05/20/2015 02:43 pm ET Updated May 20, 2015

How Ricky Schroder Went From 'Silver Spoons' Child Star To War Journalist

Ricky Schroder has come a long way since his days starring on the '80s sitcom "Silver Spoons."

During the spring of 2014, the former child actor spent 110 days embedded with American soldiers in Afghanistan, capturing the war-torn country in his new DirecTV docuseries "Fighting Season." Speaking to HuffPost Live on Monday, Schroder explained that most of the military men were unaware of his celebrity past, calling him just "camera guy," a reference to his documentary camera.

"Anybody over the age of 35 knows my history, but all the young guys -- 20, 22 -- they had no idea," the 45-year-old recalled. "I loved that. It was great."

Cozying up to his subjects -- even in the face of danger -- gave Schroder intimate access to the front lines of warfare.

"You have to actually get in with the troops," he said. "You have to eat with them, sleep with them, get shot at with them before they actually let you into their world, and once you get shot at with them, then their world opens up because now you're kind of one of them."

Watch more from Ricky Schroder's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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