PEOPLE EXTRA WINTER 2004
Jerry O'Connell and his younger brother Charlie (Sliders) have always been close. "We're Irish twins, 14 months apart," says Jerry, 30. "We shared a room growing up. Then we shared an apartment in L.A. We finally decided enough is enough, and we're separating in baby steps. We recently moved into condos in West Hollywood - mine on top of his." At Christmas, boyhood memories come flooding back. "Our mom was still hiding gifts from Santa when we were teens," and "designing Christmas cards was a serious competition," Jerry recalls. "Once my brother drew a robotic Santa and I drew Santa bowling." The boys helped their dad buy a tree on Christmas Eve, and they'd drag it through the streets to their Manhattan apartment. The tree came down on Jan 1. "That was always a sad day," says Jerry. "For 51 weeks a year, our house smelled like our dog. But during that week with a tree, it smelled great."
Photograph by Larsen & Talbert