EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Quinten James Previews Lifetime’s Killing for Extra Credit!


Matreya Scarrwener, Jake T. Austin, and Quinten James star in the movie Killing for Extra Credit premiering on Lifetime Channel on Sunday March 17th, 2024 at 8/7c. We at Survived The Shows had the incredible chance to talk with star Quinten James, who teased the movie and his experience in Killing for Extra Credit. Check out the full interview below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Quinten James Previews Lifetime’s Killing for Extra Credit!

Can you tell us a bit about your character in Killing for Extra Credit?

On paper Josh is the school’s popular star quarterback, but he’s really just a good hearted kid and is a little uncomfortable with all the attention and the image that comes with being the “cool jock”.

What initially attracted you to your role in Killing for Extra Credit?

I think just immediately from the audition I was intrigued by the story. growing up I’ve always been obsessed with the Thriller genre (even back when I wasn’t allowed to watch them). Once I got sent the full script and saw where Josh’s journey went, I couldn’t wait to start shooting.

What do you think makes this movie so special and captivating?

Definitely a combination of things! The idea of people’s personal business being leaked onto social media is a nightmare we can all imagine, and when you mix that with all the twists and turns of who could be responsible and add in some action, it’s gonna be a recipe for some good entertainment!

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Killing for Extra Credit?

A reminder that we all need to be careful of the things we keep on our phones. Stuff that we consider “private” can end up anywhere if the wrong people get a hold of it. But more importantly to remember that the noise of what other people think or say isn’t as important as we think it is!

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set?

I honestly had the most fun working with this cast and crew. We shot this project in Kelowna in the summer (highly recommend) and had a blast on set. The cast was really good about getting out together on the off days as well. Lucky to have made some great friends!

What can you tease about your character Journey?

Josh’s journey in the movie starts with some serious allegations against him, and he really has to stand up for himself. While trying to find redemption he winds up in a wild series of events, and for the rest… you’ll have to watch to find out!

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming Killing for Extra Credit?

Not to spoil anything… but there may or may not be a fight scene… and that may or may not have been my favorite one to shoot.

Can you tell us about any challenges you faced while filming Killing for Extra Credit and how you overcame them?

 At that time I was preparing for a role in the Murdaugh Murders movie, so I think the challenge was organizing my time between the schedules and definitely remembering to keep the southern accent from leaking into my work on Killing For Extra Credit.

Talking about your experience in Murdaugh Murders: The Moviewhat can you share about this experience?

This was a really special project for me! It was my first time playing a character that is a real person, so it was fun to study any footage I could find to get my voice and accent as real-life as possible. The whole cast was great to work with, but a highlight was acting across from Bill Pullman, he was definitely an inspiration for me moving forward on being a team player on set, as well as taking my craft to the next level.

You guest-starred in an episode of Wild Cards and Fire Country, what did you remember about that time on set?

Those were two very fun, very different roles! Played a young firefighter on one, and an outlaw surfer punk on the other, but what they had in common was great leads and co stars who made me feel super welcome on set. I’ve been lucky to experience a lot of that in Vancouver and it doesn’t go unappreciated!

At Survived the Shows, we are big fans of Christmas comedies. What is your all-time favorite?

Have to go with Chevy Chase’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”! It’s been a classic in my family growing up, and I’m gonna give an honorable mention to Adam Sandler’s “Eight Crazy Nights”.

Change of subject, What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?

I’ve been lucky to have lots of great experiences and memorable projects, but one unique memory for sure was being flown down to Argentina to shoot an M&M’s commercial.

Can you tease something about your next projects?

I’ve got a really fun role in an exciting murder mystery movie that’s in post-production and coming soon! As well as a project I’m writing/directing, starting production soon!

Killing for Extra Credit” starring Quinten James will premiere on Sunday, March 17th on Lifetime Channel.

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