Noah Ringer, who played Aang in The Last Airbender, was nominated for, and won, the 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.com “Coming of Age” Best Actor movie award for his role. The Last Airbender was Ringer’s very first acting experience as he hasn’t had any prior, however he returned to the screen in 2011 as Emmett in Cowboys & Aliens. In 2008, Ringer’s taekwondo instructor, Eric Pechacek, received an email that invited any interested students to audition for the role of Aang for the film. He had been the one to introduce Ringer to the TV show version of The Last Airbender after watching it himself and noticing the resemblance of appearance and personality of Noah and Aang; Fellow students even called Noah ‘Avatar’ because of his shaved head, a similarity to Aang. Thus, his taekwondo master encouraged him to audition for the role that Noah eventually won and went on to win an Best Actor award for.
For his audition, Noah taped a video of himself dressed in Aang attire (Which was a Halloween costume of the character he had wore the year before), recited a few lines, and performed an XMA Jahng Bong routine before sending in the tape. A month later, he was called to meet with the movie’s director, M. Night Shyamalan. The a month after that, he officially received the part of Aang. Noah’s background in martial arts helped him excel at portraying Aang, especially since he only had a month to prepare for filming. For training, he practiced at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas with Linda Seto who he did intense study with. During filming, he also trained in various types of martial arts, and he still continues to attend those studio classes even though training for the movie has long since ended.
His role as Emmett for Cowboys & Aliens was his last film in 2012, but Noah posted on his real FaceBook page back in September of 2013 that he was currently working on a new project. There is no word on what that project exactly is yet. Noah was also nominated for two other awards based on his role of Aang in The Last Airbender, The Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film and A Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple, which the entire case of The Last Airbender was nominated for. Noah reprises his role of Aang in the video game version of the movie.