• Jacob Hopkins is an American actor best known for his role as Alexander Drew in the fantasy horror series “True Blood”.
• He began his acting career at age five and attended John F. Kennedy High School.
• Jacob has starred in many films, voiced characters in animated films, and appeared in several TV series.
• He has been in a relationship with American actress Merit Leighton for over a year.
• Jacob is 18 years old, 6ft 1in tall and has a net worth of over $1 million.

Known for movies

Who is Jacob Hopkins (aka Gumball Watterson)? Wiki Bio

Jacob Turner Hopkins was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 4 March 2002 – his zodiac sign is Pisces and he holds American nationality. Jacob is an actor who gained recognition for his portrayal of Alexander Drew in the fantasy horror series “True Blood”, which aired from 2008 to 2014, and starred Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell. The story follows the waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has telepathic powers and who travels to a different world and befriends a man who is a vampire. The series was a huge success, as it won 37 awards including a Golden Globe for Anna for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, and was nominated for 156 others.

Childhood and education

Jacob was raised in San Francisco alongside his older brother by their father who is a theatre actor, and their mother who is working as a nurse at a local hospital. He became interested in acting at a very early age thanks to his parents, who got him his first role when he was five years old. Jacob attended an elementary school in San Francisco, where he was a member of the school’s drama club, while he also practiced his acting skills at a local theatre. Upon finishing elementary school, his family moved to Los Angeles in California so that he could work on his acting career; Jacob is currently attending John F. Kennedy High School and is supposed to matriculate this summer of 2020.

Roles in movies

Jacob made his debut film appearance in the comedy sports movie “The Minis” in 2007, which was both directed and written by Valerio Zanoli and which starred Dennis Rodman, Gabriel Pimentel and Joe Gnoffo. It’s about a group of little people who form a basketball team and are competing in a tournament.

His next role came in 2011, when he portrayed a boy in the action horror movie “Priest”, which starred Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q, and which is about a priest who goes hunting for vampires who have kidnapped his cousin – the film was nominated for three awards. In the same year, Jacob appeared in the short movie “Just a Little Heart Attack” directed by Elizabeth Banks and Kate Kondell.

Jacob Hopkins

He then went on to voice Bheem in the Indian animated film “Chhota Bheem: Master of Shaolin” – directed by Rajiv Chilaka and starring Jina Bhardway and Rupa Bhimani, and the movie follows a group of friends who are fighting a man who is planning to take the Shaolin Temple. In 2013, Jacob portrayed Andrew in the mystery thriller film “Missing at 17”, which starred Ayla Kell, Tricia O’Kelley and Ben Gavin, and is about a woman who is seeking help from the biological mother of her adopted daughter who has been kidnapped by a wanted criminal.

The same year Jacob voiced a couple of characters in the live-action animated comedy “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”, then in 2015, he voiced several characters in the 3D computer animated comedy movie “Inside Out”, which starred Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black, and is about a little girl’s emotions displayed by several animated characters. The movie was a very big hit, as it won 98 awards including an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, and it was nominated for 114 other awards. In the same year, Jacob portrayed Adam in the short movie “The Boy who cried Fish!” and was for his performance awarded an Action on Film Award for Best Young Performer Male – Short.

In 2016, he starred in the live-action family comedy movie “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”, which also starred Griffin Gluck and Lauren Graham, and which is about two friends who are trying to get revenge on their principal by destroying his school.

Jacob’s latest role in a movie has been in the comedy “The Nerd Posse” in 2017, which starred Andrew Bowen and Benjamin Stockham, about several friends who like to watch anime movies and attend cosplay events – it was nominated for two awards. Jacob has recently been cast to appear in the science fiction comedy movie “Free Guy” set for release in the second half of 2020.

Roles in TV series

Jacob made his debut TV series appearance in 2010, when he portrayed Billy in the episode “The Wedding Bride” of the critically acclaimed comedy series “How I Met Your Mother”, which starred Josh Radnor and Jason Segel, and was a big success, winning 25 awards while it was nominated for 93 others including two Golden Globes. The following year saw him portray Bobby in all six episodes of the science fiction series “RCVR”, starring Daniel Bonjour and Lexi DiBenedetto, and which won three awards. In 2012, Jacob appeared as Jake in all nine episodes of the series “Supermoms”, which starred Joey Lauren Adams and Julie Warner, and which is about four women who are superheroes in their free time.

Jacob guest starred as Connor in the episode “Clean-Smelling Pirate” of the comedy series “Animal Practice” before he was invited to portray the supporting character Chad Kremp in the period sitcom series “The Goldbergs” which has been airing since 2013, and which stars Wendi McLendon-Cover and Sean Giambrone. It follows the Goldbergs family who are living in Jenkintown in Pennsylvania, and the series won four awards and was nominated for 12 others. The year 2014 saw him guest star as Eddie in the episode “About a Vasectomy” of the single-camera comedy series “About a Boy”, before he was invited to star as Gumball Watterson in the British-American surreal comedy series “The Amazing World of Gumball”, also starring Dan Russell and Teresa Gallagher, and which follows a 12-year old boy who is actually a cat, while his friends and family are all different and strange animals.

The series won 15 awards, and was nominated for 19 others, and really boosted Jacob’s fame across the US.

Jacob guest starred as Landru in the episode “Trip Steals the Jet” of the comedy series “Game Shakers” while he also voiced Andrew in the episode “Lincoln Loud Girl Guru/Come Sale Away” of the animated series “The Loud House”. Two of his latest roles in TV series have been in 2019, in the episode “Baby Orphan Ninja Bears” of the animated series “We Bare Bears” in which he voiced several characters, and in the computer animated web series “DreamWorks Dragons: Recue Riders”, in which he voiced Axel.

Love life and relationships

Jacob has been in a relationship with the American actress Merit Leighton for nearly a year now, and the two often upload pictures of themselves together onto their Instagram accounts.

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Apparently it’s the first relationship for both of them, and they can usually be seen attending their movie and TV series events together.

Merit was born in Glendale, California USA, on 17 June 2002 – her zodiac sign is Gemini and she holds American nationality. She grew up alongside her younger sister Marlowe Peyton, and is today perhaps best known for having voiced Lucinda in the animated adventure family series “Sofia the First”, which is about a girl whose mother married a king, so becoming royalty. The series won nine awards and was nominated for 23 others, making Merit famous in the USA. She is also a YouTuber, as she launched her “Kawaii Happii” channel on 21 January 2016 onto which she usually uploads videos in which she talks about k-pop, anime, and video games.

Hobbies and other interests

Jacob is physically very active as he has several training sessions at the gym each week, and is following a strict diet, thus his muscular body.

He is also sporting and can play a variety of sports such as football, soccer and tennis, while winter is his favorite season as he knows how to both ski and snowboard. Jacob’s favorite hobby is travelling, and he’s been to many US states while shooting for his movies and TV series, and has had an opportunity to travel to Europe and visit London in England and Rome in Italy. He is a lover of animals, and has a pet dog, while his favorite ‘animals’ are dolphins.

Jacob has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Will Smith, and Natalie Portman, while some of his favorite movies are “Taxi Driver”, “Seven Pounds”, and “V for Vendetta” among others.

Appearance and net worth

Jacob is 18 years old. He has medium long brown hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, and weighs around 172lbs (78kgs). As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million.

General Info

Full NameJacob Hopkins
Height1.75 m


MoviesMiddle School: The Worst Years of My Life, The Boy Who Cried Fish
TV ShowsThe Amazing World of Gumball

Social profile links




Jack's Dad2017Short pre-productionGreg
The Nerd Posse2017TV MovieKingston Night
The Amazing World of Gumball2014-2017TV SeriesGumball Watterson / Chi Chi
The Goldbergs2013-2017TV SeriesChad Kremp
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life2016Miller
The Loud House2016TV SeriesAndrew
The Boy Who Cried Fish!2016ShortAdam
The History of Us2015TV MoviePhil
Game Shakers2015TV SeriesLandru
Inside Out2015/IAdditional Voices (voice)
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015Additional Voices (voice, uncredited)
About a Boy2014TV SeriesEddie
Missing at 172013TV MovieAndrew
Animal Practice2012TV SeriesConnor
True Blood2012TV SeriesAlexander Drew
Supermoms2012TV SeriesJake (2012)
RCVR2011TV SeriesBobby
Just a Little Heart Attack2011ShortBoy
How I Met Your Mother2010TV SeriesBilly
The Minis2009Brian


The Amazing World of Gumball2014-2017TV Series performer - 2 episodes


KawaiiHappii2016-2017TV SeriesHimself
TinaQ's Celebrity Interviews2016TV SeriesHimself
Teens Wanna Know2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest


Won Awards

2016Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Young Performer Male - ShortThe Boy Who Cried Fish! (2016)

Nominated Awards

2016Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Young Performer Male - ShortThe Boy Who Cried Fish! (2016)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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