With “The 5th Wave’s” opening weekend currently underway, Cartersville resident Jake DeLaughter is excited to start making his mark in the entertainment industry. In a fortunate turn of events, an opportunity to serve as an extra in the film transformed into appearing in a pivotal scene for the 15-year-old.“... The largest production I’ve been involved in is ‘The 5th Wave,’” DeLaughter said about the science fiction film — starring former Bartow County resident Chloë Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber and Maria Bello — based on Rick Yancey’s 2013 young adult novel. “... About a year ago, ‘The 5th Wave’s’ casting company was asking for extras. My mom thought it would be a good opportunity to experience being on a huge set of a feature film.“They called my mom a few days later and asked if I would be available to do a scene opposite some principal characters. We couldn’t believe it. I was really excited, and it was pretty cool because there were hundreds of kids that were extras so I felt really blessed that the director, J Blakeson, chose me. They also ended up using my character in most of the commercials and trailers. You can see those on YouTube, too.”After years of supporting his acting talents, Elizabeth DeLaughter is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to view her son on the big screen.“It’s been exciting,” Elizabeth DeLaughter said. “Jake’s grandfather — my dad — is 85 years old, and he can’t wait to see his grandson’s face on the big screen. And, of course, it was really fun to be on set with Jake. Even though he doesn’t have any lines in the scene, it is a pivotal role, in a pivotal scene opposite stars, Nick Robinson and Maria Bello.“And Jake made a creative choice that the cinematographer and Director J Blakeson were thrilled with. In fact, when they wrapped Jake’s role, Mr. Blakeson, the cinematographer, cast and crew gathered on set to applaud Jake’s performance. It was a real confidence booster. But one of the things I’m most proud of was how several of the assistants commented on how humble Jake was. That blessed me, as a mom, more than anything.”She continued, “As far as watching other productions Jake has been in, e.g. television, short films, commercials, it’s always fun, and we always marvel at the fact that he’s already accomplished so much in this primarily adult industry. There’s no way that I would have had the guts to get up and do the kinds of things Jake is doing right now. And, if you know Jake, you know that he’s a really wise, mature, deep-thinking, spiritual kid, but he’s also really shy. He doesn’t like drawing attention to himself. So it’s a really interesting dichotomy.”Catching the acting “bug” in the sixth grade, DeLaughter has appeared in a wide variety of offerings over the years, from “Beauty and the Beast” at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville and short films to commercials and a murder re-enactment show on Investigation Discovery. At age 12, he started honing his acting skills by entering a Walt Disney World talent showcase in Orlando. He currently is receiving intensive training with acting coaches from Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.“It wasn’t always [my dream], but after doing a school play in sixth grade, I caught the bug,” DeLaughter said. “I really love acting because it’s an experience where you can get outside of yourself and explore many different emotions. It’s pretty psychological, and it’s really fun to be able to translate what the screenwriter wrote.”Looking to the future, DeLaughter plans to continue developing his skills with the hopes of turning acting into a career.“I definitely want to book at least five roles this year,” he said. “As for long-term goals, I really want to make this a career and get the most out of it that I possibly can. It’s very rewarding to see my work come to fruition and it makes me really happy.“I’m just so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given, and all of the people, including my mom and dad, coaches and agent, who have helped me and encouraged me over the past couple of years. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been so much fun.”Area residents can follow DeLaughter — who is represented by Salt Model & Talent agency — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram/jdperforms.