Jeremy Marr Williams is a leading man who plays the role of Victor Clay in Redemption of the Commons. It’s a great movie about a young man who leaves his small time life in a South Carolina trailer park to “find” himself in L.A. Just like his character, Jeremy knows what it’s like to leave his hometown to seek his fortune in L.A. Fortunately for him, he met with better success than his character.
Jeremy, thank you for visiting with us today. I really enjoyed your performance in Redemption of the Commons. Tell us, when did you first discover a love for acting?
As a young boy I would always clown around with my football/baseball buddies telling stories about all sorts of crazy things happening. It kept things light but sometimes it got us in trouble when about ten to twenty people would gather around and things would get out of control. It was never a love or a thought about acting. It was just the guys getting together and having a good time. The first time I really pondered it as a career was on a flight to a wedding when I was 17. My dad, being a former business man and I were talking about occupations, future etc. when we somehow got on the topic of acting. He broke down the business steps needed to make it a reality, and I think from that point on a seed was planted.
What was your first acting role?
I moved to LA with nothing..no headshot, resume, agent, place to live, knew no-one… I had nothing and I loved it. I saw it as a long camping trip, a bi-product of conquest. I set goals to have a place to live in three days, head-shots in hand in ten days, and an agent/agent meetings within two weeks. I found a place on the corner of Crenshaw and Venice Blvd.(reference any rap songs from the 90’s), It wasn’t quite Malibu, but truth be told, I was comfortable considering the location. Ten days later I signed with three agencies. Three weeks after being in LA I booked a role on ESPN’s Monday Night Football with Hank Williams Jr singing “Are you Ready For Some Football”. My character was the NFL sheild. It (the shield) was painted to a T on my face. The camera was close up on the shield and then I opened my eyes to reveal that the shield was a person. It was great fun working with Hank. No one really wanted to talk to him. I guess I was ignorant to it all and just kicked it with him like we were sitting around a fire. Good guy!
How did you transition into film acting?
After being told too many times that I should get into acting, I finally decided that I’d give it a go. I went to a showcase with over 500 people and somehow won the top overall prize for a six week intensive scholarship to a film and TV school in Manhattan. I guess the journey had begun.
Wow! What an honor that must have been. And looks like you’re been busy ever since. So, what faith-based films have you been in?
I’ve been fortunate to have been lead in three faith based features thus far. The Glass Window aired on TV as an Easter Special for three years on various networks to 35% of the country(ABC/CBS/WB etc.) It really is a great movie. The cinematic value and storyline really project well and the crew was top notch. I hope that more people will become aware of this Dove Seal film as it truly is somewhat of an unknown film in the Christian community. However, when people see it for the first time they seem to always recommend it to others. It’s loaded with truth.
Most recently I worked on a film produced by Austin Ridge Bible Church out of Austin, Texas entitled Genesis. Again, an amazing crew and production. The beauty of making faith-based films is that you meet some of the salt of the earth. It’s a humbling honor to work with such God Driven people. I played the role of Jacob in the film, and I feel it was one of the better roles I’ve played. I’m not big on watching any dailies during production, so I haven’t seen the footage, however it felt good. Genesis is having its premiere at one of their two campuses in Austin this November and I’m looking forward to getting back together with some wonderful people who possess such great vision.
Tell us about your role in Redemption of the Commons.
Redemption of The Commons is the last of the faith-based films that I’ve worked on. Great story, Great Cast. Great crew. Great set. There was so much that went into making this project happen, and as an actor who really just comes in last minute, stays for four to six weeks and then is finished, you’re humbled by the months and years that various people have allocated out of there life to make a story a reality. It was certainly a joy and an experiecce I won’t soon forgot. And if I know KT like I think I know KT, it won’t be long until he’s on set again sometime soon, and I hope to collaborate with Windchime Pictures in some capacity in the months ahead.
My character is down and out, broke, a bit jaded, a bit lonely, downcast due to the lack of the successes he’d envisioned, and most importantly he’s searching to find his identity and place in this world. He attempts everything mortally possible to ‘make it’ in Los Angeles, but the fact of the matter is he’s not only broke, but he’s over 90k in debt, To Victor, he’s a failure. He went from wanting to keep up with the Joneses to hoping to keep gas in his van. He’s faced with returning to a land that he couldn’t wait to leave as a boy, and decides through a friend/father figure Pop that he should head back home to the trailer park in good ole’ South Carolina, Pops’ relationship gives Vic a new hope, a new vigor for life and instills within him the leadership skills that ultimately form his identity as a genuine man of God.
What would be your dream role?
I wouldn’t say I have a dream acting role. My focus truly is Matthew 6:33 with every moment, that I may somehow fulfill, each day. I’d rather live as a humanitarian, evangelist, one who lived truth and loved others and life than to chase a specific project/role etc. I see film in particular, and media in general, as a powerful tool which can lead people in the way of righteousness where they can fully garner and attain “True Life and Freedom”. There isn’t much on TV with genuine substance, thus blazing a trail to provide more products which have the consumers best interest, inspire & give hope is my passion. Whatever roles I might need to play within these principles are my ‘dream roles’.
What do you do when you’re not acting in films?
When not filming I stay very active. I enjoy heading out to the beach at sunrise with my Bible, a pen & paper and just ‘being’. Sometimes I’ll read two chapters, sometimes two verses. It’s not homework or a ‘have to’, its a ‘get-to’, and I’m truly there to be filled that I may become better than I was yesterday. Mornings are my fuel, I can’t be used if I don’t wake up daily and seek and be filled with that which is greater than myself. Nature is my sanctuary. The woods, swamps, lakes, mountains, and oceans provide sustenance for the belly as well as the soul. One of my favorite activities is going to nature in a place I’ve never explored, regardless of where I am on planet earth and getting a great run and full body workout in amongst the endless life and adventure that God Himself Created. I’m humbled as well as grateful for God’s mercies that I may run to Him daily. I like to get out with my dad and brother to the woods for some bow hunting or hit a trout stream in WV fishing. Coming from a large family there’s always a big time happening somewhere and with my all my nieces and nephews we’re sure to wear each other out one way or another. In the end, it’s all about how I can be used to bring Glory to God and the beautiful truth of His Son Jesus Christ.
Thank you again, Jeremy, and good luck on the upcoming release of Redemption of the Commons.
Congratulations to Jeremy Marr Williams on his “Best Actor” win at this weekend’s Churches Making Movies Film Festival for his role in Redemption of the Commons.