Casting her at the age of seven in the NBC sitcom, Frye cited her own questions about whether “things really went the way I remembered” as inspiration for the project, listing other former child actors – One wants to call them survivors – their remembrance to share. The list includes Stephen Dorf, Brian Austin Green, David Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and more.
Most notably, Fry described a video camera as ubiquitous before the cellphone, which transmits this back-of-the-velvet-ropes to all the more narcotics. While Frye talked about considering all of a typical normal childhood, Goselaar recalls that once an actor hadn’t seen a child or a child, on a TV or film set, “You have to look like an adult. Have to work.”
“Kid 90” has a lot of memorable joys, with Frye going through videostapping herself as a teenager for breast-reduction surgery (after her rapid growth made her the butt of cruel jokes) from her friends Video to party with – Jagmaster drinking straight from the bottle – to give drugs to “Just from No” after footage of him giving up drugs early.
Frye also opens up about a date-rape incident – before the term existed – and his subsequent relationship with Charlie Sheen, who insists on referring to himself in voicemail messages as “Charles” Gives whom he saved.
The destination is, frankly, perhaps less compelling than the journey. But Frye’s wide web of contacts provides a compelling window into not only his past, but also the very specific cultural moment when it all unfolded.
“Kid 90” will premiere on Hull on March 12.