‘Where The Crawdads Sing’: Taylor John Smith On Getting Popsicles In An New Orleans Alley With Daisy Edgar Jones

At 27, Taylor John Smith is making a name for himself in Southern gothic mysteries. Maybe its his All-American look or subtle charm, but there’s a reason why Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon both wanted him in Sharp Objects and Where the Crawdads Sing, respectively.

In playing Tate Walker in the film adaptation of the latter’s novel, Taylor John Smith becomes the film and Daisy Edger-Jones’ anchor. Emotionally vulnerable and supportive, his turn as a boyfriend of an accused murderer and social outcast has drawn attention for him in Hollywood.

When I sat down virtually with Smith to chat about the film’s digital release, I found that his charisma and kindness was just as present “in-person” as it was on-screen. We talked about the magic of New Orleans, boating around a real life marsh, and the magic of shooting with Edgar-Jones.

Where the Crawdads Sing is now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.