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Jake Reiner On An Unconventional Career Path Into Acting

Acting

Ben Russell

Ben Russell

·7 min read

Jake Reiner is an actor, producer, writer, and podcast host. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and is the son of director/actor Rob Reiner & producer Michele Reiner. He is also the grandson of the late director/actor/comedian Carl Reiner. Before he became a full-time actor in 2018, Jake was a local television news reporter for the better part of seven years. He worked at stations in Salinas, CA, Houston, TX, and most recently at the CBS station in Los Angeles. Over his career, he’s acted in numerous films, stage plays, and has an extensive background in improv comedy.

Jake also hosts two baseball podcasts. Meeting on the Mound with Jake Reiner is a show about the appreciation of baseball, in which Jake interviews high-profile guests about their love for the game. Such guests include his father, grandfather, actor/comedian Billy Crystal, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes, as well as former players and influential pioneers in the game today. Jake is a diehard Dodgers fan, so his other podcast, which he co-hosts with two other super-fans, is aptly titled The Incline: Dodgers.

He has a younger brother, Nick, who is a writer, and younger sister, Romy, who is an actor/writer herself. Jake currently lives with his long-time girlfriend, Margaret Berkowitz, who is also an actor as well as a singer.

Tell us about your credits. What have you worked on?
I’ve been featured in the films Flipped (Castle Rock Ent.), Being Charlie (Castle Rock Ent.), and Shock & Awe (Acacia Filmed Ent.), and was a guest star on 68 Whiskey (Paramount Network). I am also a writer and cast member of the award-winning sketch comedy series, Sunday Morning Digital, and a series regular on Beyond Hope, a web series comedy. Additionally, I’m a guest star on Girls Gone Mild LA, another sketch comedy web series.
What are you working on right now? Anything cool?
I am set to star in the groundbreaking romantic comedy, Things Like This (Malibu, Bro. Prod.), and am currently writing and starring in hilarious new sketches for Sunday Morning Digital. I also just shot multiple sketches for Season 3 of Girls Gone Mild LA.

What’s your favorite TV show of 2021?
My favorite shows right now are The Crown, The Last Kingdom, and Ted Lasso. During the pandemic, I became fascinated by the British monarchy, British historical fiction, and a clueless American who goes to Britain. The United States was just a weird place to be in 2020 — the UK felt like a different world to get lost in.

If you could work/be on any show, what show would that be?
Two of my favorite shows of all time are Mad Men and Suits: both are obviously off the air now, but those are the types of shows I’d love to be on. I’m drawn to a good snarky dramedy. If I had to pick a show that’s still airing, I’d go with Ted Lasso — it fits my brand of humor and the cast seems like they have a great time.

What advice do you have for others looking to break into the industry?
My advice is to set up a profile on Actors Access and self-submit to as many projects as you can. There are some great non-union projects on there and it’s one way to build a reel.

Also, I would suggest accepting nearly every audition you get. Even if you don’t think you’re right for the role or are uncomfortable with the part, the casting director may see your audition and think of another role they’re casting that you are right for. For example, I auditioned for the role of a guy working in the mail room at an army base in 68 Whiskey — I didn’t get that part, but they ended up casting me as a Captain who orders an airstrike. Much cooler part, in my humble opinion.

What’s one insider tip to success you’d give for others in 2021?
Since we’re still living in a pandemic, all auditions are being done via self-tape. One of my reps told me to get your audition tape in as soon as you can. Don’t wait until the deadline in the breakdown because casting directors are looking at tapes as they come in. If you catch their eye, they may not have to look at the rest of the auditions and you’ll get the part!

How can we find you online?
IMDB
Twitter
Instagram
Meeting on the Mound with Jake Reiner podcast
The Incline: Dodgers podcast