by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Soul of Photography

A Class Act

student_feder_1Julian Feder caught the acting bug at just six years old. “I saw one of my schoolmate’s pictures in an advertisement on a bus,” recalled Julian. “I thought it was cool, so I asked my mother if I could start modeling or acting.” Shortly thereafter, Julian was booked in an animated video and then started acting in short films, television, and movies. Today, 12-year-old Julian – who is in seventh grade at K12 International, an online home school program – has built himself an impressive resume. “I’ve done two family films,” shared Julian. “I have done television, including Rizzoli & Isles, Community, and Serangoon Road. I have also done numerous short films, including a cool, creepy one called Itsy Bitsy Spiders.”

Julian’s most recent career endeavor is perhaps his most challenging yet most rewarding one to date. He was cast as the titular character in the feature film Po, which was screened this year at the San Diego International Film Festival. “Po is the story of a single father raising his son with autism. I play Po, the boy who has autism,” described Julian. “Po is a really great character and there are a lot of important messages in the film. The movie helps people to understand more about autism and deal with bullying…it’s about accepting people’s differences.”

“When asked who he would love to one day work with, Julian didn’t hesitate to name two big inspirations: Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg.”

According to Julian, the most challenging part of working on the film was having to create his character. “The director, John Asher, who has a son with autism, helped me to develop who Po was,” explained Julian. “We worked on physical mannerisms of the character and made sure I was consistent. He would come over and we would play board games or Legos and I would stay in character the whole time. This made it easier for me on set as I could just become Po.”

The young actor has dedicated himself to make acting his lifelong career. When asked who he would love to one day work with, Julian didn’t hesitate to name two big inspirations: Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg. In the meantime, he works hard at his current acting jobs, sharpening his skills and building on his experience. In his downtime, Julian enjoys his Del Mar community, frequenting nearby Powerhouse Park, the Del Mar Racetrack, and his favorite shops and eateries.

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Name: Julian Feder (12)
School: K12 International
Grade: 7
Parents: Rachel and Lenny Feder
Social Media: @julian.feder on Instagram, @JulianFeder1 on Twitter, and JulianFederOfficial on Facebook
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: The beach, Americana Restaurant, Dinosaur Gallery, Frustrated Cowboy, Powerhouse Park, Del Mar Racetrack