AGE: 14 LIVES IN: North Center CLAIM TO FAME: Jenkins stars in the iconic role of Will Robinson in the Netflix Original reimagining of Irwin Allen’s classic 1960’s sci-fi series, “Lost in Space.” LIFE IMITATES ART: The show focuses on the younger generation of the Robinson family, and Jenkins says he’s “pretty similar” to his on-screen counterpart. “Will and I are both feelers,” he says. “We think with our hearts. If Will were in the Marvel Universe, his superpower would be compassion.” CIRCUS ACT: Jenkins started as an entertainer in his family’s theatrical circus company, Midnight Circus, which raises money for neighborhood parks. “Even our two rescue pit bulls, Junebug and Rosie, perform with us,” he says. “They’re the only animals in the show.” SCHOOL DAZE: A freshman at Lane Tech, Jenkins jokes that “high school might be worse than a hostile alien planet,” but he’s finding his way. “Just like Will is figuring out his role in space, I’m doing the same thing,” he says. TRAVEL GUIDE: For the second season of “Lost in Space,” the cast filmed on the black sand beaches of southern Iceland and in the badlands of Alberta, Canada. “That gives you a sense of how big the season will be,” Jenkins says. The cast also visited far-flung locales like Tokyo and Dubai on the press tour, which Jenkins describes as “breathtaking.” LOCAL CHARM: He screened the first episode for his friends at Lincoln Square’s Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln). It’s a favorite local haunt of his, as are the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore) and Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), where he loves the annual Christmas sing-along. “I tried to get into an emo phase when I was 11 and thought it was so lame,” he says. “Now I keep telling my mom we should go back.” In his free time, Jenkins also plays guitar, skateboards, and snowboards. WHAT’S NEXT: Like most teens, Jenkins says he’s currently focused on passing his AP classes. “We’re staying in Chicago for the next school year, until we hopefully go back for season three,” he says. “As much as I love traveling the world, I want to be with my Earth family for a little bit.”
Season 2 of “Lost in Space” premieres December 24 on Netflix.
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