water lover. You name it and David knows it. David
is a very personable and knowledgeable guy who just keeps on
going with whatever he's focused on.
Born on April
5 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, David currently resides in
Vancouver (how conVenient!)
with writer / director Kelly-Ruth Mercier.
his professional acting career in his second year of college and
has since won a Leo Award!
guy you recognize in a gazillion productions. He's been in
"Battlestar Galactica," "The L Word" and "Smallville," just to
name a few.
forward to seeing you in "V," David!
- 7/11/2011 -
DAVID RICHMOND-PECK is doing
Equipped with single-use
cameras, your favourite celebs have unleashed their point & shoot creativity to
support EXPOSED! DOXA’s second annual Celebrity Camera Auction. The only
stipulation they have been given is that one of the photos must convey their
identity in some way. The celebrities have sent the undeveloped cameras back to
DOXA to be auctioned off on eBay during the festival."
took photos of many script notes made while creating Georgie on V.
Go check out the
auction on eBay and bid NOW!
05/05/10 - DAVID RICHMOND-PECK has been
nominated for a
Leo Award for the category of
Best Guest Performance by a Male
in a Dramatic Series V -
It's Only The Beginning. Congrats, David!
04/25/10 - Got a great pic and note from
"Hi Ilana - Hope you are fantastic! Here's a shot of me
(no shower, same clothes as yesterday, outside having coffee and
reading a script) - lol :) Taken with my beat up Macbook.
Keep up the awesome work. You rock!"
(Thanks DRP! We love ya no matter what you smell like!)
04/04/10 - "V" Fan
reports back from
Wizard World's Toronto Comic Con with
wanted to give a quick update and photos from Wizard World's Toronto
Comic Con, where I had the honor and pleasure of meeting David
Richmond-Peck! He didn't have a panel, unfortunately, but he was at his
booth pretty much the whole weekend, signing autographs and having
pictures taken. Everyone who met him thought he was super nice,
including me! lol
I was wearing my V shirt on day one, which he saw right away, so even
though I was standing in line with a friend to help her get some stuff
signed for charity from one of the other guests, I got drawn over to
David's table and chatted with him the whole time I was waiting for my
friend. I told him I'd gotten the t-shirt from you YEARS ago, and about
how I was wearing it when I'd met Morena back in 2006. I also told him
about the giant V poster I'd gotten her to sign, that was from one of
Toronto's bus shelters, advertising the show before it came out. He
said he really wanted to see it, because he'd seen them around
Vancouver, too, but never up close, so I promised to bring it in for him
on Sunday when it was slower, people-wise.
I chatted with him off and on between events on Saturday, too. He
seemed to be having a good time, and told me he'd called, like, 8 people
the night before, telling them that he was going to get to see one of
the big posters! lol
There was a fire alarm partway through the day on Saturday, and the
whole building had to be temporarily evacuated. I caught sight of a
little V placard by the entrance sign, so I stopped to take a quick shot
of that during the evacuation, as well! lol
Finally, Sunday arrived, and I lugged the huge poster tube downtown and
stowed it in the photographer's booth until it was time for the big
unveiling. David did not disappoint...he was so excited, he helped me
roll it out (we made room on Gil Gerard's abandonned table, as he'd had
to leave to catch his plane), and he got a good long look at it before
he signed. THEN he cajoled his sister and a convention volunteer to
hold the poster up behind his booth, while standing on chairs, so that
he and I could pose in front of it while my friend took pics! lol
She'd been taking shots the whole time, too, so that I could send some
to him, and some to you! ;)
He told me to contact him on Facebook and/or Twitter, because maybe I
could ship the poster to Vancouver and he'd get everyone to sign it
before they wrap, but it sounds like they are almost done the season,
and there won't likely be enough time now. :/
Still, it was an amazing offer for him to make!
He said he was going to "call Joel and tell him to tell Morena that he'd
gotten his hands all over her poster...and made it RIGHT!" LOL
It was so fun. He was so great and nice and funny...just really
down-to-earth and easy to talk to. Just the way I like my Resistance
I've included several pics from the weekend, as well as a miscellaneous
one of my friend and I with David Hewlett from Stargate Atlantis. It
was taken last summer, and I was wearing the shirt, so HE suggested that
we all pretend to tear our faces off in honor of the original show, as
well as the new one, which hadn't premiered yet! I thought you might
get a laugh out of that one, too! lol
Take care, and keep up the great work,
PS OMG your kiddos are SO CUTE!!! XD
PPS Apparently Michael Ironside also made a brief appearance at the
con, talking about a videogame he'd done one of the voices to, but I
didn't see him at ALL! He wasn't announced...I think he was just there
doing interviews. Still, I wish I'd seen him! I'd love to meet him!
DAVID RICHMOND-PECK (Georgie)
will be at
Wizard World's Toronto Comic Con March 26-28, 2010. (Thanks Sue!)
INTERVIEW WITH ILANA NOVEMBER 24, 2009
What do you think / read about when dabbling in your interest in human
psychology? Who or what got you interested in it?
Let me first say that the question makes me sound like a psychology
buff. I’m not. I have an interest in human behavior. While at work most
of my time and thought is spent on figuring out why my character thinks
or acts like he does. I guess you would say the work got me interested.
It’s now a vicious cycle (laughing)
What was your favorite part of one of your past interests: biology?
like biology but my favorite was debating. It’s what made me want to be
an actor. I loved being able to take on a belief system of someone I
disagreed with. It was the one thing I always worked hard at. I come
from a medical family and thus had an interest in science but never
wanted to pursue it.
You seem very well connected in today's world of social networking.
Were you ever an "onliner" before the Internet was big? Example: Did
you ever logon to BBS's (bulletin board systems) and just chat for hours
only started a few years ago. I do most of my script and character
research online. I find it fascinating that we have access to
information about almost anything. Social Networking is how we now share
information. It’s the way of the future that’s already here. (you can
find David on Twitter - @richmondpeck)
Regarding work, have you ever needed to travel outside the Canada /
California areas for a long period of time? If so, how does this affect
(or not affect) your home life?
haven’t had too much trouble. We’re used to having hectic schedules. My
home life is truly fantastic. I just wish sometimes I could be as
organized at home as I am with my work.
IR: Why does Kelly-Ruth put up with you?
(Laughing) I ask myself that question sometimes. She puts up with me
because we’re perfect for each other. I’m glad. We’re both demanding
for, and of, ourselves. So I guess I’m saying we’re both a pain in the
butt, but… I know quite a few people who envy us, as we’re both in the
business [so we understand what the other is going through]. We’re a
formidable team. (Uh…Is she going to read this?).
IR: What are your common distractions?
constantly distracted with the character I am playing. I have an odd
habit of completely exiting conversations to enter whatever world my
character is in. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing. It’s not a good habit.
Little things people say or do make always give me ideas about work.
Kelly-Ruth sometimes asks who she’s talking to. She always knows when I
’disappear’ and someone else is present.
Passion can sometimes escalate and/or be confused with obsession. Now
that 4 episodes are done, do you think your "V" character, Georgie, is
obsessed with spreading the truth about the Visitors or just passionate
about his beliefs? (or both?)
think it’s beyond passion. It's his purpose. It’s his destiny. That
storyline began well before we see him in the pilot. Is he obsessive?
Years ago,Georgie made the decision to turn his life over to a cause
after he suffered an unthinkable tragedy. Can we call it “obsessive” if
the person actually chooses the obsession? If yes, they Georgie
is definitely obsessed. Failure is not an option, in his mind.
an actor, what's it like having to react to items (ie Mothership or that
flying death-ball) that aren't really there? Does someone tell you
where to look, like a marker?
DRP: It’s always harder to
interact with something that’s not there. When looking at the probe we
were actually looking at some guy holding a metallic ball on the end of
a stick. That’s when the imagination kicks in. (laughs) It just makes me
think about what an amazing job I have. It’s like high stakes day camp.
the Pilot episode when the flying death-ball invades the Resistance
meeting, were you given a drawing or an advance peak at what the ball
would look like?
can’t remember. I think Yves described it to me at the cast dinner.
Steve (Pearlman) showed us a few images but I think it was after we had
already shot the scene.
What is/was your process of figuring out how you want to play Georgie?
Were you given a synopsis of his past history or did you make that up in
Characters always evolve. Life changes them as it does us. So the work
is constant. I’m a big believer in script analysis. I take every single
bit of information I can and use it to create or advance the character.
Once the map of that life and story is pulled from the script I’ll then
start to expand outwards and research from other sources. Georgie is the
product of dozens of hours of conversations with Kelly-Ruth (I think
she’s one of the finest coaches in North America, but she thinks I
exaggerate), some good collaboration with Yves, and countless hours
writing and answering questions. Georgie and I have become very close.
the 4 episodes filmed so far, which Georgie scene stands out the most to
you? Which Georgie scene had the most Takes? (take 1, take 2, etc.)
Why did that scene have to be shot over and over again?
the scene with Father Jack in the church in the third episode. The
characters are in opposition but there is a great connection between
them. It’s the start of something. It’s a moment that changes the
direction of their lives. We shot that scene late at night and we were
short on time. I really wanted more takes. There were no outrageous
number of takes in any scene but shooting T.V. moves much faster than
How do you go about learning your lines for any character? Do you read
through the entire script first or do you thumb through the pages and
only read your character's scenes, then go back and read the entire
script? Do you have a "special place" you always go to when learning
your lines, like a favorite chair or place outside?
start by reading the script. Without boring you with too much of my
process learning the lines is the absolute last thing I do. By then I’ve
done so much research the lines are just there. They make sense.
a particular place where I do my work. I have twenty-four hour access to
my friend Kevin McNulty’s garage. Kevin is an extremely talented actor
and is accustomed to my weird working hours. I call it “The Office”. We
just installed a wood-burning stove to keep it warm during the winter.
I used to do my work at 24-hr coffee shops, and I’m pretty sure there
are a lot of people in Vancouver who’ve seen me talking to myself at all
hours of the night and wondering if maybe I shouldn’t be out unescorted.
Please share ANYTHING about "V" that will make the fans drool -
something behind the scenes that fans wouldn't normally know.
want to have fun on the set of “V” go to the make-up trailer. We have
some great conversations in there. It’s the calm before going to the
storm of work. A typical day is fourteen hours. That doesn’t include
whatever preparation I may want to accomplish for the following shooting
day. We have trailers that are extremely comfortable but if I’m sitting
in the trailer I’m most likely finishing work on the upcoming scene. I’m
sure some people have an idea of it being extremely glamorous but it
really is a long, tightly packed day of work. As far as sharing
something to make you drool? There is something about the resistance I
could tell you…Oh, wait. (laughs) Then I’d have to kill you.
What upcoming shows/films can we look forward to seeing you in?
worked on Joe Carnahan’s prequel to “Smokin’ Aces” directed by P.J.
Pesce. That’ll be released in the January. I also just completed an
episode of “Fringe”. I’m reading two film scripts at the moment but it’s
too early to comment on either. I’ll usually tweet on twitter if I know
something’s about to air. (@richmondpeck)
INTERVIEW WITH ILANA JULY 20, 2009
you audition for your role in "V" or were you offered the part outright?
DRP: Yes, I did
audition for Georgie. It was a tough one. I was deep into shooting Joe
Carnahan’s prequel to ‘Smokin Aces’ (directed by P.J. Pesce) and had to
push the audition several times because of scheduling conflicts. I was
finally able to put the audition on tape, which was followed by a
calDRPack with Director Yves Simoneau at the production studio. I
believe (producer) Steve Pearlman was there as well. I knew immediately
that I really wanted to work with Yves. He’s an extremely intelligent
storyteller and very specific. It was also a great script. Of course, I
am extremely pleased. I believe Georgie is a true collaboration of all
you watch "V" when it originally aired in 1983-1985? If not, have you
seen the two mini-series and series? If yes, what are your thoughts on
the original vs. the new pilot script? If no, are you planning on
watching the original in the near future?
DRP: Yes I did
watch the original ‘V’ when it aired. I was very young at the time and
remember being very frightened. I can’t speak specifically about the new
script but I can say (producer) Scott Peters and the rest of the team
did a fantastic job. Fans of the original will be very pleased. This is
a very well told story and the pilot episode is incredible.
Please give insight into your "V" character. Example: does your
character have any flaws or weaknesses.
can’t speak specifically about the character, but I can say that I loved
playing this guy. I suppose one of the first things I do when creating a
character is to identify their one passion – the thing that is their
compulsion; the thing they just cannot leave alone. “Georgie” is one of
the most committed, passionate characters I’ve ever played. After this,
I really try to articulate what it is about the character that is
‘broken’ – in other words, the thing that manages to keep them in
similar circumstances episode after episode. In this case, I might
suggest that Georgie’s passion is both his salvation and his tragic
flaw. We’ll have to see how things unfold in episodes to come…
do you relate to your character in real life, if at all?
Georgie and I are really, really focused and disciplined. I suppose you
could also say that live and breathe our passion morning, noon and
What's your average day like shooting "V?"
was a lot of work, a lot of stress (the good kind), and a lot of fun.
Everything I love about the job. This is an extremely intelligent and
collaborative group. It was fantastic.
Please share anything funny (blooper-like) that's happened during your
DRP: It will be
much more fun for everyone to watch first and then get into the things
that went sideways.
did you get into acting? If you could be anything other than an actor,
what would you be?f
DRP: I did a
lot of public speaking when I was younger and always found myself
creating a character that would have a set of beliefs similar to the
particular side of the argument being debated. I was also a movie
fanatic. It seemed to be a natural combination of both passions. After
moving to British Colombia I was directed by Kelly-Ruth Mercier in the
Greek Tragedy ‘The Bacchae’. Kelly-Ruth, another fantastic storyteller
(now my fiancé and acting coach when she’s not busy directing), was
doing her Masters in Directing at The University of British Colombia.
When the play ended I immediately applied to a conservatory acting
program (Studio 58). I was hooked. I started working professionally
after that. I don’t think there is anything else I could be. I am an
acting-addict. It would have to be something to do with telling stories.
were you interests when you were in school as opposed to now? Example:
favorite subject or sport. Has that changed in time or still the same?
DRP: I really
enjoyed English and Law. I also loved biology. I now have an interest in
human psychology. If I were to go back to school I’d be a psych major.
I did a ton of sports while at school (Football, rugby, squash, skiing
and sailing etc..). While at university I enjoyed the art of the
Keg-Stand. I was a fraternity maniac then. I lived in Whistler for a
year after University and became addicted to snowboarding. I also love
the water. Sailing is something that never left me and I would very much
like to become better at kiteboarding (have equipment and ready to go).
I’m also trying to learn golf but the sport is destroying me. I love a
challenge so it might be my next thing.
are your favorite book authors and musicians?
DRP: I love
Chris Martin and Coldplay, Silversun Pickups (great band and awesome to
watch), Postal Service, The Tragically Hip (Great Canadian Band), and a
I really loved reading Timothy Findley’s ‘Not Wanted on the Voyage’ when
in school (Modern re-telling of the flood in Book of Genesis) but I’ll
pretty much read anything people suggest.
When I worked on ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ Keanu Reeves (avid
reader) gave me a list of his favorites. I put it in my car one day to
pick them up while I was doing the play Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp
(Also directed by Kelly-Ruth Mercier). Someone stole the car as well as
the list. That’s life I guess.
anyone ever given you advice when you were a child that's stuck with you
forever? If so, what was the advice?
DRP: My father.
“You can be anything you want to be. Just do something that makes you
happy and get the proper training”