I've previously had the opportunity to interview many of the talented people behind (as well as in) When Hope Calls, and today I want to introduce you all to Drew Nelson who is portraying the character of Daniel Olsen.It was an absolute privilege to interview this multi-talented actor so with out further ado...
Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Drew: Well, I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I've been in the entertainment biz for many years now and have had some wonderful experiences so far. I'm really close with my family and my tight knit group of friends. I'm a huge fan of music, art, street art/graffiti, photography, playing golf and I love to travel when I have the opportunity. I've been as far away as South Africa and will be heading to Austin, Texas for the first time in the fall.
Mercy: What started your interest in acting?
Drew: Apart from watching movies and tv, I was a pretty goofy kid growing up who was actually quite shy, so making my friends laugh with various impersonations I did was a way to fit in and feel outgoing, but it wasn't until high school that the acting bug actually bit. A replacement drama teacher that had just transferred from a New York acting school took over for our regular teacher who was on maternity leave. She taught us Stanislavski acting technique stuff which was a real departure from what they would normally teach and I instantly fell in love with it. Well she must have seen something in me, because next thing I know I was performing on stage for the first time as the lead in that year's school production! Performing in front of all those people and feeling their energy was a high I'll never forget and it's led me to where I am today.
Mercy: What can you share about your role in WHC?
Drew: I play Daniel Olsen, a long time ranch hand of Tess Stewart (played by the wonderful Wendy Crewson) who's also best friends with Chuck (played by the uber talented Greg Hovanessian). Without giving anything away, some serious drama goes down in Brookfield and you'll just have to tune into the show to find out what happens ;)
Mercy: What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Drew: Ummm, I tend to do some odd things when I'm alone that is somehow captured by my sneaky
girlfriend. So for a taste to see me in all my glory, check out her instagram @morgankohan under the highlights "DDWT" (Drew Does Weird Things) It's definitely good for a laugh or two.
|Drew and Morgan at the TCA's|
Mercy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Drew: I'm becoming more and more of a homebody these days, so watching a few episodes of a show or taking in a podcast are things that relax me. I'm also adamant to spend time with my friends as much as possible, so normally we'd grab brunch or see a movie. On the weekend, I love to head to Toronto island for the day and hit the beach or just chill in a park. Aside from that, I've taken up boxing the past year and am really enjoying that!
Mercy: If your life had a theme song what would it be?
Drew: Great question! I'd say "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" by Roy Ayers or anything Anderson Paak.
Mercy: What is the most rewarding part of being an actor?
Drew: Aside from all the fancy perks - events, red carpets, premieres, it's the fact that I get to use my imagination and literally play for a living - and then on top of that get paid to do it?! I truly love what I do and having the opportunity to be creative for a living is a dream come true for me.
Mercy: Any other upcoming projects you can share about?
Drew: I just wrapped a few projects that will be coming out next year. "Jade's Asylum" a feature that was shot in Costa Rica and premiered at the 2019 Fantasia Festival will be hitting the festival circuit and I just shot a juicy guest starring role on the CBC series "Diggstown."
If you don't already, please be sure to follow Drew on social media through the links below. This is an actor you definitely will want to be following. I've followed his career for about a year now and while I know I already said it once, it was such a pleasure getting to interview him.
Lastly, When Hope Calls will be available starting TOMORROW on Hallmark Movies Now with new episodes weekly. This is a show the whole family is sure to love so make sure to sign up. It's only $5.99 a month!
|Drew w/ Greg Hovanessian|