Catfish Jean – Survivor’s Remorse
By: Lisa Steinberg
Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) Well, I am a partner in Mobile First Entertainment, a technology company that builds apps for film and television studios. My hands have been full running the company while simultaneously filming Season Four of “Survivor’s Remorse.” I also have a film titled Skin in the Game that will hopefully be released soon. The film follows a teenager dealing with the horrific underground world of human trafficking. With no initial assistance from the police, a pleading mother and an ex-prostitute takes to the streets in an effort to find her daughter before it is too late. I’m excited for audiences to see a different side of my acting as it’s quite a contrast from “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Q) What was it about “Survivor’s Remorse” that made you want to be a part of the series?
A) I worked with Mike O’Malley on “Shameless” and I loved his style of writing and when he told me that he was the showrunner for “Survivor’s Remorse,” I knew it would be great a show.
Q) How was Squeeze originally described to you?
A) He was described to me as a military dude that just left the army and he was best friends with Cam and Reggie when they were kids.
Q) What have you found challenging about portraying him?
A) There are no challenges playing Squeeze at all! We all “know” a Squeeze in every friend group. Squeeze reminds me a lot of Turtle from “Entourage.”
Q) Are there any similarities between you and your character?
A) Maybe! [laughs] I like to be honesty, maybe a bit blunt at the wrong times. I tell the truth even when people don’t want to hear it. Squeeze doesn’t care what others think about his off the wall comments, but one thing that cannot be disputed is his love for family. Squeeze and I are the same person when it comes to family.
Q) What can you tease is in store this season on “Survivor’s Remorse” and for Squeeze?
A) I shed a few pounds prior to filming Season Four and producers actually decided to integrate that into Squeeze’s character. Audiences will see how weight loss transforms Squeeze throughout the season and the habits he picks up. Season Four is filled with more drama, tons of laughs as this basketball family strives to find balance. It’s so good!
Q) With such a large cast, is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you would love to share a scene with?
A) I’ve worked with everyone in the main cast at different times. Even though I do not work with everyone, everyday, we’re always in the same vicinity on shooting day and we’re able to chop (talk) it up. It’s truly a family on set and everyone is very supportive.
Q) What have been some of your most memorable moments the series?
A) I don’t want to give it away, but something happens to me this season that almost made me gag! I will leave it at that for the fans to see.
Q) What have you personally taken away from your time working on the show?
A) Love the people you work with daily. It’s super cool to work with great people.
Q) You are a part of social media. Do you enjoy the instant fan feedback you receive to episodes?
A) I love the feedback and enjoy responding to fans. It makes me feel good that they are watching me do what I love most!
Q) What would you like to say to fans and supporters of you and the show?
A) I appreciate the fans and I hope they enjoy the work I put forth on the show. Without our fans, there would be no “Survivor’s Remorse.” Continue to watch the series—it will be continue to be a roller coaster of emotions.