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Actor and Writer David Pevsner

Fri, Feb 01, 2013   By Austin Wondolowski    10 Comments

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An actor and writer living in Studio City, David Pevsner is no stranger to WeHo, where he lived for more than a decade and where a big fan base has enjoyed watching him on stage and on camera.

Currently, you can see Pevsner starring in “Scrooge and Marley” — a modern-day variation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” recounted with a “gay sensibility” — and in the popular gay web seriesOld Dogs & New Tricks.”

For many years, Pevsner worked in New York theatre, including on Broadway in “Fiddler on the Roof” and in the off-Broadway hits “When Pigs Fly” and “Party.”

After the snow drove him to LA, he kept up the stage-work (including starring in Joe DiPietro’s “F*cking Men) and has played numerous roles on TV and in film.

In his own words, here is Pevsner’s perfect Saturday in West Hollywood:

I don’t live in WeHo anymore. Oops … well, that’s the truth, but that doesn’t mean I’m not eligible to write this or that I don’t belong here.

I lived here for my first 11 years in LA after moving from New York. I lived in about six different places in West Hollywood, so I’ve gotten to know pretty much every neighborhood.

As much as I love Boystown, I found that I really enjoyed living in a Bohemian broke-down house on Kilkea Drive. I still have my post office box on Fairfax, and I go to Gold’s Gym in Hollywood, so even though I’m now in Studio City, I spend a lot of time in WeHo, daily.

Saturdays are great.

After working out, I like to eat at Eat Well or Kitchen 24 if I’m feeling breakfast-y and Fresh Corn Grill or Bossa Nova or Sweet Chili if I’m in lunch mode.

Perhaps a little Yogurt Stop after? Of course!

After blunch, since I find myself obsessively collecting resale Ben Sherman button down shirts, I love hitting Crossroads and Out of the Closet. My friends know of my affinity for the tighter-fitting shirt, and I used to try to squeeze into one like a sausage because who cares if you can breathe when the shirt’s so fab?

However, at my advanced age, I try to stick to my size, and when I find one, it’s like gold. I feel my heart flip, and I say (out loud) “Score!” or “Boo-yah!” Ridiculous, what can I say, but I love ‘em!

As a freelance actor and writer, I always have something I need to be doing career-wise, so Saturday is never really a day off. I’m either editing scripts, corresponding, studying lines, whatever, and I love coffee house culture. I can’t write at home.

I need to be surrounded by the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the energy of other folks hunched over computers. If I’m in the mood for friendly, at-home and un-scene-y, I hit the Grindhouse Cafe on Havenhurst off Santa Monica.

I have followed those folks from when they were Cafe Marco on the corner to the space they’re in now. It has always felt like it’s my office away from my office. They leave you alone, parking’s great, I just love it.

If I’m in the mood for a little more … um … “scenery” while trying to work, I go to Bucky’s, the “Big Gay Starbucks” across from 24 Hour Fitness. You always run into folks you know, or would like to know, or that you want to just stare at.

I saw Trenton Ducati there yesterday, and it was tantamount to a Hugh Jackman sighting. My little heart did a flip as if he was a Ben Sherman button down, only with bigger muscles and great hair.

I do get work done, but it’s nice to lift my head from the computer and have something nice to look at. I’m allowed. I’m a gay man in WeHo.

After coffee, I may gear up to cook. I love the Trader Joe’s at 8000 Sunset, which I’ll stop at before braving Laurel Canyon to bring me back home to Studio City, and away from “my people.

I know I’m way past the age demographic of WeHo boys, but every once in a while, it does my heart good to see that some things don’t change — that there’s a place where we can go and be free and be gay!

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10 Comments

  1. mattFri, Feb 01, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    i think i may throw up. what an ego. at least gramps left his shirt on, in this ridiculous self promotion of someone no one knows or cares about.

  2. Leon AcordSun, Feb 03, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Jesus, hate much? As it happens, Pevsner has quite a following with gay audiences–and they asked him to write about HIS perfect Saturday–what’s he supposed to say, he spends it working with lepers? And the ageist crack just exposes your narrow mind. Shame on you. I know the internet is “survival of the rudest,” but whatever happened to “if you can’t say something nice…”?

  3. BriTue, Feb 05, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Really? I think David is one of ther hottest gay actors out there, not only in physique but in talent as well. I’m glad someone asked him. I agree, if you can’t say something nice…

  4. MikeFri, Feb 08, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I think Matt either a) got shot down by David Pevsner; b) can’t fit into a Ben Sherman shirt; c) hates coffee; d) works for the Studio City Chamber of Commerce.

  5. BrandonThu, Feb 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have met David a couple times a few years back and he is an absolute gem. He is handsome, intelligent, can hold a conversation(Matt, that might be why you dislike him??) and is just a plainly genuine guy. Not to mention a very gifted actor and writer.

  6. hiro ohnoWed, Nov 06, 2013 at 5:00 am

    i found my prince

  7. SFDANNFri, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Have always looked up to him – and even played his role in WPF for months on end. A true ‘big bro’ for me – even though we never met. Love his chill (and honest) take on WeHo and appreciate the dignity and sincerity. Class all the way.

  8. Real TalkSun, Mar 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I doubt Matt got shot down by David….rather that the other 6 of you are hoping for a whack at David’s….gifts.

  9. Feliciano LópezTue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    You are so right Mike! I think this matt guy has some unsolved issues, ugliness, fatness?… don’t want to know, but the truth is that David Pevsner is quite hot, looks great on TV, pictures and tight shirts. He is a very good actor, just watch some of his work.
    And yes, “Real Talk”, some of us would kill for a whack at David’s gifts, not embarrased to say it.
    PS: sorry for the spelling mistakes, my mother tongue is Spanish. Bye bye

  10. Leon AcordTue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Yes, he’s in great shape, and a very very good actor. Haters WISH they looked as good as Pevs does!

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