Zachary Gordon: ‘Wimpy Kid’ Has Important Message

He may have just turned 13 last month in February, but Zachary Gordon shows more maturity than many adults!

“It is a very important message to get out there,” he says about Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The young actor tells Celebuzz about his favorite scene in the new film (spoiler: it’s messy) and how his first movie role ended up on the cutting room floor.

What was it like shooting the movie?

Filming was really amazing. When I first came to Vancouver, it was like a family reunion. It felt really comfortable playing Greg again. I really had a chance to perfect. I felt like I had the character down.

Do you all hang out during down time?

On set, we really didn’t have much down time because I had to go school after working every day. I have to work and go to school at the same time.

What’s your favorite scene?

I love a lot of scenes, one in particular – I’m on roller skates and I get really mad. So I leapt at him but he moves, and he’s standing in front of a little girl’s birthday cake and I run head into it! We did it in one take! They had to redo hair and makeup. I had to change, of course.

Was it delicious or gross?

The cake hadn’t been refrigerated for three days. I would have been so sick if I’d eaten it! I was so mad.

How did you get into acting?

When I was younger, a lot of people used to tell my mom I should be in commercials. My mom said once I learned how to read she’d let me go to an acting class. When I was about seven we went to this drama class.

At my first audition, I didn’t get the role but they wrote a part for me in the movie Because I Said So. Unfortunately I wasn’t in it — because they cut my scene out.

What’s the message of Wimpy Kid?

You really need to have good friends. You should treat people how you want to be treated. It is a very important message to get out there.

What’s next?

Hopefully — my fingers are crossed — number three.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules open today, Friday, March 25, 2011.