After winning America's hearts - and a Kids' Choice Award - as Fletcher Quimby on Disney Channel's sitcom A.N.T. Farm, Jake Short is now headlining Disney XD's Mighty Med. He plays Oliver, one of two kids who discover a superhero hospital and naturally, stick around to see what happens. As the series prepares for its first-season finale, we checked in with Jake to ask him about the Mighty Med experience.
"How can anyone not be a fan of superheroes?" Jake said when we connected with him last week. Teasing what's still to come, he told us, "We have a lot of surprises in store, and we love the action! [Co-star] Bradley [Steven Perry] and I are both excited about the stunts that are coming up on the show."
"Fletcher and Oliver are very different characters. Fletcher was always acting a little dumb, but he was very funny, whereas Oliver is more serious, but he is also very funny," he continued, contrasting his new role with the one we know him best for. "I think Oliver will continue to evolve. Oliver and Kaz play off each other very well."
The characters may be different, but how has it been for Jake to transition from being part of A.N.T. Farm's ensemble to being the co-lead in Mighty Med? "I think being on a Disney show beforehand allowed me to gain experience and grow as an actor," he told us. "Being a lead requires lots more time, but I love it."
"When you love what you are doing, going to work is fun. The best part of going to work is making your character come alive," Jake said. "I love working with Bradley. Both of us love sports, so we have a lot in common. We have an awesome cast and crew."
Landing a new TV series is a big accomplishment in a career that's still growing, so we asked Jake what he'd like to see further down the road. "I hope that I have an opportunity to not only do more comedy, but also to do some drama. In addition to television, I hope that will get to do some movies in the future," he told us. "I love action-adventure type projects; it would be incredible to work on one of those."
That's not his only achievement either. On March 29, Jake will find out if he's won his second Kids' Choice Award. "I am very excited about being nominated for the KCA Favorite TV Actor award," he enthused. "I want to thank all my fans because without them, this would never have happened. A big thank you to everyone who is voting for me!"
Mighty Med airs its season finale Monday on Disney XD (check your local listings for specific channel and airtime). For more on Jake, visit his official website (thejakeshort.com) and follow him on Twitter (@thejakeshort).