Prequel Trilogy,  The Phantom Menace

Jake Lloyd’s family gives an update on his health


From Geek News NOW:

“Jake Lloyd was only six years old at the time he auditioned for the role of “Anakin Skywalker” in the Star Wars prequel film “The Phantom Menace”. Although the movie was a box office success and revitalized the franchise for decades to come, young Jake Lloyd would face a short acting career and a long history of bullying and unnecessary criticism. Much like Ahmed Best (who was almost bullied to suicide after he played Jar Jar Binks), Star Wars fans were not especially kind to the child actor, despite his best intentions and warm interactions with them.

On June 17, 2015, Lloyd was arrested in South Carolina for reckless driving, driving without a license in his possession, and resisting arrest; he failed to stop for a red light, which initiated a high-speed police chase. He was released to a nearby psychiatric facility, with schizophrenia listed as the reason.

Tragedy struck their family when his younger sister, Madison, died peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2018 at the age of 26. Lisa Lloyd, Jake’s mother, described it as “shattering” to both her and Jake.

Since then, it’s been all quiet for the young man. He has been living a peaceful life and has been focusing on himself a great deal. I spoke to his mother, Lisa Lloyd, at length about how he is doing. As an author’s note, I have had the pleasure of interacting with Jake Lloyd on several occasions and found him to be a brilliant mind and a hilarious sense of humor. He filled in for me as a host on my podcast once, where he spoke directly to the fans and also put to rest the rumor that he hated Star Wars.

The following statement is approved for release by his mother, who is tirelessly working with him.

“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. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. 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.”



  • Cryogenic

    Much like Anakin, he seems fated to have had a tough life…

    Sad news about his sister. I hope Jake and his family find some peace going forward.

  • maychild

    The way the “fans” treated Jake was disgraceful. It is one thing to say you didn’t like his acting and/or found it bad — it is another to personally attack him, repeatedly and viciously, which is what they did. From what I’ve heard, he has been nothing but gracious and kind and eager to talk to fans he’s met. Even if he gave the worst performance in the history of movies and TPM was the worst movie ever made (and that’s HARDLY the case for either), that’s no excuse for the abuse he has been shown. No, I don’t think abuse is too strong a term.

    When the story of his speeding mishap and the diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia made the news, “fans” were suddenly all taken aback: “Who, us? It’s not our fault! We didn’t cause his mental illness.” No, they didn’t CAUSE it, but they sure as hell didn’t help it! And some tasteless media outlets used it to once again lob stones at the prequels, and at Jake: “First Jake Lloyd ruins SW — then he ruins public safety!” Nor were they contrite when his schizophrenia diagnosis was announced. No, nothing gets in the way of avenging how butthurt they are by a MOVIE! A MOVIE they hate with every fiber of their being but continue to watch on DVD (why they continue to watch it, or even have a copy to keep watching, none of them has ever given a non-laughable explanation for), and some of them even saw it (*cough* the Red Letter Moron *cough*) when it was released theatrically in 3-D. Even over 20 years after it “ruined their lives and ruined SW” they are still obsessed with it, choosing to screech about it rather than spending time on the SW movies they claim to like.

    When Kelly Tran was attacked by racist pricks online, the media assumed an air of outrage that I found disingenuous. The racism was inexcusable regardless, but the media acted like a SW actor being trashed viciously was inexcusable as well. Where were those lofty morals when Jake Lloyd and Ahmed Best and Hayden Christensen were being torn apart? Or was that okay because Best supposedly played a “racist” character, and because Jake and Hayden are white males? Oh, wait, I get it. They were in the “irredeemable, soul-destroying, objectively bad” prequels, so screw ’em. Kelly Tran was in the holy, sacred Disney trilogy and must be protected.

    I am glad Jake is doing better, and I am so sorry about the tragic death of his sister. That family has been through a lot, and they are in my thoughts.

  • archdukeofnaboo

    Glad to hear the update. Nice one, Anthony!

    I know next to nothing about schizophrenia, but it can’t be easy on his family and all those who look after him. On a brighter note though, it’s heartened to hear that he was able to fill in for somebody on a podcast. I was not expecting that.

    I’m sorry to hear about the untimely death of his sister. That will not have been easy on the family.

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