'Malcolm in the Middle' Star:
A RESPONSIBLE CYBER-CITIZEN!
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Even if Frankie Muniz was not an award-winning actor and
teen idol - adored by millions as the ingenious Malcolm in the
hit TV series 'Malcolm in the Middle' - he would still be a star
in normal, everyday life.
"Never give up on your hopes and dreams," Frankie advises his fans in this exclusive CyberSpacers' interview. "Success may look easy, but it's not. It takes hard work and a solid education to achieve worthy goals. And I say, never give up."
Frankie reveals that along the way there were plenty of times when he faced flat-out rejection. Losing out to other actors for roles he really wanted sometimes had him wondering if he should give up on his dream, and quit. "I thought about it," he admits, "I asked myself if I should go to this or that audition - or maybe just go back to school."
Luckily for him, as well as for his fans who span generations from pre-teens to grandparents - Frankie never gave up on his dream of being an actor - and has now become a full-fledged major star.
"I learned that if you don't give up, something good will happen,"
says Frankie, who regardless of his talent, fame and popularity remains 'the same, nice guy as always' according to those closest to him.
The teenage acting sensation has actually been performing for more than half his life. From the moment the-then seven year-old saw his older sister, Christina, on stage, he knew what he wanted.
Born in New Jersey, he grew up in North Carolina with his sister, his mom, Denise, and his dad, Frank. It was there that young Frankie gained his early experience in theaters around Raleigh.
When he was 10, the family moved to Los Angeles and Frankie's career began to take hold. "There were some disappointments,"
he recalls, "but if you have a supportive, loving family, and if you believe in yourself, you can make it."
Make it, indeed! Frankie's breakout performance as 'Malcolm' has earned him nominations for an Emmy, Television Critics Association, and Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition, he received The Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
But while success has its advantages, it also has its drawbacks.
"I don't have the time to go to public libraries," Frankie explains. "That's the main reason why I've learned how to use my computer to research information I need for my studies."
Home schooled since the sixth grade, Frankie's mom, a former registered nurse, deserves a lot of the credit for his education and study ethics, according to Eva Jensen, Frankie's studio teacher.
"Frankie's mom is very supportive, he's really lucky to have her,"
says Miss Jensen. "She's closely involved in his schooling, making sure his homework is done at night. She also reads what he reads for Literature - so the three of us have a kind of book club and meaningful discussions. When he's not working at the studio, his mother is also his tutor."
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