Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible Star Ed Oxenbould on His Guilty Pleasure: Mexican Coca-Cola!

10/10/2014 at 12:35 PM ET

Ed Oxenbould
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For Ed Oxenbould, starring as the title character in the new Disney family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day alongside Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell brought a lot of perks — but none better than his favorite on-set indulgence.

“Mexican Coke!” the 13-year-old Australian, a native of Bondi, says of the south-of-the-border version of Coca-Cola. “It’s in a really tall glass bottle with a white sticker. It’s made with real cane sugar. Not sugary chemical things. It’s so good.”

In fact, the cult favorite is experiencing something of a moment: The New York Times extolled its virtues in a recent piece.

Oxenbould, who first auditioned for the film — which is based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book of the same name — with a tape shot in his living room, says he turns to the kitchen when he’s having a no good, very bad day of his own.

Ed Oxenbould
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“I’ve had horrible days where you wake up with a zit and you have to film and it’s terrible,” he says. “For me, baking makes me feel better. That takes your mind off of it.”

His specialty? “I have made this one dish, a salted caramel chocolate ganache tart. It’s so rich. You can only have a few bites!”

And although he says he dreams of attending culinary school, for now his acting career is keeping him busy. Next up: Paper Planes, costarring fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, and Sundowning from The Sixth Sense‘s notoriously secretive director M. Night Shyamalan.

“All I can say about that film is that it’s called Sundowning,” says Oxenbould. “That’s it!”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day hits theaters Friday.

—Michelle Tauber

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B on

Same here kid, same here. I’m not a big soda person, mainly because the HFCS really makes me sick. That chemical crap is what is making us so fat and it doesn’t even taste that great. One of the things I know I can never have on a hot day is soda, for whatever reason, it just makes me sick to my stomach and if I have to have it, because I’m extremely thirsty and there are no other option, it has to be ice ice ice ice cold, otherwise, again, I get sick to my stomach. But Mexican Coke. OMG! That stuff is delicious, it’s perfectly sweet and refreshing and I tried it at room temperature and didn’t get sick. It was amazing.. My mom said it took her back to being a kid, before chemicals were a common item in foods. It makes you wonder why companies are using the fake crap (well we know why, it’s cheap) when the real stuff is probably better for you and tastes better.

My only complaint is that I’ve heard that Coke is thinking about changing from cane sugar to HFCS in its Mexican coke for cost reasons. DON’T DO IT COKE!

Hmm on

It’s my one guilty pleasure. Please don’t change to corn syrup. Coca cola!

vamanos on

Yay for real sugar. He’s a smart kid.

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