Chances are, you've been obsessed with Jeremy Shada's projects your whole life. The 20-year-old actor voices Finn in Adventure Time, plays class prez on Mr. Student Body President, and is now lending his voice to the new animated feature, Surf's Up 2: WaveMania. When TWIST caught up with Jeremy, we asked him to dish all about these projects and more, and reflect back on some of the milestones in his career. Check out our exclusive Q & A below.
TWIST: What can you tell us about Surf's Up 2?
Jeremy Shada: Surfs Up 2: WaveMania is the brand new sequel to the awesome cult animated movie Surfs Up! I play the main character Cody who gets to go on an epic surfing adventure with his childhood heroes “The Hang Five”, who are basically legendary surfing penguin versions of the five coolest WWE wrestlers in the world!
TWIST: What is something people wouldn't necessarily realize goes into voice acting?
JS: Well, with voice acting you aren’t able to show physical emotion like you would be able to in live action (on camera) acting. You have to convey all of the emotions that your character is feeling through just the way your saying you lines and your tone of speaking. But generally when I record, I still get pretty into it and I'll make funny faces as I’m getting angry, happy, sad, excited, etc.
TWIST: What's the coolest part of seeing an animated feature come to life?
JS: My favorite part is finally getting to see it all put together! Because when you’re recording for a movie, you’re generally by yourself and all you have is a script. So when you actually get to see what the characters and locations look like put together with your voice coming out of one of the characters it's super exciting!
TWIST: What has it been like growing up with a show like Adventure Time?
JS: It’s been awesome! I never thought Adventure Time would be as massive and loved as it’s become so it's just been very humbling and cool! It’s pretty surreal being the voice of a character that means so much to people and that kids look at as their hero! Especially now towards the end where kids have literally grown up listening to my voice!
TWIST: How has the process of recording changed since you first started working on the series?
JS: I think over time we’ve just gotten to know the characters really well, and we're very confident and comfortable with everything when we record now. It’s second nature turning on and off the Finn voice at this point.
Happy 500th post everyone!!! Unfortunately it comes on a bittersweet day. In 2018 after our 9th and (amazing) final season #AdventureTime will be coming to an end. I just wana say how thankful and blessed I've been to be a part of such an incredible show, with amazing cast/crew and the best fans in the world. I'm So humbled to have been able to be apart of it and for all of your great response and support! Here's to one of the greatest cartoons in history! Let's enjoy the rest of what has been an incredible run for one of the dopest shows together! 😊😁 #finnthehuman #bestshow #blessed
TWIST: Do you prefer voice work over live action?
JS: I like both for very different reasons. They're both just different forms of acting. Voice acting is more laid back and I don’t have to memorize lines, but I also can’t use physical emotion and have to convey everything through my voice.
Live action is more time consuming and more challenging, but I enjoy the challenge and I really love getting to fully embody the character with being in wardrobe and being on set acting off of other people and getting to use more tools.
TWIST: What was it like working on Mr. Student Body President?
JS: It was a blast! I love playing Tyler, who’s the student body president, because he’s always got a plan for every situation and theres a lot of layers to him. Plus the show is a comedy which I love doing because you’re always laughing on set between takes (and lots of times during takes).
TWIST: What's the vibe like working with that cast?
JS: We had a massive cast of super talented actors who are all around the same age on the show and we shot at an actual high school, so for me, being someone who was home schooled, it was almost like getting the high school experience in a weird way, but getting it with 30 friends and having all the drama being fake because it was scripted!
TWIST: What's a piece of advice you'd give your younger self when you were first starting your career?
JS: I think the main thing I would tell myself would be to just be confident in what you’re doing and not second guess yourself. Because you can get very self conscious when you don’t get a part you audition for, or think you messed up, but ultimately you’ll get the jobs you’re supposed to get and you won’t get the jobs you’re not supposed to get. It’s always better to be confident and thankful for what you have.
TWIST: Do you remember a specific moment feeling like your "big break"?
JS: I think probably the first time I ever went to San Diego Comic Con for Adventure Time and walked out onto the panel in front of a couple thousand screaming fans who were all wearing Finn hats. Because before that point I’d never really been recognized for any of my acting, so that was a pretty big eye opener.
TWIST: Who are some actors you consider to be your biggest inspirations?
JS: I’m a huge fan of a lot of actors and throughout the years I’ve grown to admire so many so it's really hard to narrow it down, but i think some of my favorites would be Harrison Ford, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Pratt, Mel Gibson, and Will Smith.