'The Emoji Movie': Jake T. Austin Talks About His Character, Favorite Emoticon [INTERVIEW]

The Emoji Movie
Hi-5 (James Corden), Gene (T.J.Miller) and Devil (Sean Hayes) with other emojis in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's THE EMOJI MOVIE. Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Animation will launch on July 28, the highly anticipated family comedy "The Emoji Movie". The computer animated adventure unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. 

Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.

Simultaneously, the studio announced that it is teaming up with the most popular apps on your phone to bring "The Emoji Movie" to life in a way that every mobile user will recognize; Candy Crush Saga, Dropbox, Instagram, Just Dance, Spotify, Twitter, YouTube, and many more.

The Emoji Movie also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Sir Patrick Stewart and Latin superstars like Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, and Sofia Vergara.

Latin Times spoke with 22-year-old actor, Jake T. Austin, who plays Alex; the human owner of the phone. Alex has never spoken to a girl before and has a crush on one of his classmates. Austin told us his character's personality is very different than his. "This role was very different because Alex is a shy and nervous boy," says the actor who also lent his voice to numerous animated characters, like Diego from "Dora The Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go"!

Austin said he uses emojis every single day, but his ultimate favorite emoji is the Face With Stuck-Out Tongue & Winking Eye and the monkeys

Austin was born in New York City to his Puerto Rican descent mother, and embraces his heritage. The five-time Young Artist Award nominee took the opportunity to send a message to the Latino community. 

"To all the Latinos, I want them to be proud," said the actor who portrayed Max Russo on "Wizards of Waverly Place", co-starring with Selena Gomez and David Henrie. "Always work your hardest and never underestimate your work."

The film is directed by Tony Leondis and produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate. Leondis said, “Everyone – from your preschooler to your grandmother –sends emojis every day to share love, frustration, happiness... We all have an immediate connection with these icons that we send out as ways to express ourselves, and it paved the way for a very rich story and characters that audiences of all ages and backgrounds will be able to relate to." "The Emoji Movie" will be released in theaters nationwide on July 28, 2017.

World Emoji Day was on July 17, but you can keep the party on; at the end of the day, emojis are part of are daily life anyways. So from now on, you don't only text emojis, you eat them! Yes! Now yoy can express yourself with the Emoji Flip & Stamp Cookie Cutter from Bakedelicious, that features a custom flip design.

Emoji cookies Constructed of durable polypropylene & ABS, these cookie cutters are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and will provide long-lasting use that the whole family will love! Photo: Courtesy

Constructed of durable polypropylene & ABS, these cookie cutters are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and will provide long-lasting use that the whole family will love!

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.