Jake Bongiovi on acting aspirations and finding his voice on screen.
Can’t place his strikingly familiar face? His father is Jon Bon Jovi, king of the rock anthems and power ballads you know and love. But it was acting, not music, that Bongiovi felt was his calling. The 19-year-old New York native has crossed the pond, reading scripts and auditioning in between his studies in London. We spoke with the budding actor to discuss his career ambitions and steadfast motivations to succeed.
On his passion for the film industry and acting aspirations:
“I could just give you the most general answer… I love movies. I love films. I grew up watching the greats. That’s really a special connection that I had growing up with my dad, even, is how we’d watch movies all the time. Every weekend we’d watch a movie and it was the classics, like The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Then as I got older, I started to understand how wonderful artistic expression is within film. And that’s what really grasped me. Going out on these auditions and having the grit and the mindset to keep going, keep putting myself out there, is to try to be a part of that world.”
On why he’s choosing acting over music:
“I think I’ll leave that to my dad! There’s really no following the act there. There was always music playing in the house growing up, all different types of genres from all different types of worlds. But what spoke to me were the people on the screen, not the voices through the speakers.”
On what he’s looking for in a role:
“At this point in my budding career, when I look at a script and read a script, I read everything as that person’s way of telling their story. And if that’s the high school jock or the shell-shocked marine, I always find that that expression is really what brings those characters to life. So yeah, when I look at a script or when I think about a role that I would want, I look for the genuine expression of what we really want to capture, no matter what the role consists of. It’s more just how in depth and how alive can I personally bring that person, and how alive has the writer made this person.”
Jake Bongiovi at IMG Models wears Louis Vuitton on the cover of Man About Town’s SS22 issue.Photography by Christian Oita
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