Film, Television & Stage Actor
Veteran Canadian film, television and stage actor Dylan Smith (MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE) stars opposite Chris Pine(WONDER WOMAN) and India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) in the upcoming highly anticipated limited series suspense drama “I Am the Night,” directed byPatty Jenkins (WONDER WOMAN/MONSTER)premiering on TNT Monday, January 28th. A true chameleon, you’ll see Smith transform into crazed serial murderer ‘Sepp’ who sadistically cuts people up and sells them as his latest works of art, haunting ruined reporter ‘Jay Singletary’ (Chris Pine) to his very core. With a thriving career working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, we would love to set up an interview for Smith to discuss the all new series, what it was like working with Chris Pine, and how working with the extraordinary Patty Jenkins has been one of the highlights of his career thus far.
I come from Academy Award winning parents, but I was never interested, only Ice Hockey (hey, I am from Montreal!). I then fell in love with avant-garde theatre and studied acting in every way I could, mainly at a British Conservatory. My career is made of huge Hollywood action/sci fi /period movies and on the flip side hard hitting independent films. I am the actor films love to kill, I think I have died 10 or 12 times. I am often cast in significant parts that strangely don’t require me to speak much (I once played a mute, so I rest my case).
My Daily Thoughts:
Goal of the Day: Keep my boy engaged, laughing, and defend him from his own pee.
Thought of the Day: Am I as brilliant as my dreams are?
Action of the Day: Get exercise, even if its walking miles, but keep your head up and notice things.
Deed of the Day: Check in with my wife and check in with a friend, ‘how are you doing’
Tip of the Day: Put down your phone, allow yourself to be bored, a truly original thought is coming.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
The public transport. Every day I engage and hear at least 4 different languages, and share space and often conversations with people from all economic and ethnic backgrounds. Sometimes it’s a revelation, sometimes it,s deeply uncomfortable, but that is exactly what being alive is all about.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Pancakes and real Maple Syrup every Saturday (secret: gluten free flower not because we are gluten intolerant but because it makes the pancakes so darn fluffy). Favorite restaurant: Chiltern Firehouse
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – taking my son into the living room so mum can sleep and whispering into his ear, ‘you want to play football (soccer) for Liverpool F.C – my favorite soccer team.
10:00 AM – Dance party, I put my son in the Baby Bjorn bouncer, so he bounces himself, we put on Chaka Khan’s “Like Sugar” and I shake it in his face while he bounces and giggles.
12:00 PM – Deliver him to his mum who is directing a play so she can feed him, go outside and read up on the state of politics in England and the U.S. Just so scary. I hit the salad bar at our small Health Food store around the corner. 7 different incredible salads for £5
7:00 PM – My son is down, I clean up the carnage from his expressive eating, let’s just say, and check to make sure we have ice cream, and then, what show can I get through without falling asleep.
11:00 PM – Listening to my son, whose woken me up to tell me a lot of things, without the use of those little things called, ‘words’. But it’s too good to be true, makes me laugh, and then he falls asleep, and I can’t.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
1 Cortado, 2 shots. A lot of water. A glass of wine. Not telling.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Facebook and Reddit.
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
My Native AdVice:
How did you get into the industry?
I was born into it, but I was all athlete. It took seeing the great Robert Lepage perform a one man show, Needles and Opium, for me to see that sport and theatre were not a million miles apart. And an actor on stage can be as rigorous but more expressive than sport.
Career advice to those in your industry?
Try quitting. If acting makes you understand who you are more fully, stick with it. If you discover you would do it in a class, even after quitting it as a career, stick with it. It’s all about the balance between self-promotion and self-discovery. The business and the art have nothing to do with each other.
Any emerging industry trends?
Men are learning what privilege and patriarchy actually look like, and because of that, they are growing into new and unexpected creatures. With the glorious rise of women’s voices we will also see a new and exciting voices from men.
How do you motivate others?
Listen. Encourage. To get the best out of others is to have the most to springboard off of. It often takes everyone working at their best for something to be any good. Save competition for games night.
My Native AdVantage:
What are my aspirations?
I want to get organized enough to do more charity work and bring my son with me. Professionally I want to do more theatre, be in a piece of contemporary dance, and be in Denis Villeneuve’s next project, Dune.
My Biggest Success?
Learned how to be in a relationship and communicate in a relationship while actually staying in that relationship. Also my son. He is healthy, happy and nuts.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Decided to seek help to learn about the deep fears ruling my life and to love and trust my own company.
Nelson Mandela said something like, it is not our worst selves we fear becoming but our greatest selves we fear becoming. Each of us has a responsibility in this world to be our best self.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My Mom for how she sees the beauty in the world, My Dad for his fearless courage and genuine desire to take on bullies and My wife for her integrity and understanding of herself.
What Else to Know?
Check out on TV: “I Am The Night” currently on TNT, Feature film: Lemonade, just finished doing the world’s festivals, and Feature film: First Cow, coming out in 2019/20 by the incredible Kelly Reichardt.