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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. heeeeeeyyy you sound just like me

  2. my sister has all the books

  3. im hooked on Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  4. When is the movie coming to England

    • The movie has not been released internationally yet. However, it is now being released in England and Australia at the end of August, 2010, Europe will follow and then the Orient. The movie has been very successful in the United States. The DVD was just released last week.

  5. I saw in a boyslife magnazine you play Toontown. do you really? If so, I play it too. My toon is a brown mouse named Captain Milton Bagelbubble. 110 laff points.

  6. Are u a boy scout?

  7. I love the movie and the books. Im going to have a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Birthday party for sure.

  8. I saw the movie and i loved it. I especially like the part where Fregley chases you around his house with a bugar on his finger. That was hillarious and gross all at once.

  9. cheese eater 2000 // April 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm // Reply

    the books are awesome and the movie rocked the house

  10. i am your biggest fan zach

  11. Nascar4inarowdude // April 8, 2010 at 7:49 am // Reply

    Love the books-lovetheMovie!

  12. Explosion2244 // April 8, 2010 at 6:22 am // Reply

    I’m with Mr.Berenstein!could i have autograph.

  13. Zachary Gordons #1 fan // April 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm // Reply

    Watched the movie it was funny and I loved it!!

  14. The Reader // April 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm // Reply

    I think that it would be pretty cool to meet this guy. He sounds interesting.

  15. darth vader // April 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm // Reply

    I agree compleatly Mr. Bernstein on both

  16. I WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE!

  17. wimpykid123 // April 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm // Reply

    movie was awsome.

  18. GrayWolf ( the warrior ) // April 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm // Reply

    Great!I never really read the book but I read it every time I see it at the bookstore. IT IS GREAT !!! ( good job on getting the part)

  19. i luv ur work!its very fun how do you sign up for that stuff

    • you have to be talented and rich.

      • I get how you have to be talented and all, but you have to be rich? You can’t just go and audition for something? I know it cost a lil bit of money but… you have to be rich?

  20. Love The Books!! Can’t Wait To See The Movie!!! :)

  21. Darth T208 // April 3, 2010 at 7:16 am // Reply

    The movie was great. The books are awsome. I cant wait for the fifth and last book.

  22. The obsever // April 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    That was a good movie but it did not completly follow the original
    storyline that was in the book

  23. ilove the books cant wait to see the movie

  24. good job on the movie. follow your dreams

  25. i know he’s such a talented guy but we could at least thank god for his gift!

  26. Gavin cool drummer // March 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm // Reply

    Dude zach you rock I so want to go see the movie .do you have an email address and can i have your autograph I love the book’s and you rock hard

  27. nice job following your dreams zach

  28. zachary fan // March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm // Reply

    I’m a big fan of the books and the movies and you.I’m your BIGGEST fan and would like your autograph.I hope to meet you some day.
    p.s your a talented actor.

  29. Mr. Bernstein // March 26, 2010 at 6:09 am // Reply

    I read all the books and loved them. I even have read the “Diary of a wimpy kid movie diary”. I saw the movie on March 24th and it is OK. They show stuff in the comercials that is not in the movie, which was disapointing when they were not there.

  30. junkmaster // March 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm // Reply

    Love your books and your gonna do great in the movie you rock dude

  31. You are an amazing actor Zach I am the greatest fan of the Diary of a Wimpy kid books

  32. pokemon arceus // March 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm // Reply

    do you like pokemon?

  33. i have read all of the books and i saw the movie and liked it.

  34. yo i lo ve the movie and reread the books several times and they never get old.

  35. jake m. guy // March 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm // Reply

    i havent seen the movie yet but i cant wait to see the secret freckle.

  36. The books are awesome and you did a great job in the movie

  37. Do you like poptropica? jeff kinney created that too. I have also met jeff kinney

  38. I saw the movie and u were spectacular and I feel sorry for Rowley for eating the cheese u were a good friend.

  39. Gavin cool drummer // March 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    Wow! the acter sond’s like he rock’s!!!!!!!

  40. how old are you Zachary,do you have a ds.

  41. Thats cool. . .I love the books they’re awesome!

  42. YOU ROCK!!

  43. Hi I like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid too.Once I would read one I could not stop.I would like to meet you and Jeff Kenny

  44. darth vader // March 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    I’ve read the books but a movie seems a bit much.
    the main reson the books are so good is because theare
    is no clear-cut picture of who the person is like,
    it gives you room to imageine

  45. GREAT MOVIE! SAW IT!!!!

  46. You are a lot like me! I just got the new magazine and read everything. I hope you have fun on set everyday! P.S. Can i have your autograph?

  47. hey Zachary im Cameron im a big fan of your books my friends at school love you to. i live in vancouver wa ive always wanted to meet someone like you. i have a question how old are you. im 9

  48. I love all the books too. I`ve read all of them and i wish i was staring in the movie

  49. Explosion2244 // March 20, 2010 at 10:39 am // Reply

    Zachary Gordon rocks!!!

  50. crazypenguin9013 // March 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm // Reply

    I can’t wait for the movie ether

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