Parents Ginger and Scot McCartney
Place of birth:
New York City
Cat named Oliver
"Death Be Not Proud" by John Gunther
California Rolls and Pizza!
Favorite Television Show:
The 6th Sense, Grease and American History X
Robin Williams, Will Smith and Jim Carrey
Joan Cusack, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cady McClain
Pop and Rock
Baseball and Football
Favorite Sports Teams:
NY Yankees and New York Giants
What sports do you play?
Favorite School Subjects:
Math and Physical Education
Least Favorite School Subject:
Playing baseball, singing and acting.
What is your most prized possession?
My baseball glove and my phone.
What do you look for in a girl?
Personality and a nice smile.
What would be the perfect way to spend a date?
Out on the Beach !!! *
What do you want to do when you get older (if you couldn't be an actor)?
Be a Singer
Do you have a nickname? If yes, what is it?
What was your first acting job?
"Oliver," in a local theatre.
How did you get started in the business?
My parents used to be in it and they taught me everything they know.
Of all the projects you've worked on to date, what was your favorite? Why?
Dream Street. Tryin' to get a Gold Record! It's always been a dream to have
a gold and platinum album on my wall and I was very excited when I got it.
Most influential person on your acting career? Why?
David Canary. He was always able to teach me something.
Favorite person you have ever worked with?
What type of work do you like the most (commercials, singing, television, movies)?
Singing and Movies
If you have a dramatic scene where you have to cry, how do you get ready for it and do it?
I think of things that made me upset a long time ago
Not many adult performers can say they have Emmy nominations, two Young Artist Awards, a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, are a member of a hit singing group and have a successful acting career. But 15-year-old Jesse McCartney can. Jesse grew up in New York with his whole family performing together. His family would do stage productions, rehearsing for two months each Fall for what would become the years big musical every November. Working in Community Theater opened Jesses eyes to the joy of singing live and the discipline of acting.
At the age of 7, he was cast as the lead in Oliver. That was followed by Annie Get Your Gun (as Little Jake) and The King & I (as a royal child with hair dyed black). When Jesse was 9 years old, the National Broadway Tour of The King & I was casting the role of Louis. Jesse auditioned and beat out hundreds of other boys to secure the role and toured with the company for 6 months all over the United States. Jesse also performed at Madison Square Garden in A Christmas Carol playing the young Scrooge with Roger Daltrey.
In June of 1998, Jesse was cast in the important role of Adam Chandler, Jr. on the hit ABC daytime drama All My Children. Jesses acting skills on All My Children were recognized by three organizations. Jesse was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2000, 2001 and 2002, with Jesse taking home the award in 2001 and 2002. Jesse was also nominated for an Emmy, in 2001 and 2002, for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Daytime Television Series and a Soap Opera Digest Award. In addition, Jesse has been on television as a guest star on Law & Order, acting and singing with Rosie ODonnell in her Big K-Back to School commercial and in her 1999 Primetime special, A Rosie Christmas.
Jesse is also a member, with four other boys, of the band Dream Street. Dream Street's debut album earned a Gold Record and is still selling strong. Dream Streets songs have also appeared on the soundtracks for Pokemon 2000 and The Little Vampire. Previous to Dream Street, Jesse was a lead singer in the youth group Sugarbeats, formed by Sherry Kondor, the daughter of Carole King. Jesse has performed on four Sugarbeat CDs: How Sweet It Is (1998), Wildthing (1999) and Car Tunes (2000), all of which won music awards. In addition Jesse has two solos on the 2001 CD, A Sugarbeat's Christmas, that was nominated for a Grammy. ( His solos are Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Little Saint Nick)
During the years that Jesse has performed, he has remained, by his own wish, in public school. He finds it more fun than having to learn in isolation with tutors. Jesse is also a spokesperson for the Kids for a Drug Free America and gives English lessons to kids in China through Sesame Street and CTW. When not working, Jesse lives in New York with his father, mother, sister and brother. He enjoys playing golf, skiing and playing baseball.
You can write to Jesse here:
c/o Jump Ahead Productions
923 Saw Mill River Road Box 138
Ardsley, NY 10502
Jesse personally reads all of his mail, but due to time constraints (school, acting, singing, etc...) he may not be able to personally answer. But he really appreciates all of your support!