TRURO – A former Lower Truro resident will have a recurring role on an upcoming TV mini-series.
Gordon Miller, 32, lives in Stratford, Ont. and works at the Stratford Festival. In between rehearsals for upcoming Shakespearean plays this summer (King Lear in June and Beaux Stratagem in July), Miller has taped four of 10 episodes of Fargo, which will premiere on April 15 on FXX (new channel).
“I’m thrilled and grateful. It’s the first time I’ve had a recurring role on a TV series,” Miller told the Truro Daily News from Ontario.
Miller will play Dimitri Milos, the son of actor Oliver Platt’s character who owns a grocery store. Although Miller’s not permitted to say much about the series until it airs, he can define his character as someone “who works in the store and has a simplistic existence.”
Fargo was inspired by the feel of the 1990s comedy –crime-thriller about a pregnant Minnesota police chief who investigates a series of homicides while a struggling car salesman hires criminals to kidnap his wife.
However, said Miller, the TV version “is inspired by the feature film but has no identical characters (and) uses themes and new storylines.”
Miller’s episodes begin airing on April 22nd; he’s in episodes two and four to six.
The experience is still a little surreal, said Miller. It began with him auditioning in Toronto. Although he’s not sure how many people were vying for the role of Dimitri, actors held auditions in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, he said.
Once the role was his, another level of awe set in when he met actors such as Billy Bob Thornton, with whom Miller shares a scene.
“I talked to him … he’s from a little town too.”
Also in the series are actors Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks, both of whom are down-to-Earth, “real people,” who were easy to interact with, Miller said.
As far as advice for up-and-coming actors and actresses, Miller suggests having a passion for the business and remaining determined during hard times.
“Being an actor is not easy. There are times there are lots of work and times there’s no work. It’s not easy but you need to stick it out (because) it’s worth pursuing.”
He also gives a shout-out to his hometown and Colchester County.
“If I had not grown up here, I wouldn’t have taken this route,” he said, because the area offers numerous youth dramas, musicals and Hubtown Theatre, to name a few of the “supportive” community opportunities.