15 September 2007
Kyle Schmid interview from 2006
Blood Ties strong for actor
This interview from November 2006 is no longer online, so I'm providing it as a service to all fans of Kyle Schmid
From Maple Ridge Times Online, by Danna Johnson
In a non-descript warehouse within the Maple Meadows Business Park, vampires lurk. In the tidy office of Vicki Nelson, P.I., a serious discussion is had about Medusa. "She does not get to work out her issues by turning teenagers to stone," Nelson spits to her assistant Coreen Fennel.
Of course it's all just pretend.
Insight Films is hard at work producing 22 episodes of Blood Ties, a series commissioned by CHUM Television and based on a series of novels written by Ontario's Tanya Huff.
The story revolves around Nelson, played by Christina Cox, a former cop turned private investigator that teams up with Henry Fitzroy, a graphic novelist, to solve crimes.
But, just as she's falling for Fitzroy, Nelson finds out the guy's a 450-year-old vampire. Not only that, he's the bastard son of King Henry VIII.
As if that weren't enough, there's the ex.
The affair between Nelson and Fitzroy ends up complicated by Det. Mike Celluci, Nelson's former partner and ex-boyfriend.
Twenty-two-year-old Kyle Schmid jumped at the chance to play Fitzroy, and says despite having a few years less experience to draw from than the character he portrays, he's able to bring a lot to the role. Blood Ties, he says, lounging on set prior to his shoot, calls for plenty of action, and physically, he says, he's fit for the role.
"I'm not a fighter," he said, but he spent Tuesday afternoon practicing boxing and straight swords, and he's confident in his athleticism.
According to his profile on the Internet Movie Database, Schmid, who is best known for getting conked on the head by a tennis ball in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, played on Ontario's highest-ranking soccer team.
"I was a good soccer player. I've always been pretty athletic," he said.
But learning all these great fighting skills, he says, isn't likely to come in handy in day-to-day life. "I'm a lover, not a fighter," he joked. "My mother always taught me to walk away from a fight."
But there's no walking away from this series, which according to Schmid, is dream come true.
The Ontario native says he splits his time between Toronto, where his parents live, and Los Angeles. He's admittedly been homeless for the better part of three years, jumping between sets in a variety of cities. This is the first time he's been treated to a November in Vancouver. The rain, he says, is overwhelming at times, but he has no complaints. "I am just thankful that I get to go to work everyday."
Schmid says he was drawn to the role.
While he wasn't familiar with Huff's novels prior to hearing about the role, once he picked the books up, he couldn't put them down.
"There's great action, great storylines. It's very fast-paced...the writing was fantastic." And his character, as he would being nearly five centuries old, "had so much depth."
Being a tender 22 and stepping into the shoes of a character that has seen it all wasn't intimidating, Schmid says. "I've experienced a lot in my life in a sense of incredible highs and incredible lows."
Most often, he says, when he meets older people, and they find out how young he is, they're shocked. "I'm an old soul," he says with the grin that only a self-assured 22-year-old can pull off.
The show, he says, isn't your ordinary sci-fi or fantasy fare. Rather, he says, it's more CSI meets Interview With A Vampire. "I choose to compare it to Interview With A Vampire instead of something cheesy, like Blade," he says.
"It's not cheesy, or overly fantasy driven. It's character driven."
published on 11/24/2006