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Interview with Andre Robinson from Cheaper by the Dozen

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Andre Robinson stars in the new Disney + remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Frudy had a chance to interview Andre on what it was like film the movie and how his acting career got started. Robinson is repped by CESD Talent Agency and Key Elements PR.

What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?

When I was six years old, my mom quit her job to become a homemaker. Her friend, who managed children, encouraged her to put me in the entertainment industry and she decided to give it a try.

What was the first ever role that you booked?

I booked was a movie entitled Kumba! It was my first voiceover job as a baby meerkat in the film.

What’s your favorite part about acting?

I’ve done theatrical and a variety of voiceover acting and my absolute favorite is getting behind the mic and becoming an animated character with voiceover. It’s thrilling!

What was the audition process like for Cheaper by the Dozen?

The initial audition went very well and I had two callbacks that included a lot of improv. Interestingly enough, I didn’t get coached for this audition, but I was taking an improv class, which really helped me.

What was a typical day on set like and how long did you film for?

Every day was exhilarating. Since we filmed during Covid, the day started with a “Covid check-in” then hair, makeup, wardrobe, and then to either set or school. It was focused, fast-paced, and exciting. Most days were full 8-hour days, but a few days, less.

Tell us more about the character you played in the film?

My character is DJ. He’s loveable, super smart, and nerdy. Comic books and superheroes totally excite him. Although his biological father is rich and popular, he’s drawn to his stepfather who relates to him

Do you have a favorite memory from set?

My favorite memory was the first few days on set when the entire cast bonded when we had to learn a hip-hop dance. It was hilarious!

What was it like working with such a large ensemble cast?

I had a blast! Sometimes it felt chaotic (in a good way) when we were all in the same scene–including the dogs!

What was it like for you to be a part of a the film which has a huge legacy and is a memorable classic?

Words can’t explain how grateful I am to be a part of this legacy that began as a novel in 1948 and the first movie in 1950! Incredibly each remake reflects its current era which makes it more memorable. I’m truly honored that Disney entrusted me with a role in such a remarkable classic film.

Any advice you’d give to a teen your age who wants to become an actor?

Go for it! And, DON’T GIVE UP no matter what. Enter the industry knowing that there’s a lot of rejection, but it’s not personal. There’s also a lot of rewards. If it’s your passion, pursue it and don’t let anyone discourage you.

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