Hearties & Hallmarkies.
Today I have the pleasure of sharing my 2nd and most recent interview featuring Ben Rosenbaum with you all.
I first interviewed him right about this same time last year, and was thrilled when he agreed to another! Ben is one of the most genuinely nice people I've ever had the chance to feature on this blog. Known to all fans of When Calls The Heart for his sarcastic wit, always taking the time to respond on social media, as well as being one of the best actors on WCTH (who definitely doesn't get enough screen time 😁 ) I know many, MANY people support me on this-- It's always a joy to catch up with him and I hope you all enjoy reading this interview as much as I did conducting it.
Ben: Oh boy, let me see… I’m from Minnesota, I love dogs, I was a bit of a class clown and a bit of a dork in school, and I have loved every city I’ve gotten to live in.
Mercy: What is one of your favorite memories of filming WCTH?
Ben: My first time working with Pascale in season. Because it was one of the first real 2-person scenes I got to do I was nervous and she made the whole experience much more relaxed and fun. We laughed a lot. Working with her on that scene made me excited to do more TV in general (at that point I’d done more theatre than film/TV).
Mercy: If you could be in a movie or stage production with any actor/actress who would it be?
Ben: There are so many, I honestly can’t name one. There are lots of super talented actors/actresses who I’m sure would be exciting to act with, but I wouldn’t know who to choose without knowing how they are as people. I want to work with people who treat others with respect and kindness. But… I realize that isn’t a fun answer, so I’ll say Robin Williams (since this is only imaginary).
Mercy: What is your favorite character that you've portrayed?
Ben: In college I played a character in Steve Martin’s play, The Underpants, named Klinglehoff. It is a small role in terms of stage time, but a huge role in terms of impact. He’s an uptight elderly man who is comically sensitive to what he considers immoral behavior. I think his first appearance in the play is an entrance and exit on an otherwise empty stage; no lines or interactions with anyone, and it never failed to get a huge laugh. It was an absurd role and I loved every second of playing him.
Mercy: What advice would you give a young person hoping to get into acting?
Ben: Just keep doing it. And study it with others if you have access to a good school or teacher. Read plays, see plays, watch movies and TV shows, and then live your own life with empathy and understanding of others. And you’ve got to start somewhere, so if that’s a school play then do your school plays; if that’s a local community theatre then do that. Just look for opportunities to act and never stop learning.
Mercy: What is your favorite Holiday food?
Ben: I’ve got fond memories of fondu on Christmas Eve.
Mercy: What is a role you haven't played that you'd like to?
Ben: Hamlet. I actually never particularly wanted to play Hamlet until I was in a play called I Hate Hamlet in which I played an actor who is terrified of the role and totally unprepared to accomplish the task. For some reason, ever since that play I’ve wanted to make the attempt. Maybe it was just because I talked about it a lot in that play!
Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Ben: I have a full back tattoo depicting the illustrated history of the TV series American Gladiator.
No not really, but that would be pretty surprising wouldn’t it?
Mercy: Can you share anything with us about season 6 of When Calls The Heart?
Ben: You’re going to love it!
Ben, Thank you so much for doing this. Readers, As I mentioned at the beginning of this interview Ben is one of the nicest, most encouraging people I've ever had on my blog. He's never to busy to interact with us fans, and I know that means a lot to so many people!
He is an actor that is a personal favorite of mine and I'm pretty sure he's one of yours now too! 😉 His humble dedication to his craft is rivaled by few.
If it's not already on your schedule, make sure to tune in to the Hallmark Channel on Christmas Day to watch Ben and the rest of the wonderfully talented cast of When Calls The Heart in When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing.
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