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Canadian Actors

Introducing six Canadian actors on a mission to steal some major scenes this spring


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Introducing six Canadian actors on a mission to steal some major scenes this spring
(Left to right) On Jonas Chernick: Blazer, shirt and shoes, Boss Black Collection.
On John Bregar: Blazer, Boss Black Collection.
Sweater and shirt, Banana Republic.
On Greg Bryk: Blazer, shirt and shoes, Boss Black Collection.
On Brandon Firla: Blazer, Boss Black Collection.
On Steve Byers: Blazer, Boss Black Collection.
On Kyle Schmid: Blazer and sweater, Boss Black Collection. Jean, Gap.

Jonas Chernick
Hometown: Winnipeg
Recent work: Lucid, a film that opens this month
Up next: Ken Finkleman’s film Hotel and on the CBC’s This Is Wonderland
Favourite hangout: C. Kelekis Restaurant in Winnipeg
Favourite film: “Without a doubt, Star Wars.”
Dream costar: Keira Knightley
Biggest extravagance: “My honeymoon. We went backpacking through Costa Rica.”
If you weren’t acting, you’d be: “Financially secure.”
What keeps you grounded: “My wife, Nicki. She reminds me that I’m just a nerdy Jew from Winnipeg.”
Your style: “Ask my wife. I’d be completely stylistically lost without her.”
Best advice ever received: “Acting is about revealing yourself to the camera, not pretending to be somebody else.” —acting coach David Rotenberg
Brush with fame: “Ringo Starr sat next to me at a Hollywood dinner party.”
Favourite book: Irvine Welsh’s Glue
Oscar pick for best actor: Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow
Oscar pick for best picture: The Squid and the Whale

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John Bregar
Hometown: Toronto
Recent work: TV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation
Up next: Bregar plays Bobby Clarke in the CBC’s Canada Russia ’72. On the big screen, he’ll be seen in It’s a Boy Girl Thing.
Favourite hangout: “I don’t really hang out at one place. Variety is the spice of life, people!”
Favourite film: Finding Neverland
Dream costar: Rachel McAdams
Favourite CD: Lost Souls by Doves
If you weren’t acting, you’d be: a grocery clerk
Best advice ever received: “Take care of your health. Roll with the punches.”
Oscar pick for best actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote
Oscar pick for best picture: Brokeback Mountain
You’re a sucker for: “My mom’s chicken dinner.”

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Greg Bryk
Hometown: Toronto
Recent work: playing villain Billy Orser in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence
Up next: On TV, as Weston Field in the next season of ReGenesis. On the silver screen, he is acting alongside Monica Bellucci and Clive Owen in this year’s action flick Shoot ’Em Up.
Favourite film: The Graduate
Acting hero: “Marlon Brando. He stands alone.”
Dream costar: Naomi Watts
Favourite CD: Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York
If you weren’t acting, you’d be: a lawyer
What keeps you grounded: “My three children, Dempsey, Billy and Ella.”
Your style: “Urban dad.”
Best advice ever received: “Be prepared to be lucky.”
Brush with fame: “The first time I met Ed Harris, I gushed.”
Favourite book: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Oscar pick for best actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote
Oscar pick for best picture: A History of Violence
Ultimate goal: “To walk among the giants.”

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Brandon Firla
Hometown: Calgary
Recent work: Firla played a doomed cop in the Christmas flick Santa’s Slay.
Up next: starring on the TV show Billable Hours and in Barry Levinson’s film Man of the Year
Favourite hangout: “The Mercury on 17th Avenue [in Calgary]. They make a superb Manhattan.”
Favourite film:Casablanca. Bogart was the coolest.”
Biggest extravagance: champagne and vintage red wine
If you weren’t acting, you’d be: “Welcomed back into my family.”
What keeps you grounded: “Gravity.”
Best advice ever received: “Stay out of my light.” —Robin Williams on the set of Man of the Year
Favourite book: Lindbergh, A. Scott Berg’s biography of Charles Lindbergh.”
Oscar pick for best actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote
Oscar pick for best picture: Munich
Ultimate goal: “To write, direct and star in a musical version of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

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Steve Byers
Hometown: Toronto
Recent work: starring in the jock-drama flick My Brother’s Keeper
Up next: a star turn as the lead dude in the first season of Falcon Beach
Favourite hangout: “My place with a beer.”
Favourite film: Se7en
Acting hero: Morgan Freeman
Dream costar: Jennifer Connelly
Favourite CD: James’ Laid
Biggest extravagance: Xbox 360
What keeps you grounded: “My cats and the news.”
Best advice ever received: “Don’t believe all the bad things people say about you and don’t believe all the good.”
Brush with fame: “I bumped into Arnold Schwarzenegger outside a cigar shop in Vancouver. He’s huge!”
Favourite book: The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
Oscar pick for best actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line
Oscar pick for best picture: Walk the Line
You’re a sucker for: “The love of my life, actor Jennifer Steede.”
Ultimate goal: “Happiness.”

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Kyle Schmid
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Recent work: Schmid had roles in two big films last year, A History of Violence and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Up next: a thriller called The Covenant
Favourite hangout: “The craft-services truck on set.”
Favourite film: The Usual Suspects
Acting hero: “Johnny Depp. He’s a sex symbol but still widely respected.”
Dream costar: Angelina Jolie
Favourite CD: the Garden State sound track
Biggest extravagance: “Shoes, because you can build your entire wardrobe on ’em.”
If you weren’t acting, you’d be: “Playing soccer at a school in the States.”
Best advice ever received: “If God brings you to it, he’ll bring you through it.”
Favourite book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Oscar pick for best actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote
Oscar pick for best picture: A History of Violence
You’re a sucker for: “Guinness and a good time.”
Ultimate goal: “Eventually, producing and directing.”

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