It’s not every day that you meet an interesting and multi-talented human that you can also crack terrible jokes with over a cup of coffee (or a glass of bourbon, or both, who’s counting). And yet, that’s exactly what happened when I sat down with actor/playwright/director/all around cool guy Matthew Willson.
Matthew Willson, one of Canada’s most versatile actors of stage and screen, has starred in numerous television and film productions, including Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, and Queer as Folk. His award winning role in Skinning the Cat, a film adaptation of the play of the same name is one of his proudest accomplishments to date, but his first love truly is theatre. His roles in that realm include classics like 12 Angry Men (Reginald Rose), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare), Amadeus (Peter Shaffer), and Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett).With experience both on and off camara and/or the stage, Willson also prides himself on being a mentor for his fellow actors and show creators, working as a singing and dialogue coach among other leadership roles. I mean the man can also drum, swim, is trained as a fencer, can speak in over two dozen accents and dialects. And if that wasn’t enough, Willson will be submitting not one, not two, not three but SIX films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. And ever the multitasker, he acted, produced and directed many of those films. So if you’re looking forward to TIFF, make sure to add On The Line. Actor, Politics, Hotel Room, Negotiation, Bang! Bang! Bang! and Humanity to your Must See lists!
I got the chance to chat with Willson, and frankly, it was a blast. He’s a great actor, singer and one of my favorite people to run into at parties. Check out the interview below and find out why we are so addicted to Matthew Willson.