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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:

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

  1. wjrshepherd16 // June 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    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 // June 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm // Reply

    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 // May 12, 2011 at 1:27 am // Reply

    I loved the movie it was great

  4. i like diary of a wimpy kid better than big nate

  5. the movie was great but it wasnt all of it

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

  7. cool

  8. Wimpy (Cool) Kid // March 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm // Reply

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

  9. 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:)

  10. how old’s the guy that plays Rowley

    • 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!

  11. Have they made Rodrick Rules yet?

  12. 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

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

  14. i love the books and the movie was so cool

  15. 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?

  16. is the actor that plays rowley your friend

  17. 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


  19. zach you are the best!

  20. the movie was so funny!!:)


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

  23. cool

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

  25. ilove the books and the movie

  26. 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!

  27. Laserguy5000 // August 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm // Reply

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

  28. 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

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

  30. you’r awsome


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

  33. 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!

  34. moviedude // July 9, 2010 at 8:25 am // Reply

    you are AWESOME!!!!!!!

  35. moviedude // July 9, 2010 at 8:18 am // Reply

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

  36. Boys Rule // July 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm // Reply

    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!!

  37. 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)

  38. Awsome

  39. themeparkguy // June 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm // Reply

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

  40. Scout guy // June 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm // Reply

    fregley is gross 😦

  41. Scout guy // June 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm // Reply

    greg is awesome 🙂

  42. Scout guy // June 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm // Reply

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

  43. Scout guy // June 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm // Reply

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

  44. Fist Greg heffly was just a book Character now he is real 🙂

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

  46. cool

  47. nightblaster // April 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    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).

  48. 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.

  49. 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?

  50. 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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