Wilmington actor has role in new NBC mini-series “The Thing About Pam”
Drew Scheid is ‘Travis Hupp’ the son of the title character, played by Renee Zellweger
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Fans of Wilmington actor Drew Scheid can see him in his latest role of Travis Hupp, the son of the title character in the new NBC mini-series The Thing About Pam. Two-time Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger plays Pam Hupp, the central character in the true-crime story about the murder of Betsy Faria in December 2011 in the small town of Troy, Missouri.
“The Thing About Pam is a wild story that I think people are gonna be pretty excited to see,” Scheid said during an interview from New York City. “It’s a very exciting story where it just keeps you asking ‘ Why did this happen? How do these people not see what’s going on?’ There’s just so much lying and deceit happening. I play Travis, who is Pam’s son from from her second marriage.”
The story follows the Faria’s brutal stabbing death and Pam Hupp’s successful scheme to frame Faria’s husband Russ for the crime. Russ Faria’s conviction was later thrown out, and Pam Hupp is now charged with the murder. Dateline NBC has done several stories on the case, which also became the focus of a popular podcast also done by Dateline NBC. Scheid’s character has not faced any charges, and according to Scheid has not had much written about him. It’s Scheid’s first time playing a real person, as opposed to the fictional characters in his recent roles in Drought, Mare of Easttown and NCIS: New Orleans.
“All actors want to make whatever character they have the most real they can be and bring them to life,” Scheid said. “Even if it’s fictional, or it’s based on something, they try to make it real. You try to play it with humanity and try to be as full as I can and just tell the story as properly as I can, so that hopefully the family will feel like there’s some justice being told in the story.”
The Thing About Pam debuts at 10:00pm eastern on Tuesday, March 8, and is set to continue for six episodes. It will appear the next day on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
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