New Yorkers: Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin, Born and Raised in New York City

It’s no wonder Gary Marshall cast Jake T. Austin in his Big Apple-based romantic-comedy, New Year's Eve. The former Wizards of Waverly Place star, who will be reprising his role as Selena Gomez’s little brother in the Disney Channel’s Wizards special in March, has the New York City accent down pat! “You see, I was born and raised in New York, so I was blessed—or some say cursed—with a strong New York accent,” the part Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish actor tells Seventeen. Not that we mind one bit!

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.