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The Breakthrough: Carlos Pratts

Get to know the young "McFarland, USA" star

Performance that inspired him to become an actor:
What inspired me to become an actor was the movie "Friday Night Lights." That was it. I played football in high school, and the high school story was the exact same. I remember finding acting and seeing that movie and the way that it made me feel, I just knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And I'm from Texas, so it really hit home.

Perk of being famous he's looking forward to most:
Getting my mom the dresses that she wants.

First celebrity crush:
There were so many. I think they all just kind of came at once, I don't know if I can pick just one. Um … Topanga from "Boy Meets World." All day. First one.

Biggest audition blunder:
I'm not going to say any names, but there's a show and they were really interested in me for pretty good-sized role. The day before I was going to read for the producers, I'm the car and this lady rear-ends me. I get out of the car and, at least in my mind, it was, "Are you OK?" with a smiley face. Apparently I came off like the Kraken. It wasn't a very friendly exchange, and we'll just leave it at that. The next day, I get into the audition and she's sitting there, right in the room. She's one of the producers. And she goes, "I know you." Needless to say, I didn't get the part.

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The last thing he Googled:
I'm not going to lie, "McFarland USA." I wanted to know what people are saying. (laughs)

The last book he read:
I have to admit, it's been a while since I read a book, but probably the last thing I read was "The Artist's Way."

Best person to follow on Instagram or Twitter:
My 9-year-old little brother, Luis Benjamin Pratts. Follow him, get him some followers.

Ideal Saturday night:
Obviously, there's so many ways to go about it, but I love if I can just going to the gym, play some basketball with my roommates and then after that maybe see a movie or just have a chill night playing "Mario Kart." I'm a "Mario Kart" freak. I'm a master with the green shells. And I'm not going to lie, I'm a "Friends" fiend, so I'll throw on some Netflix. I've already seen all the seasons of "Friends" on Netflix probably twice, and it's only been a month and a half.

Dream role:
Honestly, this is a long shot, but I'd love to be a superhero one day. As a matter of fact, what I first wanted to be when I was growing up was a Ninja Turtle. I thought that was a real profession, that I could do it, that I could survive in the sewers. But a superhero would be awesome one day.

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