Jacob Hopkins Wiki Bio
Jacob Hopkins was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 4 March 2002 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and a voiceover artist, perhaps known best for voicing the title character of the Cartoon Network’s animated series “The Amazing World of Gumball”.
Early life, family and education
Jacob grew up in Los Angeles alongside his older brother. He became interested in acting at an early age, appearing in his first TV commercial at the age of five. His interest was sparked by his parents, Gerald and Debra Hopkins, who were both in the acting business before him. They’ve been very supportive of Jacob since his earliest days in the industry; his mother was essentially his manager, and first took him to auditions, while his father coached him in acting lessons.
He matriculated from John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2020, and is currently enrolled at the University of Arizona, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, but is also signed with Innovative Artists and Gilbertson Entertainment.
Roles in movies
Jacob made his film debut in the 2007 sports comedy “The Minis”, written and directed by Valerio Zanoli, and which starred the former NBA (National Basketball Association) player, Dennis Rodman. Four years later, he played the role of an unnamed boy in the action adventure fantasy blockbuster “Priest”, centered on a catholic priest who disobeys church law to hunt down the vampires who’ve kidnapped his niece.
In 2013, Jacob had a supporting role in the mystery drama thriller “Missing at 17”, and in 2016 he played the role of Andrew in the award-winning coming-of-age comedy “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”, directed by Steve Carr, and which starred Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham and Alexa Nisenson.
The same year, Jacob was cast as an autistic boy in the critically acclaimed short family drama “The Boy Who Cried Fish!”, written and directed by Dalia M. Ali, and for his performance was rewarded with the 2016 Action on Film Award for Best Young Performer Male – Short. In the following year, he starred in the comedy “The Nerd Posse”, about a group of teenagers who frequent “The Brave Cave”, a movie theatre which cultivates the ‘geek’ culture, and acts as a safe haven for young misfits.
In 2021, we’re expecting to see Jacob star alongside Antonio Sabato Jr. and Stacey Dash, in the indie sci-fi drama “Carolina’s Calling”, written and directed by Michael Saquella. The film is currently in the post-production phase, and is set to be released in December.
Roles in TV series
Jacob made his TV series debut in 2010, when he played the role of Billy in two episodes of the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. In the following year, he starred alongside Daniel Bonjour and Lexi DiBenedetto, in the award-winning sci-fi mini-series “RCVR”.
In 2012, Jacob guest starred as in three episodes of the HBO’s supernatural drama “True Blood”, playing the role of Alexander Drew, a 92-year-old vampire who looks like a child, due to being turned at the age of nine.
Although Jacob’s time on the series was short, his portrayal of Alexander earned him praise from the public and critics alike, and many consider this role to be his breakthrough.
Since 2013, Jacob has played the supporting character Chad Kremp, in the popular period sitcom “The Goldbergs”. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg, and is loosely based on his own childhood and family life in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself. It’s starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambore and Troy Gentile as members of the Goldberg family, and has been airing on ABC since September 2013, while the newest season premiered in 2021.
Jacob’s first voiceover role was in the popular animated series “The Amazing World of Gumball”, in which he voiced the main protagonist, Gumball Watterson. He was 11 years old when he landed the role, cast to replace the previous voice actor, Logan Grove. Jacob voiced Gumball for four seasons through 2017, and then replaced by Nicolas Cantu, as his voice had changed due to puberty.
“The Amazing World of Gumball” was created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network, and aired for six seasons, from 3 May 2011, to 24 June 2019. The plot centers on a blue cat called Gumball, his adoptive brother Darwin, and their goldfish friend. “Gumball” is known for its quirky and intentionally disjointed animation style, as well as for its extensive references to popular culture.
It was well received by the public and critics alike, has developed a cult following, and has won 16 awards, including two BAFTAs in 2011 and 2018.
While working on “Gumball”, Jacob had a few voiceover roles in other animated projects, such as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”, and the Pixar Studios’ award-winning film “Inside Out”.
In 2019, he voiced the character Boot Crew Drew, in an episode of the animated comedy “We Bare Bears”, entitled “Baby Orphan Ninja Bears”. In the following year, he had a voiceover role of Axel Finke, in six episodes of the 3D animated adventure series “Dragons: Rescue Riders”, developed for Netflix by DreamWorks Studios. In the same year, Jacob reprised the same role in the “Dragons: Rescue Riders” spin-off movie entitled “Secrets of the Songwing”, and then in its sequel “Heroes of the Sky”, which is set to be released late in 2021.
In early 2021, he voiced the main character Fushi, in the English version of the anime series “To Your Eternity”, centered on a lonely boy and his wolf, wandering through the Arctic regions of North America. In a recent interview, Jacob has revealed that it’s one of his favorite roles, and that doing voiceovers for an anime has been on his bucket list for a long time. “To Your Eternity” is currently airing on Crunchyroll and HBO Max.
Love life and relationships
In 2017 and 2018, Jacob was in a relationship with the fellow actress Merit Leighton, who is perhaps known best for her voiceover roles in animated series such as “She-Ra and the Princess” and “Sofia the First”.
The two met while filming “The Nerd Posse”, which they both starred in. Since their breakup, Jacob has not talked about his love life in public.
In 2021, he was spotted in Arizona spending time with his “Carolina’s Calling” co-star Savanah Moss, which sparked rumors about them possibly dating. However, it seems that their relationship is strictly friendly at the moment.
As of October 2021, Jacob appears to be single.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Jacob’s very first TV appearance was in a Kmart commercial, alongside the actress Jaclyn Smith. At the time, Jacob had no idea who Jaclyn was, while his mother was very excited to meet her.
— HopkinsJacob5 (@HopkinsJacob5) November 22, 2021
He has been doing martial arts since he was nine, and has obtained a third degree black belt in Taekwondo.
He loves to watch anime series in his spare time, with some of his all-time favorites being “Attack on Titan”, “Dragon Ball Z”, and “Neon Genesis Evangelion”.
Jacob has revealed that it’s his dream to play a superhero in a Marvel movie.
Appearance, age and net worth
Jacob is 19 years old. He has short brown hair and green eyes, is 6ft 1in (1.83m) tall, and weighs around 172lbs (78kgs).
As of October 2021, his net worth is estimated at already more than $500,000.