Monday, January 10, 2011

Interview: Joshua Moore on Growing Up With Desperate Housewives

Joshua Moore (pictured, left; photo credit: Nathaniel Taylor) has played Parker Scavo on “Desperate Housewives” since 2008, portraying one of Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant’s children in their ever-expanding brood. While he is thrilled to be working with the high caliber of stars to come and go on Wisteria Lane, Joshua’s first major role in Hollywood had him working with the legendary Clint Eastwood when he was cast as an abducted child in 2008’s “Changeling.”

Celebrity Extra: One of your first roles was in “Changeling.” What was it like to be directed by Clint Eastwood?

Joshua Moore: It really was an amazing experience, because it was one of the first big film projects that I had a role in. And working with Clint Eastwood was just amazing, because he’s so laid back. He just runs the set and knows exactly how to get people to do what he wants. He’s an amazing director -- one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. And at the same time, you’re just in awe of him because it’s Clint Eastwood!

CE: Speaking of being in awe, there have been some huge, high-profile guest stars on “Desperate Housewives.” Has there ever been a time when you’ve been nervous to work with someone?

JM: I’m never usually nervous working with somebody, but my mom -- it’s really funny, but John Schneider just came on the show, and my mom used to watch “Dukes of Hazzard” religiously, so she freaked when he came on set. And when I heard Vanessa Williams was coming on the show, I was really excited, because I’m always impressed by her work.



CE: How is she to work with?

JM: She’s just great to work with. She’s one of the coolest people on set. I think she’s a really good actress, and she’s great in her role. She’s just a very cool person to talk to and hang out with.

CE: Of course things are never quiet on “Desperate Housewives.” What have been some of the crazier experiences for your character?

JM: Well, one of the crazier things that happened was when we were all on the street for the Christmas community street meeting, and they wrecked the plane through the street. That was probably one of the largest-scale crazy things that my character was involved in. What they actually did was they attached the plane to a rope, and they just pulled it through really fast. It was really cool to get to see them demolish the set like that.

CE: You work very closely with Felicity Huffman — she must be a wealth of information for you regarding acting and technique and such.

JM: You can learn a lot just by watching, but do I ask for help from her. She’s one of the most helpful people I’ve ever worked with, just in terms of giving advice or just helping you along to where you need to be with the scene. She’s amazing to work with.

CE: What are some of your favorite moments on the set, whether acting-wise or personal?

JM: Aside from the plane crash, I would say when we have a church scene. Whenever anybody gets married and everybody has to go down to that church, the whole cast goes. It’s always cool, because everybody is just hanging out and having fun.

CE: Do you have any hopes for the direction Parker will take? Do you have an ideal story line?

JM: I don’t have an ideal story line. Any story line is good as long as you’re a main part of the story line. That’s all that really matters, no matter what the content is. I’m just hoping that he gets some more forefront, focus parts where he’s a big part of the situation.

CE: I think in a couple of years he should start dating Susan (played by Teri Hatcher) to shake things up a bit.

JM: That’s not even that farfetched for “Desperate Housewives,” I’m sure.

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