When Jesse Rutherford was young — before he got into music and eventually scored a No. 1 alternative-rock hit with his band, the Neighbourhood — the now-tattooed Ventura County native spent a few years working as a smiley-faced child actor.
One of his big auditions?
“A little show called ‘Hannah Montana,’” he recalled recently with a laugh.
Rutherford, now 26, didn’t book the gig on the Disney Channel juggernaut, but that was probably for the best, he figures: Early success in a job like that carries the danger of boxing in a performer — “unless you’re Drake,” he added, referring to the Canadian rapper who started out on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”