are the children Okey? is a video interview series from Yahoo Entertainment that explores the impact of show business on the development and well-being of former recreational children, from triumphs to traumas.
Fans will recognize David Moscow from his memorable role as young Josh Baskin in Academy Award-nominated Penny Marshall. big (1988), which starred alongside (and as a small version of) Tom Hanks. But not everyone knows how full his life has been since he won the hearts of moviegoers more than 30 years ago.
Moscow has seen many developments, from child actor and Broadway producer to his current role as host FYI from scratch which challenges him to put together an original meal with a local chef as he adventures around the world. As it turns out, he managed to get some amazing life lessons through it all.
“Being an active kid… it’s been such a blessing to me,” Bronx-born Moscow told Yahoo Entertainment. He explains that learning came from struggle. “I think failure might be the best gift I got as a child actor – not the moments when I was successful, because that’s kind of easy.”
testing process for big, It was “unique,” he explains, located in a community center in the Bronx, where Marshall was also. At the time, Robert De Niro was ready to play the main role, prompting Moscow to audition for the role of Hank’s baby—an old friend of Billy (who eventually went to Jared Rushton).
But fortunately, the main role passed months later to Hanks. “I think when they hired Hanks, [Marshall] He was like, “Remember that kid from the Bronx?” Moscow kidding.
“Penny wants us all to hang out,” he recalls. “She wanted Tom and I and some of my friends to go out, so they gave [Tom] An old video camera and he took us to Central Park.”
Moscow recounts a certain moment with Hanks and his close friend at the time, Ernst, that made him realize how committed Hanks was to the role. “There is a scene where old Josh is having a fight with one of his co-workers on a handball court,” he explains. “They wrestle trying to get the ball out of each other. My best friend, Ernst, at the time, did just that. [move] Where he uses his head to keep me away, then turns the ball from arm to arm. He had a very long arm. And that [move] In the movie! “
“I wasn’t the only one transcribing or translating,” he adds of Hanks’ operation. “I mean, that’s the talent to make it yours, make it real, keep it real. It’s the part of the movie that makes me laugh more than any other.”
While remembering those years, Moscow’s smile speaks a thousand words, especially as he reflects on a special night he shared with Drew Barrymore when they were both teenagers.
“It was at the heart of the child-acting world of the ’80s and ’90s,” he recalls, explaining that loneliness wizard Co-starring, Lucas Haas, who happens to star alongside Barrymore in ET, I thought it would be great to have a relationship with Barrymore.
“He was like, ‘I think you and Drew are going to love each other. You should go on a date,” he tells Moscow. “So, my mother was the escort, I think [Barrymore’s] The studio teacher was a trustee. I called Drew and said, ‘I’m going to take you to Hard Rock Café…It was so cool.’ Once, her best friend, who was 16, came over at the end and they were whispering in each other’s ear. Then she turned and said, ‘Would you like to Are you coming with me to this party yet?” and I looked at my mom and my mom was like, number. So Drew said, ‘That was great. See you later.’ Then she left.”
Of course, Moscow will meet again with Barrymore and Marshall in 2001 Ride a car with the boys, so everything is fine and ends well. “Being a young actor, especially at the height of the ’80s and ’90s, was such a blessing to me,” he says. “there is a lot of [troubling] Other people’s stories, but I think I had my parents, who were always on strong foundations.”
It was fate that the Moscow father “on the floor” that led him to one of his most exciting chapters as a producer. Moscow already owns its own theater company, A Theater Co. Directed by Tom Everett Scott and Michael Kelly, Moscow remembers receiving a call from his father that would ultimately change the course of Broadway history.
“My dad does community activism and was developing bilingual public schools in New York,” Moscow says. “He called me one day and he’s like, yeah, [my friend] Baby Louis…going to school. He wrote 20 pages of music for his undergraduate thesis. Will you listen to it? “
This kid ended up being Lin-Manuel Miranda, and these 20 pages ended up being the first draft of in the heights. “Five minutes later, I was locking the doors, that’s amazing,” he recalls.
Moscow will continue to develop the show and co-produce it with his ex-fiancée, actress Keri Washington. “I walked around town and knocked on doors to raise money,” he says. “There was something really cool about helping someone so creative, making comments, helping them out and not having to be on stage. So it kind of doubled down into a production career.”
This move eventually propelled him down the path he is on now – full of travel, food, and adventure from scratch.
“I go around the world and meet food producers, and we harvest, sow, hunt and hunt,” Moscow gleefully explains. “Then I take him to a chef and we make him a meal. It’s a blast.”
In hindsight, he credits his early years in acting as helping to see the bigger picture in life. Nowadays, the multi-hyphenated actor and producer really embraces the highs and lows he’s been through — and turns them all into positive.
“Being like a kid allows you to dream about things, and then make them come true,” he says.
—Video produced by Ann Lilburn