Jaden Michael is an American model and actor who is popular for appearing in the films Wonderstruck (2017) and Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020) and the web series Colin in Black & White (2021).
Jaden Michael was born on Sunday, October 5, 2003 (age 17 years; as of 2020), and he hails from New York City. Determined to establish a career in acting, he juggled between castings, recordings, and homeschool. In 2017, while sharing his daily routine in an interview, he said,
At 7 in the morning, I start studying and at 11 am I finished. If I don’t complete it that day or if I have an audition all morning, I do the class hours in the evening when I get home or on the weekend. ”
In 2018, he enrolled himself in Dwight Global Online School, a coeducational, independent school for students in seventh through twelfth grade. Later, he also undertook a course by the popular American acting coach Lisa Regina. Popular
Height (approx.): 6′
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
Jaden’s mother discovered his talent for interaction with others at the early age of two and procured him a modeling assignment. Jaden garnered appreciation for his work, which prompted his mother to enlist him in a talent agency. In an interview, while revealing how his mother forged the path of his acting career, he said,
My mom put me into modeling when I was 2 years old and eventually someone was like ‘hey your son is really good in front of the camera’ so they put my mom up with a talent agency and I started doing commercials from there.”
At the 2013 Kids Fashion Week: Petite Prade, he walked the ramp modeling for Diesel, an Italian retail clothing brand.
To assure that Jaden was pursuing a path that made him happy, his mother checked in on him when he was ten years old. In an interview, he said,
When I was ten my mom was like ‘Hey Jaden, we don’t have to do this if you don’t want to but if you like it I’ll support you.”
To which Jaden replied,
I think this (acting) is what I need to do, Mom. I think this is for me.”
Jaden Michael made his short film debut when he played the role of Bumblebee in ‘Love Seat’ (2009). He gained recognition after playing the role of Ollie in the short film ‘Out There’ (2013). The film centers around Ollie, an 8-year-old boy who discovers unusual lights in his backyard after being abandoned by his mother in a strange town.
In the 2014 short film ‘Seed of the Fight,’ he played the role of an underage worker. Set in a country with horrendous living standards, the film showcases the exploitation of children. As the story unfolds, the new generations assume the responsibility to battle their current situation and change their fate.
He earned immense recognition for starring in ‘Penzai The Movie – A story of loss, struggle, and redemption’ (2016) as Jeremy, a nine-year-old boy who is rescued by an elderly, mystical Chinese woman named Su from his alcoholic father.
In an interview, while recalling his earliest memory of a shooting, Jaden said,
I remember working on Nickelodeon commercials when I was 4 and 5”
Beginning his career as a child actor, Jaden had appeared in numerous commercials on Nick Jr. and Sesame Street programming by the age of just ten. He appeared as a child in the American series ‘Daycare Diaries’ (2009). In 2012, he made a brief appearance as an Easter child in the famous American talk show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (2014). Later, in the same year, Jaden secured himself the role of Christopher Millsap in the American police procedural drama ‘NYC 22’ in an episode titled ‘Schooled.’ Thereafter, he appeared in an episode of the children’s live educational series ‘Odd Squad’ (2014) in which he played the role of Agent Otto. In the episode, Otto and Olive try to stop zeroes from disappearing as the missing zeroes can destroy the town.
He played the role of Rafe in the American musical drama ‘The Get Down’ (2016). Rafe is an ill-tempered, unpredictable, and uncontrolled person who smashes records, breaks windows, and rips paper with his crowbar in the series.
He made multiple appearances in ‘What Would You Do?’ from 2011 to 2018. The American program features actors who put up fake conflicts and pursue illegal activities in public settings with a hidden camera to observe the reactions of the bystanders.
In 2012, he made his debut with the sci-fi film ‘Found in Time’ in which he played the role of Billy.
In 2014, he appeared in the films ‘Every Secret Thing’ and ‘Growing Up and Other Lies.’ Jaden Michael garnered attention in 2016 with the indie drama ‘Custody’ in which he played the role of David Diaz. In the film, a mom accidentally injures her child in a moment of regrettable anger, which leads Child Protective Services to assume custody of her children, David and Tia Diaz.
He gained popularity with Amazon Prime’s American mystery film ‘Wonderstruck’ in which he played the role of Jaimie. The film is about a mysterious connection between a boy named Ben living in the Midwest in 1977 and a deaf girl named Rose living in a different era that is fifty years apart. In the film, Jaimie is a 12-year-old boy from 1977 who befriends and helps Ben find what he’s been looking for.
He rose to prominence with the American comedy horror film ‘Vampires vs. the Bronx’ (2020) in which he played the role lead role of Miguel Martinez. The film centers around a group of teenagers who try to protect their neighborhood in the Bronx from a vampire invasion.
In 2021, he appeared in the biographical Netflix series ‘Colin in Black & White’ as the younger version of the protagonist, Colin Kaepernick. The series showcases the high school years of Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback player, and the experiences that led him to become a civil rights activist.
From 2010-2012, he worked as a voiceover artist in the American animated children’s show ‘Team Umizoomi’ for the characters of Sam and Purple Monkey.
Thereafter, he lent his voice in the animated television series Dora the Explorer (2013), The Bug Diaries (2019), and the short film Children of Ether (2017), etc.
- Actor: Héctor Aníbal, James McAvoy, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
- Actress: Ana de Armas
- Film series: Star Wars
- In an interview, Jaden revealed that he enjoys observing people in his leisure time. He said,
New York is so full of culture and vibrant with emotion. It’s truly an actor’s paradise. Still one of my favorite things to do in the city is people watch, just observe how people walk, and I know this sounds like some creepy acting nerd stuff, but it’s really fun to just sit back and observe people, and the city has its fair share of characters.”
- Apart from people-watching, Jaden loves surfing, skateboarding, boxing, singing, and dancing. He is an avid lover of board sports. In an interview, he revealed,
I like skateboarding a lot, and breaking bones, and straining muscles. I like surfing and snowboarding.”
- At Global Kids Council (GKC) by Grey Ad and UNICEF (2017), Jaden announced the ambitious goal to give children official representation in the UN General Assembly by World Children’s Day 2018. He also unveiled a replica chair and desk to represent #VoiceOfTomorrow, which aimed at reminding everyone the importance of giving kids a voice where decisions directly affect them.
- In an interview, Jaden revealed that his dream role is to play a “psychopath.” He said,
My dream role is definitely a psychopath. I’ve always wanted to play a thriller killer. I just like the idea of getting really angry—you have complete control no one can tell what’s right or wrong.”
- Festival de Cine Global Dominicano (FCGD) presented the “Roots Recognition” to Jaden Michael in 2018, which intended to publicly recognize the Dominican youth who is dedicated to the film industry.
- For his role in the film ‘Wonderstruck,’ Jaden learned and became entirely fluent in American Sign Language.