Jerry O’Connell apologizes to Wil Wheaton for not knowing about childhood trauma – The Hollywood Reporter

During Thursday’s episode of The speechco-host Jerry O’Connell apologized to Wil Wheaton for not being there for the actor when Wheaton suffered emotional trauma as a child.

“I heard before you about some of the struggles you went through during support me, and you know, when I was 11 at the time, that’s an excuse; I want to apologize for not being there for you more when you were younger,” O’Connell, 48, said directly to Wheaton, 49, who appeared in the episode.

Along with Corey Feldman and the late River Phoenix, the two actors starred in Rob Reiner’s 1986 coming-of-age film. support mewhich launched both of their careers, was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 1987 Oscars, and became a much-loved classic.

O’Connell then added: “But I mean, on the whole, you never know what someone’s going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry. for not being there for you when you were younger.

Wheaton thanked O’Connell for the sentiment. “I deeply appreciate that,” he said, pointing to O’Connell’s age at the time and the fact that he simply couldn’t have done more. “You were 11 years old. How could you have known? Plus, any bystander who’s survived trauma knows this: we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through. »

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment in May last year, Wheaton opened up about his childhood and the role his parents – particularly his mother, who was an actress – played in launching his acting career.

“I didn’t want to be an actor when I was a kid,” he said at the time. “My parents made me do it, my mom made me do it. My mom tricked me into walking into her agency and saying to the kids’ agent, ‘I want to do what mommy does. And through a combination of incredible emotional abuse from my dad and a lot of manipulation, using me, from my mom, it really put me in this place.

Following support meWheaton went on to star in numerous projects, including Toy Soldiers, Flubber and Star Trek: The Next Generation. As an adult, his many credits include The Big Bang Theory, in which he played himself; and dozens of voice and other television roles. He also worked with Geek & Miscellaneous as an animator on various web productions, including the TableTop series, which he also created with Felicia Day.

See the clip of The speech below.

12:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this story stated that this conversation took place on View. It has been corrected for The speech.

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