If you used to watch Disney Channel’s show Jessie, you might have heard of Bunk’d, a spinoff starring Karan Brar and Nathan Arenas, who plays Ravi’s spirited best friend Jorge. Nathan is a natural comedian–his energy and dedication to his role leaves a lasting impression on his audience. Besides acting, he enjoys drawing; playing piano, drums, and guitar; and performing magic tricks. Read on to learn more about him!
R: Tell us how you got into acting.
N: Well for me it started with music. Ever since I learned how to walk and talk (I learned both around the same time) I would ask my mom to film me either singing and dancing or playing my toy guitar to The Rolling Stones or The Strokes. Then my love for seeing myself on camera came along!
R: You play Jorge on Bunk’d. Can you tell us what the show is about and about your character? What is it like working with Karan Brar and the rest of the cast?
N: Bunk’d is a spinoff of Jessie, so basically the Ross kids (Emma, Ravi, and Zuri Ross) end up going to a summer camp in Maine called Camp Kikiwaka, where their parents had met when they were teenagers. There, the kids make friends with head counselor Lou, camp heartthrob Xander, studious Tiffany, and…Jorge. It’s a bit difficult to explain what Jorge is like. You’ll have to meet him yourself! He is well-known for his exaggerated fibs, being outgoing, and of course being, in his eyes, mature, which comes across as a bit weird. It’s really awesome working with the whole cast because I consider them family and they are also role models. They have definitely taught me a lot.
R: What is a normal filming day like for you?
N: A normal filming day for me would be going to school, rehearsal, and eventually filming for a bit, then having dinner and going back home.
N: My favorite part would be that you can express yourself in many ways, and also that you’re doing what you love by making people feel a certain way each time they watch you. Sometimes we have scenes that make people tear up or laugh, and that’s mainly what I like about acting.
R: Are there any charities that are close to your heart?
N: Anti-bullying, animal shelters, foster care, and children hospitals.
R: What are some of your future goals?
N: I definitely want to start with photography. I also do amateur close-up and card magic, and I would definitely like to improve so that I can get more in the “magic” realm.
R: Are you on any social media? What are their addresses? Is there a place where your fans can send you mail?
Nathan Arenas, PMB #10910 Long Beach Blvd. STE #103 Lynwood, CA 90262
R: Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
N: Thank you for watching guys, I love all of you so much. Dream big!!
By Anna Tallarico
Photo credits: Bobby Quillard