Filipino Gordon Cormier As Aang In Avatar: The Last Airbender

Together, let’s witness Avatar Aang trying to master the four elements and restore peace. 

The classic animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender revisits our childhood memories because its live-action is finally released on Netflix! 

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But hold up, before you watch the film, did you know that Gordon Cormier who took the role of Avatar Aang is a Filipino-Canadian? 


Gordon Kyle Diez Cormier, who starred in the film as Avatar Aang was only 11 during the film’s shoot. However, he started his career in the field as early as nine years old when he auditioned for commercials. 

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His debut role was in the 2017 American comedy-drama series “Get Shorty”. He also had appearances in the 2018 sci-fi series Lost in Space and the fantasy miniseries “The Stand.”

Although he was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, the young boy never forgot the Philippines—which he considers his homeland, despite only visiting the country thrice. Gordon is half-Filipino because his mother is a Filipina. 


During his interview, Cormier admits he has watched the series 35 times in preparation for his shoot.

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As for Avatar Aang’s character, Cormier can easily tap into his happy and childlike personality with no sweat. His enthusiasm did not only radiate during his interview, but even Cormier himself could say that they both share similar characteristics. However, Cormier did admit that he struggled in pulling off the emotional parts of the film.

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Not only did Cormier prepare for the live-action, but the other members of the cast as well. Together, they underwent boot camp training for six weeks for martial arts and bending.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is about Avatar Aang, the last Air Nomad, and the next Avatar. With the help of his friends Katara and Sokka, they try to restore balance and harmony among the world’s four nations. The series has eight episodes on Netflix. 

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