Jaeden Martell talks about working with Donald Sutherland

Mr. Harrigan’s phone Coming to Netflix this week and fans of Stephen King won’t want to miss it. The film stars are Jaeden Martell, who you may know from the It Films also based on one of King’s works. Martell also recently starred in the Netflix film Metal Lords and the Apple TV+ series defend Jacob. As a talented actor, Martell’s star is certainly on the rise.

Netflix Life got a chance to chat with the talented 19-year-old about his role in Mr. Harrigan’s phone. Martell plays a teenager named Craig. Craig is just trying to get through high school like everyone else, but not how everyone else has a close friend, the reclusive billionaire Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland).

A few months after Mr. Harrigan introduced the wonders of the first iPhone, the elderly man dies. But then Craig gets ominous texts and calls from Mr. Harrigan… from beyond the grave.

Speaking to Jaeden Martell, the actor told us what it was like working with Donald Sutherland and director/writer John Lee Hancock, whether working on this film impacted how he interacts with his personal cell phone, and more.

Interview with Mr. Harrigan’s Phone star Jaeden Martell


Mr. Harrigan’s phone. (LR) Jaeden Martell as Craig and Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan in Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. Kr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2022

Netflix Life: I love this It movies so I was excited to see you doing another Stephen King project. Are you a fan of his work?

Jaeden Martell: Yes of course. Big fan.

Netflix Life: In this film you are alone a lot or act in front of a phone. Did you find that challenging?

Jaeden Martell: It’s a bit challenging I would say. There’s a lot that goes into making it look realistic and most of the time I was on the phone with John Lee, who usually played the role of Harrigan or my father, which was interesting. Luckily I had the incredible John Lee Hancock to guide me. He was my partner in many ways when I needed to be alone. He made it a lot easier for me.

Netflix Life: Did This Movie Change the Way You Interact with Your Phone, Or Not Really?

Jaeden Martell: Not really. [Laughs] There’s not much you can do. I’ve always tried to be conscious of how much time I spend on my phone and how much value I give it, especially on social media. So nothing has really changed, to be honest.

Netflix Life: You had to play alongside Donald Sutherland, that must have been exciting.

Jaeden Martell: Yes, very exciting, very nerve wracking at the beginning, actually throughout the whole thing it was nerve wracking for me just because I adore him. I analyzed him as an actor but he was very, very nice and very funny and just a very special person. In the end he gave me a lot of advice that I will remember for the rest of my life.


Mr. Harrigan’s phone. (LR) Jaeden Martell as Craig and Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan in Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. Kr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2022

Netflix Life: Your scenes together were great, you had magnetic chemistry on screen. It was fun seeing the two of you interact.

Jaeden Martell: Thanks, yes obviously it was all written, but somehow, by someone’s design, it was our relationship in real life [ended up being]. I started to look up to him a lot and still do. Eventually we got closer and joked around a lot.

Netflix Life: Do you have him in your phone in real life as “Pirate King”?

Jaeden Martell: [Laughs] What do I have it as? That’s actually a good idea. I think he’s just Donald.

Mr. Harrigan’s phone Premieres this Wednesday, October 5 on Netflix.

https://netflixlife.com/2022/10/03/mr-harrigans-phone-star-jaeden-martell-interview/ Jaeden Martell talks about working with Donald Sutherland

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