Chatting with Mary + Jane's Scout Durwood

Scout Durwood was born on October 11, 1983 in Kansas, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Dream Job (2012), Burt Paxton: Private Detective (2014) and Mary + Jane (2016).

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Mary + Jane 

Hi, this is your first time being a regular in a series. What is the feeling like?
Ans: It’s fantastic! Getting to go to work is by far the most fun part about the job of an actor, and this show in particular was incredible to work on.
How did you enter into the industry? Any other dreams did you have?
Ans: I started out as a cabaret singer working mostly in queer nightlife in NYC. I eventually made my way out to LA, where I started focusing on stand up, and that eventually translated into scripted comedy, which is where I am now! Other dreams include adopting more dogs and possibly also a bunny. I also have my first studio album that I’m working on as a musician, and I have high hopes for that, too.
You are one of those actors that is also a producer. How do your roles differ and which one do you enjoy the most?
Ans: Acting is my first love, followed closely by singing. Coming in third, is writing, though I will say, one of my favorite things to do is disappear from the world completely and come back with a finished script. Producing can be frustrating because actually getting something made can take forever. Writing and performing are more instantly gratifying, but I love it all! Then again, I kind of have to.
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Scout Durwood (right) and Jessica Rothe (left)

Being in many movies already how would you compare the set, cast and environment in general with series?
Ans: Movies are like camp, series are like family. Most movies shoot for a shorter period of time, but on a series, you get to stay in one place and you establish routines.
Mary + Jane is about two best friends, how would you compare and contrast your relationship with Jessica to that of Jordan and Paige?
Ans: Jes and I get along incredibly well. We are SUPER different in real life, and I think that helps us enjoy working together a much as we do. We surprise each other all the time. On set, we’re like sisters. We make up songs and sing them to the crew. We tease each other constantly. I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about her.
We have seen plenty of craziness so far. Which one would you say has been your favourite and what are we in stock for?
Ans: Yes! Time traveling was one of the most fun things I have ever acted, and that happens in the episode “Jeneeuary.” We have some really fun montages coming up, one of which happened on a beach, and I get thrown up on. My favorite things to shoot are anything high energy and a little bit gross. The more ridiculous the better.
In the show, the two friends are trying to get into the Green 15. Is that even a real thing?
Ans: No, but there is a ton of community around the marijuana industry, so maybe it’s coming soon. The more legal it becomes, the more social stuff is popping up.
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Scout Durwood and Jessica Rothe

How different is the show compared to real life? As in how did the show be based on?
Ans: The show was created by Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont, and they drew inspiration both from their own lives and from people they know. They knew they wanted the core of the show to be about female friendship, and that they wanted it set in the world of weed. The writers on the show were incredibly talented, and they added so much to the show. One of our writers is big in nerd culture, like ComicCon and all of that, and that’s how we got the idea for MarijuanaCon, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.
Everyone has someone that is always there to support and be there in times of happiness and sadness. Who are yours?
Ans: Oh, man. I am really lucky in the friends and family department. My whole world is full of strong and supportive people, but I guess if I had to choose the one person I lean on the most, it would be my dog, Omelette. I’ve even tried to credit her as a co-writer on scripts before, but the unions won’t have it.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Ans: I’d like to keep doing what I’m doing and reach more and more people with my work! I spent a bunch of this year working on a music album, and we have a second one just starting to come together, so I’m curious to see how much music takes over. My dream world combines acting, writing and music, so I am constantly writing and pitching scripted musicals in various forms.
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What are your hobbies?
Ans: I bedazzle everything! I love it. It’s so calming to me. I also play in a basketball league with a bunch of other comedians, and I go to the beach as often as I can. I like to take myself on secret adventures. A couple of weeks ago, I took myself on a date to Las Vegas to see Britney Spears. I try to be as impulsive in life as I possibly can. And, honestly, I spend a lot of time in a dive bar by my house hanging out with friends. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than good company and cheap wine.
What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
Ans: Don’t look for the industry to be fair, because it won’t be. At the end of the day, all you can do is build up as much as you can and hope that eventually, you get to do it on a larger scale. Try not to focus on tearing other things down. Always do what makes yourself laugh, first, and don’t be afraid to make changes. Being able to take notes without getting defensive is huge.
I wish you the best of luck in the future. One last question, what are your favourite movies & series? And which movie/series do you have to be in?
Ans: Thank you for the interview! I love all the movies, to be honest. My favorites are 9 TO 5 and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and as far as TV goes, I lived and died by NURSE JACKIE when it was on. Edie Falco is a goddess, and speaks to one of my most deeply held beliefs which is that real comedy comes from real human experience.