By Lindsay Zier-Vogel, CTV.ca
Best known for his role as ‘Ephram Brown’ in the primetime series “Everwood,” Canadian-born actor Gregory Smith stops by to chat about his latest acting projects: “Rookie Blue” and films “Hobo with a Shotgun” and the upcoming “Dream House,” which he stars alongside Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts.
“I’m not going to let my mom see it,” Smith jokes about “Hobo with a Shotgun.”
The film was initiated by famed director Quentin Tarantino. “From a fake trailer to a real movie,” Smith laughs about the feature that was shot in Halifax.
“It’s about a hobo with a shotgun,” he explains with a smile. “(This hobo) comes to this dystopian society and he cleans it up.”
Smith’s history in the industry is extensive, having started work at 14 months old as the “smooth as a baby’s bottom” kid in a laundry soap commercial. “I don’t think I have had more than six months off since,” he says.
His career blossomed after playing Mel Gibson’s son in “The Patriot.” His character died in the film, and he admits, it was the first acting gig he had where he was unable to draw from his own life experiences.
“I was working with some of the most talented people in the business,” he says, and reveals that he took the opportunity to learn different techniques and processes from his esteemed colleagues.
“(It was) the foundation from which I’ve been able to grow as an actor,” he says. “It was invaluable.”
Shortly after “The Patriot,” Smith was cast as ‘Ephram Brown’ on the hit show “Everwood.” “That really changed my life,” he says.
“It was the biggest part I’d ever had…with the most visibility. I’m very proud of the work I did there.”