This week we’re crushing on Matthew Willson!
Matthew Willson is an award-winning Canadian actor and director with more than 500 stage performances to his credit. A versatile and talented character actor, he also boasts numerous TV and film credits, including roles in Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, The Strain, and Queer as Folk.
While his early work was primarily in theatre, where he has been honored for his work on stages across Ontario, his more recent successes on TV and in large commercial campaigns has led to roles on the big screen. In 2010, he produced and starred in Skinning the Cat, a feature-length film that he helped adapt from the hit Fringe stage play of the same name. It received accolades at several international film festivals. Most recently, he joined Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in the film Arrival.
Get to know Matthew with us below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
In the past, I would first notice if she was polite, pretty and interested in others. Many women I used to date, would constantly talk about themselves.
What is your definition of romance?
Romance to me, is all about connection and communication. I think that even if you’re at different ends of a room, at a party, if you look at each other from across the room, if you have a real connection, if you share a secret smile towards each other, THAT IS romantic. Romance isn’t planned and it doesn’t have to be roses and chocolates or scheduled.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
My ideal date, as I learned when I was a serial dater, was it seemed to be better when it was something really easy and cheap. Or of course, going to the theatre. I’d date Kellyanne Conway, if she had good theatre seats
What’s your instant deal breaker?
If she’s on her phone! Other than checking on something, if they’re constantly texting, get up and leave. If you don’t, you’ll regret it later.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
My cousin once told me, “Matty, really listen to women. Ask them about them! Most guys don’t! These women date men and all the dudes want to do is to impress them with dopey stories about they’re dopey lives. Be the one guy who’s interested in them. And if they’re genuinely interested in you, they’ll ask”
My cousin was absolutely right! I was a serial dater and it was extremely rare if a woman asked about me. I’ll bet in 100 dates I went on, maybe 5 asked questions about myself. Now my wife? She interrogated me!