Shalom Life | October 11, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Gregg Sulkin Talks Disney, Turning 21 and his Bar Mitzvah

The ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ star shares his likes & dislikes, details on his latest birthday bash, and discusses upcoming projects.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 10th, 2013 in Culture » Film » Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Gregg Sulkin Talks Disney, Turning 21 and his Bar Mitzvah

British-born actor, Gregg Sulkin, turned 21 less than 2 weeks ago, but he’s already amassed an incredibly impressive resume.

Sulkin made his acting debut in 2002 (at the age of 10) in ITV’s Doctor Zhivago mini-series co-starring Keira Knightley. Just a few years later, he landed the starring role of Bernie Reubens in Sixty Six, director Paul Weiland’s semi-autobiographical film following a Bar Mitzvah boy whose major celebration lands on the same day as the 1966 football World Cup Final.

His big break overseas came when Disney Channel cast him in Pass the Plate as “Gregg from the UK”. Disney fans adored Sulkin, as did the network. What followed was numerous roles in both film and television including a recurring guest role on Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place as Alex’s (Gomez) love interest, Mason, and a leading role in the Disney Channel Original film, Avalon High.

Most recently, Sulkin appeared in Pretty Little Liars as Ezra Fitzgerald’s young brother, Wesley.

Sulkin sat down with Shalom Life last week to discuss acting in the U.K vs. the U.S, his experience working with Disney, his 21st birthday celebrations, his likes & dislikes, and much more!

ASHLEY BAYLEN (AB): . Happy belated 21st birthday! Was it exciting being able to legally drink in the U.S although you’ve had that privilege in London for a few years already?

GREGG SULKIN (GS): Thanks! I’m not a big drinker to be honest, but it's nice that I'll be able to finally go and have a casual beer with my mates once in a while.

AB: How did you celebrate?

GS: I went to Vegas with my brother and couple of close friends. It had to be done.

AB: Until landing your first Disney role on ‘Pass the Plate’, you appeared in UK productions. Do you find acting in England differs from Hollywood?

GS: No. However in L.A, there are a lot more opportunities but then again its more competitive. As an actor, I think I've improved a lot since then so hopefully that continues.

AB: You have starred in several successful Disney productions including ‘Avalon High’ and ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’. How would you summarize your experience working in the wonderful world of Disney?

GS: I've been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing people as well as companies throughout my career. I've been very blessed.

AB: You recently reprised your role as Mason in ‘The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex’. What was it like being on set with everyone again?

GS: Loved every second of it. When you work on a show for a long time, you create a special bond with people so it was nice to have that back again.

AB: You were raised Jewish, and had your Bar Mitzvah by Israel’s Western Wall. Can you share some details of what must have been an incredible day?

GS: It was a very special day. I think only 5 or 6 people attended so it was very intimate but beautiful. And Israel is such a lovely country so it's a day I'll never forget.

AB: How, if at all, does your Jewish upbringing play into your life today?

GS: Well the Jewish community is all about love and family, which is the most important thing in my life too.

AB: If you weren’t acting, what do you think you’d be doing?

GS: Playing soccer and being involved in the sport somehow.

AB: When you’re not working, where can we usually find you?

GS: The gym, watching sports, watching movies or studying.

Find out Gregg's favorite movie, biggest pet peeve, favorite place to travel, and much more on the next page!

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