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Nick in "The Province"

There's an article about Nick in "The Province", the Vancouver newspaper but the online version is readable only by subscribers. Can some Vancouverite buy the paper version, P-p-pleeeeaaaa-se?

Well, am I dedicated or not? I bought the electronic issue.

Q&A: Local guy Nick Lea on X-Files, Whistler and . . . yellow snow?

— Dana Gee

When CTV’s new series Whistler hits the air tonight, many people will recognize hard-working local actor Nick Lea. A regular on The X-Files and a guest star on big-budget U.S. dramas like CSI and NYPD Blue, Lea returns to TV as Ethan MacKaye, a hard-working and hard-headed Whistler local who just happens to be the father of the Olympic gold-medal snowboarder who turns up dead. With all 13-episodes of Whistler’s first season in the can, Lea is busy on other career opportunities. The Province caught up with him as he was heading to L.A. to shoot a pilot.
Q. Did you give any of the younger Whistler cast members any general, sort of, fatherly advice?
A. It was kind of tough being the oldest person on set! I’m sure there was some crew members that had a few years on me, but . . .
Q. What about advice about the tough business you are in?
A. This cast is so good and so smart that they didn’t need me going on about the old days!
Q. What’s the best advice you have received?
A. Never eat yellow snow.
Q. What was your first professional job and what about that job is the most memorable for you?
A. Secret Lives with Dr. Don Dutton. Actors play out their “issues” with a real therapist. I’ll never forget that one of the lighting guys said to me after, “Hey, you know what? You’re pretty good.” That made my year!
Q. When you are not working what do you do to keep yourself busy?
A. Family and friends, Gulf Islands property, golf.
Q. Your Whistler character, Ethan MacKaye, is a former hot-shot skier? Do you ski or snowboard and if so which runs would we find you on the green, blues or double black diamonds?
A. Before I blew out my knees (hey! just like my character) I skied a lot, downhill and cross-country. I liked to cruise on green and blue runs.
Q. Did you have any sports heroes growing up?
A. Pele.
Q. Your character is the kind of guy who carries a grudge. Have you ever been known to carry a grudge?
A. I don’t carry a grudge very often. Usually I let it go in a day or so. But on the occasion that I’ve held one, I hold on pretty tight because trust is a big issue for me.
Q. How do you split your time up (Vancouver, Gulf Islands, L.A.)?
A. I split my time between all three.
Q. What are three things you really miss about B.C. when you go south to work?
A. I miss the seasons, the rain, the air, my girlfriend. You know, the simple stuff.
Q. Prior to Whistler, what has been your most memorable working experience and why? A. Working on X-Files for the first five years was a blast! Vertical Limit in New Zealand for six months wasn’t too shabby either!
Q. The first Whistler episode comes out swinging and cracks open more than a few interesting doors, can you dish on any of the storylines?
A. In terms of me getting killed off, you’ll have to tune in to find out, huh?
Q. If you were not an actor, what would you like to do for a living and why?
A. If I wasn’t an actor, I’d like to be a zoo curator or an archeologist or a beachcomber.
Q. What is on your work plate right now? A. It’s the busiest I’ve been in a while. Whistler, Butterfly on a Wheel, Bruce Sweeney’s American Venus, Vice, Kyle XY and Fox pilot Drive. This has all happened since April.

[picture is one we already know from the promo]


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25th Jun, 2006 18:42 (UTC)
Dammit, you beat me to it :-). Was about to give them my credit card number... ;)
25th Jun, 2006 19:01 (UTC)
And I have still credit to buy 3 usual issues, or 1 usual + 1 Sunday :o)
I must have a look at their crosswords, I think they have some? At least they have mixed words (the one you strike vertical, horizontal and diagonal till there's only one remaining, you know...)
I printed the three articles about Whistler, and saved them as a Work file with photos as I don't see how I can save the whole issue; but there's a "My collection" option that should help me recovering my favourite articles.

Notice our Nick is spontaneous as ever (yellow snow, huh?) - and still having the life he wished for. That's wonderful news! And his knees were hurt? Poor ratski...
25th Jun, 2006 19:05 (UTC)
I was amazed that his sports hero is Pele. This man has certainly taste in sports and I wonder how many WC games he´s already seen ;).
25th Jun, 2006 20:18 (UTC)
How many times will I remind you that in "French", WC means "water-closet" (loo)... Goes with the yellow snow, huh?
And Pele isn't that astonishing. Remember he played soccer at college and thought to become a professional. The only way I would watch a soccer game ROTFLMAO. When you see him running, like on the roof in "Ignition", those loooooong legs, yummy.
And always a golfer... I wonder what his handicap is now? A few years ago it was 8, woah!
26th Jun, 2006 10:52 (UTC)
Sure surprised me, as well! Though I gotta be honest and tell you that I'm not a bit Pele fan. He's a babbling idiot and full of himself. *shrugs* (like there aren't a whole lotta other soccer player like that... *veg*)

Anyway, I'm mucho impressed that he chose a soccer player. Not that I didn't already know that he loved soccer, mind you. But it was still a nice surprise.

Ah, Nick. You and I. Perfect match... *bg*
25th Jun, 2006 19:22 (UTC)
...Bruce Sweeney’s American Venus???

thank you for the article *hugs you*!!!
It's great to have him interviewed and such :D
25th Jun, 2006 19:53 (UTC)
Hmm, Nick cites a first acting job that I have never heard mentioned!

ps, I hope he is blowing smoke about his character being killed off. Bad Nick!
25th Jun, 2006 20:13 (UTC)
I knew about this, don't remember when or where I read about, and I don't know a lot more; the story was about a teenager having issues with his mother (re-married or something like that). He already told about the crew guy greeting him :o) Dr Don Dutton's website is here.
26th Jun, 2006 01:17 (UTC)
Interesting! I always thought the therapy thing Nick did was a stage play but Dr. Don's website lists it as CTV...so maybe, somewhere, somehow, there's a tape of Nick's appearance? Talk about a Holy Grail for NL fans!
25th Jun, 2006 20:30 (UTC)
Thanks for this, kaNd! Cool to be able to read this new interview.
25th Jun, 2006 21:03 (UTC)
Thanks for doing this! Really enjoyed the interview, but hated to hear about his knees! ouch!
26th Jun, 2006 01:14 (UTC)
OMG kaNd I LOVE YOU!! *smooch* Thank you SO much for going to all that trouble and expense to bring us this brand-new Nick interview! :D

I loved it. I remember reading somewhere about that therapist play being his first real acting job but I didn't know the name of it. Just imagining baby!Nick up there onstage emoting is enough to make my night, lol. And I loved the inside info on "Whistler". He has been so busy lately! Maybe he's saving up to buy his own island. ;)
26th Jun, 2006 02:37 (UTC)
I realize I am still learning ...but for some reason I thought he already owned the island he lived on. I remember seeing pictures and I thought it said "This is the island Nick owns and lives on." Anyone know what I am referring to?

Thank-you for purchasing and sharing this. I really enjoyed reading it and becoming more Nick educated...*S*...I haven't read many articles about him and I don't think I've ever read any interviews with him.
26th Jun, 2006 04:53 (UTC)
I'm not aware of him owning an entire island, just that he's had a house built on one of the Gulf Islands. It's VERY expensive real estate, I'm sure, which maybe explains his workaholic ways lately. ;)
27th Jun, 2006 02:06 (UTC)
I'm not sure why that tibit of incorrect info was laying around in my head. I thought I had read it somewhere that showed some pictures of the island he lives on. It could be something that I just interpreted wrong when I looked at the pictures...*S*...at any rate, I am glad it is expensive and keeping him working.
26th Jun, 2006 10:54 (UTC)
Thank you, kand! I could just snuggle that boy! LOL!

Though one thing for sure...if I were his girlfriend, I'd make sure I'm not part of the "simple stuff" he misses when he's away from home. *gives Nick evil glare* Bad boy, bad!

And I'm a bit confused...didn't someone say he split up with whatever woman he was dating? *scratches head*
26th Jun, 2006 12:28 (UTC)
He seems to have been with Sukhela for a while now (several years) - maturing, hey! And when he says "simple stuff", I don't think it's pejorative, rather that's elementary, like breathing. That's how I read it. Call me romantic.
27th Jun, 2006 06:04 (UTC)
yeah, that's how I took it, too, "simple" as in the standard things you miss: loved ones, weather...

If my Mike said that in an interview, I'd go "awwww." ;-)
27th Jun, 2006 06:00 (UTC)
Thanks so much. Nice article. :)

Hey, my boyfriend is a therapist, maybe he'd be into doing something like that with actors... that seems really cool.
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