Actor Jeremy London is a survivor — and he has the battle scars to prove it. After appearing in a handful of forgettable Movies of the Week, London landed a series regular role alongside Sam Waterston and Regina Taylor on the critically acclaimed drama series, “I’ll Fly Away.” In 1993, London received a Young Artist Award for “Best Young Actor in a Television Series” for his portrayal of “Nathan” during the two-season run of “Ill Fly Away.” London returned to Primetime in 1995 as “Griffin Holbrook” in FOX’ “Party of Five” and on the big screen in Kevin Smith’s cult favorite, “Mallrats.” London was officially crowned a teen idol — an honor that continued through his run on “7th Heaven.” He unexpectedly exited the series in 2004 after appearing in just 37 episodes.
In Spring 2010, a PEOPLE magazine interview with London revealed his struggle with an addiction to painkillers that had stalled his career; newfound sobriety positioned him for a comeback and his agent’s phone was ringing as the industry embraced London as a “comeback kid.” Two weeks later everything was derailed when London was the victim in a bizarre kidnapping in Palm Springs. Months of media camped outside his house and the trial of his kidnappers took a toll on London forcing him to seek refuge and treatment on Vh1’s “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.”
London retreated from the spotlight and settled in Texas where he runs the respected London Arts Acting Studio, and most recently appeared on “Celebrity Wife Swap” and guest-starred on “Macgyver.”
After years of being off our radars, people are talking about London again after he recently began #TweetReads on Twitter. Featuring some of the social media platform’s most racy, funny posts, #TweetReads are video clips of London’s dramatic interpretation of each gem. London’s #TweetReads quickly went viral and continue to grow in popularity — from teen idol to Twitter influencer, the unexpected renaissance of London was long overdue.
VENTS took a road trip and sat down with London — along the way, we passed the time with #TweetReads.
VENTS: Tell us how you got your start as an actor — after being your brother, Jason’s stunt double during filming of “The Man in the Moon.”
LONDON: I got my start as an actor after suffering an injury playing baseball. The only other extra curricular activity I was really interested in was Drama class. That’s where I got the bug. But, professionally, I first started by la nding very small roles in TV Movies of the Week. Then an opportunity to audition for a feature film called “The Man in the Moon” with Reese Witherspoon arose and my twin brother was lucky enough to land the role. From there I made connections that led to me auditioning for my first TV Series called “I’ll Fly Away” on NBC, which went to win the Emmy for Best Drama. From there I was able to go onto great shows like “Party of Five” and “Seventh Heaven.”
VENTS: An entire generation grew-up watching you on TV — from “Ill Fly Away” and “Party of Five” to “7th Heaven” — at the time, we you aware of your influence as a teen idol and role model?
LONDON: Fame has never been comfortable to me. I always felt like a fish in a fishbowl. I’ve always just been me.
VENTS: You achieved cult status with “Mallrats” — what is your favorite moment(s) from filming?
LONDON: My favorite moment filming Mallrats is just to difficult to say because we had so much fun. My favorite times were the early mornings after we’d wrap and the cast would convene for fun and debauchery.
VENTS: For the past years, you have maintained a low profile although our readers spotted you on “Celebrity Wife Swap” and “MacGyver” — any upcoming projects that they should be looking forward to?
LONDON: I’ve been focusing on building my acting school over the last four years. The London Arts Acting School has become my life and I’m now making movies specifically to give them real opportunities to reach their dreams. In fact, I’m currently in pre-production of a feature I’m writing and directing called The UnHoly Days. My students will get the first crack at auditioning for the roles in the film as well.
VENTS: To our delight, literally overnight, you have become a social media sensation with your #TweetReads — what was the inspiration behind the phenomena?
LONDON: My inspiration for the tweet reads was pretty funny. Someone was harassing a friend online and I tweeted to her something about kicking someone’s ass for her and another follower asked me to shoot a video of me saying it. I guess it had something to do with my voice more than anything.
VENTS: Were you surprised how wildly popular your #TweetReads have become?
LONDON: It definitely has been a nice surprise that my #TweetReads receive such a great response — they are a fun, light-hearted escape from Twitter Toxicity.
VENTS: How do you select the featured posts for #TweetReads?
LONDON: I select which tweets to read based on how well I can perform it and how funny it is more than anything. Not all of them translate to a read very well.
VENTS: To date, which is your favorite #TweetReads?
LONDON: My favorite tweet to read we from one of my favorite friends on there @MyNameIsNo about having a tattoo on her bottom lip, but the rest is pretty x-rated so I’ll spare your readers. LoL
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