I never wanted to be a performer. I suppose I was precocious, really.
I have a fondness for writing about precocious, troubled teenagers, who are alienating, but kind of endearing. It's from remembering so clearly that time in my own life. I experienced myself as more dramatically troubled than I was, but I just remember how it felt.
I was a precocious only child, and then I went through a fat, awkward stage for several years, so I learned to fall back on my humor and personality when I was growing up. It's how you survive, so I think it was more of a natural progression for me, developing into comedy.
By the time I was ten, everyone knew I wanted to be a producer. I was a very precocious little boy.
I was this very precocious kid with a big personality. When my mother saw that modelling was something I enjoyed, she didn't dissuade me.
I fell in love with Shakespeare when I was 12, and I read the whole works. Yes, I was precocious.
I was a precocious child. Everyone called me sassy.
It took me a long time to make that leap to being a grown-up and responsible adult because I carried on being a child actor into my late twenties. It's OK to be precocious when you're young, but when you're a man of about 27 or 28 and playing a 17-year-old in a TV show, it kind of prolongs your childhood.
When you work and earn money as a child, you need to be confident, but it can make you a bit precocious, and I think I was a bit of a pain for a while when I was young.
During my early years, I was mercurially lively, always in motion, spilling over with pranks, impertinent and precocious, and, at the same time, intractably stubborn and angry if anything went against my will.