Now streaming: Lakeridge student makes Netflix debut
If you find yourself perusing Netflix, looking for your newest binge watching obsession, you may want to check out the new show "Trinkets." Not only will you recognize Portland and Lake Oswego landmarks, you might see a familiar face: Lakeridge senior Jacob Skidmore appears in five of the ten episodes in the first season of the teen drama.
"Trinkets" follows a grieving girl who finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school after they all land in the same Shoplifters Anonymous group. The three main characters, who initially seem to have nothing in common, navigate friendships, relationships and life in general together — while dealing with a shoplifting addiction. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Kirsten Smith.
"Trinkets" takes place at a fictional Lake Oswego high school called Lakeshore, and Skidmore said he loved how Lake Oswego and Portland were highlighted on the show.
Skidmore plays AJ, a gender nonconforming high schooler.
"I'm eternally grateful to everyone who let me be a part of this amazing show," he said. "Especially to be given an opportunity to play a gender nonconforming character like AJ on a major platform like Netflix."
Skidmore said the audition process for "Trinkets" was a whirlwind.
"It was a little crazy. I got a call from my agent around 10 a.m. that I had an audition around 4 p.m. the same day," he said.
Skidmore said he jumped out of bed and began reading about the role.
"I loved the character from the beginning," he said. "The character breakdown said 'gender non-conforming teen political activist' — that was right up my alley."
Skidmore auditioned that afternoon, and got a call the same night that he made it to final consideration for the role.
"The next day I got a call in the middle of math class that I had gotten the role," Skidmore said. "I was so excited I couldn't focus on anything for the rest of the day, or the week for that matter."
Skidmore comes from a background in live theater, and enjoyed learning about shooting a television show.
"I loved the process of shooting the show so much. I was trying to learn as much as I could from the other actors on the set about how the whole process of shooting a show like 'Trinkets' works," he said. "It was so fun."
Filming has now long concluded, and the 10 episodes of 'Trinkets' are available to stream on Netflix, but Skidmore left the experience with more than just a paycheck.
"I'll take away all the knowledge and advice I got from my fellow actors on the show, and all the technical knowledge I got from people on the set," he said.
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