Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my thirty ninth brunch in this series, I was joined by Actor, Singer, Dancer, Gig Morton at House Guest in Vancouver talking about Acting, Singing, Dancing and more.
Gig Morton is an almost 17 year old Canadian actor who grew up in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, Morton is a six time Young Artist Award nominee, best known for his role as B-Dawg’s boy, “Billy” in four installments of the Air Buddies film franchise, Air Buddies, Snow Buddies, Space Buddies, and Santa Buddies, as well as for his co-starring role as “Derby” on the Canadian teen sitcom, Mr. Young since the show began.
After discovering his love for musical theatre, Morton would go on to appear in numerous musical stage productions, including lead roles in the Vanier Senior Secondary’s production of Adventures in the Forest, the Red Room Studio’s production of Oliver! and the Courtenay Little Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.
You can follow Gig on Twitter @GigMorton
When did you begin your acting career?
I started community theatre when I was 7 years old. My older siblings were doing it, my mom asked me to give it a try and I loved it.
What was your favourite role you ever played in a Theatrical production?
The Wizard of Oz, the director liked how I listened so well for a 7 year old. I was lucky, the Director gave me a bunch of rolls, I ended up playing the “Fireball” in Rainbow Youth Theatre’s production.
What is your favourite episode of Mr Young that you have acted in thus far and what was the premise?
‘Mr Dog’ – premise was Adam Young watching a nomination of the Nobel peace prize. To find evidence that Adam’s research was stolen, Derby goes undercover as a blind professor’s seeing-eye dog.
What do you love most in ranking order being an Actor, Singer or Dancer
Actor, Dancer, Singer
What were your most recent acting roles?
Tell me about Tap Dancing, what do you love about it and does it come natural for you?
I started when I was 10 years old, though when I was 6 years old I didn’t have the patience for it. A few years later it came naturally for me and it is something I will do for the rest of my life. Jim Hibbard at Harbour Dance is my teacher and he has worked in the business big time over the years.
What do you do in your spare time?
- Play video games online with friends
- Watch movies, tv and plays
- Study with my acting coach
What is your favourite food?
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
Gig had the Breakfast Poutine and Richard had the Chicken & Waffles.
Is there a role you wanted to play that you didn’t get after auditioning? If so, what was the role and in which play, film or tv series?
Auditioned for Modern Family in the role of ‘Luke’
‘Rita’ did the pilot for a US TV show
How does a Child Actor make it growing up in a small town?
Being home schooled really helps, I had a lack of friends, so I focussed more on work and distractions. I was able to dream big, it’s all about focus, and working as much as you can.
How did you get casted as Derby in the Mr Young tv series?
I got an audition originally for the role of ‘Adam’ and they didn’t’ like me for Mr Young, but for ‘Derby’ the best friend of Mr Young. It worked out perfectly as I love this role being a comedic idiot on the show.
What are your favourite films that you have seen?
- Singing in the Rain
- Looper –with Joseph Gordon Levitt
What are 3 of your favourite plays?
- Wizard of Oz
- White Christmas
- The Diary of Ann Frank
What is your favourite musical?
Singing in the Rain
Who are your 5 favourite actors?
- Jim Carey
- Joseph Gordon Levitt
- Robert Downey Jr
- Meryl Streep
- Denzel Washington
For the Kids in the arts program at Project Limelight in Vancouver, What would you say to them?
Never give up. If you have something that you love to do, do it cause you know that will make you happy.
Is there a Director one or more that you want to work with?
What inspires you?
I love making people laugh and entertain people, being someone who is physically active I get inspired to do and achieve things.
You said you are learning Japanese now, why?
I really like the culture and the food. I wanted to immerse myself more, I also used to love anime films.
What do you strive for?
Always being better at what I do.
What is next for you?
Trying to get work in LA, I have no idea where I will be next. Graduating high school is next for me.
What would you like to do in the future?
Style: A La Carte
Time: Sunday 10am – 4pm
332 Water Street, Vancouver
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Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak