Photo courtesy of Harvarinder Singh
BSCkids recently got the chance to talk with one of the star’s from Disney’s “Jessie,” Karan Brar! He spoke with us about working on the set with the other actors, what he does in his free time, and being a student and an actor.
Karan is most known starring as Ravi, one of the newly adopted children into the ultra-rich Ross family on the hit Disney channel series “Jessie” opposite Debby Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce and Skai Jackson. His character Ravi is a new immigrant to the US, and struggles to adapt to his new surroundings while still trying to hold onto his religion and Indian culture. Karan, whose family is originally from the state of Punjab, India, understands the importance of portraying the first ever series regular Indian character on The Disney Channel. He is helping the channel expand culturally, while also helping to educate viewers on the Indian culture and religions.
He has also appeared on Disney’s “Austin & Ally” [as Ravi] and has also voiced the character of Prince Zandar in “Sofia the First,” also for Disney. Karan is also well known for his starring role as Chirag Gupta in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Karan also recently voiced the character of Mason, in Mr. Peabody & Sherman which is slated for release in March 2014.
BSCkids: Karan Brar
When did you first decide you wanted to act?
I first decided to act when I was 7 years old .
How supportive were your friends and family about your choice?
All my friends and my family definitely supported my choice to start acting, and still support me all the way!
So were you scared of Mr. Kipling when you first were on the show?
Yeah I was a little scared, but the trainers said he wasn’t going to kill me, or anything!
How do you get along with him when the camera isn’t rolling?
We can’t really touch him, but sometimes the trainers tell us fun facts about him and lizards like him.
What has been the hardest scene to film while on Jessie and how it is working with Debby Ryan?
There have definitely been scenes, which have been hard, but I think the hardest one was our season one finale when we were in that egg restaurant! It took so long to shoot, and there were so many stunts and special effects! Working with Debby is amazing; she is just like a sister to me!
Do you share any similarities with your character?
We share a few similarities, and one of them is that we both aren’t afraid to be ourselves!
How do you get in character?
A few minutes before the director says, “action,” I try to think about what Ravi is walking into, or how is he going to react to this situation.
Any information you can give us on new episodes of Jessie coming up?
I can only say that Jessie and Tony have some problems in the next episode, which they have to deal with. I can’t wait for everyone to see what’s coming up!
Is there an animal handler always on the set?
If we have any type of animal on set there are always trainers and handlers.
Can you tell us any funny behind the scenes stories?
One time while filming a scene on set, I was walking to a certain spot and tripped mid-way and fell on the ground! I got back up and continued the scene and it was sooo embarrassing, but we all got a good laugh out of it!
Who is the person that pulls the most pranks while on set?
All of us like to try to pull all sorts of pranks, but Debby and Skai actually pull off a lot of pranks!
Do you get recognized more from Jessie or from Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
I get recognized a lot for both of my roles!
Is it difficult to maintain being a student while acting? How do you fit in all of your schoolwork?
When we get brakes on set, we go up to our school room on the stage and do school up there! It’s not that hard since we have teachers there!
Is acting something you want to continue as you grow older?
Definitely, it’s what I love doing!
Do you find voice acting harder than the work you do on Jesse?
Both are hard to do, because in one you don’t have to worry about blocking or props you just have to use your voice, while the other requires to use your voice but you can use props and your body language to help!
Your favorite show on the Disney Channel (besides Jessie of course) and why?
My other favorite Disney show is “Gravity Falls”— it makes me laugh all the time!!
What about favorite actors and actresses from Disney Channel past or present?
My favorite actor on Disney Channel was Kyle Massey!
Any other shows you like to watch as well?
I love to watch all sorts of shows! I can watch anything from cartoons to reality!
We have heard you like collecting comic books, what would be the favorite comic book that you own?
My favorite comic book so far is Marvel’s Civil War!
What about your dream comic book you would like to own?
I don’t know! There are so many, it’s soo hard to choose!
Are there any celebrities you are dying to meet?
To tell you the truth, when I first came to Disney Channel I was dying to meet all the other Disney kids cause I watched their shows!!