The 12-year-old actor got a crash course on acting for film from some industry pros, including director Theodore Melfi and fellow cast mates Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts.
The theater and school is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, after opening the gates for notable actors such as Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Will Ferrell.
Paul Feig directed Melissa McCarthy to an Oscar nomination in "Bridesmaids" and re-teams with her for "The Heat." He shares some of the secrets that have led him to be one of the biggest names in comedy.
Allison Jones will cast "Tammy," a road-trip movie starring McCarthy, as well as the new "Vacation" reboot starring Helms.
Improbably, this buddy/road comedy wants McCarthy to have it both ways as a raunchy comic genius and as a sentimental softy. Even more improbably, she succeeds.