This Friday, Nov. 13, “The Astronauts” premieres on Nickelodeon in a special hourlong event. It’s a new live-action series about a group of kids who mistakenly launch into space while they’re exploring a spacecraft. Plano native Bryce Gheisar plays Elliot Combs, a character whose father owns the spaceship the kids accidentally ride off in.
Bryce was born and raised in Plano, and decided to pursue acting at age eight. Before working on “The Astronauts,” he also acted in the Disney series “Walk the Prank” for three seasons as well as the movies “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Wonder,” and Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris.”
“[‘The Astronauts’] has been an amazing experience. I loved working with the stunt coordinator on the anti-gravity scenes,” shared Bryce. “I wasn’t able to work on the wires this season, so I’m hoping I can do it in a possible season two.”
Bryce’s character Elliot has always sought to gain the approval of his billionaire father. To do this, he convinces four other kids to sneak onto a spaceship with him. Things don’t go as planned, and the kids are forced to take on the responsibilities of astronauts in order to survive.
The premiere episodes of “The Astronauts” were directed by Directors Guild of America award nominee Dean Israelite.
When Bryce isn’t filming, the 15-year-old lives at home in the Dallas area. “I love being close to friends and family. All of my grandparents live nearby,” he said. Formerly a competitive gymnast who took lessons here in Plano, he says he hopes to continue working as an actor, and would like to eventually try his hand at directing one day.
If you’d like to see Bryce in action, tune in to Nickelodeon this Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. (CST).The Astronauts >