Jesse was a lot of fun! See his cute baby face? Mwah!
(I just want to kiss him!)
"Brandon", "Tyler Evans'" friend in ABC's "V" Pilot. Jesse
lives in Vancouver, Canada and as of this writing, is dating a
beautiful girl named Rebecca.
Birthday: Dec. 24, 1981. The Simpsons is his favorite TV
show and Star Wars IV, V and VI are his favorite movies!
INTERVIEW WITH ILANA - MAY 13, 2009
you audition for your role in "V" or were you offered the part outright?
auditioned for the the role. I actually had just arrived back home from
Toronto. I got a call from my agent while I was on the plane. I had to
read the next morning, as is mostly the case. You don't always get alot
of notice for these auditions. I will say this. It was one the most fun
auditions I have had.
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?
JW: I actually
didn't watch the Original after being cast. I had planned on it but when
we started working on the new script I felt like it stood up as its own
world. And that watching the original strictly for reference wouldn't
help me define my character any more strongly. I do plan on watching it
though, I haven't seen it in years.
Please give insight into your "V" character. Example: does your
character have any flaws or weaknesses.
can't really give you any specifics about my character except to say
that he is a pretty typical teenager. Eager to fit in and a sucker for
do you relate to your character in real life, if at all?
JW: I can
relate to him indeed. I think alot of people will be able to. We all
have those moments where we wish we were cooler or different. I can tell
you I have a strong affinity for him.
What was your average day like shooting "V?"
JW: The average
day on set for me was hanging out with my co-star Logan Huffman and just
being awed by the amount of talent in the room. One of those gigs where
you can't wait to get to set everyday. We were just so happy to be a
part of it. We had a blast. Plus we got to work with Laura Vandervoort
and she is quite lovely (to say the least.)
Please share anything funny (blooper-like) that's happened during your
JW: Well we
would joke around alot between takes. When you are working these long
days you have to try and keep a sense of humour. A friend of mine always
told me to 'keep it loose' on set and I always try to do that. I guess
no specific stories to speak of. We just had fun everyday.
did you get into acting? If you could be anything other than an actor,
what would you be?f
JW: I actually
got into acting because of my mother. She did alot when she was younger
and participated in community theatre when I was a kid. My first show
was Guys and Dolls in grade eleven. I was sixteen. In my hometown like
many others the community theatre would put on a big musical every year.
I would always try to be a part of it. I continued doing shows through
high school. I did some regional dinner theatre in Western Canada. Once
I moved to Calgary, Alberta I started doing some more serious theatre
and basically fell in love all over again. I guess I started 'pursuing'
around that time. I moved to Vancouver last year and have been very
lucky to have gotten work and to have worked with such amazing people.
I suppose if I could be anything else I would like to be a singer, a
musician. I think alot of actors say that haha. I can sing a little bit
but I can't really play any instruments. I picked up guitar a while ago
and I can play a few songs but thats it.
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?
JW: I think my
interests in school haven't changed much. I used to drop courses like
chemistry and biology to take extra drama courses. I wasn't the best
student. I just wanted to act and act out. My focus was rarely on my
studies. It was drama and sports back then. Girls were never much of a
problem in high school. I was pretty green with girls. Still am. haha.
are your favorite book authors and musicians?
JW: I am
a huge non-fiction fan actually. I love reading autobiographies and
biographies. Truth is always stranger than fiction. You read some of
these stories and think that if someone wrote that for a movie it
wouldnt be believed. I find other people's lives fascinating.
As for music, I listen to anything and everything. I love the White
Stripes, and I am huge fan of Martin Sexton. His song 'Black Sheep' made
me finally pick up and move to Vancouver. The Tragically Hip, The Band,
any Motown, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker. The list goes on and on. My all
time favourite band is still Guns and Roses. I like older music I guess
you could say. Music today is mostly bullshit. There are some great
bands don't get me wrong. But it all seems to be rehashing old trends
and sounds. Not many bands doing anything new.
anyone ever given you advice when you were a child that's stuck with you
forever? If so, what was the advice?
JW: "All you
can do is your best." I try to tell myself that every time I walk in the