We had the good fortune of connecting with Riley Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Riley, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My feelings toward risk have completely done a 180 over the course of the last two years. I used to really fear (I mean who doesn’t) making mistakes, particularly life mistakes that would have far-reaching consequences. But then I realized that when I act out of my gut instinct and personal truth, I never regret the choices I make. So for me, if something is a risk, but inside of me, I know it’s a risk aligning with who I am and what I want, I will do it no matter what. And then when it comes to bringing risk to your work as an actor, this way of thinking is (I believe) essential to truthful, spontaneous acting. Act from your truth, and don’t second guess it–life is much more interesting that way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an actor in LA! Surprise, surprise. No, but all jokes aside, I am working on taking more pride and ownership in the fact that I am out here working to achieve my dreams. We should be proud to be artists, not feel silly and childish to be in the business of stories and dreams.
As an actor, I am passionate about telling stories I wish I saw growing up. It’s a line I always come back to because it’s the most succinct way to explain my goal as an artist. As a kid, I learned my earliest, most potent expectations for life from movies, and most of these beliefs were not helpful. I want to be a part of accurate representation of girlhood in film. I believe that the portrayal of fully-developed, healthy, realistic girls on-screen leads to more compassionate and well generations and gender relations.
My mom was a soap opera actress for a big chunk of her life, so I am lucky to have had her support and guidance in my journey as an actor. Of course, it wasn’t a piece of cake convincing the rest of my family to support my career choice, but when I stopped looking for permission and instead started asking for simple acceptance, my outlook towards the whole situation took a turn for the better.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned thus far is that trust in myself and knowing I am enough (as cheesy as that sounds) is the best thing I can do for my art and life. Sweet, simple, and incredibly hard to remember some days.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would begin the day with a lovely hike at Temescal canyon. I love that spot in particular, though it’s not a hike for the faint of heart. Nothing like a healthy dose of nature and endorphins to start your day! Of course, afterward, we would be starved, so I would take us to get some sort of fruity breakfast. I like my breakfasts sweet, so maybe acai bowls. My favorite in LA is from Earth Bar.
After that (and if its a Sunday), we would go poke around at the Melrose Trading post if only cuz the vibes are good and it’s a pretty great place to people watch. I’m sure while we are there we would grab a snack and coffee along Melrose. For coffee, I would definitely want to stop by Coffee for Sasquatch. It’s cute and has a killer oat milk latte.
To get over the late afternoon blues, I would then drive us to Skylight books where we could relax and read until dinner time. Skylight is a great choice for finding reads you never would have otherwise considered.
For dinner, we would probably walk a street over to Home. Yes, it’s a pretty basic choice, but their food has never failed me and I am a sucker for the ambiance there.
Last but not least! After din, we would stroll around and in a pre-pandemic world, drive to see a movie at Hollywood Archlight. Finishing a day in LA with a movie there feels very cinematic and fun.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom! She has always supported me without question–emotionally, financially, artistically–and without her love and guidance, I wouldn’t be who I am, or have the trust in myself that I do. Thanks mom 🙂
Photographers for the film shots are @maddyrotman and @conoresherry on IG Stills from PROXIMITY, the upcoming music video of Keni’s, directed by Aerin Moreno, and the short film, The First Taste, directed by Chloe XTINA