Thirty years ago this year, Jerry O’Connell made a mark on Hollywood forever with his child star-making turn in the classic, coming-of-age film Stand By Me.
The co-host of new limited series PEOPLE’s List (premiering June 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC), who played happy-go-lucky Vern Tessio, recently reminisced about filming the fan-loved film, costarring River Phoenix, Will Wheaton and Corey Feldman.
“What is fun about that child star thing, I have to say it’s just being on a set and making a show,” O’Connell tells PEOPLE. “It’s so fun – I have such fond memories of doing Stand By Me as a kid and just being around those three guys, Rob Reiner directing us and Keifer Sutherland scaring the crap out of us. We shot it over a summer and I have such fond memories of that summer, I have a movie that I can show my kids [twin 7-year-old daughters Dolly and Charlie] and go, ‘Hey can I show you what I did in the summer of ’85 and how much fun it was? Here’s this movie and I’ll tell you funny stories about it.’ It’s almost like having a photo album of a really fun memory.”
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O’Connell says that he’s run into his costars Wheaton and Feldman occasionally, but mainly keeps in touch with director Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally).
“I stay in touch with him a lot. Not only Rob, there was another boss Andrew Scheinman who was one of his producing partners from Castle Rock, I call them up for advice if ever I’m going to make a decision about doing something,” O’Connell says. “I call them up and ask what they think. Before Rob Reiner was a big and famous director he was an actor, he was a writer, he’s really done it all and I should be so lucky to have half the career he has.”