Hey Paxton, you started your acting career at a very young age, what inspired you to pursue acting?
My parents said I started talking at a young age and was never shy to be in front of a camera. They thought it would be a good idea to get into acting. Everything snowballed from there and here we are!
What actor/actress are you influenced by?
Jim Carrey, because he’s never afraid to go all out and dive into his characters. He has a huge range of emotions that he can play at any time. I really admire Bill Murray and his dry sense of humor too.
You are known for your role on the Disney series “Coop & Cami”. Can you explain the process of how you got this role?
The audition process was a little different than others I’ve been on because of how long the process took. I read for the part of ‘Ollie’ many times over a few months. After I landed the pilot, I had to re-audition for the part 6 months later! It was all pretty stressful, but worked out in the end.
Can you explain the character you portray?
‘Ollie’ is the youngest of the Wrather family. He’s a really fun character to play because he has no filter. Ollie says whatever comes to his mind! He is also the test pilot for the kid’s online show “Would You Wrather”. That means I get to do some fun stunts and messy gags.
What do you think makes this show standout from other Disney shows?
The show is about a big family lead by a single mom. Their dad passed away and it follows the kids dealing with everyday problems without the help of both parents.
Since getting the role, you must get recognized in public a lot more. What was that change like for you?
My life hasn’t changed too much, I’m still just a normal kid. I get stopped for pictures here, and there and it’s fun to talk to kids that are into the show.
What’s your favorite part about being on “Coop & Cami”?
I’ve been really lucky to get to do some fun stunts and gags on the show. We have an awesome stunt coordinator that makes sure I’m safe and still having fun. That’s by far my favorite part!
What’s your favorite part about being on set?
I really like seeing how a TV show is created. It takes so many people just for one episode! Everything is done on our set, from the prop making to editing, sound, writing and even casting. We really get an up close look at all the hard work goes into making “Coop And Cami.”
How do you and the other cast members get along? Do you guys have any rituals before filming?
We all get along great! It feels like one big family. I’m the youngest, so I’m kind of the little brother of the group.
What’s an average week like on set?
Monday through Wednesday are rehearsal days, so it’s pretty relaxed. We do a run through on those days too. That is where we act out the episode like a play for the producers and network to see. That way they can make any changes before we shoot on Thursday and Friday. And of course we do school every day on set too.
Did you want to be an actor when you were little, or did that develop later on?
I started when I was so young that I don’t really remember. I do know that the more I do it the more I really enjoy it! Everyday is a new learning experience for me.
Have you ever been starstruck by anyone you’ve met so far?
Yes! I went to the premiere of “Dumbo” and was surrounded by some incredibly talented people. I got to meet Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, who were very nice and down to earth. It was the first time I was every really nervous to talk to someone, but they made me feel welcome. I made some great memories that night!
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
Right now I’m currently working on shooting Season 2 of “Coop And Cami.”
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in acting?
My friends and family are all very supportive. I have family across the U.S. and they’ve basically watched me grow up on TV.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
I’m only 9 and my future is wide open! I’d love to see myself in a really challenging role, something outside the box and different for me. Working with Tim Burton would be amazing! As far as personal life goes, I just want to make sure I’m happy, healthy, and always make time for friends and family.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your career as an actor?
Getting the role of ‘Ollie’ on “Coop And Cami” for sure! Being a Disney kid is a pretty rare opportunity.
Overall, how has this whole acting career experience been for you so far?
It’s been a great learning experience. I’ve been meeting new people, and learning not just about acting but also life skills every time I’m on set.
Do you have any advice for anyone trying to make it as an actor?
Be okay with hearing the word “no”. It takes a lot of no’s before you hear any yes’s. Don’t get discouraged, and take every audition as a teaching moment.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
I use Instagram the most (@paxtonbooth). It’s just a fun way to connect with fans.
Do you plan to branch out into singing as well?
I don’t have any plans to pursue music, but love listening to all kinds of music and just started learning to play piano!
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Right now I’ve been singing and dancing to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” and Jonas Brothers “Sucker”. Normally I’m more of an 80’s rock music fan, but I’ve been starting to listen to different kinds of music lately and I’m really liking it!
Do you have any other talents other than acting?
I’ve been riding BMX since I was 3. My Dad and I go to skateparks together just about every weekend. I also have a brain full of Hot Wheels history.
What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Talkative, kind, loving, sarcastic, friendly
If your life was a movie, what would be the title?
My life as an actor – 90% of it was spent in LA traffic… “Lights, Camera, Traffic!”
Who would you want to play you?
That is a tough question. Someone who looks like me would be a good start, but if it is about my life now, I’d probably just play myself!
Do you have any last things you want to tell your fans?
Always be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you to be something you’re not! Stay rad!