Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey! My Name is Farid Yazdani born in Hamilton, ON and raised in Mississauga. My father is Iranian and my mom is Trinidadian…an interesting mix to say the least! I’m an Actor starring in the new CBC series, Moonshine. I play Oscar Wallace, an undercover RCMP officer investigating the camp ground and the Finley-Cullen family.
How influential was your 8th-grade teacher encouraging you to go to an arts high school in helping along your quest for a career in acting? How have you evolved as an actor since your first professional role in 2016?
He was a major influence! He introduced me to Cawthra Park S.S, a Regional Arts School where I began to study acting as early as grade 9. I would like to think I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned the ins and outs of the industry and I’m continuing to learn. I believe my experiences on set have groomed me for my days on Moonshine. There’s nothing more gratifying than waking up every day and doing what you love. The hours can be tedious, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What can you tell us about your latest series, “Moonshine”?
Where to begin!? Moonshine is an all-new Dramedy from our badass showrunner, Sheri Elwood. It’s the story of a dysfunctional family living on the coast of Nova Scotia. Lidia, played by Jennifer Finnigan, is the estranged sibling who has recently moved back to the Moonshine after a long career in New York. We have such an incredible cast and crew, and I’m so lucky to be a part of it all.
What can audiences expect of you in your role as Oscar Wallace?
Without giving too much away – I believe the audience will start to dislike Oscar, but will then quickly warm up to Oscar and his innocents and possibly even root for him! I will say, the writers have done an amazing job creating this world and the characters. I strongly believe the audience will really cheer on everyone in this series. As wild and wacky as they are, there is something very charming about the Moonshine and the Finley-Cullen clan. Viewers will fall in love.
How has COVID-19 affected your career?
Covid was interesting, to say the least. I remember hearing the news and being devastated. A) for the world and selfishly B) for my career. I was convinced everything would be on hold and the industry would stop. So much so, that I actually got my Car salesman license and even got a job at Roy Foss Cadillac in Woodbridge. It was a great job opportunity that most people would die for, but truly I was a little bit empty on the inside. Wildly enough, my agent called me on my SECOND DAY and said to me: “hey, what are you doing?”. I replied dryly, “Sitting in my office…doing nothing.” He said “Well…you have to quit…you booked the show and leave for Nova Scotia in 2 weeks!” I remind myself every day of that phone call and it grounds me. I remember I am truly blessed and lucky to be given such an opportunity during such trying times and I thank Sheri Elwood, Scott Smith, Charles Bishop, Norman Denver, and the entire CBC and eOne crew regularly.
What’s next for your career?
As I write this, Moonshine Season 1 is currently airing every Tuesday at 9:00PM EST on CBC and CBC Gem and we’re lucky enough to already have a Season 2 airing early next year. I’m crossing my fingers for a season 3 andddddddd I’m recently engaged – so I’ll be getting married in PEI July 9th 2022!
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Be diligent. Be determined. Don’t give up and create your own opportunities. Create your own short films, web series etc and don’t wait for your agent to call. Complacency is the most dangerous trait to have as an artist. What’s your life like off-set? Off set I live with my wonderful fiancee soon to be wife and two doggies, Niko (Husky-Lab) and Kiki (Chihuahua).
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m on instagram, Facebook and Twitter!