Thomas Barbusca is the type of guy everyone wants to be friends with. He’s funny and real. Most recently he can be seen in the movie Middle School: The Worst years of My Life. He plays Leo, the sidekick of Rafe, a middle schooler who loves to draw. Rafe and Leo deal with greedy Principal Dwight in hilarious ways. We won’t spoil anything for you here, but there’s a twist to the story that you won’t be expecting. We asked Thomas about his new movie and all about life growing up as an actor. He also reveals what’s next in his career.
Tell us about what to expect in your new movie?
You can expect everyday middle school struggles with teachers, bullies, friendships, and some crazy pranks. It's definitely fun for the whole family.
What was your favorite rule to break during filming?
My favorite rule to break was no touching the trophy case. Which we end up filling with water, fresh fish, eels, and lobsters. That was really cool.
If you were to explain your skateboarding style, what would you say?
Style with ease.
What type of music do you like? What’s your favorite song right now?
I listen to Hip hop and R&B. My favorite song is 'Still Here' by Drake
Who do you Instastalk?
A rapper named FUTURE because he's super cool.
photography | Irvin Rivera
If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
Kevin Hart. He's super funny, and I think he's inspirational. Leonardo DiCaprio would be awesome too!
What’s your biggest goal?
To continue acting and win an Oscar.
How do you keep it cool before a big audition?
I listen to music on my headphones.
If you could go back and talk to yourself last year, what would you say?
That's a tough one. I would say this will be a very busy, exciting year.
Do you go to school on set or traditional school? What are the perks?
I am homeschooled, so I work with a set teacher. The perks would be getting to do school at all different times of the day or night.
So what's next?
My new TV show, The Mick, premieres on FOX on January 1st. It's super funny and stars Kaitlin Olson, who plays my aunt. My parents get indicted for federal fraud and flee the country, so she has to take care of my siblings and me. Let's just say; we're not easy to handle!
Did you ever ad lib, or was all of it scripted?
A little of both. Steve Carr, the director, wanted us to have fun with it.
Who inspired you to get into acting?
My older sister Brielle, who is an actress, inspired me. When I was younger, I would go with her to set when she was working and knew I wanted to act too.
How old were you and what was your first acting gig?
My first job was for a Lysol commercial when I was four years old.
What are the biggest differences or perks between living on the East Coast and the West Coast?
I love the East Coast because my whole family is there and that's where I grew up. The biggest difference between both coasts would definitely be the weather. It rarely rains in LA. In New Jersey, it rains a lot, and the winters are really cold.
Who's your favorite person you've ever worked with?
My favorite person would be Griffin Gluck. He's like a brother to me. Best friend since the day I met him. We just had a great time working together on Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Non stop laughing and fun! Also, working with Kaitlin Olson on FOX's, The Mick, is pretty cool. She's so funny; it's hard to keep a straight face when we're working.