February 17, 2014 - 9:34 AM
PENTICTON - Before he was old enough to go to school Penticton teenager Nikolas Filipovic, 14, had to be reminded he was a real boy.
Filipovic's ability to be someone else has landed him roles on TV movies such as Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man, on the TV series Falling Skies and Fringe and most recently a part in the crime drama Gracepoint, starring David Tennant and Nick Nolte.
It's his mother Danica Filipovic who had to remind the actor to avoid flights of fancy while in the real world.
When they went into a store she would remind her son he couldn't pretend to be Milo Thatch from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. She'd tell him, "You've got to pretend to be a real boy."
Danica said her son's ambition is all his own. While other parents lead their children before the casting agents at auditions, Nikolas does all his own introductions.
And for all the parts he's landed, there are many more roles that went to someone else.
Danica said her son auditioned for Touch, a two-season show starring Kiefer Sutherland, but didn't get the part. He's even auditioned seven times for Once Upon A Time, a TV series about fairy tale characters living in the real world.
Nicolas said being an actor hasn't changed him much. He's being doing it since he was small and considers it part of his normal routine. When he's on the set of Gracepoint, which is shooting in Victoria, he and the other young actors still have to do their homework.
His dream acting job would be working with Michael Cera of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and Superbad fame.
"He seems a like a bigger version of me," Nikolas said.
His other wish is to never live and work in Hollywood calling it "a big town full of (people like) Joan Rivers," a comedian known for outrageous red carpet shenanigans and a lot of plastic surgery.
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