Meet Vancouver-based actor, Blaine Anderson.
Blaine will next be seen playing Canadian-American comic book legend, Joe Shuster, in The Trials of Superman, part of the new documentary series, AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, airing on November 20.
Meet Blaine Anderson
As an actor and producer, Blaine Anderson seeks truth and discovery through performance and storytelling.
Most alive when he’s inhabiting a character on screen or on stage, Blaine has regularly created his own work since his earliest years as a professional actor, including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner selection Congestion of the Brain, the sci-fi short Men in Mind which debuted at the Charleston International Film Festival, and his most recent co-producing and co-starring effort, Residue, which won most Shocking Horror Feature at the Kansas City Horror Film Festival.
Outside of his film and television work, Blaine Anderson has been a continual supporter of Vancouver’s artistic community. As a longtime co-producer of The Cold Reading Series, he has helped to bring attention to the work of numerous local writers and performers. This fall, he was also part of the ensemble cast of Red Giant Theatre Society’s stage production of Waiting for Lefty.
20 Questions with Blaine Anderson
1. Your first job.
I was 13, and had a paper route with a friend. It turns out you actually need to deliver your papers and not recycle them in the nearest bin. I lost that job and learned some important lessons.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
My dad was in law enforcement, and that had a big impact on me. I came very close to being a police officer, but I chose to make an impact in more artistic ways.
3. Your pet peeve.
4. Your hero.
This is a really tough question for me. I’ve been blessed with so many great people in my life. My Grandma raised me and she was as tough as nails. She was an inspiration for my decision to get into acting. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
I’m a Pisces, so maybe this explains why I really like comfortable, dry, warm feet. Pisces are ruled by their feet … so my biggest indulgence is buying new socks.
6. One thing no one knows about you.
I often talk to my spirit guides. Little conversations with people in my life that have passed on. I ask them what they’re doing – just small chit-chat that means a lot to me.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Other than my wife and two kids? A fishing pole, a knife and a box of comic books.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not an actor, what would you be doing right now?
Being an adventure tour guide in the mountains or among castle ruins. Or teaching kids about board games and comic books!
10. Hero or villain?
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
12. The song getting the most play on your iTunes/Spotify playlist right now.
The Muppet Show theme song. The kids ask for that a lot.
13. The last book you read.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
14. If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?
This is obscure, but Taran from Disney’s The Black Cauldron. He’s an assistant pig keeper who gets caught up in a grand fantasy adventure. Taran is a bit bumbling and good-natured, and his mind is always off on a big adventure. I can relate to that well.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
I think I’ll be cremated or launched into space … if that’s a thing then. My space grave marker would say “Shine on, you crazy diamond!”
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My Dad. He passed when I was six. To have an adult conversation with him would be unbelievable. I probably wouldn’t be able to eat anything though … it would be too emotional.
17. Your idea of happiness.
Real honest relationships with the people I love.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
Don’t ever forgot to tell someone you love them.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
My beautiful wife, who I constantly have to remind how beautiful I think she is. Silly girl.
20. To be or not to be?
To be!!! Wait – what is the question?