Montclair High School 'Showbiz Kid' Alex Winter All Grown Up, Still 'Excellent!'

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure star, Alex Winter, talks to Brad Blanks about his new documentary Showbiz Kidz on HBO and the upcoming third installment of Bill and Ted - Bill and Ted’s Last Dance.Remember Bill S. Preston, Esq. from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Bill was the blonde dude played by Alex Winter and the other time-traveling teenager, Ted "Theodore" Logan, was played by Keanu Reeves. The movie was Keanu’s breakout role, while it was Alex Winter’s stamp on an already long career as a child actor and teenage Broadway + film star.Foregoing his acting career in his 20s, Alex has forged an impressive career as a director and documentarian. His latest documentary is on HBO and called Showbiz Kidz. It is an engaging and entertaining deep dive into some of the biggest child actors over the last 100 years, showing the many sides, the good and the bad of Hollywood, and the industry’s relationship with children.Alex had been working hard in entertainment from a young age and it didn’t stop when he attended Montclair High School in New Jersey. When asked about high school and doing Broadway in the city Alex said, “I would take the bus into New York City every single day to do my shows. And then they'd let me out early on Wednesdays to do the matinee. So it was quite the life.”The documentary captures the tough side of being a showbiz kid from the grueling schedule, the lonely homeschooling, the early filming times, the continual pressure to perform, and sadly a commodity to the parents. Alex, as the director and writer of the film, was also able to highlight the magic that these talented kids were achieving as well. The paradox of a child losing their innocence combined with the magic of performing on a Broadway stage was something that Alex went through himself. He said, “I was 13 years old, and I was a very young, very small 13, I was stepping out onto a giant Broadway stage, and The King and I. I was opening the show and the first actor on the stage. I sing a duet with my mom. It was beyond a dream come true. It was really one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I don't regret a day of that. But at the same time, some really terrible things were happening to me at that moment from having been in that show.”