Interview With Jack Turner

Hey everyone!
  I know I've been a little bit absent of late (I was on vacation on a cruise and just got home) but I am so thrilled for this to be my first interview sharing with you all after getting back.
  Kind of surprising with how much of a "Hallmarkie" I am but Jack Turner's work with Hallmark JUST came to my attention.  He's been a fan favorite appearing in movies such as "My Summer Prince", "One Winter Weekend" and the sequel to that "One Winter Proposal"!  So without further ado my interview with the incredibly talented Jack Turner.

Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jack: I grew up in the south of England, in a beautiful coastal town called Weymouth - otherwise known as the center of the universe... I went to college at Oxford, then moved to San Francisco where I was working for Google. I finished up at Google in 2012 or so, and I’ve been in LA for about 7 years now, working in film, TV, and commercials. I’ve been pretty lucky! Considering how late I started acting, I’ve been very fortunate to kind of get my foot in the door.

Mercy: What started your interest in acting?
Jack: When I was working at Google I got on the bus to work every day, right opposite an acting studio, Shelton Studios, in San Francisco. There was a beautiful picture of the founder that really drew my interest. I thought it would be good to take a class for professional development, and to do something creative - I took a class there and was instantly addicted. I did a couple years of night school and then felt like it was time to give it a shot in LA!

Mercy: What is your favorite part of working with Hallmark?
Jack: The people we get to work with are lovely. From cast to crew, everyone is there in great spirits, trying to make an uplifting movie. It’s always been a positive experience on set for me doing Hallmark. From the first day working on, “My Summer Prince”, my first Hallmark movie, every single day shooting has been a delight.

Mercy: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Jack: I’m pretty introverted. I love time by myself playing guitar or reading. Whenever I travel for work I nearly always rent a guitar so that I can get some practice in and find my time to chill out. I love coffee, and I love cake, I’m very partial to red velvet. So, I guess my dream time is hanging out with a guitar in one hand, a book in another, with a face full of red velvet. Multitasking!

Mercy: What is your favorite character that you’ve portrayed?
Jack: I just played a fun one, in a movie called “Red Devil”. Coincidentally, I just found out today that Sony will be releasing the movie in UK cinemas this summer, which I’m really excited about! I got to play a psychopathic, murdering, vigilante who thought he was on a mission from god - which was pretty different to a lot of the other roles I’ve had to date. It was really fun to get to grips with the psychology of a character like that, and try to figure out what made him tick.

Mercy: If you weren’t an actor what would your dream job be?
Jack: I’ve been really lucky with all my jobs through the years. I ran a fishing tourist boat when I was in my late teens and early twenties, worked for Google in London and San Francisco, and now I get to act for a living. I like to say the common theme in all of those jobs was free food! I’d go back to any of those jobs for sure. Right now, I’m working a lot more on creating my own content, and although writing is a major pain in the butt when it’s not working, it can be really fulfilling when you start to crack the puzzle. Hopefully I’m moving towards my dream job of creating, producing and acting in my own projects, we’ll see!

Mercy: What is the most rewarding part of being an actor?
Jack: You never know when you’re going to have a beautiful experience, or from what direction that’s going to come from. It might be investigating your character, it might be a scene that really hits you, or it might be seeing someone else’s work, making something more than the sum of the parts. I really value seeing the work editors put into a project. A good editor is a godsend! For me, it’s always rewarding to get to work with wonderful people. I love getting to know the crew on jobs - they’re so interesting, and it’s great being around so many diverse perspectives and personalities all working towards a common goal. It also can be rewarding when something goes smoothly, or when surprises come up, and everyone has to adapt to make it work! I really value acting from a production perspective, maybe more than other actors (except Taylor, she’s a production genius!). There are so many moving parts, it’s amazing a movie ever comes together - everyone has to work really hard to make it happen.

Mercy: What was your favorite part of filming One Winter Proposal?
W/ Taylor Cole on One Winter Proposal

Jack: The scenery in Banf was just spectacular. It’s good recon doing a movie like this - it gives me ideas for where to travel with my girlfriend! Being up there, taking the gondolas for miles, enjoying the fresh air, meeting the locals that work in the resort, all of it was an amazing experience. That said, I really enjoyed being back in Winnipeg! I really love that city, great food, great coffee, and the people are so friendly. Hopefully I get to work there again in the future.

Mercy: Any upcoming projects you can share about?
Jack: Yes, the English movie Red Devil I mentioned (I think that will be the final title, we never know until the last minute), I’m excited about that one because it’s going to be pretty different! Aside from acting, I just did a soundtrack for a friend’s movie - “Steam Room Stories, The Movie” by JC Calciano. I was an actor in a movie of his a few years ago, “The 10 Year Plan”, and now he’s one of my best friends. He came to me and said he was struggling for music in his movie. I’m a half-decent musician, and I said I could help him with a couple songs. It turned into about 15 cues, which was maybe half the soundtrack! It was a really fun process, and I got to work with a couple of my closest musical friends, Daniel Capellaro, and Sur Chevvie, as part of the process. I’d like to do more soundtracks, and I think I’ll approach Hallmark with some music in the first half of the year! Hopefully they like it!

Jack, thank you so much for taking the time to be on my blog.  It was a pleasure to feature you and I can't wait to see more of your upcoming projects!
Readers, you all know know talented this actor and I am positive you are just as excited as I am about seeing his upcoming movies.  If you don't already please click the links below and follow him on social media.

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Until next time,
~Mercy
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