Upper Stewiacke native breaking into television world

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UPPER STEWIACKE – Ryan Kennedy was in Grade 6 when the seeds were planted to become an actor.

Upper Stewiacke native Ryan Kennedy, who now lives in Halifax, is starting to find himself cast in roles for television shows and short films. The 24-year-old was recently featured in an episode of Haven.

The 24-year-old Upper Stewiacke native spent many days re-enacting a scene out of the popular 1992 movie ‘Wayne’s World’ with his sister, Kelly. Or so he’s been told.

“There’s a scene where (character) Garth goes to the bar but the guy at the door won’t let him in. He goes back to the car and loads his waist up with gear, and goes back and shocks the guy to get in. I guess I used to make my sister re-enact that. I would be Garth and she would be the guy on the door,” said Kennedy from his home in Halifax.

His first real memories of being onstage, however, come from a Grade 6 Christmas concert in Upper Stewiacke where the students had to perform short skits.

“I remember one day, my teacher asked me to put more enthusiasm in it, so out of nowhere I started rapping. Even a few months later at our grad show, I asked to do something on my own and came up with another rap – about the school and the teachers in it.”

The recent acting graduate from Dalhousie University is starting to make a name for himself after landing a number of television roles.

This past summer, he was encouraged to audition for a role on ‘Haven,’ a Nova Scotia-filmed show with characters struggling to help townspeople with supernatural afflictions.

“It was one of the best experiences,” said Kennedy of the three days he spent on set with stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

“I don’t think I could ask for a better first job on set.”

When Kennedy met Rose, he began to tell her it was his first time on a set and that he was nervous.

“She immediately started giving me advice,” he said. “For example, on the set they said they were going to do a pick up. I didn’t know what that was, so I inconspicuously asked her what it was. I completely forgot I had the microphone on me, so all the crew heard me anyway,” he said with a laugh.

Following the filming of the episode, which aired Nov. 23 in Canada, Kennedy was treated to an evening out with the cast and crew.

“I couldn’t believe it.”

When Kennedy’s episode aired, he said it was interesting to see himself act.

“When I came on, I was all squeamish and uncomfortable,” he said.

The season three finale of Haven aired this past Friday on Showcase.

Now that he’s seen himself on the TV screen, he might just get used to it after all.

In November, he filmed for an episode of CityTV’s ‘Seed.’

“It’s a new comedy and there’s a trailer out now for it. I think it’s going to be pretty funny,” he said of the show. “It premieres on February fourth, but I don’t know when the episode I’m in will air.”

Kennedy also has a role in a short film – Ageless – with filming starting sometime in the spring.

“I play a detective named John who is corrupt and power hungry, who is going after a young girl with a…special ability,” he said.

Organizations: Dalhousie University, CityTV

Geographic location: Upper Stewiacke, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

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