Josh Peck talks about career and personal growth at Penn State SPA Conference | Way of life
At 6 p.m. on Monday, the Penn State Student Programming Association hosted a virtual conference with actor and social media influencer Josh Peck.
The conference, sponsored by the Jewish student organization Hillel, was free to all interested students.
Peck is best known for playing Josh Nichols on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake and Josh” – he received a 2008 Kids Choice nomination for the role, according to SPA.
Since the show ended in 2007, he has continued to pursue a successful acting career, which student Josh Starr, the event’s moderator, discussed with Peck.
Over the past decade, Peck has appeared in numerous films and television programs, including the indie film “Locating Silver Lake”, Netflix’s “Take the 10” and the Fox series “Grandfathered”.
Peck said he is currently working on a remake of Tom Hanks’ 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” for Disney Plus.
“You can live a hundred different lives as an actor,” Peck said.
Peck also spoke about feeling embarrassed by his weight throughout his teenage years and early acting career.
“We all have something that we weren’t sure we would grow up to,” Peck said. “I was fat from 11 to 19… If I was a normal kid, I would have just burned all my yearbooks and sworn my family to keep it a secret. But my tough teenage years are on reruns, and that’s cool! “
Peck said he learned to accept himself and kiss over time.
“I have only really embraced in recent years that growth is beautiful and [a] is part of life, ”said Peck. “If you’re not growing up, you’re probably not going in the right direction.”
In addition to discussing his acting career, Starr and Peck grew closer to their common Jewish faith and heritage, including holidays such as Passover as well as their favorite Jewish dishes.
Peck also spoke of raising his son Max in a multi-faith household with his Catholic wife.
“[People ask us] whether it will be bar mitzvah, baptized or confirmed, ”Peck said. “I think he’s going to be our son. I don’t want to dictate that to him. I just want him to be a good person.
Towards the end of the event, Peck gave advice to students preparing to graduate.
“Take it slow. Every day do something positive for yourself, grow a little bit and enjoy your life,” Peck said. “Don’t feel the need to walk out the door thousands of miles away. time. Take your time. It’s gonna be awesome. “
Starr ended the interview by asking Peck what he would do if the coronavirus pandemic ended today.
“I’ll meet Oprah,” Peck laughs. “And I would be my mother in my arms.”
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