Shots of “Josh” on the set of Serendipity. Clockwise from top left: me, John Cusack, and Kate Beckinsale; me striking a pose; me, John, and friendly staff dog Joey; me being fitted; me and my tail.
Bonus: the deleted scene, a prequel (“Happy Birthday, Josh!”) to the elevator scene, me and my (actual) mom as the devil/queen from the logo of Serendipity 3. We dine there for my Sagittarian purposes.
For an incomplete list of credits with a halo of officialdom (if not comprehensiveness!), consult my iMDB page.
|Film||Serendipity||2001||Actor/Josh||Miramax, dir. Peter Chelsom|
|TV||I Love Mummy|
|2002||Actor/Chorus||CBBC & YTV, dir. Steve Wright|
|Ad||Comcast Cable||2002||Actor/Club Kid||/|
|Film||Feelin’ Dodgy (unr.)||2003||Principal/Joey||Brazen Entertainment, dir. Kris Piotrowski|
(ep. “Pack of Rats”)
|2003||Actor/Rat Gang Member||Showtime, dir. Nicholas Gray|
|Ad||Springfield Food Bank||2004||Voice/Hungry Kid||/|
|TV||Knights of the |
|2005||Actor/MD’s Opponent||Fox & A&E, dir. Allen Hughes|
|TV (V/O)||Mischief City||2005||Actor/Kid||Shaftesbury Kids, dir. Deb Toffan|
|Film||Things to Do |
|2006||Supporting/Ryan||Dot Film Company, dir. Ted Bezaire|
|TV (V/O)||G2G: Got to Go! |
Wesley, Trav, Ajax
|TV||April Fools Sketches||2008||Supporting/|
|Family Channel, dir. Heather Senst|
|TV (V/O)||Garage |
Curious about what royalty payments look like? Here’s a graph I have maintained since ACTRA began sending emailed slips in late 2014.
When I was 7 years old, my parents took me to Toronto for a few days as Mom took a cooking course. On the last day, I was fixated on the Eaton’s Centre shopping mall, one of the last attractions on our list to visit. We came to pick Mom up, and she walked out of the house with a bloody rag around her hand—she’d cut her finger.
From the backseat, my refrain was “Can we go to the Eaton’s Centre?”, as my exhausted parents decided what to do. Mom acquiesced to my inane desire, figuring she’d be able to buy bandages at the old Shoppers, and Dad found parking.
Minutes after we came to the mall’s pedestrian concourse, we heard a British voice shout “You there, with the boy! Stop!”. Confused, my parents realized they were the subjects of this heckle, as a trio hurried to meet them. They introduced themselves as the director, producer, and lead PA on a John Cusack movie, wandering a mall in desperate effort to find a kid with the look and energy they were going for. Not sure if this was some kidnapping attempt, Mom asked to see ID, and the director produced a Beverly Hills 90210 California driver’s licence (which was good enough for her).
The next day, I was back in Toronto auditioning for the role, and had gotten it that evening. Soon after, I shot a few days of footage for Serendipity in Toronto (including at the Royal York Hotel, standing in for the Waldorf-Astoria), making me miss the beginning of Grade 3. (I think this was worthwhile.)
Serendipity was scheduled to premiere in New York the same week as 9/11 (the premiere was cancelled and postponed to October 3, for which we didn’t travel). My parents and me attended an eerily empty Roy Thomson Hall gala screening at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival with our neighbour Enza and a handful of other cast.
Here’s a 2009 demo reel of mine.
I was represented at Noble Caplan Abrams from 2000 to 2010, working with Norbert Abrams for on-camera work and James Crammond for voice-over work. Denise Grant took three sets of headshots for me over the years and became a dear family friend in the process.
Over the years, I benefitted greatly from the coaching and friendship of Marcia Bennett, Sunday Muse, and Dean Armstrong. I took courses with Deb Toffan, Anne Tait, Michael Caruana, Dee Dee Edelstein, Maggie Huculak, Steve Adams, Robert Kennedy, and Doug Nyback.
I sang for several years in Barrie under the guidance of Carol Elson-Brown. I hold a Royal Conservatory of Music Vocal Grade 4 certificate.