Where’s Waldo? Top Row, second from the left
In the 1990s, if you watched television or movies that had child actors, you probably saw Blake McIver Ewing. He was Michelle’s nemesis Derek Boyd on Full House, always stealing her thunder. Or you may have seen him in The Little Rascals, impeccably dressed as Waldo, with perfect hair, perfect glasses, and a freshly pressed suit. Or maybe you saw him stun the judges on Star Search at the tender age of six. He was always cast as the adorable, slightly nerdy kid in shows and movies. But that was nearly 20 years ago, and a lot can happen to a child actor in 20 years. Like puberty.
This is Blake McIver Ewing in 2013
Blake is now one of the hosts watching television on The People’s Couch on Bravo, commenting on television with his friends as they watch it, bringing some serious sass to the show, not to mention arms, cheekbones, and a seriously sexy smile.
Once again, this was Blake in his Full House Days
And here’s Blake on The People’s Couch on Bravo, watching a medical show and commenting about the importance of retrieving the stripper heel you lodged in someone else’s cheekbone, and about how you must never miss a chance to land a doctor.
Blake has spent some of the time between Full House and today doing voice work on shows like Recess, where he played Menlo, and Hey Arnold! where he played Eugene Horowitz. But he’s also an accomplished musician. And an out gay man. From his YouTube It Gets Better video:
This is a song I wrote for anyone who has ever been bullied or taunted or made to feel “less than” by others. When I was fourteen I came very close to becoming a gay teen suicide “statistic” but I then turned to music, my piano, my loved ones, and discovered that it does in fact get better. But that being said, I believe we must raise awareness to protect the LGBT teens who are still being physically and verbally assaulted and fear for their lives every day. We also have a responsibility to end this suicide epidemic. It won’t get better unless we all fight to make it better! Thank you for listening.
So while this isn’t a coming out post, since he’s been out for years, most of us didn’t know about it until now. And I think we’re all a little better for it.
The next airing of Bravo’s The People’s Couch limited run is Friday, October 18, at 2:00 AM
You can follow Blake on Twitter at @BlakeMcIver