Interview With Actor Yannick Bisson, “Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery”

By Ruth on June 11, 2016 in Interview, movie, mystery, television
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Sometimes, when my busy schedule allows it, I happen to notice what the top Hallmark actors are tweeting about in reference to their upcoming movies, and this is one time I struck gold, in a sense. Canadace Cameron Bure happened to tweet about one Yannick Bisson being in her next Aurora Teagarden film. Well, I, being the good little Hallmark supporter I am, jumped on this news and headed over to see who this guy was. I asked him for an interview, and for the next two months, we played “social media tag.” Thankfully, Yannick and I finally brought this game to a fruitful conclusion and carved out some time in our frenetic schedules for him to answer some questions about his upcoming film, as well as a brief examination of his career in general.
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How did you get started in the acting profession? What kind of training have you had?

I began taking a kids class, “Acting For the Camera,” when I was about thirteen. I had just moved from Tampa Bay to Toronto, and I was bored. I sold my dirt bike and found the classes.  It was fun, and the people there were encouraging. They also took it seriously (many today are a cash grab, sadly). At the end of it all, they provided you with lists of agents and photographers to get you on your way. I then landed an agent and started hitting the audition circuit in Toronto soon after. I landed a Bubble Yum advertisement for my first job.

Many people fondly remember you from Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye. Please tell us about your experience working on that show.  Any chance of a reunion show?

Sue Thomas was a tough job–for lots of reasons. I don’t see a reunion in my future.

I recently started watching Murdoch Mysteries.  Frankly, I’m hooked now. To what do you attribute the show’s longevity and success? What have you enjoyed most about that show? How did you get involved with it?

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I first read for the role in Los Angeles in 2006, I think. I was heading back to Toronto for that summer and didn’t hear a thing about it for many months. There was an actors’ strike in Canada that year that halted all production. Later that fall, I was brought in for another round of meetings and was told that the network was having a tough time deciding between a younger or older actor for the role. I asked who the older actor was and….it was me. I didn’t feel too confident about my chances at that point. But as luck would have it, I was to be William Murdoch.

To be honest, I didn’t think the show would last very long, but only because of the landscape at the time. There wasn’t a single period show at the time. The story and characters were great, so I gave it my all anyway.

Ten years later, I can’t really point to one specific thing making it a success. In fact, every person that I speak to seems to enjoy completely different aspects of the show and in different combinations. Some like the mystery, some the romance, some the history and others, the comedic parts or historical figures. Never the same.

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Mouna Traore, co-star (Rebecca James) Murdoch Mysteries

“Yannick is a most gracious actor and working with him has been a delight. The fact that he is still so beloved as Detective Murdoch speaks volumes about who is both on and off screen.  After 10 seasons, he’s as focused and supportive as ever and it’s been a wonderful experience being able to watch him work.”
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Please tell us about the upcoming Aurora Teagarden film. What is the main premise (without giving away any spoilers), and how does your character fit into things?

The Aurora Teagarden movies are fun, light, mystery movies that star Candace Cameron Bure. I was asked by the producers to meet with them for the role while in LA this year. We had a great time shooting in Vancouver, and it looks like they’ll be doing more of them. Most often, the male role in this type of movie is a bit superfluous, but my guy is pretty cool, ex-CIA-agent-turned-businessman with a spotty record. I can work with that.

What was it like working with the Hallmark brand? What was it like working with your co-stars?

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Hallmark has a good thing going. They know their audience and have a good group of people making stuff. Candace is her own established brand, of course, and so are these movies. I came in for the third one. She was very welcoming and I could tell immediately that she is a hard worker. Meeting Marilu Henner was a big thrill. It was a great atmosphere on set.

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Giles Panton, co-star Aurora Teagarden

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Picture Credit: Liz Rosa

 

“Yannick is a really funny and charming guy. 

He got along great with everyone.

He was very professional and easy going.”
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Any other upcoming works that you can mention?

Look out for Wolfcop 2, a high concept horror/comedy for CineCoup. I go completely to the other side in this one as a very bad, bad guy!

I’m filming Hellmington this weekend in North Bay. This is also part of the Coup company and is more of a traditional horror/thriller. I do a cameo as a very quirky professor (slash!) taxidermist. Creepy to say the least.

As you have a family, how do you balance your entertainment career with your family time?

Getting great time with my family has always been a big priority. It helps to balance me as a person, and my girls help me keep my ego in check. My wife has always been my biggest fan and I hers. I couldn’t do what I do without her love and support. Even when times were rough (most of our time together), one of us always stayed home while the other worked. I think that is paying very good dividends in our girls now.

Any plans/interest in the future to write, direct, or produce?

I have been directing on Murdoch for about five years, but I’m focusing more on other projects now. I’m working on optioning a series of books for adaptation to television. I’m also becoming part of an exciting  new production company–more news on that soon.

Yannick Bisson (L), Chantal Craig (M) and Jonny Harris (R) 23rd Annual Gemini Awards 2008 at the Intercontinental Hotel - Arrivals Toronto, Canada - 28.11.08 Credit: WENN (Newscom TagID: wennphotostwo061421) [Photo via Newscom] wennphotostwo061421_gemini_awards_59_wenn2194862.jpg

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I cannot thank Yannick enough for taking the time to answer these questions, and thanks to him, my mom and I have a favorite new show (Murdoch Mysteries). After scrutinizing his responses, I realize that though he might have a bit of mystique sometimes to his persona, that is indeed an integral part of his charm. He is one who takes his work seriously, and he never forgets his roots. This I believe unequivocally. Why? Well, in addition to everything else here, he has several charities with whom he works that focus on helping children with cancer and more (I will list those links below). I think that anyone who devotes himself not only to crafting clever, three-dimensional characters with introspective charm and personalities filled with passion–whether controlled or not–but still make time for family, charity work, and even social media interaction, is one to receive only my highest commendation.  I do believe he has found (and practices) a victorious combination that will ensure the future success of his projects. But more importantly,the very way in which he has chosen to live his life will decidedly solidify his genuine triumph as a member of the human race who unswervingly believes in treating all with kindness, compassion, and respect. Do not forget to tune into the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network on Sunday, June 12, to see him in action in the new Aurora Teagarden film!

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Charities Yannick Supports

Childhood Cancer Canada

Camp Oochigeas

Toronto Sick Kids Hospital (Note: this links to the Canadian foundation, not just the Toronto chapter)

Sheena’s place (a resource center for people with eating disorders and their families)

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42-year-old single mother of an active 13-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher

8 Comments

  1. the Oracle June 14, 2016 Reply

    I hope he becomes a regular on the Teagarden series, as well as continuing on Murdoch.

    The thing I like best about Murdoch is that the scripts are intelligent and fun.

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      Ruth June 14, 2016 Reply

      I agree with you 100%!

  2. Martha Johaningsmeir June 14, 2016 Reply

    Thank you Ruth!!! Hard to tell if he liked Sue Thomas or not. But I do like him as an actor and can’t wait to watch Aurora this next week (been studying for finals)…

    BTW, I live in WA. state as well!!! Over on Olympic Peninsula!!

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      Ruth June 14, 2016 Reply

      Martha–wow what a small world. We’re neighbors. It sounds as though Sue Thomas had some internal issues, but thankfully he’s on Aurora Teagarden and Murdoch Mysteries. He’s a great guy, too, which in my book, goes really far! By the way, you share my daughter’s name! Hope all goes well with your finals!

  3. Megan Bednarick July 6, 2016 Reply

    Having read and heard many interviews with Yannick I can say he enjoyed working on ST-FBE but it was very difficult and hard work because they had to shoot group scenes over and over because they had to make sure Sue could see everybody. Those scenes were often shot with showing everyone’s perspective, and that can be hard. I’ve heard they can take 3 days just to shoot the dinner scenes on Blue Bloods so you can understand the bullpen scenes in Sue Thomas were hard with 7 principal actors. He always wanted to play an FBI agent and it was filmed in Toronto so that helped on the home front. Please don’t read into his answers that there was trouble on the set. Yannick would never complain so he has a tendency to be closed mouth,careful not to say too much.

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      Ruth July 6, 2016 Reply

      Megan, thank you–I know people have asked me, and I really didn’t think anything bad of him. That was his answer, and I took it for what it was. But perhaps this will help some people who have been concerned that there were problems. I think very highly of Yannick for sure, but this might clarify things a bit.

  4. Carol Markham October 9, 2016 Reply

    Will Yannick Basson continue guesting on Aurora Teagarden? He and Candance have such great chemistry.
    I’ve been a Murdock fan for years. I hope he never retires.
    Thanks.

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      Ruth October 9, 2016 Reply

      I believe he’s in the next one. When he was asked, all he said on twitter was that he was trying to figure out if he would. So that’s all I know.

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