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Gabriel Basso: Bitten early by acting bug

Youth Impact Report 2010: Up Next

Gabriel wasn’t the first Basso child to get bitten by the acting bug. By the time he was 4, the St. Louis native was helping to run lines with sisters Annalise and Alexandria, who had already booked a few commercials and TV roles. The young actor enjoyed it so much that he asked his mom to read for the girls’ reps at Coast to Coast. After signing with the agency, Basso made appearances on “iCarly,” “Eastwick” and “The Middle.”

After making his bigscreen debut alongside John Goodman and Clint Howard in “Alabama Moon,” an opportunity arose to read for the part of Laura Linney’s son in “The Big C.” Linney was impressed, and the 15-year-old star was booked in the role, which begins filming its second season in February.

Basso is now working on the hush-hush J.J. Abrams project “Super 8,” slated for next year, in which he plays one of five young lead roles along with Elle Fanning and Zach Mills.

Despite the long hours, Basso’s mom says he’s just doing what he loves. “He’s just having fun. He’s able to go to a place in his imagination where he truly believes that what’s happening is real,” she says.

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