Jesse James was born in Southern California to Shane and Jaime. He started acting when his father was getting head-shots of himself taken. Shane asked the photographer, who was also a manager, to take photos of Jesse. The photographer/manager agreed and was amazed by the vibrant personality of the boy, so he signed Jesse. Shortly. Shortly after, the 5-year old, skinny, blonde Jesse received the role of "Spencer", in As Good as It Gets (1997), despite the role calling for an "overweight red-headed 12 year old". For this role, he won the Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award, for Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Comedy in 1998. Achieving underground critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Tommy Miller", a disturbed teenager with violent tendencies in The Butterfly Effect (2004), Jesse has continued strongly with his career, recently venturing into the independent film community.
Here are some questions we asked Jesse so you could get a better feel for his personality:
Who are your biggest inspirations in the film/television industry?
My biggest inspirations in the film/TV industry are actors that are masters of their craft, like Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeff Bridges and Billy Bob Thornton. Comedians like Jim Carrey and John Belushi have also been a big influence.
What are your favorite movies/tv shows?
My favorite movies come from Stanley Kubrick, Joel and Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Sergio Leone. My favorite TV shows are The Simpsons (seasons 1-12), anything from Mike Judge, and just about everything on HBO.
Who is/are your favorite superheroes?
My favorite superheroes growing up were the X-Men, specifically Nightcrawler.