The Won­der Years’ Fred Sav­age is back

Fred Sav­age talks to TV Times about the magic of The Won­der Years and his un­ex­pected come­back…

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My very first kiss was on The Won­der Years Fred Sav­age

ack in the late 1980s, young­ster Fred Sav­age won our hearts as win­some teenager Kevin Arnold, who we watched grow­ing up in 1960s-set com­edy The Won­der Years.

Now aged 41, Fred has no re­grets about grow­ing up on screen. The role of Kevin won him nu­mer­ous awards and he re­mains firm friends with his fel­low cast mem­bers, in­clud­ing Josh Sa­viano, who played Kevin’s nerdy best pal Paul Pfeif­fer.

‘It’s al­most 30 years since the show started, but it still feels fresh. I look back on it all fondly and I wouldn’t be who I am now with­out those ex­pe­ri­ences,’ says Fred, who is now mar­ried with three chil­dren.

BLike many child ac­tors, Fred found it dif­fi­cult to move into older roles when the show ended in 1993, but he’s since di­rected and pro­duced shows such as Mod­ern Fam­ily and It’s Al­ways Sunny in Philadel­phia.

This week Fred is back in front of the cam­era as he stars in new Net­flix com­edy-drama Friends from Col­lege.

The eight-part se­ries fol­lows a group of for­mer univer­sity friends as they re­unite in New York af­ter two of the gang – neu­rotic writer Ethan and his lawyer wife Lisa (Kee­gan-michael Key and Co­bie Smul­ders) – re­lo­cate to the city.

As well as try­ing to pen a hit novel and con­ceive a child, Ethan is hid­ing a long-run­ning af­fair with an­other col­lege friend, in­te­rior de­signer Sam (An­nie Parisse). Mean­while, Fred plays Ethan’s long-time friend and agent, Max, who strug­gles to bal­ance his ca­reer and his re­la­tion­ship with part­ner Felix (Billy Eich­ner).

‘The show deals with friend­ships, love, be­trayal, heart­break and hope – all the ma­jor themes that are pretty uni­ver­sal for adults,’ says Fred.

The col­lege crew also in­cludes slacker Nick (Nat Faxon), as­pir­ing ac­tress Mar­i­anne (Jae Suh Park), and cameos from Ghost­busters’ Kate Mckin­non and ac­tor Seth Ro­gen.

Fred will for­ever be linked with The Won­der Years and it also gave him his first ex­pe­ri­ence of the op­po­site sex. Kevin’s first kiss, with his on-off girl­friend Win­nie (Dan­ica Mckel­lar), was Fred’s first smooch in real life.

‘Yes, my very first kiss was on The Won­der Years,’ he laughs. ‘I wasn’t a very good kisser, and it was ter­ri­fy­ing. We were both scared and ner­vous and didn’t know if we were go­ing to do it right.’

Friends From Col­lege from fri­day / net­flix

Fred (top row, right) with the Friends

from Col­lege cast

Kevin and Win­nie in The Won­der Years

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