Q&A: Disney Star Jake T. Austin Talks Life After "Wizards"

By Megan Walsh-Boyle Talk about ending on a high note! Having charmed audiences for five seasons as the dim-witted but adorable goofball youngest member of the Russo clan on the Disney Channel hit Wizards of Waverly Place, Jake T. Austin closes that chapter in his career by being nominated as Favorite TV Actor at this year’s 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards. We asked the 18-year-old star about the honor and what’s next now that Wizards is done. Congratulations on the nomination! Thank you so much! I was really excited to hear about it and it’s a huge honor to be selected. I’m glad kids were watching and enjoying what we were doing on [Wizards]. This is the first time I’m getting nominated. I’ve attended the show before and it’s a cool experience and being nominated is really awesome. Is there anyone you are hoping to meet at the ceremony on March 23? The athletes at the event are who I look forward to seeing. Hopefully players like Joe Johnson and some Los Angeles guys will make it out there.? Your Wizards costar Selena Gomez is also nominated. After the success of the March 15 reunion special [The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex drew 5.9 million viewers] any chance you’ll be getting together to film another one? I would definitely be open to itI would love to do that! Getting to work with someone as talented as Selena is a great opportunity for me. We all try to stay in touch. It’s hard with our schedules to get everyone in the same place, but whenever we’re all in the same city we try to make it a point. Word is you have a new series coming up… The Fosters premieres June 3 on ABC Family. It’s an hour drama that’s executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. It basically follows the misadventures of a same-sex couple and their foster children. What kind of situations will this family face? The show covers real-life situations and it’s heavy on drama, but can be light at times. Who do you play? I play Jesus Foster, who has a biological twin sister [portrayed by Cierra Ramirez of The Secret Life of the American Teenager] and they have been abandoned by their biological mother. He’s a protective older brother. He’s dealing with the ups and downs of home life and school. It sounds like The Fosters will give you a chance to stretch as an actor and show fans another side of you… It’s definitely a stretch away from Wizards, but hopefully it’s a way to grow as an actor. Being able to work with an actress like Teri Polo is really cool and is making me better as an actor. I’m loving being in the business. Every day for me is a new lesson. I feel very blessed. I’ve been fortunate.

'The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex' Bewitches Nearly 6 Million Total Viewers and 3 Million Kids 2-11

On Friday, March 15, powered by the “Wizards of Waverly Place” 1-hour television event, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” and an all-new “Gravity Falls,” Disney Channel was easily Friday’s #1 Total Day cable TV network in Total Viewers (

"Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Wizards Return: Alex Vs. Alex " Casts Ratings Spell With Nearly 6 Million Total Viewers

Disney Channel’s one-hour television event, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.), cast a ratings spell across the nation, delivering 5.9 million Total Viewers, 2.9 million Kids 2-11, 2.3 million Kids 6-11 and 2.2 million Tweens 9-14, ranking as Friday’s #1 TV telecast across the major youth demos. In fact, the special became the #1 cable TV telecast of 2013 to date in Tweens 9-14, the #2 cable TV telecast in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, and the #1 kids’ cable TV telecast in Total Viewers.

Selena Gomez Says She’s Finally Done With ‘Wizards’

Selena Gomez is about to pull her biggest magic trick yet and make herself disappear completely from "Wizards of Waverly Place."

Alex Fights Her Other Self in Preview of 'The Wizards Return'

Alex Russo accidentally splits herself into two people as she casts a spell to get rid of her bad personalities in the 'Wizards of Waverly Place' special.

First Look: Selena Gomez and The Wizards of Waverly Place Return

Selena Gomez is back on Disney Channel, as The Wizards of Waverly Place returns with an all-new special on March 15 — more than a year after the show ended its run.

'Wizards of Waverly Place' reunion movie trailer: Selena Gomez in 'Alex vs. Alex'

These days, when TV shows are canceled, it's relatively rare for the gang to get back together again -- but Selena Gomez loved her "Wizards of Waverly Place" fans enough to clear her schedule even after the show aired its series finale on Disney. Alex and the Russos are returning in the upcoming Disney Channel original movie "The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex," set to air Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. EST.Unfortunately, David Henrie, who played Selena's character's brother Justin, will not be returning -- he had a scheduling conflict with another movie. Luckily, though, that leaves room for double the Alex! Yep, our girl is battling her evil twin in this movie, a nice departure from the usually (mostly) wholesome Alex we're used to seeing.We'll also see "Awkward" star Beau Mirchoff do his best to woo Alex as her new love interest, the Italian heartthrob Dominic. Might her evil twin prefer Dominic to...

Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for Wizards of Waverly Place Reunion

More than a year after the Wizards of Waverly Place hung up their wands, the show returns to Disney Channel with a one-hour special on Friday, March 15 at 8/7c. Selena Gomez is back to star in and executive produce the event, dubbed The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex. In the special, the Russo family and pals travel to Tuscany, Italy, to meet relatives. But while attempting to prove that she's serious about her craft as a wizard, Alex (Gomez) accidentally conjures up a spell that splits her personality into two — a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. The two dueling Alexes eventually battle over the fate of her family and mankind atop the Tower of Pisa.

'Awkward's' Beau Mirchoff to Co-Star in 'Wizards of Waverly Place' Special (Exclusive)

He'll play Dominic, a handsome and mysterious heartthrob who may not be as sweet as he seems in the Selena Gomez Disney Channel telepic.

Selena Gomez to produce 'Wizards of Waverly Place' special

The "Wizards of Waverly Place" must be working their magic, because the Disney Channel show is returning for a one-hour television event in early 2013. And the show's star, Selena Gomez, will not only be reprising her role but will also executive produce.The special begins production in October with co-stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise and Gregg Sulkin also returning.The storyline finds the Russo fam and friends in Tuscany, Italy, where they plan to meet their long lost relatives. But it can't just be a typically family vacation with this group: Alex (Gomez) tries to prove she's more than a carefree young wizard and inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a good Alex and an evil Alex. The two Alexes end up doing battle, naturally, atop the Tower of Pisa. Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, says, "With the phenomenal ratings of the 'Wizards' finale earlier...