We Are All Aging Anakin Skywalkers

Jake Lloyd is a 20-year-old young man who is like a lot of 20-year-old young men. He went to high school, and suffered the casual cruelties and careless aggressions of adolescence. He took a year off and is now in college, where he finds himself once again disappointed by the small, mean-spirited nature of his classmates. It has always struck him as odd how quickly and how slavishly people will chose one thing about you to focus on relentlessly and without end, but that just seems to be the way things are, and there are many people who have it far worse than Jake Lloyd. He’s caustic, and funny, and he has no idea what he wants to do when he grows up, but he’s trying not to worry about that too much right now because he knows that he is young and that he has time to find his path. Sure, there are things about his past that he sees in a different light now, but he probably wouldn’t change anything, because it’s all part of the experience of being alive. And he recognizes that complaining about what’s already done is just energy wasted. Jake Lloyd has both eyes open. He’s just a regular, bright 20-year-old trying to find his place in the world, like thousands of others.

Oh, and he played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

May the aw-,-you-seem-like-a-really-nice-guy-who-is-very-down-to-Earth-and-happens-to-have-this-very-unique-and-very-odd-experience-in-his-background-but-eventually-that-will-become-a-fun-story-rather-than-a-haunting-shadow-and-I-think-you’re-going-to-do-fine-,-chin-up-,-champ be with you. (Via TheDailyWhat.)