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Wil Wheaton moved by Jerry O’Connell’s apology for unaware of childhood abuse: ‘You were 11’

Wil Wheaton had a sympathetic response to him support me Costar Jerry O’Connell apologized for “no more being there” for him amid his childhood abuse: “You were 11.”

long time friends reunite Conversation On Thursday, where O’Connell, who co-hosted the show, publicly apologized to Wheaton for the first time.

“I heard you talk about some of the struggles you were going through before support me, and you know, when I was 11 at the time, it’s an excuse; O’Connell said, “I want to apologize for not being there for you more when you were younger.” But I want to say, for the bigger picture, you never know what someone is doing when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say that I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you any more.”

“I deeply appreciate it,” Wheaton replied. “You were 11. How could you possibly know? Plus, everyone in the audience who is a trauma survivor knows this: We’re real, real, real good at what we’re doing.”

Back in May, ahead of the film’s 35th anniversary, Wheaton spoke candidly about the abuse she endured — mostly in silence — to her parents during her childhood. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, he said that he suffered “a combination of an incredible amount of emotional abuse from my father and a lot of manipulation from my mother using me”.

Days after Wheaton revelations, O’Connell expressed support and sympathy for his former costar Conversation, “I had no idea he was feeling like this when we were filming this,” O’Connell said, “I wish I was older so I could say, ‘Hey Will, oh man, what It is wrong?’ ,

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell in ‘Stand By Me’

Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell in ‘Stand By Me’

Wheaton was 14 when he starred in the coming-of-age classic alongside O’Connell, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman, but was already a child star in Hollywood for several years. He told Yahoo, “I didn’t want to be an actor when I was a kid. My parents forced me to do it. My mother trained me to go to their agency and tell the kids’ agent, ‘I want to do what mom does.'”

Wheaton also revealed that his inner turmoil during filming helped inform his performance. “Gordy’s experience mirrored my experience a lot. We’re both invisible in our homes,” he explained, re-watching the film taking him back to his complicated childhood. “When I see support me Now, I can’t ignore the incredible sadness in my eyes,” he said. “And I can’t ignore the reality that it was that sadness, that isolation, that I think gave me what Gordy did in life.” I needed to come.”

Watch Wheaton’s Appearance Conversation Above.

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