Exclusive: Interview With Jeremy Guilbaut

Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my interview with Jeremy Guilbaut!  You Hearties will recognize him as Ray Wyatt in this last season of WCTH.  He has since been in multiple Hallmark movies and has quickly become one of the "Hallmarkies" favorite actors. It was a joy for me to be able to chat with him so, without further ado my interview with Jeremy!

Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Jeremy: Sure, I grew up in Vancouver. My dad is from France and my mom is from LA, so kind of have an international family.  I lived in Paris for awhile when I was younger, and I'd go back and forth to California a lot because of my relatives.  I now live in LA. But I love Vancouver, and like I said grew up there, and do most of my acting up there which is how I got in to a lot of the Hallmark stuff. And other than that, I also have an online business, I'm into producing various movies and tv series, that's what I'm working on now.  So lots of stuff going on!

Mercy: What started your interest in acting?
Jeremy: Well, I loved acting in high school. My high school had a pretty intensive drama department that was pretty well known. It's called Double Long Drama; it's where we did multiple long periods of acting.  We did school plays and everything, I really loved doing that. And then my friend that was in that class, he was in film and television, and he helped me get with his agent (that I'm still with to this day). So that's kind of how I got into the film and television side of things.  But I started out in theater - I actually started out really early.  Even in elementary school, I loved doing theater.  So that's how that came about! :)

Mercy: If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Jeremy: Oh man, I have no idea...well, a guy who I like a lot when he was younger would be John Cusack.

Mercy: What was one of your favorite parts of being on When Calls The Heart?
Jeremy: I just really loved my character (even though he was evil). But he was a great character because he was a really good villain for the show. It had had villains, but this was one you could really sink your teeth into.  He kind of had two sides to him at the beginning.
With Jack Wagner on "WCTH"
 He had some layers, and he was tricking people and playing the charming card, but obviously underneath there were a lot of dark undertones. So I would say the character; the layers and the different themes I was able to play because of how they wrote that character. And then, obviously, working with all of the cast. That was great! I loved working with Jack Wagner, he was really fun to work with, for one example.

Mercy: What is your favorite character that you've portrayed?
Jeremy: Let's see, I liked my character in Destination Wedding that I did recently. He was a fun character.  My most fun role, even though I wouldn't say he's my favorite character, would be on the tv series I did called The Guard (which was about the Canadian Coast Guard,
From "The Guard" 

I did that for a couple years) that was a great character and role.  We had a lot of great scenes and my cast-mates were great. That was probably my most fulfilling role that I've done.

Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Jeremy: I would say probably the fact that I have, outside of acting, a pretty successful online business. I'm busy doing other stuff all the time, outside of acting. :)

Mercy: Can you share a little bit about your business?
Jeremy: Well, we help people in their career field, we help people with getting jobs and advancing their careers. I have a business partner. And that's just one of our properties. We have multiple websites and that's just one example of one that have.

Jingle Around The Clock

Mercy: What is a role you have not played that you would like to?
Jeremy: That's a good question. I would definitely like to play-- I did a mini series for Hallmark a long time ago called Snow Queen, which was a period piece. When Calls The Heart was a period piece, but I'd like to do some more period pieces. I think those are fun!  I mean, I did that with When Calls The Heart, but it would be fun to do some in a different era.  Those were both kind of around the same time - turn of the century- so I'd love to do some from even ancient times! Ancient Rome, even further back.  I've never done that, so it would be fun to do.  The only problem is they tend to cast British actors for those. :)

Mercy: Can you tell us a little about Jingle Around The Clock and your role in it?
Jeremy: Sure! So, Jingle Around The Clock I pleasantly found out was created by my friend Brooke Nevin; we used to be friends a long time ago, but I hadn't seen her in about 10 years! So it was really fun when I saw her on the cast picture board.  It's about some misunderstanding around
Cast of "Jingle Around The Clock"

Christmastime, and her trying to advance her job, and she's competing against a dashing, handsome and charismatic guy: Michael Cassidy, who is in from the big city.  There's some confusion because I play Elle's (Brooke Nevin's character) best friend Jay, so there's some miscommunication and misunderstanding of who likes who and things like that.  And "all's well that ends well in the end," as per is usual on Hallmark.  It's kind hard to describe, it doesn't have a simple through line.  The thing that I like most about the movie is that something in it that's unique from other Hallmark movies is that it has a real focus on Elle's group of friends. They hang out every day at the coffee shop. The script takes a really long time developing those friendships and showing how important that group of friends is to Elle, the main character; which you don't always see to that degree in other Hallmark movies. I really like that aspect of it.

Christmas Questions Time!

Mercy: Can you share your favorite Christmas song?
Jeremy: I would say, probably Winter Wonderland! That's my favorite one out of the classics. And then I like some of the newer ones.  I like the Bruce Springsteen Christmas song, Merry Christmas Baby, that's a great one; probably my favorite contemporary one.

Mercy: Favorite Christmas Movie?
Jeremy: Oh, that's easy! National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, hands down. My sister and I watch it every single year. :)


Mercy: White or green Christmas?
Jeremy: Well, I like both because growing up it was interchanged between Vancouver, where I have a white Christmas, and then we have LA, which we call the beach Christmas, so that would be more of a green one. I love having both of them, and I still love switching them up so that's a hard one to answer.

Mercy: What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions or memories?
Jeremy: Part of my mom's background is Swedish, so we have this tradition of doing a Swedish Smörgåsbord.  The most fun thing about that is getting prepared, getting all the ingredients, cooking that with all the family. And then all the jokes we have about the various items that get served. For example, there's this horrible Swedish fish called lutefisk that has been a running gag for years and years, and any Swedes out there know what I'm talking about. :) It's this disgusting, preserved white fish that you have to go out of your way to find.  But it's traditionally served at a Swedish Smörgåsbord, so that's kind of a fun tradition right there that we always joke about. Nobody wants to ever eat it! :)

Mercy: And then lastly, do you have any other upcoming projects you can share with us?
Jeremy: Not as far as acting right now.  Mainly the ones I'm working on right now, I'm producing. We're working on one right now called What Keeps You Alive, and there are 3 more movies that are in the pipeline that are going to come. They're similar thrillers, but they are not at all Hallmark, so be warned. That's what we're working on right now, along with a tv series that I can't really talk about, but I'm working on that with another actor you might know called Jesse Moss. So that's what I'm currently working on.

Jeremy, thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  While yes, Jeremy's character on When Calls The Heart was that of a villain; he was one of my favorite characters they added last season.  I for one cannot wait to see Jingle Around The Clock this Saturday on Hallmark Channel!  Make sure to click through the links below and follow Jeremy on all his social media and as always, thank you reading my interviews.

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~Mercy
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