The Haunting At Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

Interview With Raf Rogers

Photo credit: Karolina Turek
Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Raf: My name is Rafael but I usually go by Raf Rogers. I was born in small town Brazil and grew up in Ottawa to a postal worker and a Portuguese translator. I was in French immersion from elementary to high school and subsequently don't know how to do math in english. I grew up speaking French, Portuguese and English which has given me an ease in learning new languages. I speak Spanish and a bit of German and know how to say “you're very beautiful” in 12 languages. I love basketball, improv, comic books and can jump my own height. My ideal role would be a funny and charming action hero – so basically Chris Pratt.


Mercy: What started your interest in acting?
Raf: I'd been performing in choir and being a ham for my family most of my childhood but was also really shy. I really got interested in acting when I saw Ace Ventura for the first time. It was one of many films that I could and would recreate from start to finish for my friends at recess; unsolicited. I did that for SNL sketches and other movies more and more and it all came to a head on a school trip; on our way to Dorval Airport in Montreal, classmates and strangers alike were waiting with bated breath for my next joke or retelling of comedy skits. I never imagined I'd have so much attention. I've been chasing that dragon ever since.

Mercy: You have an exciting role in It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.  Tell us about your role. What was it like working on this Christmas movie?
Raf: I essentially am the best friend in this Christmas romantic comedy.   It was a great experience, I loved the cast, working with Eric Mabius (Signed Sealed Delivered, Ugly Betty), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica), the crew – it was non-stop laughs. Getting my good friend Viv Leacock and I in a room together is a recipe for rapid-fire jokes.

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Mercy: What is the most rewarding part of being an actor?
Raf: Earning the reaction – the laugh, the cry, the outrage, the horror – it is the best!

Mercy: What was your favorite part of filming the TV series Valley of the Boom?
Raf: Getting to work with Matthew Carnahan. He created one of my favorite shows of all time: House of Lies. I'm one degree of separation away from Don Cheadle and that cast. That's a huge win for me.  

Mercy: Any behind the scenes stories you can share from any of the productions that you have worked on?
Raf: This story has evolved and been exaggerated for effect and kept anonymous to protect those involved. We were shooting on a particularly cold night and the costumes department was nice enough to provide hand and foot warmers to keep us from getting too cold. In between set ups, a few of us were in the green room just chatting and waiting. The conversation died and it got a little awkward and then to fill the silence, another actor started to complain that the warmers weren't doing anything for them. The hand ones were working fine but the toe heaters didn't work. I told them that mine were working great. That's when they pulled off their boot, reached in and pulled out a warmer that was still in it's wrapping. My friend and I just looked at her and burst out laughing and he said “Oh, no!!! You have to take it out of the wrapper!” We all had a good chuckle. I had to tell the rest of the cast and we shared moments of forgetting to take off the wrapper. We laughed about that for weeks, exaggerating the reaction more and more each time.  Once, they threw the warmer on the ground, lit it on fire and screamed at it “You're hot now,aren't ya?!”


Mercy: What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Raf: I really like making desserts and baking. It started when my mom taught me how to make Puddim de leite condensado; that's basically Portuguese for flan. I also just discovered a recipe for key lime pie dip. Invite me to your pot luck and you won't be disappointed.  

Mercy: Any other upcoming projects/things you can share about?
Raf: Aside from the Christmas film I'm writing a podcast called Mothership. It's about a boy looking for his mom in space and he gets mixed up in an intergalactic war.

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