THEN — What was the audition course of like for Schitt’s Creek?
I type of knew Dan Levy — there’s just a little little bit of the Canadian crew hanging out in in LA. He was having folks over at his home, and he was like, “Hey, I am making an attempt to get this present collectively. There may be a task for you.” And I used to be identical to, “Oh, wow, I simply received provided a task!” — Then my brokers every week later had been like, “Okay, so they need you to audition for this half…”
I had a dialog with Dan the evening earlier than [the audition], to only make it possible for I wasn’t fully blowing it with my strategy. After which I went in, we did it a pair occasions, and it felt good. Typically you possibly can’t inform — you are like, “Oh, I completely nailed it!” and then you definately by no means hear from them once more. This one felt fairly good. I used to be actually stoked to get the decision.
NOW — What was the audition course of like for Rutherford Falls?
I used to be very nervous for the audition, as a result of I knew that I used to be going immediately in to audition for…to start with, the casting administrators, Allison Jones and Dan Harris, are very large offers. They’re type of the large wigs within the casting world for comedies. Additionally figuring out that Mike Schur was going to be there, and Sierra Teller Ornelas, and Mike Falbo, there’s all these folks that had been there. It was an enormous room! I used to be very nervous as a result of, figuring out what the present was about, it was like, oh, it is a large deal. It isn’t one thing that you simply need to screw up, as a result of it is this might be one thing actually particular to be part of.
I went in and I believe one of many first issues I stated was acknowledging my very own nervousness. I believe they had been like, “Do you might have any questions?” And I used to be like, “My solely query is, are you able to please simply cease me immediately if I am fully blowing this?” They did not cease me immediately. Afterwards, Mike Schur stated, “You did not fully blow it.” [Laughs] I used to be like okay, nice, that is signal? I might need simply blown it in a small means. It was one I used to be very nervous for, and I had feeling when leaving.
BF: It is humorous how that works. I completed my BuzzFeed interview and thought it went terribly, so typically it is arduous to gauge.
Dustin: One time I used to be doing an audition for some horror film means again in my Vancouver days. I used to be like, I am gonna not be standing on my mark the entire time — I am gonna be crawling round. I backed up in terror at one level and elbowed a gap within the wall, a literal gap. AI knew what had occurred, however the scene was solely like simply getting began. I simply slowly leaned over to cowl the outlet the remainder of the scene — As if everybody did not know precisely what it occurred. I assume it is not likely related to what you had been simply saying as a result of no, I didn’t e book that half!
NOW — What was your favourite scene to shoot on Rutherford Falls?
There is a scene in an episode that is specializing in the Terry character, performed by Michael Greyeyes, who’s a fellow Canadian who’s simply an unimaginable, unimaginable actor. I can not look forward to folks to see him. He is education my character, who’s type of this know-it-all “woke” reporter, on who he’s, and why he does what he does, and telling me what’s what. He delivers this extremely highly effective, lengthy, and delightful speech. He was simply so, so participating, and so unimaginable — it was arduous for me, though that is not what my character was presupposed to do, to actually not get emotional and begin crying in it.
Then, in the course of that scene, there was a second the place we had been resetting for one thing else. It wasn’t even one thing that occurred whereas we had been filming. Our director Sydney, and show-runner Sierra, and Michael, they had been all taking a minute to speak about what was happening in that scene. I used to be already very heightened emotionally due to Michael’s efficiency, however then watching the three of them — two Navajo girls and Michael, who’s Nêhiyaw — watching the three of them, speaking and having this shorthand about the place his motivation is coming from and the cultural references there. I used to be so deeply moved.
I do know this is not a humorous, cool reply, however I used to be so deeply moved by by seeing that. I already knew how particular this present was, due to the Indigenous illustration, however in that second it actually struck me how essential this was and the way highly effective it was to see these three Indigenous creatives working collectively and eventually with the ability to showcase their talent, their expertise, and their their numerous cultures on this actually humorous and highly effective present. That was actually a spotlight of my total profession.
THEN — What was your favourite a part of working with the Levys?
I grew up watching SCTV, and loads of different bizarre Canadian comedies. That was a giant factor. I type of knew Dan, however the concept of attending to work with Eugene — and, in fact, Catherine [O’Hara] — was simply such an apparent sure! It is simply pretty to know that Eugene is simply this regular — nicely, not regular…a really, very nuanced man in an enthralling and hilarious means. He is simply so form and beneficiant, whereas we’re rolling and in-between takes.
You get to fulfill these folks typically all through your profession, and never everyone’s good, not everyone’s form, and never everyone’s cool. And Eugene is all of these issues. It is virtually a aid, particularly when you symbolize Canada a lot — as a Canadian, you are like, I hope this man’s not a dick! Fairly the alternative.
NOW — What was your favourite a part of working with Ed Helms, Michael Schur, and Sierra Teller Ornelas?
I type of spoke to what was so nice about working with Michael. Ed is such a bro and he is so good at riffing and working on variations of his strains. I had a tough time conserving it collectively and never laughing. By a bunch of scenes, he does do issues which can be very surprising, which has been nice.
Then, working with Jana nicely, who I completely love. I believe that is the most important factor. I can not look forward to folks to see her as a result of she’s so humorous, and so nice, and likewise simply so sensible, and sort in her actual life as nicely. I believe she’s somebody that I can say will probably be a hero to many as soon as they’re uncovered to her. Just like, you recognize, by no means meet your heroes — I am completely happy that I received to fulfill Jana.
THEN — What’s a small element you assume folks may not have observed in Schitt’s Creek?
Here is one thing enjoyable and fully embarrassing that occurred within the first seasons, then, for some purpose, it went away. I am a human being and that implies that I sweat typically. There’s loads of scenes in Schitt’s Creek the place you could not discover this, however I’ve received paper towels crammed into my armpits. Our pretty costumer on the present would have a hairdryer able to go, so in-between takes, I would be standing there getting my armpits blown. I believe lots of people would not have been capable of spot any type of TV film magic happening there. Undoubtedly desperately avoiding any indication that I am human and that I perspire.
There was truly a second on a highly regarded day outdoors the motel, Annie [Murphy] rotated and was like, “I am so happy with you!” And I used to be identical to, what? Then she pointed to my armpits and stated, “Have a look at that, they’re dry!” She was very supportive.
BF: As soon as I sweat a lot in an interview, it was getting in my eyes — however, due to the standard of Zoom, they could not inform. So, I simply tried actually arduous to not contact my face.
Dustin: I simply really feel like I run sizzling. There’s been takes earlier than the place sweat has dripped from my eyebrows, down into my tear duct, and out down my face. Everybody’s like, “Oh my god, I could not consider you produced that single tear at that second! It was so lovely.” Sure, single tear. After all. I am actor! Not sweaty.
NOW — What’s a small element you assume folks ought to preserve an eye fixed out for in Rutherford Falls?
Jana, who performs Reagan on the present, she’s a beader. She truly did loads of the earrings and sure particulars that a few of the individuals are carrying, which I believe is a very cool factor. On the whole, the costumes, the eye to element, the set design, loads of that’s coming from well-known Indigenous artists from Canada and the States. Not solely is that this present crushing it in relation to Indigenous illustration within the writers room and the expertise on display screen, however then actually the issues individuals are carrying are coming from individuals who had been put on three hats within the present, by beading, and making costumes, and being hilarious.
THEN — What’s one of the crucial memorable fan responses you’ve gotten to Schitt’s Creek?
What’s been good about what followers have delivered to me, by way of appreciation, is all of the puns. That is one thing that I began to wedge into scenes early on, and the writers took that, and ran with it, and began making it part of the character. After I get acknowledged as Ted, or folks attain out on-line, it is about puns. I get tagged in loads of issues on-line, the place individuals are like, “Hey, Dustin, what do you concentrate on this pun?” And often I am like, “It sucks!” [laughs] It’s one thing good that they’ve appreciated what I delivered to that character in that means. I am an actual arduous ass in regards to the high quality of puns, so let folks be warned, solely deliver me the great things!
NOW — What are you most excited for viewers to see on Rutherford Falls?
I simply assume, once more, it is so nice that this present exists in any respect. There’s very well timed, very poignant subjects being mentioned, however it’s accomplished so in such a enjoyable, heartwarming and kind-hearted means. You by no means know the way large a response you are going to get from an viewers, however I’ve a sense that that is going to be a giant deal for lots of people. I am simply type of excited that I received to be part of it in any respect — I actually do assume, particularly for Indigenous communities in all places, the illustration right here issues.