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Devon Squared

January 1995

Devon Squared

Life's Devon Odessa and Devon Gummersall Square Off

By Steve C. Joyner (

Devon Odessa, 21, is a native of West Virginian and was raised on a farm. She moved to New Orleans and later to Los Angeles. A graduate of Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA), Devon enjoys dancing, horseback riding, tennis, in-line skating, and cooking. In addition to her role as Sharon on MSCL, Devon's other TV credits include a recurring role as Dana on "Angel Falls" and guest starring roles in "The Wonder Years," "Full House," "Step By Step," and "The Facts of Life." Stage appearances include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Hobbit."

Devon Gummersall, 16, was born in Durango, Colorado. He is the middle of two brothers-Tyller (8) and Josh (21)-each of whom have appeared in an episode of MSCL. His father is C. Gregory Gummersall, an accomplished artist himself, specializing in collages on canvas, paper, and wood. In addition to his role as Brian on MSCL, Devon's other TV credits include "Dr. Quinn," "Medicine Woman," "Step By Step," "Dream On," and "Blossom." His film credits include "My Girl II" and "Beethoven's 2nd." Devon can be seen in the forthcoming motion picture "It's My Party," scheduled for release in the fall of '95.

What kind of music to you like?
Devon O.: Smashing Pumkins, Live, Sharon McLaughlin, Toni Amos.
Devon G.: Miles Davis, Nirvana, and Liz Phair.

If you were not acting, what do you think you would be doing?
Devon O.: Well, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than acting. It's, like, my thing.
Devon G.: It would still be something artistic. Writing probably. And maybe music. And I'm really fascinated about photography too.

Okay. One wish that would come true. What would it be?
Devon O.: No more homeless. I wish everyone could have a home.
Devon G.: Enough wishes to solve everything-all the problems. One of them would be to have know, a girlfriend-and that they liked me as much as I liked them. My other wish would be for Kurt [Cobain] and River [Phoenix] to still be alive. And for them to be, like, happy.

What is your favorite food?
Devon O.: Cajun food. Blackened salmon and stuff.
Devon G.: I love Whoppers. But I try to not to eat too much of them.

Favorite motion picture?
Devon O.: Well, as far a recent films, I loved "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Search for Bobby Fischer."
Devon G.: "Running on Empty" with River Phoenix.

Favorite actor or actress?
Devon O.: Sally Field and Tom Hanks
Devon G.: River Phoenix is probably number one. I also have a total crush on Melanie Griffith. I think she's sexy.

Favorite color? Devon O.: Forest green.
Devon G.: Blue.

Favorite MSCL episode or scene?
Devon O.: The closing scene in the finale with Devon G., Claire, and Jared. And also when Rickie comes crying to Mr. Katimski's apartment.
Devon G.: "Self Esteem" and the closing scene in the finale.

Favorite writer?
Devon O.: Maya Angelou.
Devon G.: J.D. Salinger. And I really love Toni Morrison too.

Favorite ice cream?
Devon O.: Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Devon G.: Thrifty's Chocolate Malted Crunch.

What's your sign?
Devon O.: Capricorn (Birthday: January 18, 1974)
Devon G.: Libra (Birthday: October 15, 1978)

Are you left- or right-handed?
Devon O.: Right.
Devon G.: Left.

Are you a party animal?
Devon O.: No, no. I'm a hermit. I'm a private person.
Devon G.: I party. I have friends and I go to parties. I'm 'in between' a little, I guess. Totally clean though-NO drugs man!

What kind of car do you drive?
Devon O.: '94 Mustang GT.
Devon G.: '69 Camaro. Mine's faster than Devon's!

Are you a Type A or Type B personality?
Devon O.: Type B, that's me.
Devon G.: Type B mostly, I guess. But then I have this thing about my hands. I'm constantly washing my hands. Like after I eat a Whopper, for instance, it really bugs the hell out of me if I don't wash my hands.

What is your dog's name, assuming you have a dog?
Devon O.: I have four Yorkshire Terriers. Pumpkin, Booger, Pediddle, and Scrumpy.
Devon G.: I have a German shepherd named Nick.

How tall are you?
Devon O.: 5' 4"
Devon G.: 6' 1"

What size shoe do you wear?
Devon O.: 7 1/2"
Devon G.: 12 1/2"

Do you wear boxers or briefs?
Devon O.: Boxers.
Devon G.: Boxers.

Copyright 1995 Steve C. Joyner

“Lately, I can't even look at my mother without wanting to stab her repeatedly.”

Angela Chase, Episode 1: "My So-Called Life (Pilot)"