Devon Sawa Shares Why He Left Hollywood, How He Came Back, and His Current Show


Devon SawaEvery 90s kids would know Casper. Perhaps, it was the most iconic role Devon Sawa ever played.  Other than that, he was also known for appearing in coming-of-age movies and as a teen heartthrob.  Everything seems to be going well in Sawa’s life but at the age of 25, he decided to leave Hollywood.

Why He Left


Devon Sawa with Christina Ricci in Casper.

The Canadian actor has been working since he was 11.  He appeared in the film Little Giants and consequently got his big break in Casper when he played the role of Casper as the human boy.  He also starred in other films like Night of the Twisters, Now and Then, Wild America, and SLC Punk.

When he was 25 years old, he stepped away from show business for five years.  He admitted that at that time, he didn’t know whether he was going to come back or not.

“I had done a series of four or five indie movies that I wasn’t necessarily proud of.  Some were horror movies.  After Final Destination everybody wanted me to do horror movies and some weren’t as good as others.  I was just burnt out,” he shared.

How He Came Back

Devon Sawa NIkita

Devon Sawa in Nikita.

The Casper star explains that he only returned by chance.  Apparently, someone from their talent agency might have not gotten the memo that he quit.  He received an audition call.  He put himself on tape and that was it – he was brought back into business by accident.

“It was for the Max Payne movie with Mark Wahlberg. But I did really well and the casting director wanted to meet me and I did. I thought, ‘You know what, this is what I love. This is what I really want to do.’ So I don’t know why I stepped away in the first place,” he said.

“I think if somebody hadn’t had sent me that audition I think that I may still be out of it. I was happy what I was doing but I’m happier now. I’m happier back doing what I really love,” he added.

From 2010- 2013, Sawa had a regular role in the spy fiction series Nikita. He plays Owen Elliot, one of the Guardians.

His Current Show

Devon Sawa and Paula Patton

Devon Sawa and Paula Patton in Somewhere Between.

Right now, the 39-year old actor is focused on the ABC drama Somewhere Between. He plays the role of Nico Jackson, a former cop turned investigator. In the story, he’s given another chance to go back and change one tragic event that occurred in his life.

“The writing drew me to it. I read the first script and I was looking for something different. I was just about to go into pilot season and do that whole craziness. This came out before it and I read it and the last few pages of the first script I was hooked. It was that thing I was looking for. The show with the cliffhangers that keep you on your toes,” he told US magazine.

The show also stars Paula Patton who Sawa describes as great and dedicated. “From the day I met her she had a million ideas and she liked to discuss things and she really got into it. She had her headphones on in-between scenes. She was emotionally there and she was very interesting to work with. She’s fun.”

At this point, Sawa said he now strategically takes roles – only those that he wants to do. He’s about to start filming a movie which he hasn’t revealed the title just yet. “I can’t really talk about but I’m giddy because if I told myself at 12 years old that I was going to do this movie I would have lost my shit. Lost my mind. I have a huge fight scene with one of my childhood idol. It’s going to be amazing.”