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Although Star Wars has given career boosts to actors like Harrison Ford and Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd is one actor who has not viewed his involvement in the saga as a blessing.
"My entire school life was really a living hell, and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day," he said. "Other children were really mean to me…They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad.”
Lloyd appeared as Anakin Skywalker in Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) when he was only 10. Now 22, he said that, since that time, he’s had to endure jealous schoolmates, which led to him giving up acting.
“I've learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me," Lloyd says. He had roughly 60 interviews daily during the filming of Menace.
Lloyd’s other film appearances include the films Jingle All the Way (1999) with Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as appearances on the TV series ER and The Pretender. He also voiced Anakin in a series of Star Wars games.
More recently, Lloyd finished studying film at Columbia College.
Although he still attends fan conventions, Lloyd claims to have destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia.
According to his mother, an entertainment agent, Lloyd also refuses to watch Menace because of his disappointment with it.