theaters!