MTV News: Tell us about your character, Whitney.
Scott: Whitney is a girl from a background where she had a very overbearing mother [Senator Evette Chase, played by Sherri Shepherd] and lived all her life in her shadow. Now that she is on her own, she finds her own way. And with that freedom, she does some pretty crazy things, but all in the name of finding herself and finding her path. It’s a little messy, it’s a little wrong, but it’s her journey.
MTV News: How did you get into acting?
Scott: I always liked to entertain like my relatives. I’m a middle kid, so I was always like, “Watch me! I’m going to do a dance! I’m going to sing a song!” I would just impersonate Beyoncé, my relatives would all give me DVDs of her concerts, I would learn all the choreographies, and then at every family event I would say, “Everyone, sit down. I’m going to do ‘Crazy in Love’ on my own.” When I went to high school, I saw my first musical. And I was like, they just do what I do, but in a way that makes a little bit more sense. I studied music theater at university and then – by luck – got this job.
MTV News: What are the biggest red flags on dating apps for you?
Scott: Dating apps themselves are red flags, just the whole concept of seeing someone’s image and then swiping left or right. I went out to dinner with a friend of mine yesterday, and she told me about this new semester. You know the idea of FOMO: fear of missing out? In the dating world there is such a thing as FOBO: fear of better options. Basically, you meet someone, and they’re equally interested, and then it’s, what if this? What if that? Nobody wants to invest. For some people who want to use dating apps to have sex and live their lives, that’s great. More power for you.
MTV News: What’s your favorite hangover snack?
Scott: After I drink, I always think, Lord, please. I will never do that again. Let me get a green juice and a salad. I feel like I’m always trying to do damage control like the greens in it! Fix it!
MTV News: What are the qualities of a good roommate?
Scott: Someone who is communicative. Someone to tell you what it is. I don’t want to walk in if you’re doing it with your man. Put a sock on the door or something. You tell me how you like to live, I’ll tell you how I want to live. We’re going to respect each other’s space.