Act­ing is the fam­ily biz

Paul Braun­stein on be­ing the lat­est vic­tim in the Saw movie fran­chise

Annex Post - - LIFE - By Jes­sica Padykula

Even though Toronto actor Paul Braun­stein grew up in an act­ing fam­ily (his par­ents are ac­tors Jeff Braun­stein and Maja Ardal, and his sis­ter Inga Cad­ranel is also an actor known for Or­phan Black), Braun­stein, whose up­com­ing projects in­clude Amer­i­can Hang­man with fel­low Cana­dian Donald Suther­land, says he re­sisted fol­low­ing in his par­ents’ foot­steps.

“I felt re­bel­lious for a long time, not want­ing to do what my par­ents were do­ing.”

It wasn’t un­til high school at North­ern Sec­ondary School that he gave in to the act­ing bug.

“In drama class I found a group of like-minded mis­fits, and I had to be­grudg­ingly ad­mit these were my peo­ple,” he says.

Fol­low­ing high school and two years in Ry­er­son’s the­atre pro­gram, Braun­stein started his ca­reer on the stage, which was his main fo­cus for a decade and some­thing he still loves.

“Ev­ery pro­duc­tion is so dif­fer­ent. To be part of a well­writ­ten play with a good com­pany makes you feel like you’re part of some­thing big­ger than your­self.”

His first on­screen role that felt sig­nif­i­cant in terms of Braun­stein’s ca­reer pro­gres­sion came in the early 2000s with Train 48, a pop­u­lar Cana­dian se­ries about com­muters, which he de­scribes as a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We were writ­ing our own parts ev­ery day. I was very lucky to have so much free­dom in that role.”

The next big turn­ing point in his ca­reer came with a role in The Thing pre­quel, an ex­pe­ri­ence that helped Braun­stein grow as an actor. “I was on set ev­ery day and got to see up close how more suc­cess­ful ac­tors op­er­ated.”

He will soon be seen in Jig­saw, the up­com­ing eighth in­stall­ment of the Saw movie fran­chise, di­rected by Michael and Peter Spierig.

“I had a blast on this movie,” he says. “I was happy to get the gig, and my ex­pe­ri­ence mak­ing this movie went well be­yond my hopes of what it would be. The qual­ity of work happening around me was sec­ond to none, from the other ac­tors to the en­tire crew.”

After watch­ing the trailer for Jig­saw, Braun­stein is cer­tain hor­ror fans will be sat­is­fied with what they see on screen.

“There’s going to be some good scares in this movie. I know that for sure,” he says.

To any­one just start­ing out in the in­dus­try, Braun­stein’s big­gest piece of ad­vice: find a way to en­joy au­di­tion­ing.

“Trick your­self into en­joy­ing the process. Don’t try to guess what they want. Do what you want,” he says. “As an actor, much of your time is spent look­ing for work. Find a way to make the not work­ing time more sat­is­fy­ing, and then once you au­di­tion, for­get about it.”

Up next, Braun­stein is cur­rently shoot­ing CBC se­ries Bur­den of Truth in Win­nipeg, and he provides the voice of Franken­stein in the an­i­mated tele­vi­sion se­ries Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia.

There’s going to be some good scares in this movie.”

Braun­stein’s break­out role was in the Cana­dian se­ries ‘Train 48’

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