The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Bobby Batson: I saw my sister Maggie acting and it inspired me to try it. I fell in love with it at my first audition. I love getting new auditions from my agents and working with my coaches on the auditions. Booking a role is icing on the cake.
TDQ: What’s your favorite movie and TV show?
BB: I love “The Avengers Age of Ultron.” “If you get hurt, hurt them back. If you die, walk it off.” “Wild Kratts” is my favorite TV show. I love to learn about animals.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?
BB: Stay strong and positive. I’m always strong and positive. For acting, I was told to act natural. When I am acting, I try to be the character. I try to act like the character would naturally act.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?
BB: I don’t know of any bad advice I’ve gotten yet. I hope I don’t.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
BB: Hayden Christensen is one of my influences. He has been acting since he was a kid like me and has been in some awesome movies! He is really kind too. My dad is the biggest influence! He works very hard for our family and always does the right thing. He was in the war and helped lots of people. He is so strong! His muscles are very big.
TDQ: What can you tell us about your character in “90 Minutes in Heaven?”
BB: I play Joe Piper. Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth play my parents. Joe is a good boy who tries to make his dad and family feel better through a very hard time. I make jokes and get to act silly in some parts of the movie but have to act sad in other parts.
TDQ: What was your experience like working with Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth? (And the next time you see Hayden, please tell him I LOVED “Shattered Glass.”)
BB: It was so much fun working with both of them. I will tell Hayden! He is such a nice man. He had a lot of patience answering my questions about “Star Wars” and all the stuff he had on him during “90 Minutes in Heaven.” He even gave me an action figure of Anakin Skywalker and signed it, “To Bobby- Awesome working together! Your pal, Hayden.” Kate is so pretty, and one of the nicest people in the whole world. She and Michael (Michael Polish is the director and Kate’s husband) brought cupcakes for everyone for Valentine’s Day. I think that makes me her Valentine.
TDQ: Did you talk to Hayden about him being in “Star Wars” and Kate playing Lois Lane?
BB: Yes. I asked him about how they did the scenes when they cut off his hand. He said he put a pouch on his hand that he could just slip on and off easily. It was really cool to talk to him about it. He said it was really fun to play Anakin Skywalker. I didn’t talk to Kate about Lois Lane. I will the next time I see her and let you know.
TDQ: What project are you working on right now?
BB: Right now I am auditioning for different roles. I hope I book something soon. I have been having callbacks and even put on hold but not book yet. I am playing football. I am very good at tackling.
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
BB: I will be a lead in a BIG movie or maybe a regular on a TV show. That is my dream. I will also be playing football, basketball and baseball.