02.21.03 (The Toronto Sun)
Toronto actor Scott Speedman
is not worried that he's still a small fish in the big Hollywood
Speedman, 27, knows how to swim. His Scottish parents were
both athletes, and it was assumed he would be, too.
"I trained to be a competitive swimmer. I came ninth in the
Olympic trials in 1992," says Speedman, who stars as
Kurt Russell's partner in the gritty police drama Dark Blue.
Speedman's parents moved to Toronto, and because he was a
gifted swimmer, he was enrolled in special schools for athletes
and artists. When he had to abandon the sport after an injury, he
was rejected by the jocks as a failure. Speedman then began
to hang out with the actors in his school, where he met Sarah
"I didn't act in their plays, but I hung out with them and
attended all their shows and even went to some auditions."
One was for a role in the TV series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
"I lied about everything. I told them I played basketball and
that I'd done some acting. It was only after I got the role that
the director discovered the truth. Lucky for me he just
More importantly, Speedman discovered he loved acting and
began pursuing it with a vengeance, landing small roles in other
films and TV shows shooting in Toronto. His first major film role
was in The Kitchen Party, in 1996.
'SEX LIFE IS PRETTY DULL'
The next year, Speedman nabbed the role of Ben Covington in
Felicity, the WB series that ran for four seasons.
"I've been offered several series since Felicity, but I've
turned them down because I want to do feature films and I'd really
like to go to New York and do some live theatre."
Dark Blue, based on a story by James Ellroy, is about a rookie cop
who discovers that his seasoned partner plays by unorthodox rules.
"I grew up watching Kurt Russell, so it was pretty cool
working with him, especially since he treated me more like an
equal than some new kid, and he became a friend."
In 1999, Speedman was a last minute replacement for Brad
Pitt on the karaoke movie Duets that filmed in Vancouver. Gwyneth
Paltrow's father, the late Bruce Paltrow, was directing. When
Paltrow and Pitt split up, Duets was in limbo until Speedman
came on board.
Rumours abounded that he and Paltrow had a fling during the
filming. "Not a word of truth to that rumour, though it
didn't hurt my reputation when it was out there for a while,"
says Speedman. He says he is not involved with anyone at
"My sex life is pretty dull. Not many dates. No marriage
proposals, but I still do get Felicity fan mail."
Last year, Speedman filmed My Life Without Me with his old
friend Sarah Polley and recently completed the horror film
Underworld with Kate Beckinsale in Budapest.
He still boasts his swimmer's body, but says "that's from
playing basketball. I finally learned how, and really took to the
sport. I'm in leagues in both LA and Toronto." But he doesn't
swim anymore. "The only time I like getting in water these
days is if it's in a hot tub."