Career on ‘Lightning’ trajectory

Lerman starring in Fox's high-profile 'Percy Jackson'

Los Angeles native Logan Lerman began acting at age 5 and got his big break at 7 playing Mel Gibson’s youngest son in “The Patriot.”

“It was my first movie, and I just wanted to get out of school,” jokes Lerman, who also appeared as the young version of Gibson’s character in Nancy Meyers’ “What Women Want.” “It’s only when I hit 12 that I started to take it all seriously,” admits the now-17-year-old thesp, who went on to book a title role in the WB drama series “Jack and Bobby.”

Since then, Lerman has played significant supporting parts in “3:10 to Yuma” (as Christian Bale’s son) and “The Number 23” (“Studying Jim Carrey up close and getting his advice is the best film school you could have,” he says). Next up is a high-profile leading role in Fox’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Based on the bestselling book series, the Chris Columbus-directed film about a trouble-prone teen who discovers he’s descended from a Greek god could become a “Harry Potter”-style franchise. “I signed to do three, so I’m hoping it’ll do well,” Lerman says.

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