What Whitney Houston has accomplished will never be accomplished. She’s the most famous person on the planet as far as vocaling and her songs. So I’m very happy that I can sit here and say I had a chance to know her. And I’m still dazed that she’s gone. But she lives because her music is so powerful.
It’s funny to be discovered by a lot of people who didn’t know you before. People always used to say, ‘Do you shop at Home Depot?’ or ‘Does your kid go to such and such school?’ They want to know why they know me, even if they don’t know my name. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, by the way I think it’s nice to be kind of anonymously famous.
I don’t feel I was ever a ‘famous’ child actor. I was just a working actor who happened to be a kid. I was never really in a hit show until I was a teenager with West Wing playing First Daughter Zoey Bartlet. In a way, that was my saving grace – not being a star on a hit show. It kept me working and kept me grounded.
‘Howard the Duck!’ That’s a really interesting movie. I appreciate my career, because I’ve had a lot of very interesting ups and downs, and most people… That movie is such a famous flop. In a land of a lot of flops, it’s kind of awesome to be in a really famous flop. I mean, it’s kind of a poster child for flops.