Check­ing in with JAKE MAN­LEY

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Long days on set can be made shorter when you have cast mates you re­ally en­joy spend­ing time with. Such is the case for Jake Man­ley with Matt Frewer, his co-star in the hor­ror/fan­tasy se­ries “The Or­der,” cur­rently stream­ing on Net­flix.

“Oh man, he is just such a fun guy to work with,” the 27-year-old na­tive of Oakville, Ont., says of the clas­si­cally trained for­mer “Max Head­room” star who plays his grand­fa­ther. “Like he would catch me off guard so many times. And even as en­trenched in a scene as I was, some­times he would throw in a line at the end or do some­thing and I would just burst out laugh­ing and there was no stop­ping it. And even in be­tween takes, he’s just such a funny guy, like I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that much in so long ... so it was a plea­sure for sure.”

In the se­ries, Man­ley stars as Jack Mor­ton, a blue-col­lar kid who gets ac­cepted to a pres­ti­gious univer­sity and pledges to a se­cret so­ci­ety with a rep­u­ta­tion for achieve­ment. And that, he comes to find out, is be­cause its mem­bers like to dab­ble in sor­cery and shape-shift into var­i­ous crea­tures to achieve its ends.

Hor­ror fans will de­light at the plethora of mon­sters here, which in­clude a were­wolf and a golem, with which Jack must do bat­tle to in­ves­ti­gate sev­eral on-cam­pus mur­ders that ap­pear to be of an oth­er­worldly na­ture. Which made for some very ac­tive days for the ac­tor.

“There was a lot of run­ning, a lot of fall­ing, a lot of kind of fight chore­og­ra­phy, which was great but def­i­nitely tax­ing in the beginning,” Man­ley ex­plains. “... It’s hard to be that phys­i­cal in all that denim.” Name: Jake Man­ley

Birth date: Aug. 23, 1991 Birth­place: Oakville, Ont. Cur­rent res­i­dence: Los An­ge­les Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Sin­gle; in a re­la­tion­ship with ac­tress Jo­ce­lyn Hudon (“The Strain”) TV cred­its in­clude: “3 Au­drey,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cracked,” “Hem­lock Grove,” “De­fi­ance,” “He­roes Re­born,” “Amer­i­can Gothic,” “Amer­i­can God,” “Ca­sual,” “iZom­bie,” “Seven in Heaven,” “Trol­lville,” “Pro­ject Blue Book”

Movie cred­its in­clude: “Bad Hair Day” (TV, 2015), “North­pole: Open for Christ­mas” (TV, 2015), “Preg­nant at 17” (TV, 2016), “Hush Lit­tle Baby” (TV, 2017), “A Dog’s Jour­ney” (forth­com­ing), “Hotwired in Subur­bia” (forth­com­ing)

Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties: Is an avid skate­boarder and surfer; in­volved in nu­mer­ous chil­dren’s and men­tal health ini­tia­tives in Canada

Fa­vorite book: “I’d say ‘The Wind in the Wil­lows.’ ”

Fa­vorite movie: “I feel like it’s al­ways chang­ing, but I can def­i­nitely say (one of) my fa­vorite movies that re­ally in­spired me was like ‘Ti­tanic.’ I was su­per young when I saw that and it was very like game-chang­ing for me at that age. I like a lot of older Guy Ritchie movies like ‘Snatch,’ ‘Lock Stock and Two Smok­ing Bar­rels.’ I’m a big fan of Martin McDon­agh’s movies like ‘In Bruges,’ ‘Seven Psy­chopaths,’ that kind of dark com­edy.”

Fa­vorite mu­si­cal artist: “I’d just have to say like prob­a­bly Led Zep­pelin. That’s prob­a­bly the one where it comes on shuf­fle and I’m never go­ing to skip it. And they’ve got such a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic. They have the softer stuff and the harder stuff, and I think that would be my band if I was like trapped on an is­land and I could only lis­ten to one band, it would prob­a­bly be Led Zep­pelin.

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