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Why Jingle All The Way star Jake Lloyd turned his back on Hollywood

The child actor, who also played a young Anakin Skywalker, is living a very different life these days.

Christmas movie Jingle All The Way may have starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as two rival fathers trying to track down the most popular toy that Christmas, but whatever happened to the actor who played Arnie's son Jamie in the 1996 hit?

Jake Lloyd as Arnold Schwarzenegger's son in the 1996 Christmas film Jingle All The Way.
Jake played Arnold Schwarzenegger's son in the 1996 Christmas film Jingle All The Way. Photo: IMDB

Jake Lloyd was just seven years old when he appeared in Jingle All The Way. Not long after, he was cast by George Lucas to play a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.

But the life of a movie star was not easy for the young lad.

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"My entire school life was really a living hell, and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day," Jake revealed in a 2012 interview with the UK tabloid The Sun.

"Other children were really mean to me… They would make the sound of the lightsaber every time they saw me. It was totally mad."

At the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace with director George Lucas and co-star Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife Eve. Photo: Getty Images
At the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace with director George Lucas and co-star Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife Eve. Photo: Getty Images

"I've learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me," he added, explaining why he retired from showbusiness not long afterwards.

Since then, the former child actor has struggled with mental health issues and has been in trouble with the law.

In 2020, Jake's mother Lisa Lloyd revealed he had been in and out of a psychiatric facility since 2016 and had finally got a diagnosis.

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill. Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately, he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness," she revealed in a statement to Geek News Now.

"This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison," she added.

Child star Jake Lloyd with his parents Lisa and William Lloyd attend the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
Jake's mum Lisa, seen with Jake and his father William on the red carpet, has revealed he has paranoid schizophrenia and anosognosia. Photo: Getty Images

Jake was arrested in South Carolina by police in 2015 on charges of resisting arrest, failure to stop at a red light, reckless driving and driving without a licence.

Indianapolis Metro Police had also been called to his mother's house earlier that same year after Jake allegedly assaulted his mother Lisa but she refused to press charges after revealing he was off his schizophrenia medication.

Jake, now 34, continues to be supported by his family.

"He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show," his mum added.

Actors Jake Lloyd and Daniel Logan attend Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con 2011 Photo: Getty Images
Jake was most recently seen publicly at Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con in 2011 with fellow actor Daniel Logan. Photo: Getty Images

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