Jordan's older brother Hunter originally auditioned for Russell in Up. Director Pete Docter has said, "[a]s soon as Jordan's voice came on we started smiling because he is appealing and innocent and cute and different from what I was initially thinking." About 400 children had shown up for the auditions, but Nagai stood out because he wouldn't stop talking the whole time. Nevertheless, he was sometimes very shy and Docter found it difficult getting him to say all of his lines.
Nagai's character in Up is the first Asian American figure in a Pixar movie. He also lent his voice to an episode of The Simpsons called "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" as the voice of Charlie, an orphan who befriends Bart in his quest for a baby brother. The program aired on December 13, 2009. Nagai has not acted in anything since. However in 2015, Nagai's parents revealed that while he has expressed interest in continuing his acting career, his parents have kept him from doing so out of fear of that he would become "spoiled" by Hollywood fame. He attends Washington University in St. Louis and is in the class of 2022.
- Up (2009) - Russell (voice)
Awards and nominations
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