Dec 19 2012 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
An Airdrie actor starring in film, television and theatre will see his work rub shoulders with some of the industry’s finest at next year’s Glasgow and New York film festivals.
Scott Stewart (20) has had three of his films selected for February’s Glasgow Film Festival, with one later travelling Stateside for the highly prestigious New York International Film Festival in late 2013.
Burnfoot man Scott is already building a very impressive CV but travelling to the film festivals acts as a strong highlight of his blossoming acting career.
Scott described the three films selected and the different genres featured.
He said: “Citizen M is based in Glasgow and my character, Mog, is one of two youths who rely heavily on their local community centre.
“They get wind the venue is shutting down so make it their mission to stop the guy closing it, so it’s quite dark but there are comedic moments too.
“In Babe, I play an 18-year-old called Has and it tells the story of him and his 12-year-old sister when their dad goes away on vacation.
“I’m like the typical big brother and tell the sister to do what she likes but she ends up being raped by my friend.
“Then I have to decide whether to stand up to him and it’s a very emotional story.
“I play a gay character who acts straight in On The Other Side and this was a challenge as I had to slightly alter my acting style.
“I normally do emotional recall, where I put situations in my head similar to the character, but with this role I had no emotional recall so I just came across as natural and didn’t over-exaggerate it.”
Babe is the movie chosen to play in New York and Scott is thrilled at the prospect of a trip to the Big Apple.
He said: “It will be my first time over there and the only thing I have to pay for is flights so it’ll be a great experience.”
Former Airdrie Academy pupil Scott began his path to the big screen at school.
He said: “I was selecting subjects at the end of second year and chose drama thinking it’d be a laugh and a skive.
“I discovered I was actually alright and my teacher said I should study at college because I was good.
“I left school in fifth year and a friend mentioned an open day at Coatbridge College so I went down and signed up for the Performing Arts course, where I gained NQ and HND qualifications.”
Scott then went to Napier University in Edinburgh but left early as the acting offers poured in.
He said: “I landed the lead role in show Smiler with the National Theatre of Scotland which toured the UK.
“I also played the main bad guy in several episodes of MI High that will air on CBBC in January.
“I’ve recently finished a tour with the Baldy Bane theatre company doing a play called Kamikaze, which got a five star review, and I’m working on a sitcom called The Glasgow Story where each episode will premier at the GFT in Glasgow.”
Scott’s success shows no signs of letting up, but the modest man isn’t letting things go to his head.
He said: “I’m very busy with roles until next summer and have been in contact with a casting agent for Ken Loach movies and River City so there could be more to come.
“I am currently putting together a show reel of all my recent TV work and music videos I’ve been in which people will be able to access on YouTube, and have also began to gather a fan base on Facebook and Twitter.
“I still get butterflies when I think about my work being shown but it has been a great experience so far.
“I don’t want to be a star for the sake of it; I want people to say ‘we saw you in that film and you were great in it’ and build up a body of work to be proud of.”
Check out Scott on Twitter @MadeInAirdrie