Spencer Boldman's career gets 'Zapped' in new Disney Channel movie

The Fresno BeeJune 24, 2014 


Spencer Boldman stars in "Zapped," which also stars fellow Disney actress Zendaya.


The acting world's treating Spencer Boldman pretty well these days.

Not only does he star in the new Disney Channel original movie "Zapped," but his Disney XD series "Lab Rats" has been ordered for a fourth season. That's not bad for a guy who had to be tricked into auditioning for his first acting role.

"I had a ton of energy when I was in school, but I was shy. Mrs. Fenton tricked me into auditioning for a play. I don't know if she was just desperate to have a dude in the play or she saw something in me. But she was such an advocate for me and I am really thankful for that because I'm not shy anymore," Boldman says.

Since being lured into acting when he was 12 — with the lead role in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummers Night's Dream" — the 21-year-old Texas actor has rolled up numerous acting credits, including the series "iCarly" and "I'm in the Band," plus the feature film "21 Jump Street."

In his latest work, "Zapped," fellow Disney star Zendaya ("Shake It Up") plays a girl whose well-ordered life is shaken when her mother remarries and she finds herself part of a family composed of messy boys. Salvation comes from a smartphone app that magically controls boys. Boldman plays Jackson, the confident guy at school who stands apart from everyone else.

The made-for-cable film also stars Chanelle Peloso, Emilia McCarthy and Adam DiMarco.

Boldman was able to bring his own high school experiences — that ranged from theater to playing lacrosse — to the film. That's why he feels the "Zapped" role is far closer to who he really is than the role he plays on "Lab Rats."

"What is so great about being under the Disney umbrella is that when you do other projects, they make sure the character is completely different from what you have been doing," Boldman says. "I look for something different in each role I play. In 'Zapped,' I'm playing an intellect with strong beliefs who does things against the norm. That is a role that's fun to do."

Boldman's role on "Lab Rats" is the ultra-strong and fun-loving Adam, the eldest of the three bionic teenagers who are trying to adjust to normal lives. The series also stars Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson Williams and Hal Sparks.

He describes Adam as being a "goofball" and a "spaz." It's been exhausting playing the character for three seasons because the series blends comedy, action and special effects, but Boldman sees the show as a wonderful foundation to learn about acting and the business side of the job.

One of the easiest parts of making "Zapped" was working with Zendaya. The pair already knew each other because they both have starred on Disney TV shows.

"It was cool to get to do this project with her because we both think it's a throwback to the kind of movies Disney use to make with a strong story and some very funny parts," Boldman says.

There's also the special effects portion with the app that controls males. If Boldman could have a magic app on his phone, it would be that he could create any food he wants with a few taps or to be able to teleport. The quick transportation would have been a help when he was working on "Lab Rats" and "Zapped."

Show info

"Zapped," 8 p.m. June 27, Disney Channel

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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