This August marks the 25th anniversary of the music video for "Jeremy," which dominated MTV and rocketed Pearl Jam into superstardom. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Trevor Wilson—better known as the video's title character. To mark the occasion, Billboard spoke to the creative team behind the "Jeremy" video, as well as Wilson's family and friends, to paint a picture of the fascinating man behind the fictional Jeremy.
"He didn’t play it like, 'Oh, I’m all angsty,'" director Mark Pellington recalls of the then-12-year-old Wilson, whose character kills himself in front of his class. "He was kind of dazed and numb and f--ked up." Wilson beat out nearly 200 other kids for the role. "He was like an old pro," cinematographer Tom Richmond says. "It was almost weird."