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FLASHBACK: A 14-Year-Old Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Playing a 'Reckless and Hormonal' Teen

by Ashley Crossan 7:45 PM PST, February 17, 2015
Playing FLASHBACK: A 14-Year-Old Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Playing a 'Reckless and Hormonal' Teen

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was more than a star-on-the-rise when he landed the role of Tommy in the television series 3rd Rock From the Sun.

In celebration of his 34th birthday, we're flashing back to 1995, when ET was invited on set with the then-14-year-old star before the show even aired.

"When I came into this, I hadn't done much with an audience," Gordon-Levitt told ET on set. "Most of my stuff has been one camera stuff."

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Gordon-Levitt played the role of Tommy on the series, with actors John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston and French Stewart rounding out the ensemble.

"My character is Tommy, and he is the oldest alien -- the old, wise alien, and the father figure to all this aliens -- who got stuck in a teenage boy's body," said Gordon-Levitt. "He's this old wise man half the time, and the other half he's just a teenager, reckless and hormonal."

"It's excellent writing and I'm not just saying that so I can get more lines from the writers!" joked Gordon-Levitt. “This is just totally different and that’s my favorite thing about it."

Check out the video about to see a 14-year-old Joseph Gordon Levitt on set of 3rd Rock From the Sun.

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