Okay, I’m going to take a minute to gush like a teenaged girl right now: Kirk Cameron, a.k.a. Mike Seaver from “Growing Pains,” that family-friendly television series that we all loved to watch during the ’80’s, has written a spiritual memoir about life on the set to give his side of the somewhat controversial stories that swirled around his conversion to Christianity while still working on the show and subsequent Christian-based projects like the “Left Behind” movies. The book is called “Still Growing.”
And I got to interview him for it! (Insert me squealing here.)
You have to understand: Kirk Cameron was my first teen crush. I had a poster of him on the wall. I had photos ripped from Tiger Beat hidden under my bed. I just about shrieked like a 13-year-old when I found out I was going to get to talk to him.
My favorite part: the first time he called was a total surprise. I was literally on the stairs headed down into the NYC subway, opened my phone without looking after it rang, said hello, and heard, “Is this Donna? Donna hi!. It’s Kirk. Kirk Cameron.” At which point I about fainted right there and then, and had to ask him to call me back! Which he graciously agreed to do. My second call from Kirk came a few hours later and we had a wonderful conversation. He’s funny, self-deprecating–he made me laugh a lot with his comments about his ’80’s mullet haircut, wearing shoulder pads, and acid-washed jeans–and just an all around nice guy.
I realize I sound like a total geek, but know I’m in good company, too. All my girlfriends were very excited when I told them the news that Kirk and I would be having a chat, and we all spent a good deal of time reminiscing together about our favorite 13-year-old crush-on-Kirk moments.
Admit it: you probably had a crush on him, too.