Fans were thrilled when Last Man Standing was given a new lease on life thanks to Fox. Despite only being off the air for one television season, there were a couple of noticeable changes to the hit shows return.
One of those changes was Kristen and Ryan's son Boyd was aged to a teenager. The very talented Jet Jurgensmeyer made his debut on Last Man Standing Season 7 Episode 1.
However, the show is only the latest in a long list of accomplishments, from the young man. Along with a slew of acting credits, which includes playing Jack's grandson on Will & Grace, Jurgensmeyer is also making waves in the music business.
Yes, he is a singer and songwriter too! He continues to make new music and release new videos despite being on a fixture on Last Man Standing.
TV Fanatic had the opportunity to chat with the Nashville native. He opened up about his show biz journey so far and what is next as he continues to prove he is one of Hollywood young stars to watch.
Enjoy our discussion!
How did you get involved in acting?
I started acting when I was four years old. My parents had a restaurant in Nashville where I would always get on stage to tell jokes and sing. I really loved it.
A family friend suggested that I try acting. I got an agent in Nashville and was fortunate to start booking projects right away. It has always seemed natural to me to be performing one way or another.
What has it been like working on Last Man Standing? I can hardly describe how great it is! My parents and I are always talking about how much we laugh all week. From the time we do the read through until filming day is just so fun, the entire show process is the best and the most fun I've ever had.
Was it difficult coming into the show knowing you were a recast?
It really wasn't. I have to give so much thanks to the entire cast and crew. They made me feel welcome from day one. Amanda Fuller, who plays my mom Kristin on the show, reached out through social media to welcome me before I even stepped on set.
Molly McCook was also recast, so we both have been blessed to have had such a welcome by everyone. They just made both of us feel right at home. It really does feel like a family.
What is your favorite scene from Last Man Standing and why is it your favorite?
There is an episode that was filmed a week ago. Boyd wants to be more adventurous, but Kristin doesn't want to let go of her baby. Mike steps in, and the episode is hilarious.
One scene with Tim, Amanda, and I takes place in Mike's office. The three of us kept wanting to try to do more and more. It is the funniest scene I have ever been in and to do it with Tim and Amanda made it even more special.
They treat me with as much respect as they do anyone else on set. They ask my opinion, as well as input on various things for the show.
Who would do wish you had more scenes with on the show?
That is a tough one. I love working with everyone on set. They all have such great comedic skills. I learn something new every day.
I haven't had a scene with Krista Marie Yu who plays foreign exchange student Jen, yet. She is hilarious.
Also, getting to do a scene with Jay Leno would be unreal. I've gotten to know him as a buddy, which is cool. He comes to my school room where we talk about cars. He is just such a regular, cool guy.
It's great to be surrounded by people like Jay, Tim, and Nancy.
Can you give our readers some insight into what is next for Boyd?
I think the writers/producers want to keep developing the relationship between Boyd and Mike. Boyd is turning into a teenager, so I'm pretty sure that will play a part too.
You are also a singer and songwriter; can you talk about that journey?
I mentioned earlier that my parents had a restaurant in Nashville. There was always live music and a dinner show at the restaurant.
I would stand by the stage with my little guitar and continually ask the musicians to let me on stage to sing a song or tell a joke. I kept asking until someone would get me up there. I just loved it.
I have always been around the music and entertainment industry and thought it was cool. I love talking to people and making them smile.
Now, when I'm not working on Last Man Standing, I am getting into writing and playing gigs. It's still as fun to me today as it was when I was really little.
What was it like to release your first song/video?
It has been about a year since I released my first song and video. I was so excited.
My producer, Butch Baker, is such a positive guy. He always makes me feel comfortable in the studio, plus he doesn't treat me like a kid.
The Riker Brothers have directed all my videos, and we have a lot of fun making them. They are such cool guys.
It has also been great working with my parents. They are not only supportive, but they are also involved in everything I do.
My parents keep telling me if this is what I want to do, they will support me to the ends of the earth. But if I ever decide I don't want to do it anymore, they are fine with that too.
Real World is your latest track, and it is amazing. Sabrina Carpenter co-wrote the song. Do you do a lot of co-writes on your songs?
WOW! Thank you! That means a lot to me that you like it.
Sabrina wrote Real World with Josiah Rosen, Sandy Chila, and Abram Dean. I wasn't a writer on it. Sabrina's mom, Beth, said one day that there was a song she had in her catalog that she thought would be great for me. I loved the song, and I’m so thankful they all let me cut it.
I'm writing more these days. I just cut one of the songs I wrote that will be on my album. I'm really thrilled about that.
All of your songs are great, and I am sure you love them all equally. But is there one that holds a special meaning in your heart?
You're right. I love them all. They all are special in their own way.
I will say that ‘A Lot More Love' stands out to me because I have a lot of family and friends in the video. Also, with what all is going on in the world today, I really think we could all be more tolerant and could use more love. For me, I think it's what's on the inside that matters most.
Besides Last Man Standing, what other projects are you working on?
We wrap this season of Last Man Standing in mid-March. Hopefully, we will get to come back for another season this fall.
I also have a new Disney Jr. animated series coming out this summer. I can't say the name of it yet, but it's a lot of fun.
I am finishing up my album, which will be released this summer too. I have a few shows booked to play music that I am really excited about.
Other than that, I will be around Los Angeles, in Nashville or at our family farm in Missouri riding horses and working.
If there was one thing that you would want our readers and your fans to know about you, what would it be?
I guess it would be that just because you see someone on TV doesn't mean that they are any different than you. I have the same responsibilities and issues as any other teenager. I have school to do, work to do and rules my parents give me that I have to follow.
Thank you to Jet Jurgensmeyer for taking the time to talk to us. You can catch him as Boyd Baxter when you watch Last Man Standing online anytime!
Rachelle Lewis is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.