Most 15 year olds are in the dreaded throes of their high school education, and while Josh Moore is as well, he's got plenty more on his plate than just homework. After starting out in stand-up comedy and working in student films at the University of Texas in his hometown of Austin, Moore made the move to Los Angeles in 2007 and quickly went to work. His first film role was in Clint Eastwood's 2008 film Changeling and last year he was also one of the new, younger additions to the cast of the ABC hit TV series Desperate Housewives, which is currently airing its sixth season airing on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on ABC. Moore plays young Parker Scavo, the darling child of Felicity Huffman's Lynette Scavo and I recently had the chance to talk with Moore on the phone about this new season and the series as a whole. Here's what he had to say.
So, first of all, I was wondering how you first heard about the role and what made you interested in playing Parker?
Josh Moore: Well, I had heard that there was going to be some kind of huge dramatic cliffhanger that season. I actually thought about it before it even came up, that it would be really cool to get a role on Desperate Housewives, because it's such a solid show. Then, sure enough, the agents sent out a breakdown for the character and the audition. I went and felt like it went really well, I was crossing my fingers. I got a callback and ended up getting it. It was really exciting.
This show has had a pretty interesting history. The show debuted huge but I read that the executives that greenlit the show actually got fired because they weren't too sure about the show, but then it debuted huge.
Josh Moore: Oh, yeah. It's been great. Everybody is just so thankful for such a huge success.
Can you talk about developing the character of Parker and maybe working with (creator) Marc Cherry and how you both kind of came to an agreement on this kind of character?
Josh Moore: Well, I think it really started in the first episode. I was doing a scene with Felicity (Huffman), really one of my first experiences working with her. I was on the computer in the scene, and I was explaining to her how a certain website works. The way they had written it in the script was, I kind of show her and it's like, 'How could you not know about this,' kind of rolling my eyes. That's how I played it and Felicity said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. I've already got two older twin teenagers in the house giving me crap, he's got to be the nice one,' basically. So that's kind of where it all started to happen. From then on, Parker has been kind of an introverted, keeps to himself, but smart character. I'm the nice one out of the family. It's kind of a rough family.
I read that you got your start doing stand-up, so is that anything that you would try to get Marc to implement into the show for Parker?
Josh Moore: Well, wouldn't that be great? (Laughs) Yeah, I did do stand-up, but I haven't done it in a very long time. I did love it when I did it, but it's very scary, I'll tell you that. Yeah, I love how Parker kind of has the last-word kind of lines.
Can you talk about your experiences in working with Felicity? She's such an amazing actress so what have your experiences been like with her on the set and what have you learned from her throughout the past few years?
Josh Moore: Felicity, I have nothing but good things to say about her. She's so great and, like you said, she's such an amazing actress, I really feel that it's such a learning experience, being on set with her. Whenever I'm watching her, it's just amazing. She's great in person, very very nice and she's very interested in how we're all doing and she listens very well. I feel like one of the best things about working with Felicity is that she's so aware. If things aren't right in a scene with continuity or if things happened in the script earlier, she's the first one to say, 'Hey, hey, this doesn't seem right. Would we really be doing this?' It's amazing how she recognizes that kind of stuff and I feel like it's great that one of my first really big experiences on a set is to be able to learn from somebody like her.
So after you got the show and your episodes started to air, what kinds of reactions were you getting from maybe just people on the street that have recognized you from the show? Have there been good experiences with that?
Josh Moore: Oh yeah. It's been great. What's funny though is I have a few friends on some Disney shows, who are substantial characters and when we go places we get all these little kids going, 'Oh, you're so-and-so.' Every time someone says something to me, it's like a soccer mom or something like that. We always laugh about that and it's pretty cool. It's been really positive feedback from the people who have recognized me. I've been really fortunate in that sense.
Where exactly are you guys in your order right now, what episode are you filming right now?
Josh Moore: We are filming episode nine of Season Six. It's going really well, I think, we're making really good progress. A couple of weeks ago the writers had a little writer hiatus so they took a little week off. We're not quite to halfway through the season. We're filming 23 episodes this season, so we're moving along.
Can you talk about what we might be able to expect from Parker in the next few episodes before maybe the holiday hiatus?
Josh Moore: Well, just more of his charming wit (Laughs) and good statements. Mostly just contributing to the family, I guess. I think we all have our own special part and he's definitely keeping up with his part.
There have been some talks about an end-game, with Marc's original deal being for seven years and they've been talking about a few extra years after that. Have there been any down-the-line kind of talks about your character or maybe the show as a whole that you've heard of?
Josh Moore: As far as my character goes, I'm not sure, but as far as the show, the game plan right now is... well, it was originally supposed to be seven (years) and then Marc said that there has been so much success that they want to take it to nine. I think that's what they're planning on now, which would be great and amazing to do nine seasons. In this current climate, nine seasons is huge and I feel really lucky to have that kind of future, down-the-road kind of thing.
You were in a few movies before, but does a show like this bring an air of stability to your life? You know you'll always have Desperate Housewives?
Josh Moore: Exactly, right. That's one of the greatest things about it. It's very rare and I feel really blessed that I walked onto such a solid show. An opportunity like that to come up is very rare, that you can just walk onto a show like this. It's consistency, the comfort of consistency.
Are there any guest stars that you can tell us about that are coming up that we can look forward to?
Josh Moore: Guest stars... well, I'm not really sure on guest stars. I don't think there are going to be too many huge surprises with that, but we do have a few new characters this season. The storylines are really developing for them and I think that's really cool that we have these new younger families coming on the street. It's really cool.
The "mystery" of this season with the Angie character seems to be this homage to Dallas. Can you talk about how that has been unfolding, and has it just been a lot of fun to get these new scripts every week?
Josh Moore: Are you talking about Angie, Drea de Mateo's character?
Josh Moore: Yeah, it's been such a great storyline and I think she's amazing. She's brilliant on screen and her son on the show, his name is Beau and he's great. He's such a blast to hang out with on the set, but the storyline adds a whole thing where you don't know throughout the whole season, and it's great to drag it out this long. The story keeps unfolding and unfolding and it adds a whole new dimension to the show.
Each season there has been a different mystery with a certain character, so have you been pitching any mysteries that might be used for future seasons with Parker?
Josh Moore: Well, I'm kind of hoping that he's going to break out of his little shell and do something crazy. That's what I'm hoping. But, at the same time, I don't want it to be something potentially life-threatening that would get me killed off the show (Laughs). So you've got to be careful with what you say, right?
That's true. Is there anything you have planned for maybe your hiatus? Any films you might be looking to jump on board, anything like that?
Josh Moore: I'm open to anything. I've been auditioning a lot lately, doing a little bit of everything, voice-overs, movie auditioning, all that stuff, and I'm really hoping to film something over the hiatus, because it's hard to do it when you actually are doing the season.
Can you talk about being your age on a show, and the demands with school and everything like that? Is it a pretty big juggling act or is it manageable?
Josh Moore: You know, it actually is. This is my first year of high school. Like, I worked yesterday and Tuesday and it is tough. You do that, go to set and you come back to school and you've missed all this work and the teacher is like, 'Do this, do that.' It is a juggling act, but if it's your passion like me, it's definitely worth it.
Excellent. To wrap up, what would you like to say to maybe the fans of yours or fans of the show's about what they can expect in the next couple of episodes of Desperate Housewives?
Josh Moore: First off, I just want to say thank you to our fans for watching. Every viewer counts, as you know, and that's why we still have a show. Just keep watching, because it only gets better. That's all I can say.
Well, that's about all I have for you, Josh. Thanks so much for your time.
Josh Moore: Thank you very much, Brian. It was very nice talking to you.
You can watch Josh Moore as the young Parker Scavo in the sixth season of Desperate Housewives, which airs on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on ABC.