“Wizards of Waverly Place” papa David DeLuise finished Season 3 with the series family about to walk home through the desert. He started Season 4 with his character entering his house, saying, “Wow, that was a long walk. I feel like I’ve lost 35 pounds.”
The thing is, DeLuise HAS lost 35 – make it 37 – pounds in recent months. He says he was “just sitting with a buddy of mine, saying ‘I’m happy with every aspect of my life except this’” – meaning his weight. And he decided to do something about it. He started hiking, spinning and “I just made it happen,” he tells us. Coincidentally, he ran into series son David Henrie and his real-life dad on a hiking trail between seasons, “and he said, ‘Oh, my God! Half of your face is gone!’”
DeLuise, youngest son of late comedy legend Dom, has acknowledged in the past that his dad’s weight was probably an issue that hastened his demise.
“You get healthy and it’s such a positive thing,” he acknowledges. “You exercise, you get all your aggressions out. You get all the endorphins. My daughters like that I’m exercising. And living a healthier lifestyle, you come across people who are happy, who are positive, because they, too, are trying to do something good for themselves.”
DeLuise says he’d like to lose another pound or two, but now, “What I would like, ultimately, to do is get more cut – get a little more muscle. So I look more like what the women want,” he says with a laugh.
With 17 episodes left to shoot of “WOWP,” he’s focusing on directing as well as acting on the show. He’s now helmed three episodes, and says, “I’m going to do two more. The next one I’m doing is in November. Of course my hope is that I get a shot at doing a show that is not mine, so that I can navigate my directing position from the beginning.”