Patterson teen had role in ‘The Butler’

In August, Patterson’s Isaac White, made his big screen debut in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” alongside Oprah Winfrey, who played White’s mother.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

In August, Patterson’s Isaac White, made his big screen debut in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” alongside Oprah Winfrey, who played White’s mother.
White, a junior at Patterson High School, played Charlie Gaines, the youngest son of a White House butler who served eight presidents. Forest Whitaker played the butler, Cecil Gaines, in the movie. The movie followed the butler’s life from his childhood through his 90s and was based on a true story.
White got into acting in 2012 after a vocal school he attended shut down. He started taking acting lessons at a performing arts school in New Orleans. In 2012, he went to Los Angeles to audition for a Disney movie, but did not get the part. However, while he was in Los Angeles, he found out he got the part in “Lee Daniel’s The Butler.”
Filming for White’s part in the movie began in August 2012 where he was on set in New Orleans for about three weeks. His character was based on a real person.
Isaac White had to do a scene in the movie where Oprah slapped him, and she slapped him harder than he expected, he said.
White’s father, Grey White, said Isaac White probably would have never got into acting if the vocal school had not closed.
In August, Isaac White said he had done up to 10 auditions in a day. During pilot season for TV shows, which runs from February to April, he auditions in Los Angeles two times a day, up to 10 times per week.
Isaac White plays percussion in the band, and is also involved in a vocal gifted program at Patterson High School.
He is set to appear in a guest role in two episodes of NBC’s “Chicago PD” with the first episode airing Wednesday.

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