J. K. SIM­MONS

Los Angeles Times - - PERSONALITY - Email your ques­tions for Wal­ter Scott to per­son­al­ity@pa­rade.com

The ver­sa­tile ac­tor, 60, who ear­lier this year re­ceived a Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Os­car for Whiplash, has played a shrink on Law &

Or­der, a neo-Nazi on the HBO se­ries Oz and is the face of Farm­ers In­sur­ance on TV com­mer­cials. Now he’s a cop in Ter­mi­na­tor

Genisys, open­ing July 1.

What was it like to work with Arnold

Sch­warzeneg­ger in Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys? “What struck me when he walked into the room for the first time is he’s just im­pres­sive—I mean, he was Mr. Uni­verse [five times]! But ac­tu­ally, he’s a very ap­proach­able guy.” When fans come up to you, what do they

want to talk about? “It’s a re­ally long list now. Lately, it’s been more about Whip

lash, but there was a guy that came up to me in a fast food place and all he wanted to talk about was The Closer [2005]. A cou­ple of months ago, some­body came up to me and he had seen me in an of­fBroad­way mu­si­cal, Das Bar­becu, in 1994.” You played a mu­sic teacher in Whiplash. What role does mu­sic play in your life? “I’m not a mu­si­cian, but I stud­ied mu­sic in col­lege. Then I quickly segued into mu­si­cal theater, and then theater and then what I do now. My fa­ther was a mu­si­cian, my brother was a mu­si­cian and the genes have def­i­nitely passed down: Our kids— Joe and Olivia—are 16 and 13 and both bud­ding mu­si­cians.” Now that you’ve won an Os­car, what’s dif­fer­ent in your ca­reer? “I’m try­ing to take ad­van­tage of a lot of great of­fers, but not work a bil­lion hours a day, 52 weeks a year, and keep in mind that re­ally the pri­or­ity is real life.”

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