MIDDLESBORO — A Middlesboro native will take a small step toward his dream. Justin Blondell will be appearing on the television show Snapped, which airs on the Oxygen network. The episode will air on June 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Blondell is an actor for the Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville, Tenn. The agency helped Blondell acquire the role on Snapped. Blondell stated that people from Jupiter Entertainment, who produce the show, contacted Talent Trek and stated that they wanted Blondell to play the part because he looked like the character.
“It’s not a huge role, but it’s a start,” said Blondell in a phone interview.
Blondell will be playing the role of Dustin Weed. Weed was the next door neighbor to an older woman who was going through a divorce. The woman did not want to pay child support and was locked in a custody battle with her husband.
In an attempt to gain custody of her children, she tried to seduce Weed in order to get him to sign a paper stating that her husband was an unfit parent. Weed was actually a friend of her husband and refused to sign the paper.
Because Weed refused and now knew what her intentions were, the woman shot him 9 to 11 times, which resulted in Weed dying.
After getting away with the murder for four years, new evidence was brought up in the case. When caught, the woman told the police an elaborate story in which Weed and another individual broke into her house while she was putting her children to bed.
Blondell is the son of LeAnn ( Mike) Thacker Stept and Adam (Samantha) Blondell. He is the grandson of Larry and Mary Charles Thacker, Judy Blondell and the late Wes Blondell.
The aspiring actor, who has performed in plays since he was a child, is currently performing at The Tomb in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He has also been a performer with Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge.
This will be the first time Blondell has ever appeared in a television show. “I’m pretty excited about it,” he said. “Hopefully this is a beginning to bigger and better things. I would like to make Middlesboro proud of me for hopefully becoming something bigger.”