There’s no doubt that Jeremy Caner has had a rough go of it this season on Lifetime’s UnReal, what with the love of his life dumping him and then becoming his boss. However, actor Josh Kelly has made it so Jeremy came off as less a cartoon villain and more a guy on the brink of destruction. Recently we had a chance to talk with Kelly about his role on UnReal, working with actress Shiri Appleby, and what’s next for the hard-working former Army Ranger.
Were you told about where Jeremy’s arc was headed beforehand? And if so, how did you handle that knowledge that Jeremy was essentially a ticking time bomb when acting his scenes out in the very beginning of the season?
I knew the general direction as to where Jeremy was headed. It felt organic to the character given the situation, that he would eventually either implode or explode.
The scene with Rachel and Jeremy was very heavy. How did you approach shooting that scene?
I pretty much treated it as I would any other scene, believe it or not. I just needed to believe the motivation, and because of how terrible Rachel had been treating him, it was pretty easy to believe. It also really helped that Shiri and I know and trust each other so well. When doing a physical scene you need to trust the other person.
Why do you think that Chet’s island retreat lessons didn’t help Jeremy when it came to his problems with Rachel?
Because Jeremy is a “Rachel” addict, and he hadn’t hit rock bottom yet. You have to want to get better when you are an addict, no one else can make you.
Where do you see Jeremy’s story going now that he’s no longer on Everlasting? Will he take this chance to escape reality TV or do you think it will find a way to suck him back in?
I think he will do whatever it takes to get back in goods with the Everlasting crew… WHATEVER it takes.
Yael and Coleman are working on a story to take down Everlasting, how do you think Jeremy will react when he finds out that Yael taped him in the car?
Jeremy will be pissed, he doesn’t like getting taken advantage of. He’ll probably try to even the score.
What do you think of Jeremy’s character development over the past two seasons?
I am very happy that they gave him more depth and show that he actually has emotions. It could have easily been a very flat, vanilla character, but the writers and producers were really smart with their decision to push him.
Do you think Jeremy ever had a chance to escape the madness that came from working on Everlasting or was he always destined to end up on that self-destructing path?
He is stuck because he is in love with Rachel. As long as she is there, so is he.
What’s the best part of working on a show like Unreal?
I like working on a show that actually has some truth behind it and social relevance. That, and the actors, I love these guys.
Are you Team Adam, Team Coleman, or Team Quinn?
I guess picking sides, I’d have to say team Quinn, however; it would be fun if Jeremy and Adam teamed up in an ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ kinda scenario… I just wanna work with Freddie Stroma more often.
Do you have any new projects coming up that you could tell us about?
I’ve been writing a lot, a couple weeks ago I made my first invention in a long time, it was an interface between a “hoverboard” and a stand-up paddle board. Just for fun, but it was a hurdle in my creativity that I’m so glad I overcame. Now I’ve been making things left and right. We’ll see about some possible projects, but I’m mostly excited about creating my own things right now.
The season finale of UnReal airs tonight on Lifetime.