Jeremy Ray Taylor is taking the movie industry by storm! Jeremy is best known for his lead role of “Ben” in the hit film IT. Taylor and his castmates recently won the MTV Movie + TV Award for Best On-Screen Team and he was nominated alongside his co-star Sophia Lillis for a Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Ship. This year, Taylor stared in Sony’s Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and he is currently filming the sequel to IT. With Halloween around the corner, YEM spoke with Jeremy about being a part of the year’s most popular scary movies.
Young Entertainment Mag: You’ve been in two hit horror movies: It and Goosebumps 2. Do you have a favorite horror (or halloween) movie of all time?
Jeremy Ray Taylor: Oh man… to be honest, I am not a huge horror fan! I get scared way too easily. However, I am starting to branch out a bit and may have a favorite pick after Halloween this year!
YEM: Did you read It or Goosebumps after being cast?
Jeremy: I was only 12 when I got the part of Ben Hanscom, so I did NOT read the book! I watched some clips of the mini series and then worked with the director to develop my character. Goosebumps books have been around our house since I was little!
YEM: How was making It different from making Goosebumps 2?
Jeremy: It was very different atmospheres on set! There were 7 kids on the IT set at all times, so that brings an atmosphere of its own! haha The director for Goosebumps is crazy funny and a super smart guy! He brought some incredible energy to the set and there were always laughs!
YEM: What is it like to be a part of two successful movie franchises?
Jeremy: There are times when I still cannot even believe this is all happening. It is an honor to be part of both of these iconic classics.
YEM: Your character is going to be all grown up in IT 2! What do you think Ben will be like as an adult?
Jeremy: I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you…. But really, Ben grows up to be pretty awesome! He’s still gonna be that guy who has your back and takes care of his friends.
YEM: You’ve worked with a lot of great actors. If you could work with any actor, who would it be and why?
Jeremy: I have definitely checked off my bucket list working with some amazing actors, including Jack Black in Goosebumps! I think working with Kevin James would be SO cool! Also, Hugh Jackman because he’s a legend!