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Hear from Zachary Gordon, the real-life Wimpy Kid

Zachary Gordon steps onto the big screen this month as Greg Heffley, the not-so-tough main character in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” based on the best-selling books by Jeff Kinney. An unabashed fan of the Wimpy Kid books, Zachary considers Greg his dream role. That doesn’t mean working on the film was easy.

Boys’ Life caught up with Zachary last September on the Wimpy Kid set in Vancouver, B.C. See Zachary’s own diary (illustrated Wimpy Kid-style by Jeff Kinney) in the April 2010 issue of BL, and listen to exclusive excerpts by clicking on the audio players below.

Zachary on auditioning to play Greg Heffley:

Zachary on his first day on set:

Zachary on the challenges of acting:

Zachary on staying focused while acting:

Zachary on hanging out with friends:

Zachary on his future plans:

162 Comments on Hear from Zachary Gordon, the real-life Wimpy Kid

  1. His voice was adorable back then.

  2. THAT IS SO COOL! I WISH I HAD THOSE RECORIDING STUFF!

  3. Hi Zach I am a big fan I hope you are in the next Diary of a wimpy kid movie and keep acting you are one of the best young actors ever

  4. wimpykidrocks // January 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    hi zach i am from ireland and i have got 7 of your books and all the movies and i want to be just like you and robert and are you going to make a fourth movie i really liked the other 1s and what is it like in vancover he robert you rock to you guys GUYS RULE!!!!!!!!

  5. You’re the best kid actor i’ve ever seen. I hope u continue making these movies because i find myself watching it over several times!

  6. Hey Zach i enjoy all the wimpy kid movies is dog days the last one in the series in the wimpy kid series or all you going through highschool

  7. YOU ARE AWSOME

  8. ZACH YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. movie star wana be // February 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm // Reply

    Whats your favorite part of playing gil on bubble guppies?

  10. Zach your so cool

  11. Zach, you rock. Hope to meet ya someday man

  12. the shaunster // October 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm // Reply

    i love your movies
    I have the dvds of the movie how many books are you gonna print

  13. Laserguy5000 // October 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm // Reply

    Whats up?

  14. Zach Gordon is cool

  15. hey zachary i am a big fan of your movies and i was wondering how is it being and actor

  16. Your my favorite kid actor. I’m really happy you got the part of Greg Heffley. I love the Diary of a Wimpy kid books. I hope you guy make the rest of the books into movies.I would really like to meet you Zach. I feel like I’m your character.Your awesome!!!

  17. your so alsome i love your move you made and your very down to earth

  18. hey zackary im so glad u got the part.did u know i got rodrick rules.i hope your going to make a 3rd one. i want to be just like u a big movie star.i love your movies they are so cool!

  19. hi zachary i hope you like playing the role , im saying this because i love acting and im going to a Addition

  20. i can’t believe you are voices or are in so many movies. In the end of fifth grade a few weeks ago (we ended late because we had a lot of snow days) we watched national treasures one and two (which i got in trouble a lot for talking during them)there was a kid in the begining and i found out that was you!!!!! :) :) :) :)

  21. Zach Gordon // July 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm // Reply

    Thank you wonderful fans

  22. wipykidrulez // July 7, 2011 at 7:36 am // Reply

    Zach gordon you rock!!!!!! next movie witch is dog days i bet is gonna be realy funny!!

  23. Is it cool to play Greg

  24. Hi! I LOVE U ZACH GORDON! My last name is Gordon 2! What is your email address??? or your fan email address? please reply!

  25. Zachary also I think you ROCK

  26. I think you awesome because you play greg heffley he’s my favorite
    diary of a wimpy kid character also my little brother really likes
    bubble guppies HE watches it all the time And also I’ve read all the diary of a wimpy kid books

  27. zach gordon is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. JunjouTerrorist305 // June 29, 2011 at 12:35 am // Reply

    I was surprised when I saw the behind the scenes of the play
    When he sings XD no difference at ALL!!!!!!
    

  29. Tater Tottie // June 26, 2011 at 12:25 am // Reply

    Hey Zachary, I was planning to pen pal you this summer! I hope to accomplish this. Bye!

  30. that movie was awsome and saw the the 2 movie and i hope u can still make more wimpy kid movie because ur awsome

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