Out of the blue
Actress Ashley Scott may live in Los Angeles
but has lost none of her southern charm and values by Jack
photographed by Andrew Matusik
make-up by Troy Jensen
styled by KoolKeita
from issue 16 of Lucire
SOME YEARS AGO, Ashley McCall Scott
was cast in the role of the Huntress, the result of a liaison between
Batman and Catwoman in the short-lived series Birds of Preyprobably
the first time New Zealanders had seen her on the screen. These
days Scott can be seen in Jericho, on TV3.
She has that sort of beauty that makes you look twice, and a sense
that we are merely in the prelude of her career before her name
really hits the headlines.
Scott had a minor role in Artificial Intelligence:
AI in 2001, playing Gigolo Jane, and a larger role in Dark
Angel with Jessica Alba. In 2005, she featured in Into the
Blue, also with Alba, as the movies supporting actress.
Most recently, she featured in the comedy Strange Wilderness,
which features Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine, Harry Hamlin and Robert
Scott was born in Metairie, La., but hastened
to add that she was brought up in Charleston, South Carolina,
a city of which she is clearly proud.
It is a charming little city, she
told Lucire. I urge all who I meet to take a sweetheart
there. Its a great place for smooching. Cobblestone streets,
old homes and good ol fatty foods. She still rates the
city as her favourite place in the world.
Charleston is so spectacular!
Despite having Charleston as the backdrop to
her childhood, it had some frustrations for Scott. I am dyslexic,
she wrote in one follow-up email to Lucire. Thanks
for reminding meto never type an interview again! This is
brutal! To Scotts credit she did not have a single typo,
which is more than can be said for many who do not suffer from the
I was very frustrated in school, she recalled. I
couldnt stand to go. I didnt understand why I was so
much slower than everyone else: it is horrible as a child.
She continues to challenge her dyslexia and is grateful that modern
teachers and parents can spot the signs earlier. Once its
detected, you can find little tricks within yourself to work around
This may explain why Scott says she would like
to be a middle-school teacher if she were not an actress. Those
kids are going through such a hard time at that age. I think I would
really enjoy that.
Essentially, Scott is a down-home girl with traditional family values.
She did venture out to modelling in her teens, enjoying the travel:
Travelling didnt really take its toll like it does nowadays.
Drink water: lots of water, she joked.
The experiences have led Scott to be a positive person, ready to
break out with the jokes. Life makes me want to get out of
bed in the morning. I honestly love life. I love that we can feel
all that we can: the good, the bad, the sad. I love that every day
we wake up we have the choice [of] how we are going to live that
day. Sometimes you want to walk around pissed off. Go for it: its
So does that make Scott a glass-half-full kind of girl? Yes, she
told us, unless its beer. Then it is definitely empty!
The beer-drinking might be slightly at odds with Scotts newfound
interest in yoga (I just went to my first yoga classit
was awesome. I walked out feeling so good) and her phoenix
tattoo on her lower back with the Chinese ideographs for strength,
destiny, love and courage.
Without commenting in depth, Scott said she went through a life-changing
experience a while back, and the phoenix rising out
of the ashes is an important symbol.
We didnt pry, but we did wonder if she
could comment on her marriage to producer Anthony Rhulen (The
Rum Diary, with Johnny Depp, was released in 2006; younger audiences
may recall Raise Your Voice, starring Hilary Duff). Of
course we can talk about him: thats my favourite thing to
Scott is clearly in love, jokingly saying, I
am in love with a dashing man. I am married as well. I am kidding.
He really is my sunshine. The couple married in the
Napa Valley, Calif. two and a half years ago. Scott described herself
as a rocking romancer, disliking house music.
Their Los Angeles home is not quite of the white picket-fence variety
found in the Carolinas, nor are the animals there. I have
two dogs: Pork Chop the pug and Ozzy the chihuahua. We have two
tortoises, a chameleon named Morty and a bearded dragon named Spike.
Our house is like a zoo.
The future is bright for Scott. Still looking like shes in
her early 20s, she can tackle a variety of roles with the discipline
of someone who has had some solid acting experience on the small
and silver screens. There are so many roles I am dying to
get, she said. I am just in the beginning.
She doesnt seek the fame associated with some
of Hollywoods tabloid fodder. I am enticed by the big
league of acting. I am petrified of fame. I love
my job. I love that I have the opportunity to create on a daily
I have met so many different types of women in my life. I
am thrilled to hopefully be able to continue honouring the different
characters that real life has shared with me.
But the fame thing, someone hanging outside of your house
with a camera or following you to dinnerthat I have no interest
in. It is a thin line, staying under the radar. I think ducking
and weaving helps.
To balance her career, she would like to be a Mom at some stage.
Those family values are clearly still there: I want to live.
I want to have a lot of babies one day. I want to be a good wife.
I want to always be there for my family. I want lots of laugh lines.
I guess what I am most passionate in life about is family.
I really want to be a wrinkly old lady playing with her great-grandkids
in a big back yard in the south. I definitely want my wrinkly old
husband cooking on the barbecue.
And if we werent thinking that Rhulen was blessed with a wife
who seems to be the best the south can offer, Scott added that she
loves to cook. I find it extremely calming. I love food.
How do I like to unwind? Did I mention I love beer? Kidding.
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