As you probably already knew, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) comes from a long line of talented McQueens: namely his iconic and uber-famous grandfather of the same name.
But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, we learned that sometimes, even if the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, it doesn’t mean a whole different type of tree can’t emerge. (Yeah. The Gilberts are a pretty good example.)
So how did the youngest McQueen come into acting? Well, it def wasn’t an easy road. Much like his somewhat troubled character Jeremy Gilbert on TVD, McQueen’s life hasn’t always been smooth sailing. His parents divorced when he was very young — and he became estranged from his father while moving from city to city with his mother and stepfather. As a result, McQueen was home-schooled. But in the end, all that idle time was sort of a blessing in disguise.
McQueen says it was his total “lack of direction” that led him to “watch movies all day long.” What movies, you ask? His grandfather’s, of course! McQueen fell in love with film — like his grandfather before him — and moved back to Los Angeles to start acting classes and pursue his newfound dream.
But even though McQueen very much admired the movies of the grandfather he never met, he decided to go a different direction at the end of the day — which, for him, meant taking roles that were “as dark as possible.”. “ ...You have to be true to what’s inside,” McQueen says.
After minor roles on the WB drama Everwood and the movie Piranha 3D, McQueen was up for roles in both Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries. So why did he choose TVD (don’t get us twisted — we are oh so grateful he did)? McQueen says he chose Jeremy because he “was as messed up as possible in the head.” Talk about dark!
As for living up to the McQueen name, we don’t think little Stevie feels much pressure. “Luckily, I’ve got a generation gap between me and him [McQueen’s grandfather],” McQueen says. “But more than anything it’s a little fuel in the fire.”