Cross is back walk­ing the beat

Vet­eran Van­cou­ver ac­tor re­turns to the small screen in CBC’s Coro­ner

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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 name just a few.

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

Your IMDb page cred­its go back to 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and Neon Rider. What do you re­mem­ber most from those first jobs?

Joy! It was all so new and ex­cit­ing for me, and I was just learn­ing so much.

What’s a piece of ad­vice you would give a young ac­tor start­ing out?

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.

You have worked con­sis­tently for many years. Aside from your tal­ent, what has been the key to work­ing so much?

I love what I do, and I never stop learn­ing.

What was the job that made you think you could make a liv­ing at this?

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.

What do peo­ple most rec­og­nize you from?

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.”

How many cops have you played over the years? I have lost count! Do you have a favourite char­ac­ter? One you wished you could have spent more time play­ing ?

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.

What’s this lat­est cop, Det. McAvoy, like? What are his strengths and weak­nesses?

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.

Does he have se­crets? It seems like he has some se­crets?

He most def­i­nitely has some skele­tons in the closet, but you’ll have to tune in to find out more about them.

Do you get ner­vous when you start a new job?

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.

Ac­tors of­ten are su­per­sti­tious. Are you?

Not re­ally. I have no set pat­tern for any­thing.

Do you live in L.A.? If so, how long have you lived there?

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.

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?

I think the world is feel­ing un­easy about the 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---y-grab­bing, ego­cen­tric, con­niv­ing, mean pres­i­dent. So, yes, it’s al­ways a topic of dis­cus­sion.

What’s your next job?

I’m cur­rently work­ing on some writ­ing projects that have been put on hold while I was work­ing, so I’m not cur­rently signed on to any projects right now. But look for Head­shop com­ing to a theatre near you, and of course Coro­ner on CBC. [email protected]­ twit­

Det. Dono­van McAvoy, por­trayed by ac­tor Roger Cross, speaks to young of­fend­ers at a de­ten­tion cen­tre in Coro­ner.

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