THOMAS BARBUSCA COVERS
LOOT & RIOT MAGAZINE’S “TEEN LOOT“
Ink Tone Swep
Images Benny Haddad
Looks Tayo Fajemisin
Lines Helen Robertson
Location Los Angeles, CA
The Mick was one of the craziest, funniest, and most original comedies in years. And your portrayal of Chip and his wild schemes and shenanigans had much to do with that. How fun was it filming that project? It was the greatest experience for me. Every day on set was so much fun. The cast was hysterical, and the writers and crew were all like family. We were always laughing and having a blast on set. I’m definitely going to miss everyone.
You have been doing this professionally since childhood. What do you consider to be your breakout role? I’m thinking Middle School, because it was a film, but then you really stood out on Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, and Wet Hot American Summer also. I think if I had to choose it would be playing Drew in Wet Hot American Summer. I played such a jerk, but people liked him. As soon as it came out I was getting all kinds of offers. That character was a lot of fun to play.
Tell us about your new film, Searching. What can we expect? I’m grateful to have a part in this anticipated movie produced and directed by Aneesh Chaganty. It’s an innovative movie with so many twists and turns, and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
Do you foresee yourself in more films or television series as your career progresses? You’ve enjoyed a healthy balance of both thus far. Both. I wish I can balance both. I’m about to shoot a new film and I’m super excited about it. It films in Syracuse.
You grew up in what you’ve described as a 100% Italian family. Tell us about your upbringing, share with us some of the Barbusca family traditions you’ve experienced. It’s all about food and Sunday dinners. My mom is a great cook. She makes the best stuffed shells and rice balls. We love to celebrate holidays with old family traditions and recipes. My mom has one for every holiday. One of my favorites is a creme brûlée French toast that she makes every Christmas.
Your parents must be extremely proud of you, your work and early success. What first attracted you to a career on screen? My sister, Brielle, is an actress and she started when she was younger. I wanted to do what she was doing. I got the bug for acting and its definitely my passion.
You are easily one of the busiest teens in Hollywood, but when you aren’t working, what are you normally up to? Where are the go-to hang out spots? Maybe a basketball game or a movie. I love the Trading Post or Cinespia on the weekends, and hanging out at Malibu beach at night with friends.
What is your absolute dream role, a signature project that you know would make you a household name? It’s not so much as being a household name for me as it is doing a project that’s been well-written, has a great director, and some good actors that I’ll have great chemistry with. I love a great script and studio films, but I won’t snub a good indie that’s been well-written.