But all you really need to know is that Tim plays Tommy Quincy, the producer of a teenaged singer-songwriter named Jude Harrison, who won an American Idol-like talent competition.
You just got back from vacation, right? I heard you were down in Guatemala. Yeah, I just got back. It was more just traveling. Oh, I loved it! My friend came down later and we traveled all over the country.
It was amazing, one of the best times I ever had. But I did get stung by a scorpion, so that was kind of…weird. Were you out in the jungle?
How does that happen? You know, I was out in the jungle, I was kayaking, I was climbing volcanoes, I was horseback riding, nothing bad happened. I got on a shuttle bus to leave from Monterrico to Antigua, sat down on a chair, and there was a scorpion on my chair.
It stung me in the back of the neck. But it was one of these non-venomous kinds of scorpions, so I passed out for two hours and then I was fine. Those are the bad guys. But this one was pretty black, so it was okay. I know you had to do a little voice work for Instant Star today, but otherwise do you have some time to ease back into your acting schedule? The first week I got back I booked a movie in Montreal. I auditioned the first or second day I got back and booked it pretty fast.
Does Montreal have a hopping film scene? Not so much now as it used to. You shot a film in Iran, Sometimes Virtual. Were you prepared for that experience? Who could be prepared for that? You know what, I was wrapping Instant Star, it was the last two days, and it was all I was thinking about. Who goes to Iran to shoot a movie? So I had to do it. The script was tough to get at first because he was totally Iranian, this guy, and he had transcribed it in broken English.
But I got the gist of it, and it was really spiritual and beautiful. I was supposed to be there for 28 days. Was it what you thought it was going to be? I went there, and it was the most life-changing experience I think I could ever have. It was so amazing. The people were beautiful, warm and giving. The toughest thing for me over there was the way they treat women, because of the Muslim culture. If I said anything, they would get in trouble.
I go crazy when I think about it. What type of person is your character Sam? Pure is about the 80s rave scene. The biggest thing was the after-hours parties, and everyone with their glow sticks and the whole thing. And she gets back with the ex, and regrets being with the ex. Were you involved with that club scene in the 80s? Definitely no raving for me. No clubs, no after-hours. Did you learn anything about that scene while filming the movie, that maybe surprised you, or made you think differently?
Do you know if there are plans to distribute Pure in the U. Lots of actors make their screen debut in horror films. If you were able to choose the role that would make you a big star, what kind of character would you choose, and what kind of film would it be? Maybe a coming of age story — a character that grows and builds like that, and comes from somewhere hard and can overcome something. I love to cry. Any other movies in the can or on the horizon, other than the one you are leaving for on Friday?
I just go one at a time. I get something, I read it, I like it, and I choose to do it. Instant Star is my real love. I just turned down that play. Or was the script just not right? It was just a little too gratuitous at some points.
Are you interested in eventually trying your hand at writing or directing? If I did, it would be really awful. No directing for me. I do write things now, and I would love to write, maybe an episode of Instant Star.
Were you approached directly for the role of Tommy on Instant Star, or did you audition? I went in and auditioned once. As soon as I read the script, I knew I could do the guy. I really liked him right away. I read for him, got a call back to read with Alexz, and the rest is history. Was it necessary that you be able to play the guitar and sing to win the role? They never asked me. What about the singing part of it?
Do you sing, is it a talent of yours? What other things about this show do you enjoy, besides getting to work with her? The people, we have the greatest group. We have the maestro on there, Wes Williams [who plays Darius]. He sold more records than almost anybody.
You also write music, right? Have you been approached about contributing to the show in that capacity? They let me write some stuff, and they let me play a lot of guitar.
I actually just bought drums! Does everyone hang out? We all hang out all the time. There are all these instruments around, and a lot of the time we just sit around having big jam sessions. Wes has rapped for everybody. And Kristopher [Turner], the Jamie character, plays the bass for real. Outside the set, most of the time I hang out with Kristopher. We went to Barcelona this year, and we go through a lot together.
He lives 10 minutes from my house. We met in Toronto, shooting Instant Star. You and Tommy both have a thing for leather jackets. Have you brought your own sense of style to the character? When I walked in to audition for that character, I was wearing my leather motorcycle jacket and the jeans exactly like Tommy wears. When I went in for my first fitting, they asked if I could just bring the stuff I wore to the audition. I pretty much wear my own stuff — I mean, now they bring me lots of new stuff, but originally the leather jacket thing was mine.
If you can tell me without giving too much away, what kinds of things is Tommy going to go through this season? He goes through a lot, I can tell you that much. Things are more important this year than they were the first. At the end of the show, where do you think Tommy will end up? Where you would like for him to end up? I think [Jude and Tommy] should be together!