Coro­ner sees vet­eran ac­tor as cop (again)

The Expositor (Brantford) - - ENTERTAINMENT - DANA GEE

A busy ac­tor for two decades, Roger Cross has had re­cur­ring roles on shows in­clud­ing Taken, The L-Word, The X-Files, 24, Con­tin­uum and Ar­row, to lit­er­ally name just a few.

Now, Cross can be seen as Det. (Mac) McAvoy in CBC’s new TV drama Coro­ner, which stars an­other Van­cou­ver ac­tor, Serinda Swan:

Q: What’s a piece of ad­vice you would give a young ac­tor start­ing out? A: 1. Find out who you are: Learn the good and bad, and be hon­est with your­self. Then you’ll be able to use all the tools at your dis­posal. 2. Work hard at your craft, and never stop learn­ing. 3. Love what you do! This in­dus­try can be rough on you. If you don’t love what you do, it will chew you up and spit you out — or you’ll be­come cyn­i­cal and bit­ter, even if you suc­ceed.

Q: What was the job that made you think you could make a liv­ing at this? A: The In­ter­na­tional Res­cue that I shot in China, was the true spark, and when I got back to Van­cou­ver and booked Wiseguy, I knew I was in the right place.

Q: What do peo­ple most rec­og­nize you from, and what do they ask you? A: It de­pends where I am. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent favourite for var­i­ous rea­sons. But be­cause of the mag­ni­tude of it, 24 is prob­a­bly the one. And the ques­tion most asked is, “Why did they have Jack shoot you, man? It didn’t make sense. Cur­tis al­ways had his back.”

Q: How many cops have you played over the years? A: I have lost count!

Q: Do you have a favourite char­ac­ter? One you wished you could have spent more time play­ing? A: Aside from my cur­rent role as Det. McAvoy, I’d have to go with Travis Verta on Con­tin­uum, Cur­tis on 24, or Six on Dark Mat­ter.

Q: What’s this lat­est cop, Det. McAvoy, like? What are his strengths and weak­nesses? A: McAvoy is a com­pli­cated man. He’s great at his job, but his per­sonal life needs work. He has been on the job a long time, and as is apt to hap­pen, he be­comes a bit jaded. He has been mar­ried a few times, and his cur­rent re­la­tion­ship isn’t the health­i­est. But he’s a very just and fair man and reads peo­ple very well.

Q: Does he have se­crets? It seems like he has some se­crets? A: He most def­i­nitely has some skele­tons in the closet, but you’ll have to tune in to find out more about them.

Q: Do you get ner­vous when you start a new job? A I’m not sure it’s nerves, but the an­tic­i­pa­tion of start­ing a new job is al­ways there. You’re not sure how your por­trayal of this char­ac­ter will be re­ceived, how this di­rec­tor and pro­duc­ers will be to work with, and what your fel­low ac­tors will be like to work with.

Q: Ac­tors of­ten are su­per­sti­tious. Are you? A: Not re­ally. I have no set pat­tern for any­thing.

Q: Do you live in L.A.? If so, how long have you lived there? A: I do live part-time in L.A. and Van­cou­ver. I hes­i­tate to say, but it’s com­ing up on 20 years in L.A.

Q: This is a bit broad, but what’s it like right now to be a Cana­dian in Amer­ica? Do you feel a dif­fer­ence? Is the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate al­ways the topic of dis­cus­sion? A: I think the world is feel­ing un­easy about the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. The U.S. went from an amaz­ingly elo­quent, ed­u­cated, and fair pres­i­dent, who showed the world the U.S. was pro­gress­ing in the right di­rec­tion, to this cur­rent p—-ygrab­bing, ego­cen­tric, con­niv­ing, mean pres­i­dent. So, yes, it’s al­ways a topic of dis­cus­sion.

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