Wil Wheaton has been in the acting game for a while, having starred in the high-profile projects like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Stand by Me in his youth. In recent years, he’s stepped away from a lot of on-camera acting, aside from roles in shows like The Big Bang Theory. And even on that show, he played an exaggerated version of himself. Though Wheaton has forged a successful career, he recently opened up about the somewhat “traumatic” elements of his acting career.
While reflecting on his work, Wil Wheaton stated that he never had a desire to be an on-camera actor. The star says that it was actually his mother who made him attend auditions. The actor admitted that these memories can be “a little triggering and a little traumatic”:
In the past, Wil Wheaton has been incredibly candid about the emotional abuse he experienced growing up. In an emotional post on his blog, the actor reflected on his father, who he says bullied him as a child. He also stated that is mother only enabled the behavior and would eventually move him into an acting career, against his wishes.
Despite everything Wheaton went through as a child, he also told Metro.co.uk. that he doesn’t regret the actual work he helped to create. He also doesn’t want fans to view it any differently because of his personal circumstances:
It can’t be easy for Wil Wheaton to open up about these aspects of his life, but it’s incredibly brave of him to do so. His words may also connect with current young performers who may be dealing with similar issues. You really have to appreciate Wheaton’s sentiments and his contributions to film and television.
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