Exclusive Interview With Kristopher Turner
1) Tell me a little bit about you. What are your hobbies, likes and dislikes?
I'm a pretty easy-going, down to earth guy. I describe myself as "More fun than a barrel of well-behaved monkeys". I like to live life in a playfully mischievous, but innocent way. My perfect day is hanging with friends and family, having good food, tossing Frisbees, drinking good wine, talking about whatever…
2) What/Who inspired you to start acting and who would say your role model is?
When I was a kid in Winnipeg I would go to the theatre with my grandma, all the time. It inspired me to go home and put on plays at family gatherings. I was a shy kid growing up, but when I got on stage it was my excuse to let go and express myself. I love seeing when people are open, honest, and vulnerable in public. I am inspired by the bravery in actors who do that. Seeing fellow Canadian, Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future" made me want to be in movies so bad. Right now I love watching Steve Carell's works.
3) What are the pros and cons- from your personal experience- of being an actor in this digital age and celebrity driven culture?
The biggest satisfaction I get as an actor is connecting with audiences. When you put yourself out there in an open, honest and vulnerable place, to hear someone say: "Yes! I know how you feel. That was awesome to see!", it makes it all worth while. The digital age allows actors to connect with their audience so much more. I love the theatre, because you can hear the audience breath as you perform. In TV and movies, the process is disconnected. You can't feel if it's working or not. Now, I can go online, and say live tweet when 'Saving Hope' is airing and you can connect with an audience as their watching the show. Or get emails from around the world…. The flip side is that it's more work to protect your personal life from becoming public too. It may seem like a paradox. I have Twitter, but I'm not on Facebook. I want to connect to an audience, but I don't want them looking through my personal photo albums. My work is for you; my personal life is for me.
4) What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
I think my strength, as an actor is being comfortable going to embarrassing places. I don't have issues with looking like an idiot. I think it's the job of the actor to reveal the stuff we avoid in our everyday lives. I don't have the vanity that a lot of actors get caught up in. The demons I battle are my own. With vulnerable territory comes self-doubt, and I battle that and try not to let it affect the work. It's the enemy of good acting.
5) How surprised where you when you got the role of Dr. Gavin Murphy in the new T.V series, saving hope?
This may sound a little conceited, but I wasn't very surprised to be honest. I had worked with the creators before on 'Rookie Blue', and another pilot called 'Clean'. When I auditioned for Saving Hope, I got the sense that they were pushing hard to the network for me, and it felt like a good fit. I was definitely very happy to get the call that it was official though. I love working with David Wellington and Ilana Frank. The cast and crew they put together were incredible. It was the next step I wanted to take in my career to start working with the best this industry has to offer.
6) How hectic and fun is it to play a doctor on T.V?
I got it pretty easy on this show, comparatively. I get to play a psych doctor on TV, so I don't have to perform surgeries, or operate weird equipment and say lots of extravagant doctor lingo. I ask people how they're feeling, and give advice. Gavin deals more in the human aspects of medicine than the science aspects of it. I did a lot of research on various psychological conditions, and human behavior, which for me, was a lot of fun. Its kind of what I do anyway, as an actor. I find that type of medicine way more interesting. If I were to be a doctor, I would be in psych myself.
7) Does the pressure that comes with your acting career ever exhaust you? What keeps you going despite the demands of your career?
I love what I do. So when I'm working, and keeping busy, the love of the game keeps me going whether I’m on set all-night or studying for a class. Couple weeks ago I came off a 12 hour night shoot then rode directly to the airport to fly to Montreal for a screening of a "A Little Bit Zombie' that afternoon. I arrived at the screening having worked a full day and not slept in over 28 hours. But when I saw the crowd snaking around the side of the building, and felt the energy inside the theatre, I was wide-awake. There's nowhere else I'd rather be… The hard and exhausting part of being an actor is actually when you're not working. Fighting to find the motivation to keep going when you feel like you're being ignored. When you work by yourself in your living room and every audition room overlooks you. It feels like no one cares about what you're doing. That's exhausting. When you don't get that reward for your labor.
8) How do you deal with the rumors about you that tabloids spread to society?
I'm not at a point in my career where this is an issue for me. Especially working in Canada. I do my work, and then I go about my day-to-day life just the same as I did before I was a working actor. The only difference is now the odd person will ask me why I look so familiar to them, and ask if I went to their high school or something.
9) How does it feel to be a role model to people, especially youths?
I certainly don't go about my day feeling like a role model. If people decide to look at me that way, it's flattering, but I just try to live my life with integrity, and answer to my own conscience. I think it's important to be the kind of person you want to hang out with. I like to look at everyone with respect, and an open heart. We are all more alike than we think, and the more we understand about ourselves, the more we understand about others. I think the earlier you learn that, the better life you'll live.
10) What advice would you give to young and aspiring artistes- actors/actresses, artists, and writers- out there?
Know who you are, and what makes you unique and learn to love it for the good and the bad. Cause what you think is your weakness, and you wished you could change about yourself, is probably your strength as an artist. We are all dealt a hand of cards in life. Sometimes our strongest cards will fail us, and our weakest cards will pull us through. So learn how to use them all.