Catching up with Trevor Jackson from Freeform’s ‘grown-ish’

Kean Almryde

by , Associate Manager, Media Network Synergy

It’s no secret that Freeform actor Trevor Jackson is a fan of Disney Parks. Over the last few years he’s: visited all the parks at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, was one of the first guests to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, found his #HappyPlace along with his “grown-ish” castmates, and even hosted and performed in the Disney Parks holiday specials on ABC in 2018 and 2020!

With the recent return of “grown-ish” on Freeform, I caught up with Trevor to chat about his character’s journey this season and reminisce on some of his favorite memories visiting the Disney Parks.

Q: For anyone new to “grown-ish,” what does someone need to know about your character, Aaron Jackson, so far this season?

A: Aaron has a new girlfriend since he feels like he has to protect his heart from Zoey. Zoey and Aaron now have to figure out their friendship. And now his activism and standing up for what is right is going to unfortunately have some consequences.

Trevor Jackson with Yara Shahidi in ‘grown-ish’ Season 3
Trevor Jackson with Yara Shahidi in ‘grown-ish’ Season 3

Q: Which attraction at Walt Disney World Resort is your favorite?

A: Tower of Terror, that’s usually my first ride and I ride it a couple of times.

Q: What has been your favorite memory from past visits to Walt Disney World Resort?

A: Well, the biggest of course was performing by the castle for the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration. To be a performer in that historic tradition was a great honor on Christmas Day. Also, grateful when I got to host the Disney Holiday Celebration this past Thanksgiving.

Q: What was it like to perform a song at Walt Disney World Resort?

A: Growing up every year we would always watch everyone perform at the castle and the parades for all the holiday specials. I know how much joy they bring to everyone. So to have the opportunity to be a performer this time, I hope I was able to bring them that joy too.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring actors and/or singers?

A: Keep practicing and pushing yourself. Watch and study great acting performances all of the time. Listen to all types of music and get inspired. Keep creating and never give up. 

Trevor after performing at MEAC/SWAC (HBCU) 10th Anniversary Challenge presented by Disney in Orlando, FL. (August 2014)
Trevor after performing at MEAC/SWAC (HBCU) 10th Anniversary Challenge presented by Disney in Orlando, FL. (August 2014)

Q: What is your favorite theme park snack at Walt Disney World Resort?

A: Churros are my favorite but the blue milk at the Milk Stand was good. And this past year I got to experience the Epcot Food & Wine. I got to try food from all of these different countries.

‘grown-ish’ stars Diggy Simmons, Jordan Buhat, and Trevor Jackson enjoying blue & green milk at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (October 2019)
‘grown-ish’ stars Diggy Simmons, Jordan Buhat, and Trevor Jackson enjoying blue & green milk at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (October 2019)

Q: Which Disney Parks character do you always have to get your picture with and why?

A: Donald Duck is my favorite character so I always try to get a pic with him. 

Trevor Jackson with Donald Duck (December 2018)
Trevor Jackson with Donald Duck (December 2018)

Q: If you could live at any of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, which park would it be?

A: That’s a hard one because I have favorite rides and places at each one. I mean you guys, now they have Star Wars: Galaxy Edge but if I had to pick one it would be the Animal Kingdom.  

9 year old Trevor with his family outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom (December 25th, 2006)
9 year old Trevor with his family outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom (December 25th, 2006)

Tune in to Freeform every Thursday to see Trevor in the new season of “grown-ish.” You can catch up on all episodes of “grown-ish” on Hulu.

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