Jeremy London is in the news this week, coming forward about his struggle with prescription drugs. It makes me sad, because I have fond memories of meeting him back in 1997.
Jeremy played Griffin on Party of Five from 1995 until 2000. Because the show was set in San Francisco, and I knew the location scout, I got to be an extra when they were filming exteriors (the interiors were shot in Los Angeles). First I went with a friend and simply watched when they filmed in front of The Legion of Honor. During a break in filming we approached Jeremy for a photo. He was very friendly. I told him I was born in Oklahoma but grew up in San Diego, and he said he was born in San Diego and grew up in Oklahoma. It was a small thing but it made us both smile.
My friend and I joined the filming again the following evening at Alamo Square, which is a famous San Francisco landmark. First we were in a long shot behind Matthew Fox (now on Lost). Then we were in the background of a scene with Jeremy and Neve Campbell. After filming, Jeremy was happy to autograph the photo I’d taken the day before.
I enjoyed the experience of being an extra for one night, but it was a lot of standing around waiting, and I don’t have the patience to do it regularly. Those night shoots go on and on, and it gets pretty chilly in San Francisco. Besides, if you show too much interest in the actors, you don’t get much respect from the film crew. Let’s face it, I was there for all the wrong reasons!
Anyway, things seem to be going better for Jeremy London after a visit to rehab last year, and he’s working steadily. His twin brother Jason is also an actor, best known for playing Pink in Dazed and Confused (love that movie!). Oddly enough, he’s the twin I’ve been worried about. In Jason’s recent TV appearances (NCIS, A Golden Christmas) he has looked heavily made-up and not very healthy. You can guess which twin I thought had the drug problem. I hope they’re both going to be okay.