Photographer Joshua Shultz
Stylist Jordan Grossman
Hair Charles Dujic/Grid Agency
Make Up Rosie Johnston/Grid Agency
Location The Sunset Marquis Hotel
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been acting?
Scottie Thompson (ST): I’ve been acting professionally for almost 10 years, although I was a professional ballet dancer before that and so been on stage performing most of my life. I’d say that performing feels more like home than anywhere else for me. I landed my first professional role my senior year in college, when I auditioned for a pilot for Showtime, not knowing what Showtime or a pilot were, so clearly I had beginners luck on my side. And I’ve been hooked ever since.
ST: Perseverance and patience are key to a life long career — in anything, really. The life of an actor can be quite a roller coaster, with lots of ups and downs, and I think the best way to sustain oneself in this unpredictable setting is creating a life outside of the waiting that feeds creativity and compassion, which is not always an easy thing to do when your passionate about something. I rely on friends, family, being in nature, travel and continuing to explore my craft.
ST: It was very exciting… and left me eager for more. I only worked one day, and yet the preparation with makeup and hair and costumes, and the secrecy around the film was impressive and exhilarating. I loved working with JJ Abrams, and the rest of the cast was extremely welcoming.
ST: I just recurred on “The Blacklist” on NBC, and had the amazing opportunity to work opposite James Spader. It was inspiring and a blast to work on. I also have two independent films that came out recently, “The Lookalike,” starring Jerry O’Connell, Justin Long, John Corbett, Gina Gershon and Gillian Jacobs, in which I play a deaf woman with one leg which was quite the challenge. That’s a dark comedy set in New Orleans. And another indie, “37: A Final Promise,” a love story between a rockstar and woman suffering from ALS, played by me. Both films are available on iTunes and Amazon and “The Lookalike” is out on Bluray.
ST: I have a couple of projects in the works, some of which I am developing myself and hope to see those taking off soon.
ST: I am on Twitter and Instagram as @thompsonscottie, and also have a Facebook Fan page.
ST: I’m a healthy eater and work out pretty much every day; my routine differs day to day. I love Pilates, yoga, swimming and hiking. I like to keep changing it up so it stays interesting and my body never gets used to one thing.