Max Casella Opening up about his pre-pubertal years.
The now 55-year-old actor made the shocking revelation that he did not enter puberty until the age of 27.
During an interview with Page Six, he revealed that he had pituitary dwarfism – a growth hormone deficiency characterized by abnormally short height – according to media outlets.
“I was given testosterone,” he said. “I was on growth hormones; I’m still on those things. My body didn’t go through the changes on its own.”
“I have a malfunctioning pituitary gland from birth and basically had to jumpstart my puberty by pumping me full of testosterone and growth hormone in order for me to grow because that was not happening. I was 25, and I shaved Didn’t either.”
The “Boardwalk Empire” star spoke candidly about his growth journey during the “Tulsa King” premiere as he co-starred together Sylvester Stallone.
“Tulsa King” tells the story of Dwight Manfredi (Stallone), as he rebuilds his life after being exiled from his family by a crime boss after 25 years in prison. Manfredi is forced to form a new family of his own in Tulsa, Oklahoma, consisting of a group of unlikely characters.
Despite Casella’s delayed puberty that allowed her to land some roles at a much younger age than her actual age, she said it was a terrifying experience.
“It was a horror show,” he remarked. “I couldn’t talk about it. No one understood it. It’s like the trans community today talks about body dysmorphia and it’s like, ‘I’m in the wrong body,’ exactly my experience. Absolutely I was a man stuck in the body of a little boy for most of my 20s until they finally pumped me full of testosterone.”
meanwhile, “Doogie Hauser, MD” The alum said he had an “almost sh-in your pants moment” after meeting Stallone.
According to the media outlet, the “The Sopranos” star confessed, “I had a poster of him on my wall when I was 10, and now I’m starring with him? It’s real.”
“I’ve starred with a lot of big stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp. Sometimes it’s up or down, your experience with them, but no one like Sly, who is so much a superhero to my 10-year-old self. It was like my childhood dream.”