His aspiration to write and direct is probably the strongest commitment to one direction Wexler has ever made. An actor at Evanston Township High School in Illinois (which churned out such successes as Joan Cusack and her brother John), he originally toyed with becoming a theater major. He applied to UCLA's competitive film school but didn't get in. Finally, he opted for a communications major because, he says, "it was the most noncommittal thing I could possibly do at the last moment. One of my biggest problems is that I like the idea of keeping options open and experiencing a lot of things, so I haven't gotten really good at one thing."
That may be because Wexler has seen that commitment--particularly to an office job--has not made his parents especially happy. "Somewhere along the line I think I said, 'I don't know if I can handle doing that,' " he says. "I don't expect to direct films for another 20 years. There's a lot I will have to do to get to that point. But I want to have as much creative freedom as possible in my life."
What do you feel when you read about the problems in our society--drugs, crime, the environment, homelessness?
Teresa Garcia: Sometimes I feel like I'm just nobody, I can't do anything about it, especially in L . A ., with the gang members and drugs.
Alanna Klein: I feel that you have to start with politics when you're dealing with something like this. The older generation keep s voting for things that are for them and not thinking about future generations. Something has to be done about getting people voting, getting people into politics, getting them aware that we have to get involved. It's just as much our fault for not voting and fighting this older generation. It's the responsibility of people our age to become active.
We're getting robbed.