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LAist Interview: Christopher Atkins

Christopher Atkins in Confessions of a Teen Idol
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Christopher Atkins was first seen walking around an island with Brook Shields in the 1980 hit film, The Blue Lagoon. Now he can be seen hanging out in Hollywood with the likes of David Chokachi and Jamie Walters every Sunday night on VH-1's "Confessions of a Teen Idol." Atkins who describes "Teen Idol" as a "show that isn’t about the comet, it's about the comet tail. Fame is the comet. If the fame were presented to us would we want it again," took time to speak with LAist about his career, the show and life after the Lagoon.

What made you want to do the show and what were expecting to come from it?
I was expecting the worse. At the end of the day this is a reality show, so I was definitely expecting the worse. But I was surprised to see that this show was different. I decided to do it because it’s just sort of that time for me. My kids are both graduating from college. I’m now single, I was married for 20 years. If I want to do it the time is now. I think my daughter, as you saw in the first episode, really set the tone for me and for the show. She was crying when I was packing my bags. I didn’t understand why she was crying. So I asked her and she said ‘because it’s your time again.’ That was heavy for my daughter to say.

Often times when were cast members seem to frustrated or ready to quit the show, Scott Baio (one of the show's executive producers and co-hosts) is shown talking them down. How did the fact that Scott is a peer, in the sense that he too was a teen idol, help you guys get through the show?
It helped a lot. He was our liaison. Most of us, except for Eric (Nies), have never been anywhere near a reality show. Scott had that experience with his own reality shows so he was mentor in the whole thing.