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Biography of Jaden Martell
Jayden Lieberer is an American actor, best known for the films St. Vincent, Confirmation, and the horror movie It, where he played the lead role of Bill Denbrough as a child. At the moment, she is filming under her mother’s maiden name – Martell.
Pictured: Jayden Lieberer
Childhood and family
Jaden Wesley Lieberer was born on January 4, 2003 in Philadelphia. The boy’s parents are housewife Angela Martell and famous British chef Wes Liberer. Jaden is the eldest of the four children of the spouses: the actor has two brothers and a sister.
Liberer is a quarter Korean – Asian genes were passed on to him from his mother, and his father’s family included Germans, English, Scots, Irish, French Canadians and Belgians.
Childhood photo of Jaden Lieberer
In 2011, when Jayden was 8 years old, he moved with his mother to Los Angeles. Later, Liberer admitted that he did not expect that such a step would lead him to the world of cinema.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Jaden, although he could not boast of any special acting training, began acting in commercials. In 2013, the young actor was invited to star in George Bessudo’s short film Grief, which was about a young couple coping with the death of their only son.
Moving to Los Angeles brought Jaden Lieberer to the world of cinema
The second filming experience for Jayden became much more ambitious – Liberer was approved for the lead role in the comedy “Saint Vincent”. According to the plot of the film, a boy whose parents have just divorced finds a real friend and mentor in a war veteran living in the neighborhood.
Jayden Lieberer in Saint Vincent
Work in this project allowed Jayden to meet such famous actors as Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Bill Murray, who played the old veteran. Shortly before the film’s premiere, Liberer appeared on a talk show for the first time, becoming a guest on The Ellen Show.
Jaden Lieberer had the honor of working with Bill Murray
Participation in the film, which received a lot of positive feedback, was a decisive moment in the career of an aspiring actor – he was noticed by many famous directors. In the same year, Jayden starred in the romantic comedy Shattered Heart, playing the main character at the age of 6. The main character in adulthood was played by Chris Evans.
In 2015, Liberer took part in the voice acting of an episode of the tenth season of the animated series American Dad and starred in the comedy Aloha, which brought together many famous Hollywood actors: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, and also Bill Murray, with whom Jaden had already had the honor of working the year before.
Also in 2015, Jayden was approved for the role of Johnny Masters in the series Masters of Sex. The boy played the son of the main characters of the series – gynecologist Dr. William (Michael Sheen) and his ex-wife Libby Masters (Caitlin Fitzgerald). The Liberer Hero appears in seasons 3 and 4, for a total of 11 episodes.
Frame from the film “Confirmation”
In 2016, the actor starred in the fantasy short film Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man directed by Brenda Lee Lau. In March 2016, the comedy Confirmation premiered, in which a divorced father (Clive Owen) and his eight-year-old son (Jaden Lieberer) spend several weekends together that risk becoming the most unusual and fun of their lives.
Jayden Lieberer in the fantasy thriller Midnight Special
The following month, viewers were able to see Jayden in Jeff Nichols’ fantasy thriller Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver.
In June 2017, the premiere of the film “The Book of Henry” took place, in which Liberer played one of the main roles – the eleven-year-old boy Henry, a real genius who understands many complex things and provides great help to his single mother (Naomi Watts) and brother Peter ( Jacob Tremblay).
Jayden Lieberer in the horror movie It
In September 2017, a horror film based on the novel It by Stephen King was released. According to the plot of the horror, a company of schoolchildren goes out to fight a clown demon who terrorizes all the children in a small American town (Bill Skarsgård). In the film, Lieberer played Bill Denbrough, the leader of the Losers Club, a brave teenager who is ready to do anything to save his younger brother Georgie from the clutches of the monster.
My favorite scene is the quarry scene. We ourselves were not allowed to jump into the water from a height, this was done by understudies, but we enjoyed watching them. We were just fooling around by the lake that day, not working.
Bill’s best friends were played by Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Chosen Jacobs. The boy became close friends with all six and admitted that before “It” he did not get such pleasure from filming.
To prepare for the role of Bill, Jayden needed to learn how to stutter. To do this, he watched YouTube videos explaining the nature of stuttering and videos of stuttering children. For two weeks he talked with his relatives exclusively by stuttering, and then he studied with a speech therapist.
In 2017, the young actor worked on the film “The Adventures of the Wolf Boy” directed by Martin Krejci, which, in addition to Liberer, will star Chloë Sevigny, John Turturro and Chris Messina.
Jaden Martell’s personal life
Jayden is good at skateboarding, is a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball club and enjoys skiing.
Jayden Lieberer and Sophia Lillis
Of course, after the premiere of “It” there were rumors about the relationship between Jayden and Sophia Lillis, whom the audience immediately dubbed “the cutest couple of the year.” However, this is not the case – they are just good friends.
In 2018, Jayden started dating Lilia Buckingham. She is an actress, blogger with over a million followers on Instagram.
Jaden Martell and his girlfriend
Jayden Lieberer now
After the success of It, Jaden appeared in two films, both of which failed at the box office. A new round of popularity began with the release of “It 2”, where the actor was given much less screen time. But Liberer’s partners on the set were James McAvoy in the role of adult Bill, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader.
Jayden’s parents divorced in 2019. The boy stayed with his mother and, as a sign of support, took her last name – Martell. Under this name, he appeared in the detective story Knives Out, where he played the spoiled grandson of a famous writer who does not hide his right-wing views.
Shot from the movie “Knives Out”
The next high-profile project with his participation is the mini-series Protecting Jacob, where the young actor reincarnated as Jacob Barber, the son of a prosecutor suspected of killing a classmate. Despite numerous evidences, the guy calls himself innocent. The father takes the side of his son and tries to prove his innocence. Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery played the screen parents of the hero Jaden. The series premiered in 2023.
On the set of Defending Jacob
In 2023, he, along with Susan Sarandon, starred in the drama “Tunnels” about the psychological consequences of school “Columbines”