“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
by Cindy Martin
No truer words could have been spoken for Dobson’s own, Jeremiah Wood, recent star on CBS’s hit show “Survivor” and male fashion model for companies such as Abercrombie, Belk, Wrangler, Life Is Good, and Ralph Lauren. Jeremiah describes himself as, “just a good ‘ole well-mannered country boy who was raised in church with old-fashioned roots.” This handsome 6’1” North Carolinian has won the hearts of the locals as well as fans nationwide. “I want people to know I’m a blessed man and I thank my fans and family and friends so much for their world of support,” Jeremiah said as he expressed his gratitude to everyone.
Born to Bruce and Vickey Wood on June 15, 1979, 35-year-old Jeremiah grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and brother, Rancey. He’s also the very proud uncle of his nephew, Tate Wood. Jeremiah graduated from Surry Central High in 1997 and then attended Surry Community College. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all sports, especially softball. In fact, he commented that the three things he would need to be comfortable on the island when filming “Survivor” were the North Carolina flag, his softball jersey and a letter from his mom.
Jeremiah’s mom has always been his inspiration, encouraging him to believe in himself and reach for the stars. “She’s been my rock,” Jeremiah confided. “My mom is a very strong-willed woman with a tender heart. I can only hope to follow in her footsteps.” When Jeremiah was called upon to face the challenges presented on “Survivor,” it was those innate values and skills instilled in him by his loving family which helped him persevere for 28 days. In the end, he was forced to leave because, as one reporter put it, “He was just too nice.”
“Survivor” is a reality game show on CBS where contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing members to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title. “What you see on television is all real,” Jeremiah stated. “It’s been one of the hardest competitions I have ever been a part of, as it challenges a person physically and mentally.” (Secretly, Jeremiah wished for shipments of food and Pepsi. But, alas, such was not the case.)
Prior to his recent television appearance, Jeremiah played a science tech in the 2012 sci-fi film, “500 MPH Storm,” starring Casper Van Dien. He had a small part in the 2011 film “Cowboys & Aliens” and also appeared in the 2008 dramatic thriller “Brothers” with Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Since Jeremiah’s stint on “Survivor” ended, he has continued to travel and pursue his modeling and acting careers. Between photo shoots, he works at his job at Reece Machine in Dobson. “If it’s God’s will, I hope to be in more TV shows,” he said. “I love the Lord, and it is only through Him I am able to do anything.”
It is that type of alliance that has inspired two of Jeremiah’s upcoming projects. He believes in sharing his God-given talent to help those who may be enduring great hardships or be less fortunate. Working with his church, Jeremiah plans to support a missionary in India. And, in the near future, Jeremiah plans to participate in the “Give Kids the World” charity event in Florida, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week long cost free fantasy vacations. “It will be heartbreaking to see the sick children firsthand,” Jeremiah explained. “But if I can put a smile on their faces, it will bring joy to my heart and be a worthwhile experience.”
You can follow Jeremiah on twitter@JeremiahPWood as well as on Facebook.