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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:

Comments about “Hear from Zachary Gordon, the real-life Wimpy Kid”

  1. wjrshepherd16 says:

    I too happen to love basketball. Another strength I have is being in a couple mini-movies and have been in a school play since grade 6. I am now finishing up Grade 10.

  2. wjrshepherd16 says:

    Hey Zach, I’m thinking of coming out to be an extra in the 4th or 5th movie. Can you explain more about this to me?

  3. Glee rocks says:

    I loved the movie it was great

  4. ski says:

    i like diary of a wimpy kid better than big nate

  5. Anonymous says:

    the movie was great but it wasnt all of it

  6. brebre says:

    hey ppl and zach did you ever go to acting classes? because im thinking about going to them

  7. Wimpy (Cool) Kid says:

    OMG! The movies are so amazing! I wish we could meet each other face-to-face!

  8. Sk8erace says:

    Heyy im ur #1 fan and my dad works with alot of actors and stuff so he got me into it and im in the 8th grade comment back thx bi:)

  9. joshuax says:

    how old’s the guy that plays Rowley

    • lacie says:

      I love the movies and the books I have the original movie and I have one book its called diary of the wimpy kid the last straw. you are super awesome!

  10. Cyguy5 says:

    Have they made Rodrick Rules yet?

  11. blah says:

    zach you are so amazing im 10 and i sent u an email but it got rejected cuz my source was phony whats your real email ur so cool i want to be in the third movie but i cant cuz im emglish

  12. blah says:

    oh my god you are so talented but im british so i dont stand a chance of getting in to the sequel!

  13. bnbn 59959 says:

    i love the books and the movie was so cool

  14. Kkqt16 says:

    I want to be famous like you one day. You are my role model and I would love to meet you one day. Also do you have any tips for auditioning for a movie?

  15. johsuax says:

    is the actor that plays rowley your friend

  16. johsuax says:

    dear zack i’m your biggest fan, how did you act as greg in the movie ,what video games do you like to play and how old are you

  17. sonicfan1 says:


  18. Lee says:

    zach you are the best!

  19. dillbill says:

    the movie was so funny!!:)

  20. JADE says:


  21. didimay9 says:

    Hi Zach! I love the movie and the books and when they make the last straw movie, i’m want to be an extra!!!!!!

  22. cool 0987 says:


  23. GoGirl11 says:

    Hey Zach. I love the movie. I was thinking I could try out for the next on. Have any advice?

  24. smiley 33 says:

    ilove the books and the movie :)

  25. Marines says:

    Hey Zach, Great job in the movie! I like the Halloween scene. Do you actually hang out with the guy who plays Rowley? I’d love to get your autograph too!

  26. Laserguy5000 says:

    I’m going to an acting audition soon. Do you have any tips? If so thanks and I might see you on the computer.

  27. Codeman says:

    Hey Zachary Ive Always Wanted To Be In The Movie And Meet You Hopefully I Can Be In The 3rd One If The 2nd One Is A Sucess

  28. zina says:

    Zach i am your #1 Fan. Can i meet you?

  29. cam bam says:

    you’r awsome

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  31. GoGirl11 says:

    I loved your movie too. The fire hose making people thinking you were peeing on Rodrick(Devon)? Hilarious! XD YOU ROCK!

  32. annieb23 says:

    Hey Zachary! Your awesome! It’s weird because I’ve never talked to anyone famous. Me and my mom think your ADORABLE. I’m like your biggest fan! Can I get your autograph? You rock! I’m 8 yrs. old and I’m a girl. I have all the books and I saw the movie! I wish I could meet you! Bye,hope you reply!

  33. moviedude says:

    you are AWESOME!!!!!!!

  34. moviedude says:

    Zach I have all the diary of a wimpy kid books are you still into acting?

  35. Boys Rule says:

    Zach… In the movie diary, it says to not mention the mashed potatoes to you if we ran into you. Were they gross? Because I LOVE mashed potatoes!!

  36. skippy says:

    hey zach you are awesome in diary of a wimpy kid ive read all of them 10 times (P.S can i have your autograph)

  37. Killer says:


  38. themeparkguy says:

    Zach,YOU ARE SO SO AAWWSSOOMMEE! Ireally like the books. Can I get your autograph?

  39. Scout guy says:

    fregley is gross :-(

  40. Scout guy says:

    greg is awesome :-)

  41. Scout guy says:

    greg u rok im like yer #1 fan!!!!!

  42. Scout guy says:

    plot man i LOVE national treasure:book of secrets its cool

  43. Rock says:

    Fist Greg heffly was just a book Character now he is real :)

  44. noah2010 says:

    Greg i am your #1 fan. I would want to meet you some day ps: can I meet you?

  45. Anonymous says:


  46. nightblaster says:

    Zach you rock.I started reading the books when my friends started looking at them.I loved them!I have read all of them and I saw the movie.You are the best actor of all time.I have been wanting to meet you ever since I saw you on telivison.I am so exsited to have contact with you and you are my hero.(P.S can I have your autogragh).

  47. Plotman says:

    How many days did it take to finish acting? What role did you play in “National Treasure: Book of secrets”? I’ve never seen that movie.

  48. Plotman says:

    I would love to have an autograph.Did you read the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary”? I did . That’s why I know all this stuff.Do you get why the last shot was the opening monologue?

  49. Plotman says:

    Awesome movie,kid.Your about as tall as me and I’m in fourth grade.
    I’m so jealous. I like basketball too.How does it feel after having a fire hose for rain and paper for snow? Anyway,you live in Hollywood, right? I live in Chicago. Have you been to the AFV studio?You rock!

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