Joey Pollari - JJJ Exclusive Interview

Joey Pollari - JJJ Exclusive Interview

Joey Pollari stars as Tyler Burns in Disney XD’s first original movie, Skyrunners, premiering TONIGHT!

The 15-year-old actor caught up with JJJ to chat about UFOs, filming in New Zealand and working with Kelly Blatz. Check it:

JJJ: Tell us a bit about your character Tyler?

Joey Pollari: Tyler is a very nerdy very intelligent kid who loves science and who always wants to do well in school. He is a real goody good kid but he’s also nervous about everything and never wants to get into trouble. Tyler isn’t a person who gets into trouble so when the UFO comes into his lap, a huge conflict arises for Tyler it kind of changes him as a person and throughout the movie.

Tyler and I have a lot in common — both of us really don’t like to get in trouble. We like to keep our ground and do the right thing, hoping things work out for the best. Both of our brothers push the envelope too. I like that Tyler has an older brother. I look out for my brother Jeff, just like Tyler looks out for Nick, who is played by Kelly Blatz. Nick in the movie is not always very appreciative in the movie.

JJJ: How was it working with Kelly Blatz?

JP: Oh Kelly. Aaron Stone is really good. He’s this hilarious, easy going, relaxed guy and he’s great to work with. He’s great, very quick and nice to have someone who’s just so easy to work with. He’s a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.

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JJJ: Do you have any funny on site stories to share with us?

JP: There are so many. It’s hard to choose just one! Oh, we had shot this one scene with hamsters and when we were shot a scene with Kelly holding hamsters. In between one of the takes, Kelly looked up with this look on his face and he was just like, ‘They just peed on me!’ (laughs)

JJJ: The movie was filmed in New Zealand. What was the best thing about filming there?

JP: Other than the best scenery, there’s this “Kiwi Way” attitude. Everyone is very relaxed, nice and outgoing. The people were very welcoming. They have this ‘no worries’ outlook on life and they just live that out.

JJJ: Would you like to go back just to go back?

JP: I would love to go back and get to do all the great activities there. To see the people again…there are a plethora of thinks to do. I didn’t get to do a lot of things that I would’ve liked to, but to go back…I’d do them in an instant

JJJ: During filming, what did you get to do?

JP: We went kayaking to a nearby island and we got to do into a glow worm cave. Kelly and I went dolphin and whale watching. That was pretty cool. We also went to a rugby game with Nathan [Stephenson] and Jackie [MacInnes Woods]. All the things were super fun, really good times.

JJJ: Skyrunners has a UFO theme in it. Do you believe in UFOs?

JP: I always say that anything is possible so I’m keeping my options open. Tyler, my character believes in aliens and outerplace more than I do. Always that possibility. Our universe is gigantic.

JJJ: Do you have any favorite sci-fi movies?

JP: I’m a big sucker for them! Especially the ones that are horribly made like Eight Legged Freaks or something like that. Some of my favorites are ET, of course, Body Snatcher…I love them all. There’s too many to name. The Syfy channel is on all the time at my house.

JJJ: Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

JP: Black Friday! Me and my mom get up early in Minnesota (where I live) and go shopping. You can get all the stuff you want and it’s great to people watch. The greatest spectator sport ever.

JJJ: Are you excited for the premiere of Skyrunners on Friday night?

JP: I am! I haven’t seen whole thing yet either. The special effects in the movie are really cool. They’re all done by by Weta Workshop Ltd., who’ve done all the aliens and everything in Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Narnia. They’re all just really cool.

JJJ: Do you have any guilty pleasures snacks?

JP: Sour gummy worms. On the set, my mom would pick them up. and in between takes, I would chow them down. I had to place them in a secret hiding place on set just for me. I love them.

JJJ: Where would you go on your dream vacation?

JP: I would love to go to Italy…actually, anywhere in Europe, but especially Italy. It would be great to go with my family.


Skyrunners premieres TONIGHT, Thursday, November 27 @ 8PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

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  • Zaynub

    Omg i want to see this so bad i cant wait to! Joe lol disney xd! I wonder how he acts in here he is not that good of an actor in jonas! I have to say! But I LOVE them as singers they are amazing!!!!! Love jonas! :)

  • Zaynub

    omg i wanna see this so bad! Joe isnt a good actor in jonas but well see how he acts in Skyrunners! lol but he and the rest of the jonas brothers are AWESOME! I love them! They are amazing singers!

  • Zaynub

    oops I thought the other one wasnt working so i went twice! lol

  • lulu

    @Zaynub: um, that’s not joe jonas. but he does look a lot like him doesn’t he? i wish it was joe i love the jobros, spesh nick!! xx

  • Kelly

    ohoh he isn joe jonas but looks alike …. woahh im freaking out :/ haha his name is like JOE too … cool guyyy
    c ya

  • anne

    wow! he was in new zealand!? i live in new zealand…

  • bethany

    He seems like a down-to-earth kid.
    Yay for down-to-earth-ness.
    I hope to see more of him in the future.

  • Elle

    Joey!! Ah love him. He goes to my school :)

  • Sandy

    Geeze. He’s like a mix of Joe Jonas and a young Zac Efron.

  • cc27

    DAMN !
    joe look alike !! WOW..

  • joy

    @Zaynub: hes not joe jonas but they really look alot alike

  • nick-imspired

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I THOUGHT ITs JOE JONAS!! hahaha!!

  • mallypink

    OMIGOSH HE IS JUST 2 CEEEUUUTTTEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BY THE WAY THAT IS NOT JOE.HE DOES LOOK LIKE HIM A LITTLE BUT NOT HIM.IF IT WAAAAS JOE I WOULD BE LOOKING UP THE MOVIE ANYWHERE I COULD LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “SIGH” HE IS SOOOOOOOO CUTE DEAR GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://donthaveone priscilla

    You did really GOOD in the new movie Skyrunners.You are really CUTE!!!!!! You are my best character in skyrunners.I just watched the new movie skyrunners.I WAS REALLY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://WWW.JUSTJAREDJR.COM priscilla

    You were really GOOD in the new movie skyrunners.You are my best character in skyrunners.You are really CUTE!!!!!!!! You are 15 I am 15.I really want to go out with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://WWW.JUSTJAREDJR.COM priscilla

    @mallypink: I have to agree with you he is SMOKING!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sami

    Omg! I loved this movie and he is SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!! So cute ahhh… ok i know in my dreams… hehe SOOO CUTE!!!

  • http://N/A Michaela

    I want to ask if the kid in Skyrunners and this guy are same?because it looks like kid and become a teen.

  • http://N/A Michaela

    His handsome than the Jobros anyways.

  • Elle

    Yes, it is the same guyyy

  • Jennifer

    I LOVED THIS MOVIE it was so cool !!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • http://mika15 meggy

    this film is veryyyyyyyyyy coooooooollll!!!!!:)

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    I love him!!!!!!!

  • carolina

    i love him i dream about joey pollari everynight and i wanna marry him!!! hes so gorgeous! love u joey

  • http://iNTERNET Divya

    i think joey he so hot joe is so hot to i love them both

  • Vanessa

    i think joey done well in the skyrunners i keep on watching it again and again KEEP ROCKING JOEY by the way he does look like joe jonas

  • x4twilightfan

    i love you joey and the movie skyrunners it was soooooooooooooooooo good i wanted to watch it again and again you are sooooo hotttt! =). BYE

  • x4twilightfan

    you are soooooo cute and you look like joe jonas but i hate the jonas brothers i liked joe jonas back than but now i dont like any of them.

  • http://thisone chiamaka dominic

    you are so cute i even put you on my computer
    i nearly always watch skyrunners

>>>>>>> staging1