Wyatt Oleff is an American actor who is best known for playing the younger version of the character played by Chris Pratt in the Marvel superhero movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and for his role as Stanley Uris in the supernatural horror film 'It'. He reprised his role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' and is slated to appear in 'It: Chapter Two' as well. On television, he portrayed Young Rumpelstiltskin on the hit ABC series 'Once Upon a Time' and has appeared in guest roles in several other series including 'Animal Practice', 'Suburgatory', 'Shake it Up!' and 'Scorpion'. He also acted in a couple of telefilms, such as 'Middle Age Rage' and 'The History of Us'. He considers Alex Hirsch and Seth Green as role models and looks up to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for inspiration. He has 181k subscribers to his eponymous YouTube channel in which he primarily posts skits. His co-stars often to make appearances in his YouTube videos.
Rise to Stardom
Wyatt Oleff was only five years old when he began talking to his parents about his passion for acting. According to him, while he is not sure what had inspired him to become an actor back then, even as a toddler he was intrigued by the story telling aspect and playing different roles. After his family relocated to Los Angeles when he was seven, it became easier for him to pursue acting.
Soon after, he bagged his first ever acting opportunity for a commercial for Coldwell Banker, during which he gained a new perspective on the audition process that still helps him in auditions to date. He subsequently began appearing on television in small roles and in 2013, at the age of 10, landed the leading guest star role of Young Rumplestiltskin on the ABC series 'Once Upon a Time', for which he needed to speak with a Scottish accent. While he and his mother initially thought of passing the opportunity as he felt insecure about it, he eventually nailed the accent within a week with the help of a dialect coach.
After working on television for a few years, he made his film debut with the 2014 romantic comedy 'Someone Marry Barry'. However, his big break came in the same year when he was cast to play young Peter Quill, the younger version of the character played by Chris Pratt in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. He later reprised the role in the film's 2017 sequel and also appeared in the role of Stanley Uris in 'It'. He is also a YouTuber who joined the platform back in July 2013, but began posting skits from May 2017.
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Controversies & Scandals
In October 2017, Wyatt Oleff became involved in a Twitter fight with internet personality, model and makeup artist James Charles. Back in September, Charles had dismissed his latest movie 'It' as "awful" at just five minutes in, stating that it was very predictable and did not scare him at all. Charles was soon attacked on Twitter by fans of the movie, as well as Oleff's co-star Finn Wolfhard, following which he back pedaled a bit by acknowledging that the movie was well-made, but he was disappointed as he didn't get as scared as he expected to be.
A month later, after Charles posted a video on how to do the makeup of the movie's villain, Pennywise the Clown, Oleff called him an opportunist for exploiting the movie for money after dismissing it publicly. Charles fought back stating that he won't apologize for doing a tutorial his followers asked for. The two continued to clash for some time as Oleff tried to pass his comment as a 'joke' and Charles fired back stating that this is not funny as fans of the movie will shred him again. The two eventually ended their feud after Shane Dawson made a humorous tweet asking them if they can be friends.
Behind The Curtains
Wyatt Jess Oleff was born on July 13, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois, to Doug and Jennifer Oleff. He has an older brother named Eli and two sisters. His parents are the owners of CHALK Preschools, which they originally founded in Bloomington, Illinois in May 2005 following their wonderful experience with their child’s preschool. Wyatt lived in Chicago for the first seven years of his life, after which the family moved to Los Angeles, California in order for his parents to expand their business. Since then they have opened four new preschool branches in Southern California, while Wyatt has been able to pursue acting. He has a little pet dog named RoRo. He is an avid video game fan and sometimes plays games at the expense of his school homework.