‘Supernatural’ and ‘Kin’ actor Jonathan Cherry shares set stories

Just back from a good day’s fishing, actor, Jonathan Cherry shared “Supernatural” set stories and how “Grease” inspired him to become an actor. A huge fan of old westerns, he checked off an item on his bucket list with his role as Dave Mather in the season 13 episode ‘Tombstone.’ Get to know the actor out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada who will soon to be seen opposite James Franco in the sci-fi/fantasy movie “Kin,” and “Another Wolfcop” which will be out on Netflix and other platforms soon.

Jonathan Cherry as Dave Mather on 'Supernatural'
Jonathan Cherry as Dave Mather on ‘Supernatural.’ Photo credit to Jonathan Cherry

Colleen Bement: You played gunfighter Dave Mather in this season’s “Supernatural” episode ‘Tombstone.’ What was your experience like on the set? Where there pranks or was it pretty serious?

Jonathan Cherry: It was the furthest thing from serious. I’m actually an old friend of Misha Collins. I hadn’t seen him in years I guess because he’s been in Vancouver working on “Supernatural.” The guys were so nice. I’ve guest starred on a lot of other shows, and they are always so welcoming. Jared and Jensen and the director (Nina Lopez-Corrado) were part of a well-oiled machine and they were having fun. I was surprised by how seriously they took it though. These guys truly honor the show and their fans. I actually prefer comedy and I thought Jensen was really funny in the episode. I was impressed by how funny he was.

CB: Are you a fan of the “old west”? What was it like to play a gunfighter?

JC: I am too. My favorite movie as a kid was a western, and it was a modern western, it was “Young Guns.” I saliterallyen I was eight years old and it was literraly my favorite movie until I was like 20 years old. I always wanted to do it and I never thought I would get a chance because I’m like a Jewish guy who does comedy. It was a ton of fun. They let me play a lot with it, and it was cool finding out that I was actually playing a real guy. You know what still sticks in my head? It’s one of the lines from “Young Guns?” ‘I’m a pugilist.’ And in “Young Guns 2” Christian Slater’s character was Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh. I knew odd, off the cuff random pop culture references about Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh.I don’t know why. “Young Guns 2” isn’t even good, and it’s stuck in my head.

CB: Tell your fans about “The House of the Dead.”

JC: That’s like the worst movie I’ve ever made. (laughs) It’s a classic director, Uwe Boll. They call him the German “Ed Wood.” It’s based on a very famous video game from the arcade. I had a ton of fun shooting it; I had a terrible time watching it.

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Actor Jonathan Cherry. Photo credit to Collin Stark

CB: What can you say about your new film “Kin?”

JC: “Kin” is a sci-fi/fantasy movie starring James Franco and Zoë Kravitz, and Dennis Quaid, and it’s a going to be a cool movie. Part of my character is a big spoiler.

CB: How did you catch the acting bug?

JC: The movie “Grease.” When I was a little kid my favorite character in the movie was Kenickie. For some reason, I connected with that character and thought that’s the kind of guy I’m going to be; for real. I had a profound connection with that character. I’ve always been a huge movie buff and the movie “Titanic” was coming out and I saw the trailer. I was a big fan of DiCaprio at that time, and there was something epic about this boat with this kid on the end of it, and something clicked in me. I thought that was an industry that probably took like 10,000 people to make that movie, and I can hammer nails into a boat and be proud of it. Then came to terms with the fact that I really wanted to act, then I dropped out of the university, then went to film school in Vancouver, and started acting a year after that.

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Nerdist Presents scores with Quentin Tarantino ‘Star Trek” parody

Don’t look now but there is already Quentin Tarantino “Star Trek” parody out there. Nerdist Presents put out a video that hilariously prepares Trekkies for the possibility of a Quentin Tarantino version of a “Star Trek” film. This must see video slices together some epic classic Trek moments in the flavor of Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs.” It is a brief and wild journey that is appropriately called “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance.”

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The video was created by the same team that brought fans those viral parody recut pieces called “Arrested Rebellion: Ron Howard’s Han Solo” and “Thor 3: Ragnarok – 1987 Trailer.” The titles alone grab the viewer’s interest. It involves Tommy guns, Nazis, shirtless actors, and of course short skirts and what passes for sex in the galaxy.

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The rumors of a Tarantino directed “Star Trek” are talking hold with the news that “The Revenant” screenwriter Mark L. Smith has been hired to write the script. Long and clever dialogs with dark revenge plots sprinkled with blood and violence would make for a wild Trek journey. Fans are in a holding pattern to see if this really happens.

What to do in Denver for geeks: February

GalaxyFest, seduction secrets, and more are in store for Denver area geeks in February. Cosplay and pop culture enthusiasts travel south about an hour to visit the lovely Colorado Springs for the annual GalaxyFest convention. It is always a popular con for the entire family. The monthly Science Lounge event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is called Jungle Love and looks to educate fans of the secrets of seduction for animals. Then of course Nerd Nite Denver always has it going on at The Oriental Theater.

 
GalaxyFest 2018
Feb. 9-11, 2018

Antlers Wyndham Hotel, Colorado Springs
Heads up comics and pop culture fans. GalaxyFest is just around the corner and fans have been preparing for months. This new year of conventions brings creative cosplay, super fun celebs, more gaming, and informative panels. Come meet some fun celebrity guests such as “Police Academy’s Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook and Marion Ramsey. Stop by to chat with puppet fabricator Kristin Dalleske, artist T.K. Miller, make-up artist Rashaad Santiago, and more. The dealer’s room beckons, and the adult’s only After Dark events will no doubt satisfy that inner party animal. As always the beautiful Antlers Wyndham Hotel in Downtown Colorado Springs, CO is hosting this annual event and Denver area geeks are looking forward to the fun.
Ticket prices have been lowered this year. Grab them while they’re still available.

Ticket Type (Weekend Pricing)

Adult (13+) $50.00
Adult Military / 1st Responders / Student $35.00
Ages 7-12 $18.00
Under age 6 Free

Check out how to get the discounted hotel rate of $109 at the Antlers Wyndham Hotel’s website.

The Science Lounge: Jungle Love

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018 6:30pm

Hey Science Lounge fans! It’s that time again. Come grab a beer and learn about the secrets of seduction according to animals. Let’s find out who the animals do it. Maybe we humans can learn a thing or two from a strutting peacock or a dancing spider. Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers the chance to mix education with entertainment and cocktails.

Ages 21 and up and a cash bar will be provided.

Tickets are $13 for museum members, and $15 for nonmembers.
Nerd Nite: Water, Deep Learning, and Political Sounds

The Oriental Theater

Feb. 21, 2018 doors open at 6:30pm

Nerd Nite Denver is like a cross between TED Talks and Wikipedia hunting meets drinking brain power. What better way to expand that knowledge than with friends and beer? February’s topics:

-Gargle the Good Stuff by Emily Meeks. Learn more than you may want to know about the clean and dirty side of our water systems.

-The Fourth Great Age of Technology: Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence by Greg Chase

-The Sound of Political Science: Microphones, Mixing and Political Manipulation by James McElwee

Unlike many venues, The Oriental Theater is nothing but chill. The original décor shouts out artsy vibes, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it an enjoyable place to soak up some good entertainment.

Tickets are $6.00 online, and $10 at the door.

Stay tuned to Nerd Alert News for the best ways to get your geek on!

Get to know Jordan Claire Robbins of this week’s ‘Supernatural’

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Jordan Claire Robbins. Photo credit to Vanessa Heins

Welcome, Jordan Claire Robbins to the “Supernatural” family with her role as Jamie Plum in this week’s episode called ‘Various & Sundry Villans.’ She plays one of the Plum Sisters in Thursday’s highly anticipated episode. Jordan grew up in beautiful Bermuda and is now a talented actress, writer, producer known for her roles in the series “12 Monkeys,” “Man Seeking Woman,” and recently for her cool new short film “Driver Is Arriving Now.” Check out her role alongside Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried in the upcoming film “Anon.”

Colleen Bement: Tell your fans about your role of Jamie Plum in this week’s “Supernatural” episode.

Jordan Claire Robbins: It was an absolute blast. I really loved working with the director, Amanda Tapping, and she created a really playful and collaborative energy while shooting. The entire cast and crew of the show work together like a well-oiled machine and the set could not have been more positive or welcoming to walk onto! And I loved the opportunity to do my own stunts.

CB: Your IMDB is just exploding with cool projects. What can you share about the very cool film “Anon” and any others that you have in the works?

JCR:Anon” was a really great experience. I loved the concept and script right away. Andrew Niccol is an amazing writer and director, and all of his movies really make you think. He has a brilliant mind and it was very cool to be able to step into this world he created. His directing style was very hands-on and technical, which is why all of his films have such a distinct style. I have also respected Clive Owen’s work for a long time so it was a very exciting opportunity to meet and work with him (he was lovely and made me feel very comfortable). Since finishing “Anon,” I produced a darkly comedic short film that I wrote, called “Driver Is Arriving Now.” Producing and seeing something I wrote come to life was a very unique experience. I learned a lot from taking on that role and then learning how to switch from writing/producing brain to actor brain. I think being behind the camera makes you a better actor and artist, and I have a lot of newfound respect for the amount of work that goes into a film from all angles.

CB: I read that you are also a singer/songwriter. What genre of music do you love?

JCR: I have always had a deep love for music, and growing up I played the piano, flute, and sang. In high school, I sang a lot of classical music as well as in a jazz band, but now I tend to lean more towards performing acoustic, folky styles of music. In terms of what genres I love to listen to, I have a very eclectic and widespread range of taste. I often listen to classical music or old jazz songs and love throwing on performers like The Temper Trap and Vance Joy. I also enjoy the classics like Johnny Cash and Fleetwood Mac. The best music makes you feel something, and I usually use it to help me connect with characters I’m playing.

CB: Did you really grow up in Bermuda? Wow, what was that like?

JCR: I did! I was born there and lived there until I graduated from High School, which is when I moved to Canada. Bermuda was a really special, beautiful place to grow up. On Fridays, after school my family anchored our boat in a little bay and ate pizza and swam, and every year we would at least have a few hurricane days (which I loved because there’s something really romantic about having no power, lighting candles, and staying cozied up inside while it rages outside). It’s a really small island and it feels very safe and friendly. I graduated with most of the same kids I was in first grade with. Growing up on an island gave me a deep love for and connection to the ocean, and I don’t like to be away from it for too long.

CB: How do you unwind after a crazy day of filming?

JCR: I’m a big fan of sweatpants and tea, and I’ll usually throw on some Netflix and order takeout or cook. Even when it’s super late I can’t go right to bed because I love being onset and it gets me pretty wired, but I love to read and that helps me wind down so I can sleep well after a crazy day.

Actress Elise Gatien chats fun on set of ‘Supernatural’

“Supernatural” fans welcome Elise Gatien back to the set with her role in this week’s episode ‘Various & Sundry Villans.’ This talented actress who is already well known for popular shows such as “Ghost Wars,” “Colony,” and “iZombie” can also be spotted on one of the CW’s newest shows “Life Sentence.” Catch Elise’s stories from the set with Jared, Jensen, and this week’s director, Amanda Tapping. The former model was born in Kamloops, British Columbia and his the ski slopes whenever possible.

Colleen Bement: You play the role of Jennie Plum is this week’s “Supernatural” episode ‘Various & Sundry Villans.’ Tell us about your experience on the set.

Elise Gatien: Playing Jennie Plum was honestly some of the most fun I have ever had on set.  Steve Yockey wrote such evil, hilarious yet heartbreaking characters for Jordan Claire Robbins and I, and Amanda Tapping our talented, kick ass director helped us bring it to another level. It was also such a treat to work with Jared and Jensen, it was really cool to watch their dynamic with each other. They really feel like brothers, they are constantly laughing and having fun with the crew but also somehow manage to be productive and professional while they do it.

CB: Are you a fan of “Supernatural” and any other CW shows?

EG: Yes I am! I actually have a lot of CW favorites. We are so lucky to have a lot of CW shows shoot in Vancouver, so a lot of them I have started watching as either research or to support my friends, and then I always seem to get hooked.  One that stands out of course is “Riverdale,” I mean who doesn’t have a girl crush on Cheryl Blossom, let’s get real.

CB: Do you have any projects in the works that you’re allowed to chat about?

EG: “Ghost Wars” is a show very dear to my heart that I spent last summer pouring my heart into. I play Maggie Rennie who also just happens to be a ghost. The first season will be coming to Netflix worldwide soon, so make sure you check it out.  I am currently working on season 3 of “Colony,” which is very exciting for me because I am already such a big fan of the show and I will also be making an appearance on one of the CW’s newest shows “Life Sentence,” so keep your eye out for me!

CB: I read that you love to travel. What are two of you “bucket list” countries that you want to visit?

EG: Yes! Number one on my list is definitely Croatia, my favorite types of places to travel to are hot with beautiful beaches that also have cool cities with lots of culture that I can immerse myself into. A few years ago I did Spain and Portugal with some girlfriends, I would love to go back and explore more of Portugal as well, we only went to Lisbon and we all fell in love and wished we had had more time to see the rest of the country.

CB: I see that you like to ski. Do you love hitting the black diamonds or chilling on the greens?

EG: Skiing is very dear to my heart. Skiing was my dads’ passion, so he taught all us kids before we could even walk. I even used to ski race when I was younger. I must say I prefer either a groomed black diamond or hiking for some powder in the backcountry.

CB: How has your life changed since becoming an actress?

EG: To be honest I don’t really think it has, I can tell you what it has taught me though. Be true to yourself, make strong choices and always buy cancelation insurance on your flights.

Get to know actor, writer, producer, and all-around badass Mike Kovac

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Mike Kovac. Photo courtesy of Mike Kovac

Get to know actor, writer, producer, and all-around badass Mike Kovac. Out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada this super talent has been in such hot shows as “Travelers,” “The 100,” “Tin Star,” and he’s returning to “Supernatural” in this week’s episode ‘Various & Sundry Villans.’ He’s also a walla performer and chances are we have all heard his voice on practically every show. Find out more about this guy who loves to play the bad guy and loves being a nerd.

Colleen Bement: You are in Thursday’s “Supernatural” episode ‘Various & Sundry Villans.’ What was it like on the set?

Mike Kovac: Working on set, in general, is always a blast, and working on the set of “Supernatural” is especially great. I’ve had the privilege of working with the team on two different episodes now as two different characters (which checks off a personal goal of mine) and both experiences have been absolute riots. My original role was ‘Jackson’ the demon in season 7, which treated me to two weeks of showing up on set and throwing people around via telekinesis. Who doesn’t want that job?! Within a single episode, I got to be a Leslie Odom Jr.’s lackey, beat up DJ Qualls with my mind (both of whom were absolute gentlemen), and duke it out with Emily Perkins (who I have wanted to work with since seeing her rock the screen in “Ginger Snaps”). It was fantastic! (Spoiler Alert: I got to settle the score with Emily in “Extraterrestrial,” which shot a few years later.) As well, working with Jared and Jensen was lovely. Both were very inviting in welcoming me to set and made me feel like part of the family.

Returning this time around was like coming back into the fold. I had the pleasure of working with Amanda Tapping of “Stargate SG-1” fame (among others) again as our director. Our paths crossed originally on “Van Helsing,” where she brought out the very best in our vampires. Stunt royalty was present in the form of Mr. Rob Hayter, our coordinator! Rob’s stunt list is literally in the triple digits, and will likely be most identifiable to fans as “Bob” from “Deadpool.”

Needless to say, it was fun – always fun. The show is a well-oiled machine run by great people. The stories are always interesting and engaging, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it once more.

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Mike Kovac (left) in Wrestlevention. Photo courtesy of Mike Kovac

CB: My readers would just love to hear any stories that you have from the sets of these fabulous shows. What can you tell us about “Travelers,” “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” and “Arrow?”

MK: Interestingly enough I’ve never actually been to set for “Travelers” or “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” even though I work on the shows! Since they’ve started up I’ve been working in the sound department as a walla performer, which is both a little-known and very enjoyable aspect of the film and television world. What we do in walla is probably an interview on its own, but let’s just sum it up by saying that if you’ve heard a character breathe, a room full of people chatting, or a bad guy getting beaten up in a fight scene in “Travelers,” “Dirk Gently,” “Ice,” “Motive,” “Some Assembly Required,” etc. you’ve probably heard my voice!

When it comes to “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour,” and so on, let’s just say the name of the game is the bad guy. Almost always a bad guy…and a bad guy who gets beaten up usually. I don’t know what it is about my appearance, but there seems to be a market in seeing me get knocked around. Ha! I actually really enjoy playing villains. There’s always a pretty decent need for them within storytelling, and they’re just more fun. It’s very cathartic to threaten people on screen and then joke around and be friends after “cut” is called. One of my favorite experiences on set was working on the WWE film “Interrogation,” where I got to work with Adam Copeland (Edge). He was one of my favorite wrestlers when I was growing up, and I’m happy to report that he is kind, hard-working, and an absolute professional in real life.

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Mike Kovac (right). Photo courtesy of Mike Kovac

CB: Do you have any upcoming projects that you’re allowed to talk about?

MK: Upcoming projects for me include an episode of “The 100” I had the extreme pleasure in taking part in. I can’t give anything away, but let’s just say I get to be where the action is. Another film on the horizon is called “Fake Blood,” which is currently doing the festival circuit. It is a documentary that takes a look at violence portrayed in film and television and what responsibility filmmakers have in how it’s portrayed and received. It’s definitely been one of the most interesting and engaging projects I’ve ever taken part in, and the reaction from audiences has been very unique. Violence in the arts seems to be a subject which everyone has an opinion on, but it’s unclear if anyone has any authority over. All I can say is check out the film when you get the chance.

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Mike Kovac (left). Photo courtesy of Mike Kovac

CB: You’ve done it all from acting and writing, to sound and stunts.What inspired you to get into showbiz?

MK: I suppose I’ve always been involved in showbiz in one form or another. I truly love storytelling and have since I was very young. I can’t remember when I first stepped on stage, but it eventually led to me doing my initial professional acting at 17 and then leaving for three years of touring at 18. I find each aspect of film, television, theatre, radio, and beyond individually fascinating and collectively beautiful. I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with wonderful, passionate, and caring people, and I’ll keep this up as long as folks will have me. I’m very lucky!

CB: So many of my readers are nerds, do you happen to have any “nerd tendencies” like comics, gaming, or collectibles?

MK: I have SO many nerd tendencies and am very proud of them. I’m currently re-reading my way through the Star Wars Legends extended universe, while trying to educate myself on the current canon simultaneously. Favorite graphic novels include The Sandman (or let’s face it – ANYthing Neil Gaiman), Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and Blankets. I’m having the BEST time playing Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4, and favorite games of all time include WWF No Mercy, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Witcher 3, The Uncharted Series, and Command and Conquer: Red Alert. There are too many collectibles to mention. It’s just…a lot. I revel in being a nerd and hope others do too!

Interview with ‘Supernatural’ guest star Sarah Dugdale

Sarah Dugdale returns to “Supernatural” with her guest spot as Donna Hanscum’s niece in Thursday’s episode Breakdown. The lovely and talented young actress chats how much she loved “getting all bloody and dirty” on the set of the new episode as well as her other cool film “Hollow in the Land” due out Jan. 26, 2017. Get to know the Canadian born talent also known for her role as Sarah in SyFy’s “Aftermath” and Becky in CW’s “Arrow.”

Colleen Bement: What are you allowed to share about your upcoming role as Wendy Hanscum in the next “Supernatural” episode called ‘Breakdown?’

Sarah Dugdale: Wendy Hanscum is just your average high school grad on a little road trip when things take a bit of a turn. From the promo you can gather that she’s in a bit of a sticky situation so there’s no hiding that. My Aunt Donna (Briana Buckmaster) is on a race to save me before it’s too late. It was an intense few days of shooting for me but I loved every minute of it. Getting all bloody and dirty was pretty fun too.

CB: Tell your fans about your film “Hollow in the Land.” It looks intense and I see it is getting such good reviews!

SD: “Hollow in the Land” is an awesome small town thriller I had the privilege of working on written and directed by the very talented Scooter Corkle. We filmed up in his hometown of Castlegar, BC. He created some badass female characters led by the lovely Dianna Agron. The film premiered at Vancouver International Film Festival and has a limited theatrical release starting January 26th. Keep an eye out for it!

CB: What do you miss most about your time on “Aftermath?” That was such a cool show.

SD: I miss the people and getting to play such a beautifully complex and strong character. Right from the start I loved the role and her name was Sarah too so how could I not love her ha-ha. Getting to run around with a bow and arrow was a plus too!

CB: I came across a tweet of you at a Canucks game. Are you a big sports fan? Which sports are you in to?

SD: I love watching sports live. The atmosphere is electric. Sports have always been a part of my life. I grew up playing softball and dancing competitively. I go to hockey games with my dad whenever I can. The games are fun but getting to hang out with him is even better.

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Sarah Dugdale. Photo credit to David Salandanan Instagram @djuansala

CB:  How do you spend your free time?

SD: I’ve recently gotten back into skiing. We’re so lucky in Vancouver with easy access to world-class mountains. A trip up to Whistler is in the cards soon. I also love spending time with friends and family, reading, dancing, and seeing live music. I’d gladly spend all my money on concerts.