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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

20 questions with Cory Haas

Meet Vancouver actor and director Cory Haas.

Meet Cory Haas

Cory is an actor, director and a little bit of everything else in between; he’s also the artistic director of Stages Theatre Co. Having grown up in France, he splits his time between Europe and Canada, using the influences on both sides of the ocean when creating theatre. He loves to travel, shop and see lots of shows. He is not ashamed of it. He graduated from Capilano University with an Acting For Stage and Screen diploma and a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. He has worked for many companies around town and is positive that there is still a place for culture in this city, and that we must continue to grow and adapt as artists. He loves to laugh about everything and anything.

20 Questions with Cory Haas

1. Your first job.

The first job I ever had was being a hockey referee, it was also the hardest and most exciting. There’s nothing like being yelled that by adults when you’re 13 years old. It did teach me how to take criticism and how to handle bullshit. As the years went on, I was a referee for 7 years, I had the pleasure of working on more important games and developing great relationships with players, coaches and parents. Actually it’s very similar to our industry.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.

I grew up wanting to be a commercial pilot. I always loved flying, I was very lucky to have travelled so much when I was a kid and that bug stayed with me, even now. The theatre world is one that’s quite new to me actually, I even went to flight school for a year before going to theatre school.

3. Your pet peeve.

There are so many. I’m like Larry David. Everything bothers me. Mostly, it’s the people who sugar coat things. No bullshit all the way. I also don’t like people who don’t swear. Swearing is a necessity.

4. Your hero.

The one and only James Bond. My dad read the books and watched the movies growing up, and as then took me. I’ve been hooked on it since.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

Staying in nice hotels…

6. One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

I’m extremely scared of the future, it takes a lots of guts to find your passion and go for it, but there are no guarantees. I admire that in every artist or person that’s made a choice to dream big and want to make it happen.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

An all-inclusive bar, a buffet with lots of Bacon and HBO.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

So I cheated and asked them. My friends are the best, these are their answers: French. Tall.  They went back and made an addendum: Driven. Charismatic.

9. If you were not an actor/dancer what would you be doing right now?

Three words. Saturday. Night. Live.

10. Hero or villain?

Hero to some and villain to others.

11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

“What other people think of me is none of my business.” It’s not that it’s not important, it’s that it shouldn’t stop you from doing anything. Oh, and also: laugh.

12. Your favourite playwright or author.

Yasmina Reza, John Logan, Tracey Letts, Eric Bogosian, Alan Ayckbourn … too hard.

13. The last book you read.

Six Years by Harlan Coben. Fans of mystery thrillers, rejoice.

14. If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

One that is healthy AND tastes good. I’d make millions.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

I’m stealing this from a great comedian: “If this is a joke, it’s not funny.”

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Sam Mendes or Michael Grandage. Two of my inspirations as a director.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Travelling around the world without having to worry about time or money. There’s nothing wrong with a little luxury.

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

Be prepared to answer this question in two years.

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

My family and best friends.

20. To be or not to be?

“On ne meurt qu’une fois, et c’est pour si longtemps!” – Molière

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