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Jedidiah Goodacre – Small Town Rising

March 22, 2019

Film + Entertainment | by Jeff Conway


Gaining attention early on for his handsome yet silly nature within the Disney cinematic world, actor Jedidiah Goodacre is about to join the dark side…on Netflix.

Jedidiah Goodacre has landed a bewitching, new role on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Candid sat down with this rising star, as he reveals some hints in to his latest projects and opens up to us about his greatest loves beyond acting.

Let’s start by discussing your early years. Where did Jedidiah come from and how and why did you get into acting?

I grew up in a very small town in Ontario, Canada called Petrolia. I mean, like a really small town, like less than five thousand people.

I was always just kind of the class clown, I guess. I never really paid too much attention in school, was trying to get attention from other kids and make them laugh.

I think that was born out of my love for Jim Carrey movies. I’m just such a huge fan. That’s kind of what led me to be a performer of some sort, but I never really put it together until I was twenty-three years old.

One night at a party, my friend said, Hey man! You should go do stand-up comedy. I didn’t go do stand-up comedy, but the next day, I searched up acting schools. From there, I moved back to Vancouver and the rest is still to be written.

Your character that’s about to turn a whole lot more heads (potentially literally) on Netflix’s hit series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is ‘Dorian Gray’. What can we expect from your character in season two and how is he going to shake up Sabrina’s world, The Witch Academy and the town of Greendale?

[Laughs] Well, I’m not sure how much I can actually tell you about this and I don’t want to get you in any trouble, but expect some of the most immaculate suits you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

I don’t dress up at all. I’m the type of guy where jeans is dressing up for me. The costumes on the show are amazing and I think Dorian Gray takes it to the next level.

There’s a lot of hanging out in The Gray Room, which is my bar. I’m the bar owner there and it’s the local hangout for warlocks. Sabrina kind of weasels her way in there and I’m not really sure how much I can tell you about that, so that’s pretty much all I’ll say for now.

Jedidiah Goodacre
Photograph by Kyla Hemmelgarn

In popular literature, the character ‘Dorian Gray’ is known for doing whatever it takes to keep his youthful appearance. Which healthy habits or grooming choices do you make to maintain your own youthful glow?

I don’t know. I have to give a lot of credits to my parents. They’re the ones who made me.

I can’t say there’s too much that I do that’s outside the norm. I do really love to workout. I do a lot of CrossFit. I love doing that. I love hiking with my dog and I think having a dog that I love so much keeps me playful and youthful.

You also will soon have the third instalment of the hit Disney Channel films The Descendants premiere. What’s next for ‘Chad Charming’ and how have you seen his character evolve since the very first film?

Once again, it’s a pleasure to bring this character to life and this was a lot of fun. I feel like the first movie, maybe Chad was a bit more standoff-ish and
maybe came off as not such a nice guy.

The progression in the second film, you found that Chad was more of a loveable idiot. That’s a very fun place to be when you’re an actor because in any scene, your go-to move is to just not understand and sometimes it ends up being funny.

In the third instalment, you can expect much of the same. Chad getting caught up in a lot of stuff he doesn’t want to get caught up in, but he doesn’t really know how to get out of it. It makes for a lot of fun watching him try. Expect a lot more goofiness.

I see on your Instagram a lot of adorable photos of you with animals. You also have volunteered your time at a kitten rescue organization in Vancouver. What was that experience like and where did your passion to do so come from?

The organization is called VOKRA, the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. It was actually an ex-girlfriend who started to get me into that.

I still love volunteering there and fostering kittens. Last summer, I actually had right around twenty kittens that I fostered over the three months of the summer.

That was my first real experience of really volunteering and putting in time with an organisation. It just really made me realise what impact you can have as a single human being. I just have so much respect for what those people do and it’s a lot of fun being a part of it. I don’t have any foster kittens right now, but I am on the list waiting and I will post photos on Instagram for sure.

Photograph by Kyla Hemmelgarn

When you’re not acting, what does Jedidiah Goodacre enjoy doing most? Special hobbies or interests?

I hang out with my dog. If you talk to anybody around me, they can’t mention me and not mention my dog at the same time. His name is Zooko, he’s a Dobermann Rottweiler and I basically spend all of my time with him.

Other than that, I love to go rock climbing and just cool stuff outside. Going to the beach, hiking up mountains, seeing beautiful views.

Which male actor would you love to follow in their footsteps to some capacity?

Wow, tough question. I can’t skip over Jim Carrey. If there was ever a biopic on Jim Carrey and I didn’t at least get a shot to audition at it, I would
just be heartbroken. That would be my dream job.

What is it about the Hollywood business and the acting profession that continues to burn that ‘fire’ in you to keep taking on new projects and creating more characters?

I think the entertainment industry is just such a different animal than anything I ever grew up with. I never went to drama class in high school or anything like that.

I was basically going to work in an oil refinery for the rest of my life.

Whenever I get down or frustrated about how things might be going, there is always someone I am working with that is having the opposite feeling and I kind of borrow their ‘fire’.

We [actors] all have this unspoken agreement that we all left the normal nine-to-five job and we are all here to support each other. I am sure that’s not everyone’s experience, but that’s my experience.

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