Kelly Blatz Biography
Kelly Blatz (Kelly Steven Blatz) is an American actor and musician known for playing the lead role in Aaron Stone. He also uses the name Scott Kid in his musical career.
Blatz made his first move in acting in Simon Says (2006), then appeared in The 7, (2006), then in the 2008 remake of Prom Night with Brittany Snow and Idris Elba. That same year, he went on to play the psychopathic son of a preacher in Phedon Papamichael’s intense thriller From Within with Thomas Dekker and Jared Harris, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2009, Blatz played the lead in the independent feature film April Showers, based on the Columbine shootings. He has since become known for his role as Aaron Stone in the Disney XD television show. In 2010, TBS cast him as the lead in their first hour-long comedy, Glory Daze and in 2012 he starred in the film Lost Angeles, where he played a homeless convict who gets caught up in the world of paparazzi.
In 2014, he was cast as the lead role in Marcus Nispel’s Exeter Following that, he starred in Charles Olivier Michaud’s drama 4 Minute Mile alongside Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger, and Analeigh Tipton. He portrayed Drew Jacobs, a talented high school runner who is mentored by his neighbor (Jenkins) to escape a life of drugs alongside his brother (Cam Gigandet). The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2014.
In 2015 he directed a series of short documentaries on numerous artists in Los Angeles.
The same year he co-directed and starred in a narrative short film titled “The Stairs” co-starring Anthony Heald. The film was nominated for the Jury Prize for best short film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and won the Jim Teece Audience Award for best short film at the 2016 Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 River’s Edge International Film Festival.
He was also cast as the role of Brandon in the second season of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead in 2016 and also played John Wilkes Booth in NBC’s new series Timeless.
Kelly Blatz Age
Blatz was born on June 16, 1987, in Burbank, California, U.S.
Kelly Blatz Girlfriend
Blatz has been in relationships with Blake Lively from 2004 to 2007 and Tania Gunadi. He has currently been spotted with Nicky Whelan.
Kelly Blatz and Nicky Whelan Photos
Kelly Blatz Gay
Blatz is not gay.
Kelly Blatz Height
Blatz stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches tall.
Kelly Blatz Musical Career
Blatz was the lead singer in the band Capra for seven years, releasing three albums and playing in Los Angeles venues. After signing to Hollywood Records, they made a record with producer Matt Wallace though before the record came out, he left the band due to artistic differences.
In 2011, he took a year off of acting to record two solo albums, Black Box and White Noise, under the name Scott Kid. They were released six months apart for free download on his website. In January 2013, he released his third album under Scott Kid, titled Holy Ghost. In September 2013, he released his fourth album under Scott Kid, Solitary Man.
Kelly Blatz Movies & TV Shows
Kelly Blatz Movies
- 2014 4 Minute Mile playing a role as Drew Jacobs
- 2013 Reaver playing a role as Chris
- 2012 Lost Angeles playing a role as Jared
- 2009 Sky runners playing a role as Nick Burns
- 2008 Whore playing a role as Rapper #2
- 2006 The Oakley Seven playing a role as Zeke Guthrie
Kelly Blatz TV Shows
2018 The Good Doctor playing a role as Aidan Coulter
2016Timeless playing a role as John Wilkes Booth
2015 NCIS Petty Officer playing a role as Kyle Friedgen
2014 Chicago P.D. Officer playing a role as Elam Smith
2013 Chicago Fire Officer playing a role as Elam Smith
2010–2011 Glory Daze playing a role as Joel Harrington
2009 Sonny with a Chance playing a role as James Conroy
2007 Zoey 101 playing a role as Gene
Kelly Blatz Songs
- Lifetime for Love 2012
- Girl Needs 2011
- Do You Think It Hurts? 2012
- This I Have Never Known 2011
- Ready for Love 2012
- Some Love 2012
- You Got It Girl 2011
- The Healing 2011
- Waiting for God 2011
- The Hurt 2011
- Home 2012
- These Nights Alone 2012
- My Way 2012
- It Gets Hard 2011
- The Truth 2011
- O.D. 2012
Kelly Blatz Interview
ShockYa (SY): You play Drew Jacobs in the new drama, ‘4 Minute Mile.’ What was it about the character and the story that convinced you to take on the role?
Kelly Blatz (KB): Sometimes I read something, and there’s something that’s underlying that I connect to, and have been through in my own life. For me, a kid like Drew who’s trying to overcome his demons, realize his full potential in whatever talent he, ha and to push through his pain, really connected with me on a deep level. A brother relationship also always connects with me.
So there was something about it that made me feel like I love him and want to protect him. I told the director that, and I think that’s a lot of the reason why he gave me the role-I had an understanding of what that pain is.
SY: Speaking of the director, what was your working relationship with Charles-Olivier Michaud, who helmed the sports drama, like as you were filming?
KB: It was actually the best working experience I ever had with a director. He was extremely collaborative and allowed the actors in on the process from the beginning. We would talk through everything and stay up into the nights, discussing the film. He shared so much and really respected our input. So it really was a collaborative effort with all the actors and Charles. I would love to make a film like that every single time I work if I could.
SY: You were cast as Drew a week before production began on the film. What was the casting process like overall, since you were hired so close to the start of production? How did you become involved in the film?
KB: I think they had an actor who dropped out at the last minute. So I came in with only a couple of weeks before going into the shoot. You never know with these things. As an actor, you go in and usually expect not to get the role. Then you go in, and they think, that’s the guy.
I met with Charles, the director, and I said I had a deep emotional connection to the content of the script, and I guess it showed. Charles asked, “Have you run before?” I said, “Yes, I’ve played sports.” He then said, “Okay, you’re our guy, so start running. (laughs) We’re going to get you training.” We were going to start shooting two weeks after that, but I wasn’t in full running shape. I was a little more muscular, coming from other projects.
SY: What was the experience of filming your own running in the film, especially since you are an athlete in real life?
KB: I’ve done quite a few physical roles in my acting career. With my background in sports, which I’ve played my whole life, anything that requires a physical challenge, I have a knack for. I had run before, as I played football and other sports, but I had never done track and field, which is something I have always been curious about.
Once I started training, they had me working with this Olympic coach, I really fell in love with it. I really explored the sport and developed immense respect for it. But even then, it was an ungodly amount of running. I really had to learn how to take care of my body and diet. They had me working with a physical trainer every week, as well, to make sure I didn’t get injured.
SY: Drew is a high school student struggling to overcome his inner-city surroundings, especially after he’s manipulated into running drug payments to a local dealer by his older brother. The track is Drew’s only outlet to escape the life that his brother has fallen into. Do you feel Drew used a track to avoid living the same lifestyle as his brother?
KB: Absolutely. That’s another thing I connected to in the story. With this film, it was driven by track and running, but I saw it as a universal theme. Everybody has a talent, and a lot of them stay hidden and unrealized, because of their fear. Drew never had a father figure, because his father died when he was young, and his brother wasn’t much of a role model.
But Drew’s still very loyal to his family and didn’t want to leave. He felt like if he realized his potential as a runner, it would take him away from his family, and his mother and brother would be left alone. So when Richard Jenkins’ character, Coleman, comes, that’s why there’s such a resistance between them.
Not only is there a resistance to his own fears of what he’s capable of, but there’s also a fear of abandoning his family. It’s a universal theme, and that’s what I understood in my own life. I’ve been through very similar things. Hopefully, people will connect to that
SY: Coleman is an ex-track coach, witnesses Drew’s speed and athleticism, and decides to train him. The two not only work together on Drew’s training but also towards finding solace in each other, particularly since Drew’s father and Coleman’s son have both died. Did the two rely on each other to not only train Drew, but also fill the emotional void of losing their family members?
KB: Absolutely, and that was the most important part for me. Like I said, running is the secondary theme in the film to me. Drew’s missing a father figure and mentor, as well as someone who’s hard on him and tells him, “You have greatness, and you need to push through that and work hard.”
For Coleman, not only did he lose his son, maybe he didn’t push his son. So maybe he’s trying to tie up loose ends and fill the void in his life. Maybe he’s also someone who didn’t realize his own potential when he was a track star when he was younger. He sees this kid as a way to heal his own wounds.
They’re both emotionally dependant on each other. That’s why they formed such a connection that’s not overly showed or stated, and is more of an underlying bond.
SY: What was your working relationship with Richard like on the set? How did you bond with each other as you were working together?
KB: For me, I was obviously very intimidated going in, because I really respect him as an actor. Going into a project is always a bit fearful and intimidating, especially when you work with someone who’s that great of an actor. But I did realize that he could become pretty much the same way that he is a mentor and coach in the film to Drew. Richard became a mentor and coach to me in acting. Once I met him and we did that first scene, it laid all those anxieties to rest, as he was very open.
Kelly Blatz Twitter
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— Kelly Blatz (@itskellyblatz) May 24, 2015