Wil Wheaton was moved by his former support me co-star Jerry O’Connell’s apology for not being aware of the abuse and trauma Wheaton suffered as a child.
Wheaton appeared on The speech Thursday, where O’Connell is a co-host and where he apologized to Wheaton.
“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 said. “But I mean, overall, you never know what someone’s going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say that I’m sorry that I wasn’t there for you more when you were younger.
“But I wish I was older back then, so I could have been like, ‘Hey Wil, hey man, is that nonsense? “, continued O’Connell.
“I deeply appreciate that,” replied a sympathetic Wheaton. “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. »
Wheaton opened up about the pain he felt as a child in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment in May 2021. Wheaton said he “didn’t want to be an actor when I was a kid. My parents made me do it,” alleging of her actress mother, “My mom made me do it. My mom tricked me into walking into her agency and saying to the children’s agent, “I want to do what mom does. “
After hearing Wheaton’s comments, O’Connell later said The speech that he had no idea what Wheaton was going through when they were shooting the movie.
“I think what needs to be said is you have no idea – not even colleagues, just people close to you – you have no idea what’s going on with anyone” , he added. “So if you feel something off, something weird, it costs you nothing to go up to them and say, ‘Hey, are you okay? Is something going on? Do you need someone to talk to?'”
Wheaton and O’Connell starred, along with Corey Feldman and River Phoenix, in the 1986 coming-of-age film support me, directed by Rob Reiner. They depict four boys who, in 1959, go on a hike to find the body of a missing boy.
You can watch Wheaton’s appearance on The speech above.