For those who follow me fairly closely, you are probably well aware of how I feel about the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series. In their most recent offering, From the Heart, I noticed several extraordinary actors featured throughout the film, and it just so happens that Aaron Craven was one of those momentous actors. You might remember his character’s very touching scene in the hospital as he beheld the woman he loved begin to fade away. Aaron is one busy guy, but thankfully, he was able to carve out a few minutes to answer some questions about his career, with a specific focus on his Hallmark works.
What inspired you to become an actor?
I really fell into acting a bit later than some actors do. I was a jock in high school and took drama class to hang out with girls–truthfully. My drama teacher told me he was putting me in the school play, while insisting that I had a talent and that I should investigate it. His dedication to teaching and love of the craft is what really first piqued my interest in acting, although I still didn’t consider it as a professional career at that point. It really was a slow progression of taking more theatre classes in university and eventually realizing that I was taking more theatre classes than any other subject! The romanticism of the acting lifestyle had slowly but completely engulfed me. I ended up majoring in theatre and at about 23-24-years-old, I got an agent and have never looked back.
Since you’ve been in several Hallmark projects, please comment on why you like working with the Hallmark brand.
They keep employing me. Must be my choirboy looks?
Please tell us about your When Calls the Heart experience and what that was like.
It was great working with the director Michael Rohl on that episode. I’ve worked with him a few times, and he’s such a personable guy and fun director to work with. He really likes actors and makes you feel totally at home on set. Pascale Hutton is a sweetheart as well. Everything about that shoot was great, apart from the freezing weather.