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He's All Grown Up

15 Feb, 2006 By: Brendan Howard

Before the Feb. 7 release of Growing Pains: The Complete First Season, Kirk Cameron hadn't seen his antics as a 15-year-old playing Mike Seaver in years.

“I'd hardly ever see it back then [when I was making it],” Cameron said. “We were filming the same time as others were airing.”

Cameron played the rambunctious son of a psychiatrist dad who stays home so his wife, a reporter, can go back to work after 15 years raising the kids. Cameron grew up on the show's seven-season run, from 1985 to 1992, and married his on-screen girlfriend, played by Chelsea Noble, in real life in 1991. Since then, the pair have starred in TV programs and movies, including the “Left Behind” films, close to their hearts because of their shared Christianity. It's a faith Cameron found at age 18 and shares with others through radio, TV shows and on the Web (wayofthemaster.com).

Cameron said he didn't experience too much moral conflict because of his on-screen work on the show, but there were still little things.

“Since it was a family show, it wasn't that big of a struggle,” he said. “To me, it was a growing experience. When you decide on some values and some standards, well, if you don't stand for something, you fall for anything. What good are you?”

Now, sharing his on-screen adolescence with his six children — ranging from 2 to 8 years old — is a big plus.

“My kids haven't even seen one episode,” he said. “It'll be like watching home videos. Some of it's embarrassing, some of it's funny, some of it's ‘Hey, that's not so bad.' I can actually laugh at my own jokes, because I don't remember them.”

It was nice to have the cast get together to film the DVD extra “Seaver Family Reunion: S'mores and More,” Cameron said, but he sees the others outside of work, too.

“Alan [Thicke, Kirk's on-screen dad] and our kids have gotten together at his ranch,” he said.

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