How are you today? I'm doing well, how are you? I'm great.
Well, I'lljust jump right in.
First of all, where do you call home? Because I know you've spentlots of time in parts of New York, LA and Toronto, so do youconsider any certain city home? It's interesting.
I have indeed, and they'reall home in different ways.
New York's where mysiblings are and Toronto, here 's where my parents areand where we shoot the show.
And LA is where I've been mainly based, where my girlfriend is, so it's hard.
I would say that wherever I am,I'm generally missing some of the other places.
At this point, Idon't know if I could be anywhere 12 months a year.
Like right now I'm definitelymissing LA and my lady who's out there, so I'd say that wherever she is, that's home.
So you've been in many, manyprojects and you were involved– Thank you.
–and you were involved in – when you were child – your school's drama programs in New York and Toronto.
At what age did you know that youwanted to pursue acting professionally? And further, what sparkedthat passion for performing in you? It's interesting.
I don't know what it was thatmade me feel like I wanted to perform, but I just saw it and I waslike, I want to do that.
It was like from ten years old onthat I was like I want to do this, and very determinedly so.
I was one of those little seriousalready thinks he's an adult kids.
And I was supported by myparents and I was just able to commit.
Like you said, I was in upstate New York and I was at thisschool called Poughkeepsie Day School that had an unbelievable dramaprogram and teacher named Victoria Silvestri, who was really encouragingand supported me.
She actually put Hamlet inmy hand when I was like, 10 or 11 years old.
like I was just Holyjeez, I want to do that.
I was always watching moviesand TV shows with my parents, and whatever it was orsomething big was out, we'd watch it and I justalways loved the movies.
When I was finishing middle school,I was taking classes outside of my school.
I did a communitycollege course and the teacher of thatreferred me to a class with Alan Arkin that I got to take.
So, right from 13, 14 on, I wasreally determined to be studying outside of school, and then it wasthe move to Toronto that ended up being just the catalyst for everything.
I started taking on camera classesas soon as I got to Toronto, and I was PA'ing for free on productionsand sets and non-union stuff, union stuff wherever I could.
And then once we become permanentresidents in Canada and I could work professionally, I used referralsI had to sign up an agent and got off to the races.
I've read you've beeninvolved in so many things, and not just acting itself, butprograms and all sorts of training opportunities that you could find.
It sounds like you've had somegreat mentors growing up, but when you said you werewatching all of those movies, and you were always into performing,which actors did you look up to while growing up? I've always been a huge Paul Newman fan.
Newmanand Redford are the tops for me.
Matt Damon's somebody I'vealways really looked up to, especially now when you look at thelast 20-25 years of his career and everything that he was ableto do, and the life he's been able to lead as a fantasticactor and star and all of that.
There's been a lot of actorsthat I've really looked up to, but I like the classic leading menand the guys who don't make a whole lot of fuss about doing it.
Of course, very humble.
So Reign premiers on Friday on CW? Yeah.
I'm sure you're limited towhat you can share, but can you give us any hint atall about what we can expect for Leith in season 3? There's a tiger in Fridaynight's episode.
A tiger? Actual, living,breathing tiger, yes.
Oh my gosh.
It's in the trailer, so I feelcompletely comfortable being able to talk about it, but there is a real tiger, and that was a real, 17 year oldtiger named Robby that was on set Oh my gosh.
Did youget a– like how close up did you get to get with Robby? I didn't, but it's a tiger there inthe flesh.
I'm actually not in this first episode that we have on Friday.
There is quite a lot of drama goingon in England that we're reigning back to branch, so I think I'm offdealing with a couple of other things during this first one.
But it's a great episode.
Basically, the beginning ofthe battle of the queens.
What is your favorite thing ormost fun thing about playing Leith? I would say, when I getto ride horses for the show.
I love riding horses, and Ilove getting to work with them, so that's probably one of my favoritethings about playing a character.
And if you had to describehim in three words, which three words would youuse to describe him? Loyal, honorable, stubborn.
Yes, I would say those are accurate.
What's it like acting on a period piece? You went from Entourage tothis show, what's that like? It's a lot of fun.
You know, what's so good about beingan actor is all these different lives that you get to lead andgetting to play around in this world has been so much fun, and this isreally the first time I've had a chance to live acharacter over so much time.
I did Entourage for a couple ofyears, but it was sort of like quick pops running aroundand that sort of thing.
I really– I've lived achunk of this guy's life, gone through this journey with him, and so it's been a really greatexperience sort of getting to shift and grow and to feel the history of it.
Just Celina and I were talking theother day about the first couple of episodes that we did.
It's two and a halfyears ago.
Just to sort of get to go through it all and tohave these relationships, to feel this court come alive,it's been a lot of fun.
So we are an entertainmentblog so I have to ask you, what's your favorite show to binge watch? When you're not working all thetime, what do you just sit down and you can watch amillion episodes of? Oh, man.
There's way to many to count.
I'm a big Suits fan, bigGame of Thrones fan, obviously.
House of Cards, Breaking Bad– The classics.
–everything I've probably binged.
I just started Narcos.
I don't know if I'm going tobinge it, but it's good.
Those are great.
I'm going to stick with those,for the moment.
And do you have any upcomingprojects in the works? I think I saw one or twothings, just future? Yeah, I've got a few things going on.
Actually, I just shot anepisode of Man Seeking Woman, the FXX show.
Which was a lot of fun, Jayis absolutely hysterical, and he had me laughingin the middle of takes.
And I was not supposed tobe laughing, but it's all good.
And Simon Rich who's the showrunner, the creator of the show, is just a genius.
Getting to do it and sort of playin that ridiculous world was an absolute blast.
I have a production company withGiacomo Gianniotti who was on the first season of Reign.
He played Lord Julien for us and he's now on Grey's Anatomy We have a movie that we'rein the development on it, shooting next year Next year we can expectthat to be shot? Yeah, once everyone's donewith their TV shows.
I know you're allpretty busy right now.
Well, thankyou so much, Jonathan.
Again, I know you probablyhave a million interviews.
We appreciate you takingthe time to chat with us.
Oh my god.
My absolute pleasure.
And have a wonderful premiereweek and we can't wait to catch Leith on the show.
Have a good rest of your day.
Thank you so much fortaking the time and for spreading the jolly word.
Have a great evening.