When we first met Jonathan Lipnicki in 1996's Jerry Maguire, he was a five year-old with spikey hair spouting cute rhetoric to Tom Cruise. Now age 11, he's fast-approaching that dangerous time when child stars go bad. So, when can we expect the pint-sized cutie to start knocking over liquor stores and stealing yachts?
"That's totally not me. I'm a goody-goody," the actor assures. "The worst thing I do is get [punished at school] for laughing. I like to laugh that's not a crime."
Indeed, there's nothing wrong with having a sense of humor, especially when it comes to growing up in the limelight. Maybe that's what has kept Lipnicki who this summer can be seen in the hit family flicks Like Mike and Stuart Little 2 from becoming yet another troubled matinee idol-to-be. But one thing's for sure: Hollywood clearly hasn't made him bitter and resentful yet.
"I still have a love for it," the California native says of acting. "I've been working with great people, so I haven't had that many bad experiences. And even if I have a bad experience, that's not going to stop me. I'm just going to keep on doing it... I feel very lucky to love what I do."