NOVEMBER 15, 1999
BROTHER! Jerry and Charlie O'Connell
Since they slept
on matching Popeye sheets in their family's Manhattan home, actors Jerry
(standing) and Charlie O'Connell have been inseparable. When
Jerry, 25 (Scream 2, Body Shots), landed his first acting break at age
11 in 1986's Stand by Me, Charlie, then 10, spent the summer with
him on location in Oregon. And after moving in 1996 to Hollywood,
share an apartment, they worked side by side on TV's Sliders and
even double-dated - with a pair of sisters. "It was
crazy," recalls Charlie, 24. "He broke up with the
younger sister, and then all I would hear about was what a jerk my
brother was." Needless to say, it didn't last.
At home we had beds right next to each other.
Jerry: Like, a foot apart. Every night it was "Hey,
Charlie." "Yeah?" "You
asleep?" "No. You?" "No."
"Cool." "Good night." And in L.A., now that we
live together, it's kind of like the same thing again, except that we
have our own rooms.
Charlie: My fencing trophies would keep
him up at night because of the gleam.
Jerry: When we were
younger, I was not as athletic as my brother, but I came into my
own. I'm pretty athletic now.
Charlie: Jerry liked to
wrestle when the parents were around because then they could get me off
Jerry: We'd draw imaginary lines down the backseat
of the car.
Charlie: Like on The Brady Bunch, where
they separated the room...
Jerry: We never fought a lot,
Charlie: We'd argue with each other up until we got
out of the car for summer camp, and then it was "Nobody insults my
Jerry: Yeah. We looked out for each
other. It was sort of like we were a team.... Girls really weren't
Charlie: I Think I was a late bloomer with
girls. Jerry: College, college for you. Charlie:
High school, I think, actually. Thank you, Jerry.
Jerry: We'll go on dates together most of the time.
"I like everything to be neat where we live.
Charlie couldn't care less."
Charlie: I would never go out with someone who dated my brother,
though. Forget it.
Jerry: One one time in high school
you made out with Megan I-forget-her-last-name when I was a
junior. I was kind of going for her, and you made out with
her. And I was genuinely excited for you. Better you than
Charlie: I find my girls to be more fun than
his [laughs]. They like to go out and have a much better
time. The girls that Jerry goes out with are more quiet.
Jerry: Charlie is very much the strong, silent type. He has
the ability to go to a party or to a bar and stand in the corner and not
say anything. I have more of a tendency to yap.
Charlie: When something amuses me, I'll go off, but I am
Jerry: We talk to each other every day, sometimes for
two minutes, sometimes for two hours. I could be in bed at 2 a.m.
and say, "Charlie, are you asleep?" "No."
"Great, I'll meet you in the living room."
Charlie: We give each other advice about everything.
Jerry: Occasionally we'll get into a tiff over something like
laundry. I like everything to be neat where we live. Charlie
couldn't care less.
Charlie: Dude, the house is immaculate
Jerry: No, it's not. It's not that I'm this
little prissy guy running around the house dusting after people. I
just like to have some sense of organization. He's such a
Charlie: The place is immaculate!
By the way, we wear all the same clothes. We wear the same sizes,
and we buy things together.
Charlie: When he leaves, I'll
come across a couple of things missing. But we do share
everything. Jerry: Moving out to L.A. together really
helped. You want to be accepted in this scary town. But to
have my brother here was like, "who cares? This is