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Kirk Cameron coming to Hagerstown to speak on marriage, relationships

August 28, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Kirk Cameron will be the featured speaker Friday as part of a two-hour program Covenant Life Church is hosting at The Maryland Theatre. He said he plans to talk about marriage and religion.
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Known to many as the smirking teenager Mike Seaver from the 1980s TV sitcom "Growing Pains," Kirk Cameron heads to The Maryland Theatre just weeks away from age 40.

"I'm a busy dad," Cameron said in a recent interview. "We've got six kids. My wife and I are getting them ready for school right now. School's back in session."

Cameron will be the featured speaker Friday as part of a two-hour program Covenant Life Church is hosting at the downtown theater. He said he plans to talk about marriage and religion.

Married to Chelsea Noble, his "Growing Pains" co-star, Cameron, 39, of Los Angeles, gushed about being a father and a husband and opened up about what it's like being a Christian in Hollywood.

Cameron starred in the independent film "Fireproof" in 2008 and co-hosts a Christian reality show, "The Way of the Master," which airs on TBN. He's finishing up a documentary following the Pilgrims' journey from England to the U.S.. There are video vignettes at http://www.monumentalmovie.com.

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Cameron recently talked with The Herald-Mail ahead of his Hagerstown appearance about the next chapter in his life.

Q: It's been said that in life, it's not so much about reflecting on what you've done, but regretting the things you didn't do. What's the case like for you? Is 40 looking different now?

A: What are you saying, I'm getting old, Tiffany (laughing)?

Q: I didn't say that (laughing).

A: Well, let's see, having children is the game changer. I see my kids now, and it goes by so fast, I can't believe it. My son's 13, my youngest is 7. I want to equip my kids to be the most and best and the brightest and the most good that they can possibly be. I want to make movies and television programs that will leave a legacy about who their dad was and what he believes and demonstrate to them how much I love them. I want them to not just read about heroes, but to say I lived with one. I don't know that I'll ever be able to live up to that, but that's what I'm shooting for.

Q: What your childhood was like?

A: I was working since I was 9 years old. At 14, we started "Growing Pains" and I was working pretty steadily since. We functioned as a pretty normal family, except two of us were on TV shows. That was a little weird, but lots of adventure for the whole family.

Q: I take it you've heard about your fellow cast member, Andrew Koenig (a "Growing Pains" co-star who committed suicide in February). How did you find out his death?

A: I heard it on the news on the Internet that they had discovered his body. Same thing with Corey Haim, another child actor who had a struggle and battle with drugs. It's really sad. It's also pretty understandable in light of what it's like growing up as a child in an industry. If you're successful, you have green lights everywhere. Oftentimes, there's no one there to guide you through the jungle of materialism, drugs, alcohol and parties. Anything goes and you kind of have free rein -- even to kill yourself.

Q: What advice would you give to up-and-coming teen stars today?

A: I would say let me talk to their parents. Be a hero first at home. Talk to your kids. Be the mom you want your daughter to become. Be the man you aspire for your son to become. Kids don't so much need a celebrity to tell them what they ought to do. What they need is a life hero in the form of a mother and father who can live that day in and day out.

Q: What are the challenges of being a Christian in Hollywood?

A: Coming to some convictions about who you are and what you believe and asking am I as committed to who I am and what I believe enough to really live those things out no matter what environment I'm in. So if I'm a Christian who wants my life to express that, I've really got to have some core strength deep down in my heart. I've got to have a backbone that lets me stay true to my heart and not just be a chameleon or be someone whose values change and whose identity changes just because I'm around other people who don't think like I think.

Q: When you filmed the scene in "Fireproof," you said that you wouldn't kiss a woman other than your wife. So for the kissing scene, your wife stepped in for the actress and was filmed in silhouette. As an actor, how do you view adultery? Does kissing another woman in a scene qualify?

A: Without even needing to make comments about what artists will and won't do in the name of art, I can just simply tell you I only got eyes for my wife. I love her, and one of the things I promised her is, "Sweetie, these eyes and these lips are for you only." I'm not going to kiss anyone else. Obviously, that would apply to other things as well. That scene wasn't even in the movie at first. What we wanted to do was make the movie even more romantic, so we added the scene with the thought in mind.

Q: When you come to Maryland, the idea is that you will talk about marriage. What do you plan to talk about once you're here?

A: I want to talk about marriage for sure, how to build healthy strong marriages whether your marriage is doing great or if it's hanging by a thread. There are things that you can do because marriage came with instructions (the Bible). I want to pull out the instructions and talk with people about how they can fireproof their marriage, make it strong and prepare for when the heat comes.




If you go



What: Kirk Cameron speaks, presented by Covenant Life Church.

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

Cost: Tickets cost $20, which does not include fees for ticket purchased online or through the mail

For more information: Call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 or go to http://www.mdtheatre.org

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