After a Painful Accident on Set, a Nick Actor Owes a BIG Apology to His Co-Star
Accidents happen, especially on the set of a hit Australian teen drama, so we can’t blame Rahart Adams for the incident that occurred while filming. Luckily, his fellow Nowhere Boys star doesn’t hold any grudges, either, which is saying a lot since the 19-year-old cutie nearly clobbered his friend-slash-co-worker on set.
If you find yourself asking why this strapping young lad who stars on a popular Aussie show looks so familiar, it’s because you do know him; he’s Jax from Nickelodeon‘s Every Witch Way, too! Since the sitcom ended over the summer, and we just weren’t feeling like we got total closure, we had to meet up with Rahart while he was in The States. Besides trying to totally keep our cool and not completely melt over his AH-dorable accent, we were also able to get a ton of great stories out of the teen actor. Don’t worry, we shared them all below.
Our readers loved watching you on Every Witch Way. How did it feel when the show came to an end this summer?
“It was difficult, in terms of saying goodbye to everyone. That was basically as hard as it got for me, because most of us weren’t from Miami. We filmed in Miami, but we had all come from different places around America and the world and lived together in the same place for the entirety of the show. I spent about a year collectively in Miami with those people, so we got really close and became like family. Whenever I come to the states, I try my best to meet up with whoever I can. In New York, I’ve met up with Liam Obergfoll and Tyler Alvarez. Danny (Nieves) was here for the Nickelodeon HALO awards and Julia Antonelli — who played my younger sister — was here, too, so I met up with her.”
Do you guys still keep in touch, even when you’re not together?
“All the time. We’ve all got iPhones so it makes it easier because we’ve got a group chat going. Tyler, Liam and I have got our own group chat where we talk all the time. The right time to text for them is always like three in the morning for me (laughs). I always get woken up in the middle of the night and reply to the text, or I wake up and it’s already too late to reply.”
Can you take us through the final day of filming?
“The last day of filming was cruise-y, because in those last couple of days, we only had about ten scenes to film. You could feel it was coming to an end. Everybody was kind of relaxed and excited that we were doing our last scene together and that it was one whole journey coming to an end. That last day on set was bittersweet.”
When you originally moved to the states for Every Witch Way, you took a big leap and left your family and friends behind. Was there ever a time when you regretted that?
“Oh, yeah. Of course. When I had first booked Every Witch Way I had just turned eighteen and it was a crazy experience. I went for the testing in LA thinking I would only be there for three days, and I ended up going for the tests, booking it and going straight to Miami. At the airport I only had a quick goodbye to my dad and the rest of my family, because I was expecting to see them in three days; I didn’t see the rest of my family for about three months. It was really difficult having just turned eighteen and never been outside of the home for more than a week. I had to learn to live on my own and at the beginning, Miami was really foreign to me. I’ve got the best dad in the world, and I called my dad and told him I was having a hard time. He asked if I needed someone there and he was on the next flight and flew across the world and was by my side in less than 24 hours. He helped me settle in and taught me how to live by myself.”
That’s so sweet! How long were you on your own until your dad came?
“About three weeks. My first season on the show, I was in this tiny, little apartment. It was like a bedroom and kitchen all in one. I was standing by myself in this little studio apartment in the suburbs of Miami. When my Dad came, I literally asked him to teach me everything — how to cook, clean clothes, this, that… Eventually, I got the hang of it all and was cooking every night. The second time around they put us up in a nicer place with a full kitchen and I flew mom out to spend some time with me and she cooked up so much food. My entire fridge was filled up. I had home-cooked meals the whole time there.”
Did you keep anything from the set?
“Yeah, they didn’t really give it me, but I took it. I took Jax’s leather jacket — the one I wore every day. I’ve got my own leather jacket, but this is just nice to have. I didn’t tell them, though. After the last scene they were like, ‘Okay, go get changed,’ and I just kind of kept it. Also, as a little gift to me, the props department gave me Jax’s car keys. Those keys are on my actual set of car keys back home. Everywhere I go, I’ve got a little memento of my time there.”
Besides being a wizard, you also jumped into the mythological world of vampires. What was it like filming Liar, Liar Vampire? Were you into those type of things growing up?
“I was into a bunch of stuff growing up. I would watch Harry Potter and then I would watch Pokemon, so two completely different things. I would have liked to watch Liar, Liar Vampire, that would have been a really cool thing for me when I was growing up. My little brother loved it, and he’s exactly like me. It’s cool for him because I took him, my little sister and my mom to the Kids Choice Awards and they loved it. When I grew up, I was always wanting to go to something like that, so it’s cool for them to be like, ‘My older brother is taking me there!'”
You and Brec Bassinger had such great chemistry, did you know each other before filming?
“I love Brec, she’s wonderful. She’s an absolute pleasure to work with and so professional and really knows what she’s doing. When she gets to set, she knows her lines and knows her stuff. She’s always so sweet, as well. She’s the perfect person to work with.”
We got to chat with Brec at the HALO Awards, and she told us about her latest dating embarrassing moment. Have you had any awkward moments yourself?
“I’m a really goofy, awkward person… Not awkward as you can’t talk to me, but awkward as in, I’ll say something and think it’s really funny, but it’s actually not funny at all. Sometimes, if I go on a date with someone and we ust don’t click, that’s just awkward. When I was younger I would always embarrass myself in front of a crush, though. I’d trip and make a fool of myself for no reason. I would blush and forget what I was saying and word vomit.”
Your Australian show Nowhere Boys has a huge following and tons of fans. Has a fan every done anything really crazy for you?
“I’ve had quite a few. Not too long ago I went to the Melbourne Zoo on a date, actually. I was walking around these kids recognized who I was. They didn’t come up to me or say anything, but instead they had their iPhones and iPads out and they had no shame (laughs). They had them right in my face and it just made everything really kind of stand-offish. It felt as if I was the animal at the zoo. The girl I was with didn’t mind, but as a gentleman you want to hold her hand and enjoy yourselves, but when people who know you are around, you have to put on that professional front.”
Have you had any bad set injuries?
“For Nowhere Boys we had to jump off this cliff, and it wasn’t really my injury, although I’ve had plenty… Me and the three boys had done it so many times, so we jumped off this cliff and the timing wasn’t exactly right. I jumped a second after I should have and Matt (Testro) — one of the other actors on the show — jumped a second before he should have, so we were two seconds apart than we should have been. He jumped and I ended up landing right on top of him. He ended up bending his knee back and stuff. He was fine in the end, but it took him a while to get out of that one. I also had this huge bruise on my rib cage. When things like that happen you just have to take it like a grain of salt. I’ve twisted ankles on set; I like to do my own stunts, but production companies get nervous with that kind of stuff.”
Besides acting, music is pretty important to you as well. Is that something you would like to pursue?
“Who knows; I don’t know what the future holds for me. I know what I would like, but nothing in this industry is certain, not even your career. If I could somehow tie music into my career, that would be great. At the same time, acting is where my head is at and I have a real passion and love for it. I’d do it every day if I could. Music for me is really personal. I usually don’t play the piano if people are around. If I play the piano, it’s just for me. I’ll play the same song for an hour straight if it’s got the right feel. If I were to ever make music or go into the music industry, it would be on a really personal level and completely separate.”
Since you’re an Aussie yourself, we have to ask if you LOVE 5 Seconds of Summer?!
“Oh, 5SOS they’re good! Have you heard the band At Sunset? I know those guys really well and they’re some of my favorite Australians. They are some of the coolest guys ever and they are so down to earth.”
Good to know! Do you have any upcoming projects that you want people to know about?
“I’m doing an independent movie back home called Emo (The Musical). It’s directed by Neil Triffett, he’s an up-and-coming director and he’s doing great things in the industry. It’s a satirical comedy on high school. Since it’s an Australian independent film, I don’t know if the Australian sense of humor will translate to America, but if you can get your hands on it, I would suggest watching it. I play the role of Bradley and he’s like the King of Emo. He’s a villain and it’s the first villain I’ve ever played, so I’m excited to do that.”