David Henrie chats about writing his second 'Wizards of Waverly Place' episode
"Wizards of Waverly Place" star David Henrie was recently given another shot at writing an episode for the series, after writing his first in 2010. Now, with his episode "Meet The Werewolves" set to air on June 17 on the Disney Channel, the multi-talented actor tells OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Chris Balish about his writing process, career aspirations and his philanthropy.
"It's my second episode for the show. It's a blessing, creatively to get to do this. It's something that I've always wanted to do. Here's my second at bat at it," Henrie told Balish on the set of the popular series, which co-stars Selena Gomez.
On the show, Henrie and Gomez play siblings in the Italian-Mexian Russo family who are wizards in training living in Manhattan. The fourth season of the series, which will be Gomez's last, airs its finale on June 24.
The actor says he learned a lot from his first time writing, which made his second effort go a little smoother. "When you write something it's from your mind so you get so attached to it and for reasons being time cuts or when things aren't working, you gotta be willing to cut things," he said. "So it was much easier this time and it's all for the better good of the script."
"I would love to write more and continue to write for the show. To get to do it on a professional level and have it on 'Wizards' -- it was absolutely amazing," he added.
So what does he love so much about the writing process? Henrie says, "I just love being in the room, the rewriting process, getting to pitch jokes, break the stories with them, all of that." The actor adds, "It's really a family here and it's really a team effort. So to get to be a part of that process behind the curtain it was great."
The 21-year-old, who has made appearances on "How I Met Your Mother" and "That's So Raven," says he doesn't want to stop at writing, "I would love to direct, that would be so much fun. We've all been doing it so long that we definitely know the process."
"I think if you can control your future and sort of lay the bricks of your own foundation then that's the best way to go," he added. "I want to control my own future. The people I admire are the Apatows out there, the Sandlers, you know Vince Vaughn's whole company. They sort of do their own thing."
To find out more about Henrie's episode of "Wizards of Waverly Place" and his philanthropic work with the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education in Miami, check out the video above.