EXCLUSIVE: Jake T. Austin Talks Latina's 30 Under 30 & His Celeb Crush

EXCLUSIVE: Jake T. Austin Talks Latina's 30 Under 30 & His Celeb Crush
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Jake T. Austin is making quite the impression on audiences as Jesus on ABC Family's hit series, The Fosters.

The 19-year-old Puerto Rican, Argentinean, and Spanish actor is one of our Latina 30 Under 30 honorees, and we caught up with him to get the scoop on the new season of The Fosters, how he feels to be a 30 Under 30 honoree, his current celebrity crush, and more.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

How does it feel being a Latina 30 Under 30 honoree? In what ways do you think you've inspired your fans? What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
It feels great to be a Latina 30 Under 30 honoree. I'm proud to represent the Latino community and love when my fans can connect with my work and relate to a certain character. Playing Jesus Foster has really taught me a lot about the Foster Care System and the lives of those currently in the system. Telling their story definitely motivates me and I hope that fans who watch the show will be able to learn more as well.

Can you tell us a bit about Jesus and what we can expect for him this season?
Jesus is a good kid with a big heart. He enjoys wrestling and spending time with his family. After a key wrestling match, an athletic director from an impressive boarding school offers Jesus a scholarship to attend, leaving him faced with some difficult decisions. Should Jesus leave home and chase his dream? Or stay with his family and help support his siblings? Fans will have to be patient and wait for more to come in Season 2...

What have you learned about yourself from your role as Jesus?
I've learned a lot from playing Jesus. Playing a high-school athlete who is struggling to find himself is a different experience than playing some past roles I've done. It's exciting to watch my character develop as the show develops.

How do you think a show like The Fosters has impacted television and audiences everywhere?
I think a show like The Fosters has impacted television and audiences because the show tells a unique story and, personally, I think it's entertaining. With each episode, there are new surprises and special guests for fans who watch!

Who is currently your celebrity crush?
My celebrity crush is Scarlett Johansson.

What are your plans for the holidays? What your favorite Latin tradition during this time of year?
My plans for the holidays include great homemade food, good Spanish music, and a lot of laughter in NYC. Oh, and hopefully some snow! This is a yearly tradition for us, lots of good food!

We're so excited to watch The Fosters Christmas special airing Monday, 12/8 at 8/7c!

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