For this week’s Stalking Dead Sunday, I’d like to share some questions exchanged between an old friend and myself. We met in May 2013 at XCON. Actually, we’d connected on Twitter prior to that, but XCON was our first face-to-face. In August, he came to Charlotte Comicon and was my special guest at the Zombie 101 panel. We had so much fun that day! He is super talented with an infectious smile.
I’m talking about Jeremiah Scott. You may remember him from one of his infamous zombie kills during S3 of The Walking Dead. He gets his face run through in episode S3-15 with Michonne’s sword in the prison tombs. And in the S3 finale episode, he gets bludgeoned by Beth through the prison fence. That particular kill would garner Jeremiah the nickname, “Beth Finally Kills a Walker Walker” by none other than Chris Hardwick and AMC’s Talking Dead series.
Jeremiah Scott is an actor from Georgetown, SC. His first roles were as a waiter and a corpse in the Barry Levinson directed horror film “The Bay.” Since then Jeremiah has worked on many TV shows including the J.J. Abrams hit “Revolution” and the breakout Cinemax original series “Banshee.” He has also made appearances on “Army Wives,” “One Tree Hill,” “Eastbound and Down” and has worked on the feature films “Safe Haven” and “We’re The Millers”.
In addition to acting, Jeremiah is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Coastal Carolina University. As a singer, he has performed extensively throughout the Southeast in various events and stage productions and his original work has also been featured at the “Hollywood Vibe” and “Showstoppers” Dance Conventions. His original songs “In the Mirror” and “Dance Floor Daydream” are available in the iTunes Store, and he is currently working on new material with plans to release new music later in the year.
WBP: What was your reaction upon learning you had been cast on TWD?
JS: When I found out I was going to be on The Walking Dead, I was ridiculously excited. It’s my favorite show and I submitted to several different casting calls to be a zombie before I was finally chosen. After my initial excitement, I was a bit panicked because they wanted me there the next day so I had to frantically rearrange my schedule and drive 6.5 hours to make it work but it was all worth it!
WBP: What was the most challenging part of the role and why?
JS: Honestly the most challenging part was trying to eat with prosthetic make up all over your face, that was not fun! haha
WBP: What was your favorite scene to shoot and why?
JS: My favorite scene to shoot was when Michonne stabbed me in the face. I love Michonne and it was such an honor to get killed by her and it was such a fun scene to shoot.
WBP: I would imagine that being a part of a show like TWD can really push an actor to his/her limits. What is the greatest lesson you learned through this experience?
JS: The greatest lesson I learned is to always do your best and give your all no matter how small the role is (or whatever the task in life may be). I was brought in just to be a background zombie and the producers noticed my work and upgraded me to a featured zombie for two episodes. So always do your best, you never know who’s watching!
WBP: What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
JS: I don’t scare easily.
WBP: What was the first CD/album you ever bought?
JS: Oh Geez…I think it was TLC’s “Crazy Sexy Cool”, Lol
WBP: If you could star in a remake of a classic film, what character would you want to play?
JS: Tough question! I’ve never really thought about it. I’ll have to get back to you. Maybe I could play ET in a remake of ET! That would be fun make up to wear and very little lines to memorize! haha
WBP: If you hadn’t found success with acting, what career path would you have chosen?
JS: I’m a musician and spend a lot of time performing and teaching music in addition to acting…so I would continue to focus on that.
WBP: What is the meaning of life?
JS: Oh wow, it’s getting deep in here! Ummm… The meaning of life for me is to find your passions and your dreams and work towards them with everything you have. I believe everybody has a God given purpose and should strive to find that purpose and then live it…and of course always be kind and loving to others along the way.
WBP: If it were up to you, when the inevitable time arrived, how would TWD end?
JS: Hmmmm….if it were up to me, I would most certainly be a series regular by the time TWD were to end. Haha. Really I’d like to see the show end with a bit of hope…Like someone discovering a cure, or maybe someone dies and doesn’t turn into a zombie, giving us the sense that maybe the zombie virus has run it’s course and humanity can survive. Maybe Rick will die on the final episode and ends up not turning into a walker and we’ll find out he’s immune to the virus and then they can start making vaccines some how…I don’t know, but some hope would be nice. Lol
Thank you, so much, Jeremiah, for taking the time to talk with me. I know that you are on the road to stardom and it pleases me that I will be able to say, “I knew him way back when…”
To learn more about Jeremiah Scott, his career and any upcoming projects or appearances, click HERE. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook!
Until next time….