Through these small and exclusive interviews called ‘5 Questions with a Cast Member‘, discover some of the ‘Ghosts‘ series cast member.
Today, in exclusivity, let’s meet Stuart Fink who plays one of the basement ghost.
- Can you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Stuart Fink, I’m 33 years old and am based in Toronto. I was born and raised in Montreal, so no matter how many years I’m away from there I’ll always be a good Quebecois boy. Go Habs Go! I live with my 5 year old rescue pup, a potcake named Clio. She is, arguably, the cutest dog on the planet.
- How did you get into acting? Who is your inspiration?
I started doing the musicals at my high school in grade 9. I had never acted before, but a girl I had a crush on asked me to audition, so how could I say no? When I started I discovered I had a natural aptitude for performing, and it instilled in me a level of confidence I hadn’t had at that point in my life. I honestly owe everything of who I am to discovering performing at that age, so I’ll always be grateful that I stumbled upon it when I did. Never got to date the girl though. Ah well.
There are certain character actors whose careers I’ve always admired. For years these actors would get small but fascinating roles in tons of work, and they were always memorable. Eventually that lead to them being so respected in the industry that they were given the chance to lead their own projects, and they killed it. That’s the career I want. Actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Paul Giamatti, among others. William H. Macy too, I’m binging Shameless right now.
- Can you describe a typical filming day on the set of ‘Ghosts’?
Sure. A typical day will involve checking in with the base camp AD (Assistant Director). I’ll head to my trailer, get comfy, and change into my costume. Costume for Ghosts is pretty easy, a raggedy frock. Then I’ll head to the hair trailer where they make sure my hair is consistent with what’s been previously shot, then to makeup where they turn me into a Cholera Victim. All the while I’m catching up with the crew members I’ve gotten to know, and saying hi to the other cast members, great actors like Cody Crain, Arthur Holden and Nigel Downer, my fellow cholera ghosts. Once we’re on set it’s a whole of of hurry up and wait. There’s so many moving parts to every shot, and the actors are basically slot in as one of the last steps after all the crew have arranged the scene and lighting. We’ll do a few takes, talking about it after each one with the director to try some new ideas or aim to hit a moment slightly differently. Then repeat that process over and over till the day is done!
- Can you talk about your next project, something you are currently working on?
I actually can’t quite talk about it yet! Wish I could, it’s a big career opportunity for me. But it’s not clear yet how much I’m allowed to say about it. What I CAN say is I’ve been filming a great role in a movie being shot in Montreal (at the same film studio that we shoot Ghosts) and that it will be released to the public at *cough* CHRISTMAS-TIME *cough* of this year. Soon as it comes out, or they release the cast list to the public I’ll be happy to let the Ghosts fans know about it, and I hope you watch it and like it.
- Do you have a last word, anything else to share?
I’d just like to say how exciting it is to be a small part of a project that has connected in such a meaningful way to such a large audience. Ghosts is a terrific show for the stressful times we’re all living in. It comforts us and makes us smile, takes us away from the problems of the day. And it’ll be my absolute pleasure and joy to contribute to it for as long as the creators of the show see fit. Maybe the cholera ghosts INVADE THE UPSTAIRS!?! Who knows. Crazier things have happened.
Thank you very much Stuart for joining us! You can follow him on Instagram (@stuartcfink).