Actress April Scott on life with a new babyWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Actress and model April Scott seemed a bit distracted as she began her interview with Toledo Free Press Star. But she has a lot on her mind these days: a role on a hit FX series that just finished filming, a modeling gig coming up, a play she’s written that will soon be released to the public. But the biggest preoccupation of all comes in the smallest package — the tiny person she cradled in her arms as she spoke.
Her baby daughter’s name is London. Like most doting parents, Scott’s love and adoration for the new person in her life shines through with every word she utters.
“It’s like a full-time job, especially in the beginning,” Scott said.
“She’s 2-and-a-half months old, but it’s been such a learning experience. I’ve never had any little brothers and sisters to take care of, so it’s all new to me. But she’s great. At first you get no sleep whatsoever, but she’s just adorable. Now she’s sleeping through the night.
“It definitely changes your priorities in life and everything, too. She’s like the most important thing, you know?”
Unlike most doting parents, however, Scott has years of experience as an on-camera personality and performer to her credit, as well.
And now, as she begins to take tentative steps back into show business, Scott said her primary focus is to find roles and jobs that won’t distract from her most crucial role back home.
“I knew I wanted to go back eventually, I didn’t know when I wanted to try,” Scott said. “Auditioning and things like that is like a full-time commitment, also. And I didn’t want that to take away from me spending time with her. But I thought, let me try a couple things.”
The search didn’t take long. She recently finished shooting a guest role for the ninth season of the hit comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
She also — a mere three months post-labor, mind you — is preparing for a modeling gig as part of an “alcohol campaign” in the coming weeks.
“I didn’t know how my body would recover after giving birth. I had no idea,” said Scott, who has modeled for more than 10 years. “It’s just naturally going back to normal, which is kind of lucky for me. And I’m trying to eat healthy and everything, too.”
Performing has been in Scott’s blood since her early days growing up in Campbell, Mo., population 1,992.
“I grew up on a 20-acre farm in the country, and we had no neighbors, nothing. It was just very rural. And we had two TV channels growing up, and that was it. And so for me, it was really exciting when we got to watch movies or anything that would come on the TV.
“So, from a very young age, it was, ‘Well, I’d like to be like those people.’ And that just planted the seed.”
After graduating college with a degree in theater, Scott took the plunge by moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting fulltime.
Considering her country upbringing and charm, it seems fitting her big break came filling the boots of Daisy Duke in the prequel “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.”
“That [role] had just thousands and thousands of people audition for it.
Probably 5,000 girls auditioned for that role. So the odds of getting it are just insane,” Scott recalled.
“But if you happen to be the right personality for the role, and they’re actually willing to cast an unknown, you can luck out and get something that fits your personality. It’s just a ‘meant to be’ kind of thing.”
She also had a regular role as one of the models in the early seasons of the NBC game show “Deal or No Deal,” and penned a book on her experience, “Behind the Briefcase.”
Writing has blossomed into another
of Scott’s passions, including a full stage
play she’s planning on posting online in
“I’m just going to release it as a complimentary download, if anyone wants to perform it. Because, you know, if you wrote a play, you’d really like to see it performed, basically, and learn what you can learn from watching it being performed.”
In the end, though, Scott’s main focus remains at home, with the joy and growth that little London brings to every day.
“I’m just trying to be happy,” Scott said. “Be happy and not be stressed out. … London is the most important thing in my life.
“So if I can spend a lot of time with her, but also do some of the things that I love — I love the writing and I love performing — but it’s just about finding the right kind of projects that’s going to allow me to not be so busy that I can’t spend time with her.
“Balancing career and family is so important to me.”