Actor Mitchell Kummen was born in 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. By the age of eight, Mitchell was a huge Jackie Chan fan and asked his mom how he could meet the star. His mother told him he would have to become an actor and so that is exactly what Mitchell set out to do. His first role came almost immediately through one of the most difficult situations possible, an open casting call. Unaffected by the dozens of children trying out, Mitchell nailed the role of a paperboy in the TV situational comedy “Less Than Kind.” For the first role of his career the young actor had to catch the star smoking marijuana and so the unusual life of a child actor began. In his second audition Mitchell landed the role of the younger version of Don Cherry, a part in which he was given the strap, another thing that he had never heard of. Then there were the long lingering kisses with Sabrina Carpenter in the feature film “Horns” as the younger version of Daniel Radcliffe, the outdoor roller coaster ride in a shopping cart in his underwear, and so on … Mitchell couldn’t have ever imagined anything so grand when he first set out to meet Jackie Chan.
Mitchell has worked steadily for the past 8 years on every format possible, building a resume of a veteran actor at only 16. Everybody loves this kind, extremely talented teen; casting directors, producers and directors repeatedly request him for their projects. When he isn’t on set or doing his home schooling or involved in any number of classes honing his craft, Mitchell can likely be found working hard to support groups fighting to put an end to bullying and the stigma behind mental health issues.
On April 21, Mitchell appeared in “Legends of Tomorrow.” Mitchell played the young Mick Roy (“Heat Wave”), a confused teenager whose love of fire becomes lethal. The episode is described as follows:
“The team is targeted by The Pilgrim (guest star Faye Kingslee), a deadly assassin who wants to erase the Legends from the timeline by killing their younger, non-superhero selves. As a protective countermeasure, Rip decides Sara , Snart, Rory, Professor Stein and Jax need to kidnap their past selves first before The Pilgrim gets to them. Coming face-to-face with the younger versions of themselves proves to be both a physical and emotional challenge for certain members of the team who would rather forget their past. Rip tells them he has a refuge for their precious cargo – an orphanage that raises future Time Masters and where he himself grew up.”
Recently, Mitchell spoke to the Examiner about his experiences working as an actor and his hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): What inspired you to become an actor?
Mitchell Kummen (M.K.): I wanted to meet Jackie Chan and asked my mom while she was peeling potatoes how to meet him and she said become and actor and so that is what I did! There was an open casting call that I convinced my dad to take me to and out of a hundred kids I got the role.
M.M.: How many roles have you played and which one was your favorite?
M.K.: I have played 23 roles and my favourite one was as young Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) on ‘Horns.’
M.M.: What was it like working with as big a star as Daniel Radcliffe? And was it amazing that you were actually playing his younger self?
M.K.: It was absolutely amazing. Daniel was such a good role model and so very humble. He watched all of my scenes and was always telling me how fantastic I was which was so incredibly kind of him. And at the end of the movie he gave me a ring from the show as a keepsake which I still wear.
M.M.: Did you get to do any Hollywood parties as part of the cast for ‘Horns’? And what was Sabrina Carpenter like at that young age? Did you two get along?
M.K.: Yes I did do Hollywood parties. Production invited me to the premiere in LA and I went to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) with Daniel and the others. Sabrina was just like she is now–funny, smart and a great person to work with. She made things that would seem awkward completely normal (like our screen kiss). It was a pleasure to work with her and we remain in touch to this day. On the first day the producers were not sure the kids would have chemistry so they hired an acting coach but we had such great chemistry right from the start. We hung out after filming every day.
M.M.: How did you get involved with “Legends of Tomorrow”?
M.K.: My agent sent me for an audition and told me that they were shooting in the next few days. That very same evening I was told that I had the role and was needed right away! I had to postpone my holiday plans for the role but that was perfectly okay with me!
M.M.: Can you tell us more about the role you play and what most interests you about the character of Heat Wave?
M.K.: What interests me the most about Heatwave is that I love the fact that he finds comfort in fire and that he was a villain that is now working for the good guys. Through my role fans can start to see where Heatwave develops his love of fire.
M.M.: So far, what has been the best part of working in the movie industry?
M.K.: Everyone who I get to meet. I feel like I have found a place where I can be myself; be weird and it is acceptable! I feel like I belong; I could not have asked for a better career.
M.M.: What kind of movie or show would be your “dream project” to act in?
M.K.: Playing a serial killer. I saw Johnny Depp in ‘Black Mass’ and I would love to play a role like that. It would be a challenge but I think I am up for it.
M.M.: Career wise, where do you see yourself in ten years?
M.K.: I hope to be making a living acting because I am truly blessed to have found something that I love doing so much.
M.M.: What do you do for fun when you’re not acting?
M.K.: I play video games, I take martial arts, I go to the gym, and I sing and play guitar and hang with friends.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the film industry, especially as an actor?
M.K.: I would say never give up on your dreams. If someone tells you it cannot be done just set out to prove them wrong. You need to develop a thick skin and remember none of it is personal.
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To see a preview of the episode, see here. To learn more about Mitchell Kummen visit his website, IMDB, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.