Scholastic News: What did you do to prepare to play Auggie?
Jacob Tremblay: I read the book, and I loved it. I learned a lot about people with differences, including facial differences. My family and I went on a retreat in Florida, where I got to hang out with some really cool kids who are like Auggie.
SN: Are you and Auggie alike?
Jacob: Auggie and I have lots of things in common. We both have good imaginations. We’re both huge Star Wars fans. We both have pet dogs, and we both have an older sister. But most of all, Auggie just wants to have friends, and he just wants to have fun, and I want the same things, like most kids. Even though people may look different or act different, everyone’s still human.
SN: Dealing with bullying is a big part of Auggie’s story. Have you been bullied in real life?
Jacob: I’ve had some experiences with bullying. When I got bullied, I would just ignore it and go to a different space in my head and try not to care about what they said. I also would talk to my mom about it. And I would try and make sure that I was not rude back to the bullies.
SN: What do you hope people will learn from this movie?
Jacob: I hope that they will learn that if you’re kind to other people, then they’ll be kind back. Even if other people are pressuring you to be rude, you should still be kind.