Charm fac­tor:

Ac­tor Ru­pert Evans talks about the lat­est se­ries of Charmed.

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When in­ter­view­ing an ac­tor from over­seas it is of­ten a good idea to find a New Zealand con­nec­tion.

Maybe they have been to our shores or have fam­ily here or per­haps they are work­ing along­side a fa­mous Kiwi.

In the case of Charmed ac­tor Ru­pert Evans, I thought I’d found the per­fect New Zealand link when I asked him about one of his cast­mates, Craig Parker, a for­mer Short­land Street star who ap­peared in The Lord Of The Rings and US se­ries Reign.

“You should prob­a­bly be talk­ing to him not me,” dead­pans Evans when I asked him about Parker. “Sorry to let you down. What can I say?”

In the re­booted ver­sion of fan­tasy drama se­ries Charmed, Evans plays Pro­fes­sor Harry Green­wood who is a white­lighter, a sort of guardian an­gel who looks out for the show’s three main witch char­ac­ters.

Parker has a guest role as evil busi­ness­man Alas­tair Cane. At the time I spoke to Evans, Charmed was still in pro­duc­tion and he and Parker had not filmed any scenes to­gether.

“I haven’t yet worked with him but I hear he’s a de­light to work with,” says Evans of Parker.

“He wears snappy suits and looks very dash­ing.”

The cur­rent sea­son of Charmed is a re­make of a show about three sis­ters who are also witches.

Ac­tors from the orig­i­nal se­ries in­clude Rose McGowan and Alyssa Mi­lano, who have both been ad­vo­cates for the #MeToo move­ment. An­other well-known face in the pro­duc­tion was Shan­nen Do­herty of Bev­erly Hills, 90210.

Charmed’s re­boot is set in a fic­tional col­lege town and is filmed in Van­cou­ver where Evans is cur­rently based.

“There are about 50 shows be­ing filmed here at the mo­ment,” Evans says.

“I’ve spent many years here on

dif­fer­ent shows for some rea­son. It’s just the way it is. It has ev­ery­thing we need. It dou­bles for Amer­ica.

“It has great out­door scenery, very much like New Zealand. I wish we were in New Zealand. I’d love to go to New Zealand.

“I’ve been to Aus­tralia but I just haven’t quite got to New Zealand. I’m a huge cricket fan and a great ad­mirer of the New Zealand cricket team. And I hope one day to come (to New Zealand) to watch Eng­land play. That’s my great hope.”

Evans be­longs to a cricket club in the UK but ad­mits he doesn’t play as much as he would like.

“Sadly, I’m get­ting too old and I’m just too busy re­ally,” he says.

It is a valid point. These days his free time is lim­ited.

“I have chil­dren so I don’t re­ally have a life,” jokes Evans, who is a fa­ther of two lit­tle ones.

“I have a 10-week-old baby so I don’t re­ally sleep or do any­thing at the mo­ment.

“But when I do have time I like to keep fit so I do a lot of run­ning. That keeps me more men­tally sane more than any­thing else. But at the mo­ment it’s just learn­ing my lines and work­ing re­ally.”

Evans, who was born and raised in Bri­tain, en­joyed act­ing as a hobby when he was younger but didn’t re­ally con­sider it as a ca­reer op­tion un­til he was at univer­sity.

“I was (study­ing) English or busi­ness or some­thing like that,” he says. “But I ended up at univer­sity do­ing more theatre than I’d ever done be­fore. I thought I would grow out of it but I ended up do­ing more and more.

“My pas­sion for theatre re­ally grew at univer­sity and then I thought, ‘Maybe I should think about do­ing this as a job’.

“Then I went to drama school for a num­ber of years af­ter that. I was an eter­nal stu­dent for many years be­fore I got my act to­gether.”

Evans’ first paid on-screen act­ing gig was a tiny role in the Bri­tish sit­com My Fam­ily where he played the boyfriend of Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe).

“I only had two words and that was, ‘I’m Tom’,” he re­mem­bers. “I was ter­ri­fied.”

More tele­vi­sion work fol­lowed. His act­ing CV in­cludes Bri­tish dra­mas such as The Vil­lage, World With­out End and Flem­ing. For the past few years, Evans has had a star­ring role in the US sci-fi thriller The Man In The High Cas­tle. With seem­ingly more Bri­tish ac­tors like Evans land­ing parts on US pro­grammes, you won­der if it is now be­com­ing eas­ier to se­cure work across the At­lantic.

“I don’t know if it’s eas­ier but I think that the in­dus­try is open to us but you have to work re­ally hard to get a gig in Amer­ica,” says Evans. “We get about, us Brits. I don’t know why. I think we’re just cheap to be

hon­est.”

Ru­pert Evans

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