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Jake T. Austin Talks Transitioning From ‘Wizards’ To ‘Fosters’

Fri, February 8, 2013 1:19pm EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
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The Disney Channel star tells why he’s excited for his new gig on ABC Family!

After playing the youngest member of the Russo family for four seasons on Wizards Of Waverly PlaceJake T. Austin is preparing to hang up his wizard hat — again — when Disney Channel airs The Wizards Return: Alex Vs. Alex on March 15. But don’t expect Jake, 18, to poof into thin air for long; he’ll be back on your TV this summer when The Fosters premieres on ABC Family, and he told why he’s so excited about his “amazing” new gig.

“It was an amazing feeling to know I was handpicked by [executive producer Jennifer Lopez] for the show,” he told us Feb. 7 at Teen Vogue and Aeropostale’s celebration of Chloë Grace Moretz‘s Sweet 16 in NYC. “She’s really involved with it. My character is Jesus Foster, one of the kids adopted by a lesbian couple.”

And it sounds like Jake can’t wait to get back to work.

“For me, it’s just about being on a call sheet, a new environment and a new set,” Jake continued. “I haven’t been in the business for long — not longer than 9 years — which is a lot for some, but I still have a lot of time ahead of me.”

What’s ‘The Fosters’ All About?

The Fosters is one of two new dramas premiering this summer on ABC Family, along with the appropriately titled Twisted, which tells the story of a 16-year-old kid (Avan Jogia) accused of murdering a girl.

Described by ABC Family as “a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms,” The Fosters stars Meet The Parents‘ Teri Polo and In Treatment‘s Sherri Saum as the mothers.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming Wizards movie below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on Jake’s new showThe Fosters! Will you be checking it out this summer?

— Reporting by Courtney Dunn, Written by Andy Swift

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