The Aang actor in Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender has watched the original Nickelodeon series 26 times

Gordon Cormier as Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender
(Image credit: Netflix)

Think you’re an Avatar mega-fan? Think again. Gordon Cormier, the actor who brings Aang to life in the Netflix live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, has you beat.

During a recent interview, GamesRadar+ asked the cast who counts themselves as the original show’s biggest fan – and opinion was split.

"I think it’s Kiawentiio," Sokka actor Ian Ousley says, referring to the actor portraying Katara. "[She] grew up on it. She has the knowledge."

Dallas Liu, who plays Prince Zuko, counters, "I think the 26 times watching Avatar gives it to Gordon."

Yes, you read that right: the Aang actor has done his homework, watching the original Nickelodeon series 26 times in preparation for his role. 

Cormier isn’t the only one who has a history, recent or otherwise, with the cartoon – which ran for three seasons from 2005 to 2008. 

Lizzy Yu, who plays Azula, revealed that she watched reruns growing up and later did more research before her audition.

"I was a little bit on the younger side when it was coming out on Nickelodeon, but I definitely watched a lot of reruns and saw this new art style that I'd never seen before growing up, and felt very connected to it," Yu explains.

"So, when I found out what we were auditioning for, I binge watched the show multiple times to be like, ‘OK, now that I know [about the audition], I’m going to try and know as much as I can [about Avatar].’ Which was also special because, now that I’m an adult, I think the original show is really great because you’re able to take lessons from it at any point in your life."

Avatar: The Last Airbender is streaming on Netflix from February 22. For more, check out the best anime on Netflix.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.