Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Montego Bay Jamaica, and raised in Canada. I’m a simple guy, just trying to experience all the good that life has to offer. I enjoy motorcycles, traveling and one day I hope to open a small restaurant.
You didn’t become interested in acting until you took drama in high school. What about that class led you down this career path?
Honestly, I just felt comfortable. It was the first class where I was using the best parts of my personality. However, at the time I never thought about it as a career option. It was actually my experience on a small indie film years later, that set me on this journey.
What can you tell us about your role as Bill Peters in the CBC series, “Frankie Drake Mysteries”?
Working on the show has been a wonderful experience. Although viewers don’t know too much about Bill Peters yet, they can get an idea of who he is by the way he treats Trudy Clarke. He’s compassionate, devoted, honest, and at times naïve. Through Bill, audiences get to experience the personal side of Trudy. It’s important to see well-rounded characters on screen. I’m glad I am able to contribute to that in a small way.
What can fans expect from the upcoming season?
More fun-filled mysteries. The whole gang is back, bigger and better. The third season sees Frankie face a family secret while episodes bring her and the Drake Private Detectives team into the world of British aristocrats, illegal boxing, the supernatural, and political fundraisers. The first episode has Agatha Christie helping Frankie to solve a disappearance case. However, there is one small thing that I am strangely excited about. For season three, Frankie Drake has an awesome new intro. I guess I’m a sucker for good typography.
You’ve made appearances in tons of roles from “Shadowhunters” to “Schitt’s Creek”. How difficult is it to step in all these different types of roles?
For me, it’s only difficult in the time leading up to actually playing the character. At that point, all you can or should be thinking about is delivering the best version of the individual you’re trying to play. What makes it difficult is I’m always thinking about all the possible options. The truth is, you’re not exactly sure what the director is going to want, or even the choices that the other actors are going to make. Sometimes you might even feel different when you put the wardrobe on. You need to be prepared, but also flexible.
You’ll also be appearing in the Hallmark films “Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder” and “Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver”. What can you tell us about these films?
Crossword Mysteries is a TV movie series starring Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and fellow Canadian Brennan Elliot (Cedar Cove). I join the series for the second and third installments as Detective Winston Sams. He’s a rookie detective, and eager to prove himself to his partner Logan O’Connor (Brennan). The series follows Logan and Tess (Lacey) as they try to solve murders with traditional and non-traditional methods. It’s grounded and somewhat gritty, different from what you might expect from Hallmark. It has been a really fun part to play so far. We filmed in North Bay over the summer.
Do you have any aspirations for any behind the scenes roles?
Yes. I recently completed a short film that I wrote and directed. This was my first time wearing those creative hats — I’m very excited to share it. The film is called 36 HAMMOND DRIVE. It’s about a detective that faces a tough decision. Either expose his true intentions or fight to the death for the woman he loves. We’ve started the process of submitting to festivals. It could show up at film festivals near you.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors?
Find as much acting work as you possibly can. Student films and theatre are a good place to start. This is a craft, and you must practice in order to improve and discover what technique works for you. Like a carpenter, who gets better with each cabinet they build, while also developing an understanding of how each tool works. An actor gets better by acting and developing their acting ‘tools’ along the way. After that, it’s about patience and trusting your capabilities.
What’s your life like off-set?
Pretty chill. When I’m working things can be kinda hectic so I try to enjoy my downtime as much as possible.
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