Vancouverite Alex Ferris is only 12 years old, but he has already worked with big stars like Robin Williams, Eric Bana and Jon Voight. The talented young actor recently scored accolades for his role as Young Henry in 'The Time Traveler's Wife', starring Bana and fellow Canuck Rachel McAdams.

Ferris's latest role is as Collin in the movie 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid.' The flick follows the wise-cracking junior high student Greg, who hatches numerous schemes to try to attain the attention he feels he deserves. Ferris's character Collin plays a fellow student who crosses paths with Greg.

Moviefone caught up with Ferris to chat about everything from the advice he got from Robin Williams to who he wants to work with the most to his most embarrassing audition to date (Hint: it involves barf!). Vancouverite Alex Ferris is only 12 years old, but he has already worked with big stars like Robin Williams, Eric Bana and Jon Voight. The talented young actor recently scored accolades for his role as Young Henry in 'The Time Traveler's Wife', starring Bana and fellow Canuck Rachel McAdams.

Ferris's latest role is as Collin in the movie 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid.' The flick follows the wise-cracking junior high student Greg, who hatches numerous schemes to try to attain the attention he feels he deserves. Ferris's character Collin plays a fellow student who crosses paths with Greg.

Moviefone caught up with Ferris to chat about everything from the advice he got from Robin Williams to who he wants to work with the most to his most embarrassing audition to date (Hint: it involves barf!).

You've worked with some pretty big stars. Who were you the most nervous about meeting?

I was very nervous about meeting Robin Williams when I worked on 'RV.' One of my favourite movies is 'Mrs. Doubtfire.' When I figured out I was going to be working with him I was really excited and then really nervous at the same time. It turns out he was really funny and nice and we had a great time.

What are some examples of advice other actors have given you over the years?

Robin Williams told me always be yourself and let your personality show. Also, actors always tell me to stay in school. There's a lot of risk and variables that can come into play in this industry. If acting doesn't work out, and I stay in school I can still have a career.

Do you ever have periods when you have to miss school because you're filming a movie? And if so, do you have a tutor on set?

In Canada, which is where I film most of my movies, you have to do three hours a day with a tutor. And I actually find you can accomplish even more school work than you can in a regular school day in just a few hours with a tutor. My mom and dad always tell me acting is a hobby and school is my job. So if I couldn't keep up with my schoolwork I'd have to take a bit of a hiatus from acting. Luckily I've been able to keep up so far.

So what do the kids at school think of you being in movies?

They think it's sort of cool, but it's not a big deal to them because I don't really talk about it all that often. And I've known them for so long so I'm just Alex to them.

So they don't treat you any differently?

They don't treat me any differently whatsoever. I wish they did! [Laughs]

You had some pretty powerful scenes in 'The Time Traveler's Wife.' Did you work with an acting coach at all?

I did. There were a lot of kids in the movie, so they actually had an acting coach completely devoted to kids. That was extremely helpful.



Did you learn any new techniques?

One of the most important things I learned was during the audition process. I went to Toronto, and the night before went out for dinner, and I must have eaten something weird because the next morning I woke up and I just couldn't stop barfing! I must have barfed eight times. I was able to pull through, I made it to the audition, but I actually barfed inside the audition room in the middle of a take! They must have it on tape somewhere.

But I got the part anyway, so it taught me to never give up no matter what. Even if you embarrass yourself and barf in the audition room there's still a chance you might get it. They didn't want to clean it up, so my mom actually had to come into the audition room and take my barf bag. It looked like they were pretty grossed out. At least they didn't throw up too!

Can you tell us a bit about your character Collin in 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'?

He's a nice kid. He's quite popular. He has a unique dressing style, like a snazzy Republican. He dresses up a little bit more fancy.

Who's your favourite actor?

Recently I've taken to liking to mob movies. I just watched 'Goodfellas,' I love 'The Godfather.' My three top people who I look up to are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando. They've all had fantastic careers.

Are there any actors who you really really want to work with?

I would like to work with those actors, but I think my sister would have a heart attack if I got to work with some of the Disney stars. She would absolutely die if I got to work with Selena Gomez.

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' opens in theatres on March 19.