David Henrie Interview -- JJJ Exclusive!

David Henrie Interview -- JJJ Exclusive!

Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie caught up with JJJ to dish on his latest DCOM, Dadnapped.

The 19-year-old actor dished to JustJared.com about Twittering, his favorite on-set props and his Fox-y celebrity crush. Check it:

JJJ: Hi David, are you familiar with JustJared.com?

DH: Of course I’m familiar with your site! Now I know what Miley [Cyrus]‘s doing at all times. I go on once a day and I’ll keep tabs on what’s going on, it’s fun. It’s addictive. Selena [Gomez] told me about the site and told me to check it out. So I started looking at it about once a week and then I was like, you know what, I think I’m gonna go again, and then…it gets you. I go on both JustJared.com and JustJaredJr.com, they’re both really fun.

JJJ: There are a lot of negative blogs as well, do you stay away from them? Are you affected by them?

DH: It’s just part of the business. I enjoy what I do and everything that’s a part of it, and that’s all part of it. I’m totally down with all that, there’s going to be negativity no matter what.

JJJ: What is the craziest rumor you’ve read on a blog or a magazine? Has anything on the net ever bothered you?

DH: The other day I was on my IMDB page, and someone wrote that I had my tongue pierced, and someone wrote back agreeing with that. That is definitely not the case, but what can you do? People say all sorts of things, you’ll hear the most random stuff. I have no piercings – I got a few tattoos, but no piercings. I got an angel on my shoulder and it says “familia” in the middle…it’s like an old Italian familia on my shoulder. And on the back of my arms, I have [Scriptural verses] Romans 2:12 on my right and Galatians 22:23 on my left arm.

(Click inside for more of JJJ‘s interview with David Henrie…)

JJJ: Do you consider yourself religious? You come from a big Italian family and you have scripture on your body…

DH: I went to Catholic school growing up. You can also look at the religious implications of [the verses], or you could just take the meanings of them, which are to live a positive and healthy life. There are certain standards by which you should live with and you should obey – I look at both meanings. Let’s say I wake up tomorrow and all of a sudden my faith is totally shaken and I forget everything I’ve learned, I would still want to live my life by the meanings of the scripture. I still try to go to church, but it’s more personal to me now. I say my prayers before I go to bed, I ask for my desires, I ask for forgiveness for certain things. So, I’m still definitely religious.

JJJ: Do you have a Facebook, MySpace or Twitter?

DH: I don’t have a Facebook or MySpace. The ones on there right now are all posers. One is being created right now, though. I also just made a Twitter. My name is already taken on it, so mine is David_Henrie, and I’m twittering it up now. It’s fun! I just made it yesterday, and in the first ten minutes I had fifty followers.

JJJ: Tell us about your character Wheeze on Dadnapped?

DH: I play Wheeze. Oh, Wheeze. The movie’s about this book series that a famous author wrote that has a huge following, kind of like a Harry Potter or a James Bond kind of novel, and he throws a convention and the winner gets to hang out with the author. In order to win the convention, I reenact one of the plots in one of his books and I end up kidnapping him. So I’m the bad guy in the beginning, but then he gets kidnapped from me. And there’s a love story line between me and Emily Osment and we try to get him back. It’s fun, I think kids will like it.

JJJ: Do you have any fun stories or fave memories from the set of Dadnapped?

DH: They have a huge mall right next to where we were shooting in Utah, so the cast would go see movies everyday, go hang out with the per diem they gave me, it was a lot of fun.

JJJ: Do you like traveling? And what are five items you have to take with you when you travel?

DH: I love traveling, we’re taking off on Sunday (February 15) to Puerto Rico to go shoot the Wizards movie. As ofr things I have to bring with me — deodorant, clothes, cell phone, computer, and, maybe a book of some sorts? Really, as long as I’ve got my computer, there’s nothing else I really need. You can spend your whole day on the internet, it’s just amazing.

JJJ: How long does it take to film a movie, say Dadnapped and Wizards?

DH: Dadnapped took 4 weeks, Wizards will take 6 weeks. Dadnapped, we cranked out a lot quicker.

JJJ: Have you read the script already? What’s the plot?

DH: The family wins a trip down to some South American place. I’m not sure if they name it in the movie, but we’re filming in Puerto Rico. So there are wizard ruins there, and we go check that out and things go awry like they always do in the wizard world, and my character has to fix them.

JJJ: Will Wizards of Waverly Place continue or end with movie?

DH: This is just a bonus, it’s not coming to an end. We still have the whole third season to do. This is just an in-between, a TV movie.

JJJ: Going back to Dadnapped, how does the love story with you and Emily pan out?

DH: When we filmed the movie, there was a big kiss in the end, but I don’t even know if they will put that in. So there was a kissing scene, it was fun. (laughs) To prepare for that, I was kind of like, “Emily, I know I’m a little older than you, and it’s going to be a little creepy, but it’s going to be fine, right?” So…it was fun, it was good.

JJJ: Do you have any celebrity crushes?

DH: Oh my goodness, yes I do. If I could meet Megan Fox, I would…probably die. I like her a lot! Sophia Bush is gorgeous. There’s a lot. There’s so many beautiful girls out here, it’s hard to keep track of them all.

JJJ: If you could emulate someone’s career, who would it be?

DH: Shia LaBeouf! Shia, 100%. I think because I relate to him the most. He started off doing [Disney's] Even Stevens, and then he made the transition into doing big movies, and that’s what I want to do. After graduating from Disney, I want to do bigger things, and that’s what I’m trying to work towards.

JJJ: Which instruments can you play? Would you ever want to pursue a singing career?

DH: I play the guitar and drums, that’s it. A career in music is not for me – I’m sticking to acting. Maybe I would do a movie musical – those are great. I could probably hold a tune, I’m not going to shut myself out from that. I love Broadway, I would definitely want to do a Broadway play one day. I’ve seen Chicago and Mamma Mia!. My favorite was probably Jersey Boys.

JJJ: What’s a normal day filming Wizards?

DH: We have a 5-day schedule – it’s 3 days of rehearsal and 2 days of shooting. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ,we rehearse. We get in at 9 in the morning and we finish at 3. Then on Monday we pre-shoot the technical scenes — the ones that involve green screen or any special effects — and then on Tuesday we shoot in front of the audience.

JJJ: Do you have a fave prop on set?

DH: I do! You’ll catch me doing things in the background while filming. I like to do things so that when I watch Wizards, I’ll laugh – like little distractions. If you watch an episode and I’m not saying anything in the scene, chances are I’ll be in the background with these two props on set that are two fish. They’re the most random things in the world on our set, but I’ll probably be holding the fish doing something completely random, like, having them in an argument with each other.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for more of our interview with David Henrie!

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  • http://www.myspace.com Ornee

    OMG!! David is amazing, beauty, wonderful!!!!!!
    Beautifouls photos.!!!!
    i love david!!!
    Also i like Selena and Jake Austin,..!!!
    i love the wizards of waverly place
    kiss to david!

  • tori

    just kidding, its working now

  • Karina

    oh, he’s is soo cutee !

    I know all of Miley’s life too , uahsuahsua

    Just Jared Jr. rocks !!


  • aw

    Nice interview, he seems likable.

  • lymia


  • http://youtube.com/daniellesmusic Danielle (henrie!)

    ohhh whaat up! they used my question! :]]] the religious one. :]

  • http://www.myspace.com/lc234 lisa

    he’s really awesome :]
    can’t wait for the wizards movie!
    dadnapped was pretty cool, didn’t really see the whole thing though.

  • vanessajonas

    he is hot.. bu i dont like tatoos

  • Chlorissa

    awww, he is so nice and cute

  • ThatGirl

    LOL. Imma look for him talking to a fish now. I love him! <3

  • sana

    I love David! I think him and Selena would made an awesome couple!

  • elizabeth marinas

    david is so cute and hot

  • heheh

    David rocks. :) I like him alot. Plus he is just good looking. That would be cool if he is a Christian. Also, man have you seen his guns?? hahaha He’s awesome. I’d love to meet him one day! All the disney peeps rock.


  • E

    the fact that he has tattoos makes him even sexier than he already is
    ah hes too cutee

  • Sarah

    he seems like such a cool person.:)

    lol next wizards episode im gonna look for the fish thingy.

  • Maria

    David’s chill. I like that…
    Yeah, lots of current Disney actors/actresses look up to the Old School Disney actors/actresses (aka Hilary Duff, Shia, or Sabrina Bryan).
    Coolbeans. Can’t wait to read the rest of the interviews!
    Wow, Jared. Lots of interviews, ay? :)

  • rebekah

    i’m pretty sure galatians 22:23 doesn’t exist?? and does he mean romans 12:2 b/c that would probly be more universally applicable verse? jw.
    he sounds like a cool guy though.

  • kuas

    he’s suuuuuuper cute. :D

    how tall is he though?!

  • D 10

    Please please PLEASEEE!!!! Don’t let the Wizards Movie be anything like the Even Stevens Movie. They better not make the Russo family family win a stupid vacation trip to some wacky island or Puerto Rico and then when things go crazy they will freak out and turn on each other. Lets hope the plot is faithful to the creativeness of the series. also, let’s hope they don’t cheap out on the special effects. I’m really excited for this movie and Disney Channel better not ruin it.

  • caroline

    *Cheaping out on the special effects*
    that kills a LOT of movies :/
    but if tons of people watch it the first night, it’ll be too late to tell people that the effects are bad and the movie will already have garnered lots of people! I love the ESM–I watch it whenever I see it on television! I tell myself it’s okay because Christy and Shia were born around the time I was, lol. I love how thorough this interview is! It’s wonderful that he cares enough to do that and to have a nice, honest interview with people curious as to how the movie world actually works since we’ll never be in it! No matter what the circumstance, still, it’s cool! He’s not distant; he seems . . . close!

    David’s like 5’10, but you can look that up on the Internet in 3 seconds–I read it and I don’t remember, but I REMEMBER, maybe FALSELY that he’s 5’10. I know that he’s tall. If that doesn’t make sense, I completely understand! I’m under 5’2 so to me anyone is tall, lmbo.

    IMO, the Bible can be interpreted in many, many ways. Perhaps the verses do exist. The Bible’s not in my life, though–I wouldn’t remember most of it, LMAO. But based on what I’ve read my friends write in e-mail and IM, either A-it was a misquote on someone’s part and no one should judge on that one blip or B-it exists SOMEwhere! So there :-p

    Talking to a fish?! I need to be more observant.

    Wish the interview could be auditory (word?), too. My sis is a fan of David, but she has limited reading ability and can’t remember what she reads and she’d be bored if I read it to her. :-/

    If David would die in front of Megan Fox, he would die and go 50 feet underground if he met up with Frida Pinto. Watch SM 28 feet away from the screen and you’ll see what I mean! Then again, can’t say she’s AS lovely outside of the movie, but I haven’t seen her that much…

    Most people I know are likable. Everyone I’ve ever met is likable. Most people are likable. Seriously! I think we’re born to be likable and some of us get pulled onto the wrong pathway. But I guess when you go to the world of television and movies, you get more of a variety because of the stress and egotism of the business and you’re just happy if the person is even likable. But, for some actors, being likable isn’t favored, I guess. David, you better continue being likable, lol (in case he reads this comment :-] ).

    I type really fast and I have way too many thoughts so that’s why I wrote so much to people’s comments lol. LOVE the interview, JustJaredJr., and GREAT questions!

  • marymac

    Galatians, chapter 5, verses 22-23:
    (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

  • marymarie

    omg i love david!

    he’s sooo hot!

  • Lucy

    I feel like I fell in love with him lol, He’s just amazing!!!

  • Alecs

    This is just a bonus, it’s not coming to an end. We still have the whole third season to do. This is just an in-between, a TV movie.

    Is it me or is this hinting that there may be another Wizards movie in the future after the 3rd season that will be in theaters? Let’s hope so. I just wish Disney could turn Wizards into the next Hannah Montana (eventhough it’s ratings are already at that level).

  • me.

    holy crap, he looks unbelievably hot/handsome/adorable in that pic!

  • brittany

    he’s so adoreable!
    i’m soo going to look for him playing with
    fish now while i watch wizards :]

  • Alfredo

    he is soo finnneee

  • Annabel

    I thought the Italian word for family was “famiglia”, no? “Familia” is Spanish. Why do I notice these things? Lol.

  • cc27

    David is great in wizards of waverly place! :) I love the show!

  • la

    His interviews are always great to read and I love how open he is with his fans. He seems like a funny guy. I would have sent in questions but I don’t think mine would have been kid friendly questions. lol

  • Stephie

    He is great! i agree, this website is addictive! it’s actually the only website i trust regarding celebrity info ..great job Jared! haha =)

  • olivIa

    um… there is no galatians 22:23 smart one

  • Dave

    I heard on a Radio Disney that David Henrie was 5’8″. I was shocked because he looks taller than that. Who knows what the camera can do to your body.

  • Hez

    Aww <3 David seems so sweet and he’s absolutely amazing, so funny and I genuinely hope the best for him – I can totally see him going the same way as Shia =]

  • Becky

    Aww, I love David! I can’t wait to look for his playing with the fish props! hahaha

  • Emmaxx

    He seems really cool :]

  • Jasmine

    I go on both JustJared.com and JustJaredJr.com, they’re both really fun.

    cool! so do i!

  • selena lover!!!!!

    HE’S GOT TATTOOS????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • selena lover!!!!!

    I had no idea!!!!!! I don’t like tats, tho. I just think they are weird!

  • selena lover!!!!!

    P.S: JJJ ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I love David HENRIE

    I love David Henrie so much!!!!!!! He’s so hot and totally amazing!!!!!!!

  • Chanel

    So i’m a little confused David.Galatians only has 6 chapters. How do you have Galatians 22:23 tattooed on your arm if it doesn’t exist? Are you uses a different Bible than the one I use,NIV? Really though I want to know. I’ve been really curious.

  • http://myspace.com/rockerchik567 nadia

    sexy abs. (;

  • MAcy

    it’s not galatians 22:23 its Galatians 5:22-23

  • Alina

    @olivIa: haha i know! I am very into my faith and when he said that I was like “wait..there are only 6 chapters in Galatians!’ I think it was either a typo or he just said the wrong thing. I’m pretty sure its Galatians 5:22-23

  • Lucky

    OMG…..he z damn handsum…i really love him….

  • nikki

    there is no such thing as galtians 22:23 so wat the heck is he tlkin about!!!!!

  • http://buzznet.com Guuy4god

    he cool and i like but but just coz he does all thats relgious stuff doesn’t make him a christian if accepts jesus and he loves him that makes he a christian (christianity is not a religion its the truth)
    i love jesus :P

  • Stephanie

    People, people, people. Read the comments before you post your own! It’s easy to get mixed up when saying Bible verses. David means “Galatians 5:22-23″. So he forgot the “5″ big deal. Gosh, you guys are freaking out over nothing.
    ANYWHO, I think it’s awesome that he has tattoos. Love you, David! Big fan <3

  • megan

    u just want to say that you should check the facts on the bible verses, because i know for a fact that glatians only has six chapters, not tewnty-two…anyway i think that how he sticks up for his faith is a major thing that gets lost these days, so good for him

>>>>>>> staging1