Jacob Batalon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jacob Batalon is on the road to becoming a major star thanks to his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The second trailer shows Batalon stealing a more scenes from star Tom Holland, who plays the new Spidey in the Marvel/Sony film. He is also prominently featured in the new third trailer.

Batalon plays Peter Parker’s best friend, Ned Leeds.

Batalon doesn’t have a public Twitter account, but you can follow him on Instagram at @lifeisaloha.

Here’s what you need to know about Batalon.


1. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is Only His Second Movie

NORTH WOODS | Official Teaser Trailer (2016) | Jesse Boone Jacob BatalonLIKE and SUBSCRIBE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER https://twitter.com/CinScapeStudios LIKE US ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/CinemaScapeStudios/ INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/cinemascapestudios/ NORTH WOODS brings you evil in the form of mother nature in this horror film about a film crew that ventures into the uncharted North Woods in search for answers involving the mythical legend of the Wendigo, but things aren't always what they appear to be and what they find is something more terrifying than they could ever imagine Music by Dan Corbo Starring Jesse Boone, Erin Harwood, Amber Allen, Phil Ippolito, Jacob Batalon and Ian Blake Salazar NORTH WOODS film Produced by Cinema-Scape Studios Written and Directed by Anthony Raus North Woods IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5776460/?ref_=wl_li_tt North Woods Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northwoodsmovie/ North Woods Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/northwoodshorrorfilm2016/?ref=bookmarks2016-03-14T13:39:59.000Z

The 20-year-old Batalon has only made two films in his young career. Before being cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he made his film debut in 2016’s North Woods.

North Woods is a short comedy-horror film written and directed by Anthony Raus. The film also starred Amber Allen and Jesse Boone. It’s about five film students who made a documentary about the Wendigo and are slowly picked off by a hungry creature.


2. He’s a Graduate of the Private Roman Catholic School Damien Memorial School in Hawaii

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Spidey actor Tom Holland, production assistant Harrison Osterfield and Jacob Batalon. (Instagram/Jacob Batalon)

Batalon, an actor of Filipino descent, grew up in Hawaii. He’s a graduate from Damien Memorial School, a private Roman Catholic preparatory school in Honolulu.

After graduating from high school in 2014, Batalon traveled to the mainland, where he attended a two-year program at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It was the first time he performed on the stage, since Damien didn’t have a theater or stage program.

“Singing and (playing) the ukulele really was my thing,” Batalon told the Star-Advertiser. “My mother would make he go up and sing in front of everyone all the time, hahaha, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it so much as a child because I thought it was torture. But in retrospect, I think that’s what helped me get over my fear of being in front of people.”


3. His Ned Leeds is Far Different From the Character in the Comics

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – International Trailer #2Does the suit make the man? Watch the all-new #SpiderManHomecoming trailer now. Only in Cinemas. Get Tickets: http://www.spidermanhomecoming.com/ Subscribe to Sony Pictures for exclusive video updates: http://bit.ly/SonyPicsSubscribe Follow Spider-Man on Social: https://www.facebook.com/SpiderManMovie/ https://www.twitter.com/SpiderManMovie/ https://www.instagram.com/SpiderManMovie/ A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Cast: Tom Holland Michael Keaton Zendaya Jon Favreau Donald Glover Tyne Daly with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.2017-03-28T16:21:43.000Z

The version of Edward ‘Ned’ Leeds that Batalon plays is very different from the comics iteration. In the comics, Leeds doesn’t come into Peter Parker’s life until after high school, when he starts working at the Daily Bugle.

Peter meets Leeds at the Daily Bugle, where Leeds works as a filed reporter. One day, Leeds is assigned to investigate the villain Hobgoblin. During the assignment, he was captured and brainwashed into thinking he was the Hobgoblin. He was later targeted in a gang war and, since he didn’t have the real Hobgoblin’s powers, he was killed.

Leeds’ ethnicity has been changed for other iterations of Spider-Man. For The Spectacular Spider-Man, Leeds was renamed Ned Lee and became a Korean-American. However, in this version, he was still a reporter. Batalon’s version of Leeds is the first time the character has been shown as a high school friend of Peter’s.


4. He Says His Character is a ‘Genuine, Sweet Kid’

Jacob Batalon of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" returns to alma materJacob Batalon, the 2014 Damien Memorial School grad who has been cast to play Peter Parker’s best friend in the 2017 summer blockbuster, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” met with a group of performing arts class students at his Honolulu alma mater on Friday. Batalon, who turned 20 last month as he completed work on the film produced by Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures, offered his personal take on the art of acting. Rule No. 1: Be real. “There is no point is showing people something you are not. Belief in yourself is everything,” said Batalon. He also told his teenage audience that if they want to become professional actors they need to be tough. “If you truly want to pursue this you need to understand that there is a LOT of rejection. Soul-tearing rejection,” said Batalon. “You need to have thick skin. When you are told you’re bad it should be taken with a grain of salt.” Batalon said he uses the Meisner acting method which he learned at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. It has been used by stars like Robert Duvall, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, and Diane Keaton. “You need to be open emotionally 24-7, you need to be vulnerable and OK with your faults and your strengths,” he said. “You have to be totally OK with who you are.” Batalon co-stars with Spider-Man lead Tom Holland as his 15-year-old high school best friend. ”I just went back to my childhood, when I didn’t know any better, playing with Power Rangers, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.” Batalon also told the students that if they really love to perform, “You should be doing something about it. Put yourself out there in any form you can. Like YouTube. Casting directors are trying to find the next big thing and the only way they’re going to find you is if they find you.” He said the trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” should hit theaters the middle of next month. The movie will be released July 7 and play internationally.2016-11-05T10:19:52.000Z

In a meeting with performing arts students at Damien Memorial School after filming Homecoming, Batalon described his character as “really innocent” and a “genuine, sweet kid.”

“Ned is a really innocent and genuine, sweet kid,” he said. Since he hasn’t been any of those things since he was a kid, he explained that he had to draw from his experiences as a kid to play the role.

“He’s really naive in a sense,” Batalon said of his character, who is five years younger than he is in real life. “You know, he just loves Star Wars and he’s super smart and he just loves to play around. So, I just went back to when I was a kid, playing Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.”


5. Director Jon Watts Describes ‘Homecoming’ as a ‘Straight-Up High School Movie’

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While many of the Marvel movies are about adult super heroes, Homecoming is a little different. Peter Parker and his friends are only 15 in the movie, and director Jon Watts doesn’t want the audience to forget that.

As Entertainment Weekly reported, at Comic-Con 2016, Watts said Homecoming is a “straight-up high school movie, about a 15-year-old kid.” That feeling is definitely there in the trailers so far.

“We know what it’s like to be a billionaire playboy inventor. We learned what it’s like to be an alien God… We’re going to learn what it’s like to be kid in 10th grade going through puberty,” Watts said.

We’ll see how much of that “high school vibe” survives in the final cut of Homecoming when it hits theaters on July 7.