Scout Taylor-Compton had a bit of an unconventional childhood. She probably didn’t host that many playdates as a kid — on account of all the dead bodies in her basement being worked on by her mortician father. But, don’t worry, it isn’t a source of pain for the 26-year-old actress. If anything, it actually helped her career along: Scout’s had no qualms about being labeled a scream queen, appearing in the rebooted Halloween franchise and a number of other horror movies.
Now, though, the California native is headed for sunnier shores. You can see her on ABC’s hit musical series Nashville, playing a new character named Erin. And, believe it or not, she seems right at home among the living.
I read that you love horror movies.
I’ve been in a few of them. When I first booked Halloween I did not realize that my life was going to change. It’s funny, my dad is a mortician and I grew up in a mortuary and I grew up watching horror movies, so it was an easy thing for me to mix into and work with Rob Zombie and fall into that family. It was such an overwhelming experience for me, but it changed my career completely. But yeah, I do love horror movies. I’m a big fan of Chuckie.
You grew up in a mortuary? What a childhood! With that kind of background, is there anything that scares you?
No. Nothing really freaks me out because I was raised in [that environment]. My parents would find me in the coffin room and that’s where I would play with my dolls. I never understood why kids didn’t want to come over until I got older. It was like, “Oh, this is why I was getting teased in school.” Actually, the only thing I can’t handle is going to funerals. I’ve witnessed so many — living in a mortuary, they have so many wakes there and stuff and I can’t handle that kind of thing. Seeing all the emotion, that’s what I can’t handle. Everything else to do with dead bodies, I have under control. It’s pretty crazy when I think about it. I’m not a normal, typical girl.