Hanks, Forrest Gump, & Entourage – Tune In: At Home With Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In the newest episode, Osment talks about the commercial that launched his career, the important skill he learned on the set of “Forrest Gump,” the challenge of joining the cast of “Entourage,” the upcoming season of “Goliath,” and more. Highlights below.

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Highlights from “At Home With The Creative Coalition” featuring Haley Joel Osment —

On the commercial that caught the eye of the casting director of “Forrest Gump”:
“I did a Pizza Hut commercial, which was randomly seen by the casting director for ‘Forrest Gump.’ And that’s how I got my first real job, off of that commercial.”

On the important skill he learned on the set of “Forrest Gump” at the age of four:
“I learned to tie my shoes on that project. I have memories of learning to tie my shoe for the first time at a hotel in Beaufort, South Carolina. Being on a movie set is always a crazy place to be. I had my costume fitting at the same time as Gary Sinise, and I remember us walking through this vast warehouse space with all the uniforms they were using for the Vietnam sequence. It blows your mind.”

On his memories of Tom Hanks on the set of “Forrest Gump”:
“I got really lucky on my first big project getting to watch Tom Hanks at work. And I remember, even at that age, how impressed I was by how focused and how committed he was. That has always made a really big impression on me.”

On the challenge of joining the cast of “Entourage”:
“It’s such a weird thing going into this established set of characters everybody knows and loves. And my role, essentially in that movie, was to be a huge asshole to everybody in every scene […] Every scene in that movie is like a party at some amazing house in Palos Verdes so we had a good time.”

On the upcoming season of “Goliath”:
“I’m in Season 4 of ‘Goliath’ with Billy Bob, who’s amazing and who played my dad on ‘Entourage,’ which was a joy. I play J.K. Simmons’ son and we’re in a pharmaceutical company that Billy gets tangled up with. And we just started shooting it.”


More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “At Home With The Creative Coalition” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.

Upcoming guests include Shiri Appleby (“UnREAL”), David Arquette (“Scream”), Justin Bartha (“The Hangover,” “National Treasure”), Ethan Cutkosky (“Shameless”), Michael Fishman (“The Conners”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Jon Huertas (“This Is Us,” “Castle”), New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Isaacs (“Compromising Positions”), Rachel Mason (“Circus of Books”), International Bestselling Author Patrick McGinnis (“The 10% Entrepreneur,” “Fear of Missing Out”), Marta Milans (“Shazam!,” “White Lines”), Yolonda Ross (“The Chi”), Reid Scott (“Echo”), Mona Scott-Young (“Love & Hip Hop,” “The Gossip Game”), Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). 

Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), David Alan Basche (“The Exes”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”), Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Alan Cumming (“Briarpatch”), The Creative Coalition President and actor Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Griffin Dunne (“This is Us”), Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Judy Gold (“The Other F Word”), Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Let’s Get Physical”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters”), Rob Morrow (“Billions”), Kathy Najimy (“Duncanville”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jessica Queller (“Supergirl”), Anthony Rapp (“Rent”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), Constance Zimmer (“Good Trouble”), and David Zucker (“Airplane!,” “Scary Movie”). 

More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.