Timeless: Interview with Joseph Lee Anderson​ who played Wendell Scott

Timeless: Interview with Joseph Lee Anderson​ who played Wendell Scott

WSF: We’re interviewing Joseph Lee Anderson on behalf of the Wendell Scott Foundation. He recently portrayed the first African-American driver in NASCAR, Wendell Scott, in the second episode of the second season of Timeless, which aired this past Sunday, March 18, 2018. The series premiered on NBC October 3, 2016, and follows the adventures of history professor Lucy Preston (played by Abigail Spencer), scientist Rufus Carlin (played by Malcolm Barrett) and soldier Wyatt Logan (played by Matt Lanter) as they attempt to stop Garcia Flynn (played by Goran Višnjić) from changing the course of American history through time travel.

In 2015 you appeared the TV Series Chicago P.D., and more recently in the 2017 film Belong to Us, which is awaiting release, and you have made countless other appearances in commercials, television shows such as Hawaii Five-0, full-length feature films, and short films. You’re one of Hollywood’s promising new actors who gives clever, convincing performances coupled with a certain charm and handsomeness that wows your audience.

WSF: What would you say was unique about this role and the opportunity to play Wendell Scott in the NBC
series Timeless?

Joseph Lee: It’s a role that only comes around once: an opportunity to portray someone that was so important, but no one ever talks about him. I was very sad that I never heard of him beforehand even though I attended a private school that had lots of focus on black history.

WSF: In what ways did playing Wendell Scott, a historical figure, in a historical dramatization challenge you as an actor?

The accent was the hardest thing. I spent hours watching videos of him and wanted to mimic him, but I didn’t wanna seem like I was trying too hard on camera. So I had to find that balance!

WSF: Wendell Scott is a man who wrestled with adversity and defied the odds as the first African-American to compete in NASCAR motorsports. Wendell was fond of saying, “When it’s too tough for everyone else, it’s just right for me.” If you wouldn’t mind addressing a personal question: Have you ever found yourself challenged by adversity in your life endeavors, and if so, how has it challenged you to grow as a person?

When I was in 7th grade I dealt with racism in Catoosa, Oklahoma from students and at the time, the basketball coaches. So I was definitely able to connect with him from that point of view.

WSF: Did you learn anything new, whether about yourself, history, or even the character you depicted?

Learning about Mr. Scott was new to me. All of the hardship that he and his family went through to achieve his dream really motivates me to keep pushing forward!

Thanks again for your time. We sincerely wish the best in your professional endeavors in film, television and all walks of life.

#Timeless #NBC #BlackHistory

Wendell​ ​Scott​ ​Commemoration​ ​Petition

For​ ​Immediate​ ​Release:​ ​December​ ​14,​ ​2017
The Wendell Scott Foundation
223 Riverview Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 533-0097

Wendell​ ​Scott​ ​Commemoration​ ​Petition

Join Us At City Hall

Danville,​ ​VA​ ​–​ ​ ​The Wendell Scott Foundation carries on the legacy of determination,
fearlessness and ingenuity that Wendell Scott left behind. It has been a long standing dream of
ours to have welcome signs that display “Home of Wendell O. Scott Sr., NASCAR Hall of
Fame” at the entrance/exit points of Danville, showing how proud the city is of their native son.

We will take our petition signatures before City Council on December 19th, 2017 at 7pm to urge
the City of Danville to erect our highway signs. The Wendell Scott Foundation needs your
assistance. Help support our cause by showing up in person during our City Council
presentation.

Petition Press Release

Wendell Scott Foundation Holiday Events

WSF Holiday Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017
The Wendell Scott Foundation
223 Riverview Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 533-0097

Wendell Scott Holiday Events

Danville, VA – This is the perfect time of year to foster empathy and purpose in our children and
our community. The Wendell Scott Foundation is proud to announce its Holiday Initiative
calendar events for the month of December.

December 19th, 2017 – Wendell Scott Foundation Annual Toy Drive

Toy boxes that were placed at local establishments, including Main Street Coffee Emporium,
Robert Woodall Hyundai, Abe Koplen Clothing Co and Glitz and Glam clothing store, will be
collected and distributed to the children of Cardinal Village with the help of Cardinal Village
Tenants Association President, Ms. Constance H. Covington. Event begins at 4 pm.

December 20th, 2017 – IKEA Presents: A Wendell Scott Foundation Holiday Miracle
at Cardinal Village

The Wendell Scott Foundation has partnered with IKEA and their sister company EBI to bring
Christmas to the residents of Cardinal Village. Furniture and housewares will be donated to
families in need, commencing with a short ceremony at the Cardinal Village Youth Center.
Ceremony event begins at 1:30 pm .

December 21st, 2017 – The Wendell Scott Foundation Presents: An Attitude of
Gratitude

The Wendell Scott Foundation spreads cheer and volunteerism by bringing local children to
spend the evening at Roman Eagle Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Children will
decorate cookies with the elderly and join the Fun Band in singing Christmas carols for
residents. Event begins at 4 pm .