Turner plays the hospital’s on-call psychiatrist, Dr. Gavin Murphy, whose focus is very different from that of the ER physicians dealing with life-ordeath, blood-and-guts issues.
“I very much feel like I’m in the playground by myself,” he explained. “For my character — and from speaking with a lot of psych residents in Toronto, as well — there is definitely that vibe where we’re kind of the kids who nobody else talks to unless they have to. We’re seen as the less-prestigious arm of medicine, and yet these are probably the most self-aware people in the hospital.
“From an acting perspective, it’s a lot of fun for me, because I’m dealing with the human aspect of things, and my job is not to disassociate, but to observe and be able to connect on a human level.”
It’s the notion of connection that has driven Turner since his earliest inclinations to become an actor. The St. Vital product (a graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate and the University of Winnipeg) credits his grandmother, Mavis Turner, for introducing him to the world of theatre.
“She’s 91 years old now, and she’s been going to theatre in Winnipeg since, well, I don’t know when,” he said. “She took me to MTYP, Shakespeare in the Ruins, all sorts of theatre around Winnipeg. Because of her, I grew up watching all of that, and I wanted to be part of it ever since I was a little kid.”
After studying theatre at U of W, Turner began his TV-acting career a decade ago in the locally shot series 2030 CE and later appeared in such Canadian series as renegadepress. com, Murdoch Mysteries and Instant Star.
In addition to the two TV-series projects currently on the air, Turner also appeared recently in the indie horror comedy A Little Bit Zombie, and made a stop in his hometown last month with director Casey Walker to promote a screening of the film at the Globe Theatre.
“It isn’t quite the same as working in Winnipeg, but it’s nice to be able to bring some work that I’ve done back to Winnipeg to let people come out and see it,” he said.
Turner isn’t the only member of the Saving Hope cast with Winnipeg roots. Co-star Daniel Gillies ( The Vampire Diaries) was born here but — like another well-known actor, Anna Paquin — left at a very young age and was raised in New Zealand, and recent cast addition Wendy Crewson, who was born in Hamilton but discovered acting while attending high school (Westwood Collegiate) in Winnipeg.
Push Girls Schaikewitz (from left) Angel, Rockwood and Adams.
Turner is part of The L.A. Complex, airing on CW network in the U.S.