Class of 2010: Jesse Camacho, the whiz kid
For as far back as he can remember, Jesse Camacho wanted to act. He grew up watching his parents – well-respected thesps Mark Camacho and Pauline Little – grace our city’s stages and jumbo screens, but they were initially reluctant to let him have a go at it. “Yeah, it was totally the opposite of stage parents,” Camacho tells me with a chuckle back in April, as The Trotsky’s
While eight years old might have seemed ancient at the time for little Jesse, it’s by most standards quite a precocious age for having your heart dead set on a long-term career. And the driven Westmount High grad wasted no time bolstering his resume with a savoury platter of credits, namely Hatley High and Fries with that (the equivalent to YTV’s early 90s’ Are you afraid of the dark? in terms of launch pad potential for local Anglo kids.)
Makin’ waves at home and abroad
Then in 1995, Camacho gave a riveting performance in director Michael Cuesta (Six Feet Under, Dexter)’s follow up to L.I.E., a harrowing coming-of-age film called Twelve and Holding. If you’re reading this profile, it's because his terrific turn as an insecure suburban kid spawned a ripple effect. Camacho’s noteworthy performance – his first ever big screen role – caught the eye of a casting agent responsible for scouting talent on what would eventually become HBO’s Less Than Kind.
As a wise 15-year-old Jewish kid living in a most dysfunctional family unit in the heart of bloody cold
The show kicks off its third season in the fall, meaning Camacho will have to take an extended leave from his studies at
Not blinded by the
Camacho, who also clocks in substantial screen time in Jacob Tierney’s clever The Trotsky, clearly knows where he stands along the casting continuum. Taking after his parents, whom he considers to be great character actors, he’s realistic about his
He isn’t ruling out theatre either, an avenue Camacho is interested in pursuing more adamantly as he gets older. “There’s not much theatre in
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