These days so is Scott, thanks to his love-to-hate-him role as Pie's smarmy Stifler. Off-screen, though, that mile-wide smirk—also on display in the new movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back—is an innocent grin. "He's so damn polite, he's scary," says Rogers.
Another departure from Stifler: "In high school I went on about three dates," says Scott, who grew up with six older half siblings in Cottage Grove, Minn. (His parents, Bill, 59, a retired factory worker, and Pat, 54, a home-maker, recently divorced.) "I was pretty shy." But the star football running back had nerve enough to head for Hollywood after graduation despite never having acted in as much as a school play. An avid film buff, "I wanted to make people feel the same way I feel when I see a good movie," he says.
Scott was working at a Home Depot and struggling for small TV roles when he was cast in '99's Pie. Now the actor is renovating a two-bedroom stucco home in the Hollywood Hills. As for a girlfriend, "I'm really picky," he says. But his Pie pals can vouch for his smooching skills.
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