Ferreira Fest 039

Published March 2013
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And before you know it, it’s the 20th of the month again, and that means it’s time for another Ferreira Fest, the monthly celebration of Louis Ferreira’s acting career! This month we have an extensive Q&A where Louis answers your questions, everything about MOTIVE, plus the whole Twitter story, animal updates and a brand-new reading series! So grab a free pineapple drink at the bar and join us at Ferreira Fest 39!

You may have noticed something different – we finally have new header artwork which is now the same as our header on Twitter. It’s all in preparation of our move to our own web domain at louisferreira.org which will hopefully go live in the next few months. You can download the header here and there’s also a smaller banner that you can use for your blogs and websites. Please do not remove the credits.

The past month has been a whirlwind of activity for Louis, with wrapping the first season of MOTIVE, a long road trip with Billie the bulldog and a return to Vancouver and some Family Time, also known as Camp Dada.

So without much further ado, here’s the latest scoop on MOTIVE.

Filming for much of the cast wrapped right after Louis’ birthday. MOTIVE started airing on Sundays at 9pm but was moved to a highly coveted Thursday night slot last week. You can read the official release here. You can find lots of interviews, news releases and character info on the Official Motive Website news page. Just drop a bookmark at CTV’s MOTIVE site and visit often! Want some nice screenshots? You can find them on the MOTIVE photos page, along with really cool pictures from a MOTIVE set visit. Sadly, all videos and trailers are locked so you can’t watch them outside of Canada. No worries, though – it will all be on ABC in the US and elsewhere this summer!

(Added on March 21: MOTIVE starts airing on ABC on Tuesday May 21 at 10pm, and then immediately moves to Thursdays at 9pm on May 23, so we get episodes 1 and 2 only two days apart! Read the press release here.)

So, what about Season 2? We don’t know yet. But here’s what Louis was able to share:

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: When do you expect to hear about Season 2?

LF – Um, no, I think they technically have us, until the end of July, on hold. So, they could possibly air all of them, all the episodes before they do. We hope and we feel that they hopefully won’t wait that long. But that’s technically, apparently, what they have contractually. Something like that. And then it’ll start to air in the States sometime in the summer. That’s all we know at this point.

It seems to be doing relatively well in Canada. Apparently it’s well received. It seems to be a show that people are liking. So, fingers crossed. But, you know, I’ve done enough shows to know that, you just sort of be grateful for work and you can’t get attached to it beyond the fact that it’s out of your control. You just do the best that you can do. And then you kind of move on.

Louis enjoys talking about his character’s interesting working relationship with his on-screen partner Angie Flynn, played by Kristin Lehman. Here’s a nice little tidbit about those two characters:

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: How did you create Oscar’s “head space”?

LF – Kristin and I are kind of the opposites. As you know me, I’m the silly, off the wall kind of dude. She’s very, sort of, incredibly, she’s all class. She’s incredible. In every way. And she plays that character, like, you would never know, and it’s funny because we’re kind of playing the opposites, kind of, once again.

I get, Papa Smurf gets the sort of spiritually grounded man-behind-the-woman thing. Which is a nice thing to explore, for me, in my journey, as you know. Seeking, and growing, and evolving and I do like that aspect of Vega. But there definitely is, again, an energy that’s kind of not usually, that I guess is not really in my wheel house.

But, it really works. I think people are responding very well to the chemistry between these two people because it’s just two people who have a friendship that is based on a respectful, mutual… we’ve talked about this before, working relationship, and that’s kind of nice to see.

There’s a lovely interview with Louis’ MOTIVE co-star Kristin Lehman on the CTV site, where she discusses meeting Louis for the first time. Here’s Louis’ story of that meeting which to him became the core of the relationship between those two characters, and how Oscar Vega‘s looks came about.

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – I think I told you this story about when her and I met in the audition room? And how she was given the wrong sides?

FF – Yeah, I think you mentioned that you had the wrong sides, yeah.

LF – She did.

FF – Oh, she had the wrong sides.

LF – Kristin did. And I asked one of the producers to just put me in a room with her for thirty minutes. And I basically gave, sort of my time to her, working out… because I got, I mean, I completely just had empathy for Kristin because I knew what she was going through. This was… she was auditioning for the lead of a series.

And had come in and didn’t have the right material. And I felt very comfortable. I was the only guy auditioning for Oscar. I didn’t really… part of me was very comfortable with the fact, well, if it works out – great, and if it doesn’t it’s okay, I’ll go back to the States and, you know what I mean? Things were going okay for me there, so I was in a comfortable zone, and I kind of went in to her in her room and just sort of, just sat with her, and we went over and over it until she got it.

And as I watched her work, and process the work, I think the bones, for me, happened right there in that room, where I was like, if they had the camera here, they would see, this is the show, essentially. Which, as I understood, was very sort of… passionate kind of woman who like lives… you know, her heart’s on her sleeve. And this man who’s just sort of there on some essence as sort of, is her kind of backbone.

A sort of relationship without a relationship. Two people, actually great for each other, but in a way that doesn’t include romantic, it’s actually like, just a good team. And we just sat there and I just watched her and I was like, I knew right away it had to be her. Without any insult to the other people testing, it was just clear to me that she was Angie.

That she was, now, here’s how part of the universe works. That thing happening, with the exact, with the essence of, the essence of our dynamic that we’ve carried through the entire series in this first season, for me.

So, for example, that sort of was the initial spark that happened for me. And then from there I was like, oh, what personal things can I bring into the Vega equation? And I loved the idea… because for me, I play a lot of blue collars.

And it was funny, because I remember when I played Trump, one of the things was, he was always kind of like, he didn’t, he never wanted to think that people knew he had a rich dad. So, you know that’s why he kind of sounds “street”, and he kind of does this, the way he talks, a little bit of sort of rebellion against that whole world he came from.

And I like that idea for Vega as well. In that, he’s not a fan of the wealthy mentality. And that from the perspective of those who think that actually wealth equals “I’m better than”, or wealth equals “I’m more entitled to than…” And so, there was something very, sort of, you know, I enjoyed the idea of someone who went against that. And that’s part of why I chose the look of like, the waist down… I think at one point, Oscar would have been clean, super clean cut, no facial hair.

And the reason I did the shaggy hair and the beard, was that sort of, in his own way, some version of a rebellion against what he came from. So, from the neck down, he’s still the very much wearing the fancy suits and is still a very slick dresser. But the whole, like, beard and hair thing is, it would have been a nightmare to his mom and his family and that’s part of his life, rejection of that world.

I thought that would be, I mean, the combination of those things, if that makes sense.

FF – So you actually had input in his look? In his external look?

LF – I did. You know, it was kind of interesting because initially I thought for sure they were going to want me to shave. And the way the look came about was that the producers of Motive saw me on Breaking Bad… And were like, we like the look. And I was like, really? That’s so not CTV, Canada-type typical stuff. Right?

FF – Yes.

LF – I’m already not, I’m already not your typical-looking leading dude or, you know, series lead, I’m a character guy. So, for them to say, we like the look, I was like, great! And I was like, let’s run with it! And I’m always trying to find a different look, to me personally, as well, and that’s something that I really hadn’t done.

And while we’re on the topic of hair, here’s how 2012 became The Year of the Facial Hair for Louis.

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – Last year was the year of the facial hair! I had the mustache! I had the scruff, and I had the full beard and shaggy head! And so I was…

FF – Yes. And you had the goatee, too. Because you had the goatee for “Touch”.

LF – The goatee… 2012 (laughs)

FF – So, we have, we had the whole range of the facial hair last year, that was quite amazing.

LF – We had all the ranges. That is true, we did. That’s funny!

2012 – The Year of the Facial Hair


The Goatee

Breaking Bad

The Scruff

Primeval: New World

The Mustache

The L.A. Complex

The Shave


The Beard


Rookie Blue: The Love Interest

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: Rumor has it Jacob Blackstone was supposed to be a love interest for one of the regulars. Can you comment? (Thanks to the Rookie Blue fans for the question!)

LF – I think that sounds accurate. End of comment. I think that that extension could have nodded the way of a really, of a real romantic relationship is what I’ll say to that.

FF – Okay.

LF – I think Jacob Blackstone… well, it’ll be very clear when people see the show. But I really enjoyed that group of people and working in Toronto.

FF – Right. Well, that’s always nice.

LF – It was fun for me. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The Characters of 2012

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: How do you keep all the characters separate from each other and still new, especially when you’re shooting several different shows back to back like you did last Summer/ Fall?

LF – I think, you know, it kind of becomes… you just kind of do it. I think it’s part, partially it’s  experience. I’ve done it long enough now to feel comfortable within myself and sort of know the different sides of yourself that you can act that.

You know, for me, it kind of, and it’s many, it kind of hits in different ways, you know, there’s a sound that I connect to. There’s a wardrobe that I connect to. There’s a vibe that I can connect to.

Flagstone, he’s a sort of, a little, rough and tough guy. Sort of in-your-face dude, you know.

Vega’s much more sort of the centered, spiritual, evolving person.

It was fun to do Colonel Hall. I mean, Primeval was fun because it was yet again another Colonel. And yet I chose sort of a more regular tone with me, but I really quite enjoyed… that arc was fun.

And to be recognized as I was, those reviews you sent me were just, I was so flattered with that stuff, that was fun.

FF – Yeah, and there’s many more.

LF – And then Breaking Bad was just the sort of darker stuff that I kind of tapped into. So you know, it’s almost like picking a color and then, you just know that you gotta, like a box of crayons and you’re using the appropriate color, if that makes sense, you know?

FF – Yeah.

LF – I just, I guess I feel, I know what color it is, in each case with the characters. But it really was a terrific year for me. And I’m just so grateful for last year. “It’s like a box of crayons!”


FF – Well, the thing is that, what’s interesting to know, for people, also, is that there are external aids that you use. For example the costume or the people that you work with, that help you get with that character, even if it’s like, okay, this character of the week.

LF – Yeah, yeah. You know, it’s one of those things where, this is why I love like if you look at the Meryl Streeps and the Daniel Day Lewises, and you’re just blown away at the transformation. I would almost love if I had the kind of dream career where I was like, I have three months to find a character. That would be interesting.

In TV, it doesn’t work that way. A lot of times, you audition Friday and you’re working on Monday. And so, it really is, you are relying on a lot of sort of your essence of you. Because you’re not having the time to sit with someone else and embody someone else in a way. So for me, what’s becoming more challenging, as I get up there as far as credit count, is to sort of, you know, a lot now is I find myself… they’re giving me a lot of that – “Oh, the colonel! Well, Louis can play great colonels!” And so, it’s kind of like finding a different spin for myself as an actor on a character that essentially I played before.

And that’s becoming more challenging. As a lot of stuff comes in now that sort of feels repetitive in some ways. Because for me I don’t want to, don’t want to find… you know that’s the personality vs the character actors, right?

So, I want to be a character actor. So the challenge becomes like, where’s the difference in this person? What’s… you know, what is different between Colonel Hall and Colonel Everett Young? And you know, you start, that’s where the work comes in a little bit for me now. In those kinds of areas if that makes sense.

FF – So you really try to look at the differences rather than the commonalities between the characters, and that’s what helps you.

LF – Well, yeah, because there’s a commonality, the commonality is already there.

FF – Yeah.

LF – Playing a colonel in the Army. I’m the head, I’m the wick, I’m the guy who’s stern, you know so, within that what’s going to… what can I bring that’s going to be different for this particular character. I take great pride… and it’s never like, you know, it’s always going to be me, but finding the different shades, or affectations of characters, or… it’s kind of one of the things I enjoy most about the process.

FF – And, see, a lot of people think that there’s this sort of huge lead way that you get months and months of prep time, but it’s really not the case. It’s in at the deep end almost every time you do it.

LF – No, no, no. Television is super-fast. Which is one of the things I like about it. But it’s also one of those things where you’re kind of wondering, like, going… Because I remember in the past where I’ve had certain roles in the past where I might have had a couple of weeks, or even a week, that for me, has been, would have been, long, just to sort of embody or just to get into a head space. It does make a difference. Does make a huge difference.

Dean Pirelli in The L.A. Complex

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Q: When you did the role of Dean Pirelli for “The L.A. Complex“, how did you get the feel for this character? Were there any personal insights that you have had to make the audience be sympathetic to a man who abandoned his kids in a car?

LF – The simple answer is, I have two kids of my own that changed my life. Changed the way I view the world in every way. They saved me. So, that role for me, the idea of abandoning, ever, my children, is something that I personally, just, without getting too heavy about this particular subject… you know, any parent who abandons their child, ultimately, loses an opportunity, an experience that they’ll never know.

I feel like I say that as someone who knows because I’ve seen what my kids have done to me personally, so… my heart goes out to him. I also understand that people, and that the world and life is complicated, clearly, and things don’t always work out for everyone.

So for me, what I really played in that particular role was a guy, and I had to, was the empathy came from the fact that he was honest enough to recognize that he had screwed up. And I think that that’s what makes us human: we can change our lives at any point. We can decide today that what’s happened yesterday no longer matters, and I’m going to take a different route, and I’m going to take a different path.

So, that was the sort of basis of that character that he, more than ever, realized that… you know, and he was sort of overly hyped and overly excited, and trying to make up for lost time. Because he realized at the end of the day, he had the epiphany of  “what really matters in my life?” And, “oh my god.” And, “is it too late?” No, that time may have gone, but you have the time that’s remaining. And so, at any point in your life, you can change. And that’s what I liked about that character. And I think that’s why you have empathy for him, because it’s just very human.

We all screw up. We all make mistakes. We all have made choices that ultimately end up, whatever. And I did love, not only that I got to play that particular character, but that the reason I was even there was that my daughter, who’s the biggest Degrassi fan got to actually visit the set, while I was shooting that show, she met her favorite actor from that show. And these were some of the same producers from that show, and it was interesting, because I literally was like “oh, please let me get on that show!” And this thing happened, and it was just an awesome thing because even the kids reminded me of my… you know, I have a nineteen and a thirteen year old.

And there was the older sister and the younger brother. So there was a lot of relating to it. And there was a part of me, the thing that I couldn’t do, the thing that I couldn’t do was play me. Because I’m a sap with my kids. I’m just like that father.

So, what I had to find was that sort of, that blue collar dude who sort of just didn’t know any better in that particular instance and still came back and tried to make up. And really loved his kids and you know, wanted his… a relationship with them, but had really done some damage. So, it would have been interesting to explore the sort of, how it gets better. You know.

FF – Yeah.

LF – And there was that, like you said, that scene in the room…

FF – At the Child Protection Services, yeah.

LF – Yeah, yeah. I mean, when we did it, the best take that happened was where I just sort of watched her and really gave her… I mean, we were both crying. I’m sure they didn’t use that. But what they probably used was her side of it, she was phenomenal. But the favorite take that I did was when it was over my shoulder onto her. Because we just had this one scene where I just like, whew! I know this all too well.  You know, in some way, it just felt so… sometimes when acting you do scenes, and, you’re doing the work, but then once in a while you have this moment that’s almost like an epiphany. And we had a little bit of that in that scene, and she was just wonderful to work with.

Working Out

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: When you have time and energy to work out, is there a routine that you follow?

LF – Oh, boy, that’s the thing that I’m missing most. I have to sort of, I got a bum knee. And it’s been, I’ve not been able to do the kind of working out that I’ve wanted to, so, I’m about to try to kickstart that in a week. And that’s such a huge deal for me, because I miss it so much.

And so my goal, and I just remembered my other goal this year, for me right now, is simply to just get my, because it’s our health, you know?

Our health is our wealth, as I tell my kids.

So I’m on, I’m definitely looking forward to just sort of getting a routine and regimen working again.

But yes, I’ve sort of always tried to keep in shape, but Motive kicked my butt a little bit for sure. I didn’t have much

Animal Update: Love at First Sight

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Q: Was it love at first sight with your animals?

LF – Yes, absolutely! Absolutely, I… it’s funny how that works. And I’m sure anybody who’s gotten one, it’s different things, whether you’re going to a rescue, or wherever you get a dog from – and, I do encourage and believe in rescuing dogs, I think it’s wonderful – but I think at the end of the day, all animals need owners and love. So I don’t discriminate necessarily, but I certainly encourage a rescue, of course. But I know that I have had moments where I literally have that, you know, what’s that song… “How much is that doggie in the window?”…just because it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, thank you very much.

Charlie and Billie and Giancarlo were all from breeders that I’ve found in Ontario.

FF – Uh huh.

LF – Billie, I did get Billie out here. And my English Sheepdogs as well, I always found breeders in L.A. for the Sheepdogs. And I just would go out, and they’d have the pups, and I would, you know, there would be the one that you connect with and that you’d melt right away and just love at first sight. There’s the one that sort of, just speaks to you, because somehow it just finds you. You know? It’s kind of what’s happened with all my animals. I was just like, you know, there’s twelve and then there’s one that sort of comes up, steps up and says, “I’m the one you’re supposed to take!” And you kind of just know it.

That’s kind of what’s happened with me from the get-go, yeah.

FF – Yeah.

LF – Kind of amazing too, yeah.

Animal Update: Heart Melters

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Q: What do your animals do that just melts your heart?

LF – Right now, just before you called, Billie will literally lie on her back with her feet up and then she’ll put her head right next to mine. So it’s like literally we’re snuggling. It’s ridiculous.

FF – Aww!

LF – So they’re all big cuddle bugs, which I absolutely love and they all do different things. Giancarlo, oh, what is Giancarlo, well, Giancarlo’s got those Puss-In-Boot eyes. That when he sort of looks at you, you just melt, he can bat the eyelashes like no other. It’s why he’s a – Giancarlo’s a romantic.

Billie is just this sort of sweet… she has no idea of her own strength. So, she’s just… what’s amazing for me about Billie is just how insanely agile and fast and quick and jumpy she is for a bulldog. She’s just got so much energy. And she’s very funny. Like when she got here to L.A., I can’t tell you, the running around that she did. Just like back and forth and back. She’s just so happy to be home. And I can honestly feel it.

What also melts my heart is, Billie, I can throw anything at her, no matter how fast, or like off rhythm, and she won’t… she’ll catch it every time. So that’s pretty cool.

And then Charlie’s just like one big giant gentle giant. He’s like a little bear. He’s just beautiful. Completely.

And then Leo is, my favorite thing about Leo is him on catnip. Funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. He just, he’s just a trip, he’s the reason nobody should do drugs. (laughs) That’s why. He’s my anti-drug campaign. Leo on catnip, it’s the funniest thing ever. He’s got a scratching post, and he usually has about a fifteen minute maniacal freak-out on the cat post. And then at some point you look over and he just looks like he’s dead. Wrapped around the cat post. (laughs)

That’s just off the top of my head, you know. I also like dressing up Billie a lot. Not dressing up, but like even that shot with the shades, or there’s one shot I haven’t shown, but she’s got a… I put a fedora on her, and she’s just got the greatest face. Bulldogs’ wrinkly faces. I like the wrinkled face.

Animal Update: Responsible Dog Parenting

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – It was funny, because, I took Charlie to Aroma Café yesterday… and they really are kids. And Charlie, for some reason, he, there’s two water bowls there and he’s like, he started drinking, like he’s dehydrated.

I was like, “Charlie, what’s…” you know, he’s just lapping it all up. And he just finished drinking it and of course everyone sees Charlie and reacts because he’s just so beautiful and majestic and unique. And just as this, these two people came over and they wanted to pet him, Charlie threw up (laughs) right on the front steps…

FF – Oh no!

LF – … of the Aroma Café. Just like, yaaag, because, he had just drunk the water way too fast. And so David and I spent the first fifteen minutes cleaning up throw-up in front of Aroma Café. It was quite funny.

FF – Well, they always surprise you with the…

LF – Although I will say that I ended up, I cleaned up and David gave me directions as to where there was still stuff (laughs)…

(Mimics David) “You missed a spot.”

Thanks, David.

(Mimics David) “You missed a spot over there!”

I got it, thank you, David. (laughs)

FF – Well, you’re the Dad, you clean up the mess! You know, I mean…

LF – Well, and I took full responsibility for it, obviously, that’s what you do. Just like, you know, and we both are dads, so, it was kind of funny.

FF – Yeah, yeah.

LF – I also thought it was funny because the people walked away. I was like, wait, you don’t want to pet him anymore? He’s no longer loveable to you? Awww, boo. (laughs) You know what I mean, only if it’s your own kids, they can do no wrong.

FF – Right.

LF – Other people are, like, “That’s the cutest dog ever.” – Blaaagh…!! –  “Oh my god, that dog is disgusting!” Such a fine line between fantastic and gross! We’ll have to write a chapter on picking other people’s poop. Picking up other people’s dog poop is a chapter that I may wanna try to write. It’s funny.


FF – Yep. I could certainly…

LF – That goes into the whole like we’re all brothers and sisters meant to look after one another. You know what I mean?

FF – Yeah.

LF – So, that’s funny… that’s a good… there’s a George Carlin joke in there somewhere.

Twitter Billie

Listen to the sound clip here:

Q: How do you like Twitter? What finally made you join?

LF – I’m not quite sure about it yet, but it came about because I was really getting kind of… I was being encouraged to get it for the show. They, the network in Canada, wanted us to be involved with tweeting. And there were some guidelines. We were to tweet four times during an episode or something like that. And the argument that was thrown my way was that, this is just the way things are being done, yet more people are participating in it. And it’s a good idea to do it. And so they were asking very nicely.

And I said I just don’t feel a really, just need, and they said well, what if we get someone to help you. So initially, it was a friend of mine who set it up for me and explained to me how it worked. And so, my first three tweets weren’t even my own. And then I felt weird about that, so I said, well, I’m going to try doing it. And once on it, I realized that what I do like about it is things like I can follow things that I’m interested in.

FF – Yeah.

LF – I can get breaking news before it actually is on television. I can follow people that I admire, or whatever, and have… that’s interesting to me.

The part to me that seems weird is that it seems to be this sort of, without intentionally being, it becomes sort of a popularity contest. Which, somehow, which is everything I don’t necessarily like, period, about some people feeling… you know what I mean? It’s just a weird thing in a hierarchy sense. So there’s that part of it for me which is a little strange.

I think one of my first tweets, my first tweet ever was when I saw like followers and following. My first tweet was: “Remember when people followed Jesus.”

FF– I remember that.

LF – My sardonic kind of like, twist on the idea that, you know, we used to seek something beyond ourselves. I think that was, once I sort of let that out as my ironic sort of comment I was then able to go – okay, I can use my dog (laughs) as a way of communicating. You know, in a way that allows me to participate, but still allows me to keep strictly my privacy to myself. And I think that that’s the fine line that people sort of, you gotta find it, you know?

And at the same time I’m kind of going, oh look, there’s me tweeting a picture with David and going, well it’s kind of my private, but I get that I’m… it’s a place where you share. And so, I think all of that, the one thing that I worry about is when you have, when you put something up there to be shared, people are obviously going to comment. And I’m of the ilk, if you’ve got nothing nice to say, then don’t say it.

And I think there are people out there who are just looking to have their comments be triggered or triggering. And so… it’s, I’m still finding, I guess, is the answer and the balance. But I certainly enjoyed chronicling my road trip, for example, via Billie.

FF – Yeah.

LF – I thought that was fun.

FF – Yeah, it sure was.

LF – Yeah.

FF – And see her in front of all the various backgrounds and, uh, Portland.

LF – Yeah.

FF – Out in the desert! And by the road sign and what not. So that was certainly a different, a different aspect, other than, oh, here’s me in Portland. But – here’s my dog in Portland. You know, so I thought that was…

LF – Well, yeah, Billie became my, Billie, and that’s fine, yeah. Billie’s my mascot.

FF – Yeah, well, she was sort a reporter of this whole trip, too. She became like a little reporter of what you were doing and where you were, which was really…

LF – Oh, absolutely. I love the, “Are we there yet?” photo, because literally I was driving and I looked in the rear view mirror and she, literally was up there going – “Enough with the driving!” It was one of those looks, it was so funny. She’s like “Seriously, I’m over this driving thing.” It was so funny.

FF – Yeah, yeah. A lot of dogs really love riding in the car and it was just so funny to see this other aspect of too much of a good thing.

LF – Yeah, yeah. No, she was awesome, she was so awesome. So we had fun.

Twitter and Fame

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – I’m the most unrecognized actor with the most credits. I love it! That’s my thing.

FF – Yeah.

LF – I’ve got a small group of people who know me, but yet, I’ve been working forever. It’s kind of a fantastic thing. It’s my dream. You know, under the radar. And I just love that this little, (laughs) you know it’s just like kind of crazy, because I look at my friends who’ve got like, you know, five or six credits, period, on IMDb, and they’ve got fifty thousand followers! (Laughs) I’m like, what, what, how does that happen?!


Here are some recent tweets from Louis and his friends, and Instagram posts from David DeLuise.

Billie by D. DeLuise
Billie by D. DeLuise
“Apaws, please!”
David, Louis and Charlie at Aroma Cafe

The New Reading Series: ARE YOU AS HAPPY AS YOUR DOG?

Louis has been reading the book “Are you as happy as your dog?” by Alan Cohen, and he loved it so much that he wanted to share a series of readings from the book. As you know, we are sticklers for copyright laws and fair use here at Ferreira Fest, and so we contacted the author Alan Cohen and he was happy to give us permission for Louis to read excerpts from his book and post them here. So this is a Ferreira Fest exclusive that you won’t find anywhere else! Please join us in thanking Mr. Cohen for his kind permission. Please visit his Official Website!

Click on the book cover to purchase a copy of the book.

Listen to the sound clip here:

LF – Learning from our dog.

Okay, so the first one is: Love unconditionally.

As soon as – insert your dog’s name here – so as soon as, for example, Billie, hears my car pull up to the garage, or wherever, he drops whatever he’s doing and zooms to meet me. He barks and cries at the same time and he wags his tail so hard that he wipes up the garage floor with his fuzzy butt, and he tinkles, for example, “I can hardly contain myself!”

Munchie gives me the same wholehearted greeting no matter how long I’ve been away. When I come home after a long time, he doesn’t sit on his haunches with his arms folded and soberly announce, “I think it’s time we discussed your commitment to our relationship.” He’s just happy to see me, and he lets me know it.

Love unconditionally.


Here is Louis’ question for everybody: what have you learned from your dog (cat/ iguana/ canary/ horse/ Tigger stuffie etc)? Please share it in the guest book or email and we will post your thoughts here. Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous. Louis is looking forward to your responses. Thanks!

Magazines, Books and Other Print Articles

Louis and his co-star Kristin Lehman of MOTIVE graced the cover of Vancouver WE Magazine last month, and the editor kindly gave her permission to re-post it here, along with the article inside. Thanks so much!! Click on the scans for full size versions.

Please also visit the Save BC Film Facebook Page and voice your support for an industry that ultimately benefits all of us fans!

And while we’re on the topic of magazines, check out this oldie-but-goodie from the Urban Angel days, where Louis was on the cover of a 1991 Weekender Magazine (a type of TV Guide) from our personal collection. Enjoy! Click on the scans for full size versions.

Agi has discovered a really cool article on the Pulp-and-Dagger Blog that discusses Urban Angel and the inclusion of non-English speaking or multi-lingual characters in Canadian TV series. It’s a fascinating read, so go check it out! Incidentally, the latest article on the blog discusses MOTIVE, with references to Night Heat in which Louis also guest starred several times between 1986 and 1988. You can read it here at the Huffington Post: From Wojeck to Flashpoint: The CanCon Roots of TV’s Motive.

The LA Times has posted a picture of Bryan Cranston and Louis from the filming of Breaking Bad. Check it out!

And if you always wanted to own a copy of one of the Mr. Mugs books that Louis grew up with, there are currently a few for sale on eBay. And this is probably also a good time to re-visit Louis’ dramatic reading of “Meet Mr. Mugs”. Enjoy!


Here is this month’s batch of screen caps – and Kimmy made caps from Louis’ opening scene in the movie “Stiletto Dance” for you. Thanks so much, Kimmy – it’s such a great movie opener! View the caps here.

While the caps are perfectly safe to view please be advised that the movie itself is rated R. Louis plays an undercover cop named James Launcher.

Kimmy also reports that Louis is back in the Top 5000 on IMDb this week. His role on MOTIVE has pushed him into this bracket several times since it began airing. Congratulations and way to go, Louis!


DVD: SGU Season One – Episode Ten “Justice” part 2 Commentary with Director William Waring, actors Louis Ferreira, Brian J Smith, Elyse Levesque and Jamil Walker Smith, and script coordinator Lawren Bancroft-Wilson. Transcript by Casey.

Note: Commentaries are recorded while the actors, directors and producers watch the episode and provide their insight into its filming. There are often multiple conversations taking place at the same time as well as the episode soundtrack playing the background. We will attempt to piece those conversations together to decrease reader confusion. At times, the commentators get caught up watching an episode and fail to discuss which will be noted as [episode soundtrack]. We will note scene progression by first sentence using the GateWorld transcript of the episode for tracking purposes.

Listen to the sound clip here:

[Scene: Rush in Control Interface Room.]

JWS – Like a shot like that, Will, do you think about that shot and envision it when you do a walk through before we’re there?

WW – Yeah. It’s one of my favorite lenses that – the 10 mil, you can only do that kind of shot with an occasional wide shot, so you get too close to people they just get all too bendy. But just to get it in the hallway or in that room, it just gives you so much scope.

LF – How many days do they give you to prep an episode, Will?

WW – The same amount of days as we would shoot. So I’d have, let’s say, eight days prep for an eight day shoot.

JWS – Wow.

BJS – Jeez.

EL – Wow, it doesn’t seem enough.

WW – It’s not. It goes by quick.

BJS – Yeah.

WW – But it’s filled with all the meetings and like.

EL – Like location scouts and all that kind of stuff.

LF – But, because there’s not a lot of location scouts due to the fact that we’re on the ship, as much. Does that have to do with it?

JWS – Yeah.

LF – As far as like, it gives you more time to work on your shots. Perhaps.

WW – Well, for a show like this one, it’s all on the ship.

LF – Yeah. Right.

WW – Except for the days we did the gravel pit. That took a lot of scouts to go out to the gravel pit.

LF – Oh really?

WW – A lot of scouts, yeah. Because we had to set the crane up. We had to get in the locations guys to grade the area that the crane had to go. That was a lot of scouting. Because you don’t want to be thinking about any of the stuff when you’re up there. You want to sort of pre-plan as much as you can. So that you can give more time for you guys on the set. So I’m not trying to figure out where we’ll be with the camera.

[Scene: Young’s quarters. WALLACE: I didn’t mean to look that hard. YOUNG (chuckling): That’s OK. I was the one who authorized the search.]

BJS – I love Young’s reaction to when he comes in and sees the gun. It’s, he’s just, there’s almost a kind of like resignation about it like “Oh, gee.”

LF – Yeah.

EL – Yeah.

BJS – But it’s subtle, it’s not a big…

[Scene: YOUNG: Somebody’s trying to frame me, Eli.]

LF – I love that like Eli doesn’t believe him at all. (laughs) That’s my favorite part. He’s just in this doubting… That’s awesome.

EL – Yeah. I love how loyal Scott is,, too. Like without a shadow of a doubt. You know?

LF – Yeah.

JWS – I like that shot! (close up of Young’s face)

[Scene: Scott quarrels with Eli. YOUNG: Eli’s right.]

WW – Look at that light flare.

LF – That flare (the light behind Young) that’s cool.

JWS – I remember when I read this script, I was like, this far into it, I was like how are they going to prove that he didn’t do it? Everything’s pointing to that it was him. I remember that.

EL – Not me, I had it all figured out.

LF – I love how we’re like, this is episode ten, all the character relationships, like the lines are all really connected, defined, and you can really feel that at this point in the show.

[Scene: MESS. Rush, Wray and Eli. WALLACE: I put it (Kino) in search mode. RUSH: Well, maybe it caught something – something that might indicate that Colonel Young had nothing to do with this.]

BJS – Smart writing, too, like not tipping us at all, I mean actually playing into it.

JWS – Who wrote this episode?

EL – What’s that?

JWS – Who wrote this episode?

LF – I don’t know. Does anybody know?

BJS – This was, uh, Paul?

EL – Paul?

LBW – Uh, Alan McCullough wrote it. Paul (Mullie) produced it.

Everybody – Oh!

[Scene: Rush and Wray alone in mess. RUSH: Well, whatever your superiors advise, we are on our own out here. Best we handle this ourselves.]

WW – (chuckles) That’s good.

LF – Ally… ally… ally…

JWS – I like that flare that the light makes sometimes.

LF – Yeah.

[Scene: Destiny flies through space.]

EL – Yeah. I love our ship. It’s so cool. It’s so cool.

LF – Anytime they cut to the ship, that’s the coolest ship ever.

[Scene. Young’s quarters. Armstrong sits at Young’s invitation. YOUNG: Don’t kid yourself, she’s (Wray) going to come after me.]

JWS – I like this episode because it kind of reminds me, it’s like a Law and Order throwback, like, Scott is like a detective. You (EL) become a lawyer.

LF – Yeah, yeah.

EL – Yeah, and I’m a lawyer.

JWS – (chuckles) Ming is such a prosecutor.

EL – Yeah. De-facto prosecutor.

JWS – Bobby’s like the shady witness.

(everybody laughs)

BJS – It’s like Law and Order.

LF – (laughs) He (Robert Carlyle) takes shady witness.

[Scene: ARMSTRONG (in response to Young’s request that she represent him): Me?]

WW – I love that reaction.

LF – Yeah, that reaction was great.

BJS – Yeah. Elyse!

EL – Thanks guys.

JWS – Woo, rewind that back. People at home, rewind that back!

EL – This was a fun scene. We had lots of fun with that one. That was one of my few scenes we’ve ever been in together, Louis.

[Scene: EVIDENTIARY HEARING. Wray questions Franklin.]

LF – Is that that the 10 mil?

WW – Yeah, it is the 10 mil.

EL – That’s like one of the few scenes that you (Louis) and I have ever been in together.

LF – I was saying, it’s weird because we’ve had, what, three scenes the entire first season?

EL – Yeah, the entire… yeah.

BJS – But I think it’s great that he (Young) goes to Chloe. I mean, it goes without saying, but, at least at this point in the season, it’s almost a curve ball, you know? It’s a great surprise. To see her in a whole different element.

[Scene: Volker testifies about a conversation between Young and Rush that he overheard. VOLKER: Uh, Colonel Young was complaining about Sergeant Spencer…]

LF – I love the whole notion of, there’s a society being formed on a ship with ninety people, ultimately. You know, you spend first four, five episodes getting the basics, essentials, and then from then you’re sitting there going – we are raw, we are naked, all our who we are, what we represent, all that stuff gets questioned. It’s the Lord of the Flies where you’re creating your own civilization from scratch.

JWS – Yeah, I like that.

LF – Here we are on a spaceship creating a core judicial system, which is something we know, as far as like an Earth thing, but does it really apply to this, does it really apply in space?

BJS – It’s like we’re holding on to it. We’re just trying to hold on to our…

EL – Our identity.

LF – Yeah, it’s interesting. Exactly. And that’s why I love the identity of this show being about survivors and survival. And that everything you know and believe in essentially gets stripped from you. And people gotta, I mean, it’s one of the things I always try to remember in acting is that, we are drinking water and eating mush. Like, our brains are fried, we’re physically exhausted, those kinds of things are what I think create the interesting drama as well.

EL – Yeah, exhausted.

[Scene: ELI’S QUARTERS. WALLACE: I-I’ve confirmed alibis for half a dozen or so people, but I haven’t found anything that helps the Colonel.]

JWS – The Colonel did it!

EL – Man, you’re supposed to be backing that guy!

LF – Not right now.

JWS – It’s never understood though, it’s never… right? We never know who did it.

LF – Well, that’s another thing that I love, it’s ambiguous.

EL – Yeah we do.

WW – But you know, somebody had to have taken the gun.

JWS – Yeah, but we never find out who, which is interesting.

BJS – Yeah we do.

EL – Yeah we do. Of course we do.

LF – Yeah we do. You don’t remember.

(Everybody laughs)

LF – It’s all right. Watch it. It gets real interesting.

EL – You (Jamil)  haven’t watched the rest of the episode have you?

LF – Well, keep watching, it’s a great ending. (laughs)

EL – It’s great. Another reason for you (Jamil) to stick around.

JWS – Oh, they just drop the charge, oh I remember that part, yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m a fan too, you know. I’m in it.

LF – I love it!     

[Scene: Evidentiary hearing. T.J. on the stand.]

LF – How did you feel shooting this stuff, Elyse, was it fun for you?

EL – It was actually super fun. I know Ming and I were a little apprehensive about it. Because we’re like, oh, like she was worried it would be like Law and Order, you have all these shots and it takes forever. But we actually had so much fun doing this. That’s a testament to you. (Will)

WW – You guys had to do it a bazillion times.

EL – But you know, it didn’t feel that way. And actually I felt like every time we did this scene in particular (T.J. on the stand) I found different things in it.

LF – Yeah.

[Scene. T.J. on stand. Armstrong questions her. Wray interrupts.]

WW – Yeah, I love the way you stand up to her.

EL – Yes, I think it was important to see Chloe finally find her backbone. And kind of, you know, do her thing.

JWS – These are long scenes, you guys…

[Scene. Wray continues to interrupt Armstrong. ARMSTRONG: Miss Wray, I think it was my turn to ask questions. WRAY: What are you doing? ARMSTRONG: Taking my turn as we agreed.]

LF – For all of those people, those doubters, who talked about the lack of strong women on our show, just watch this scene. Please. And all you people who ever said that, you know, you need to be patient for things! Things develop, things grow.

BJS – Amen!

LF – So take it easy, Relax. You know what I mean? Not to mention, that’s Mulan (Ming Na) right there.

WW – I love, I love.

EL – The Black Canary. (Alaina Huffman)

LF – That’s Mulan… people, it doesn’t get stronger than Mulan.

BJS – No, but, wait, wait, what you say there is really interesting because it’s like in life you don’t claim to know a person after knowing them for two or three hours. In TV, you do.

LF – Absolutely, yeah, it’s… it’s a North American Television mentality.

BJS – Exactly. Yeah.

EL – Yeah.

LF – Give me entertainment now! God forbid we actually have to endure, and take, and invest, because we all want the, it’s the quick, you know (snapping fingers) instant.

EL – It’s patience, the lack of patience, yeah.

BJS – Instant gratification.

LF – Those are all the reasons we’re proud of the show.

EL – Yeah!

[Scene: Crew members wander out of room. Camille leans over Chloe. WRAY: I need to talk to you. Now!]

LF – Uh-oh. Look what happens here.

[Scene: Camille and Chloe argue.]

LF – Your eyes are those of a Husky! (laughs) Very pretty eyes.

EL – (laughs) So, that’s the dog I should have? Is that what you’re saying?

LF – Yes.

JWS – Huskies are beautiful animals.

LF – That’s just it.

EL – Thanks, Papa Smurf.

LF – You’re welcome!

[Scene: Young walks in the corridor, overhears crew members debating his guilt. He turns and walks away.]

LF – I can’t take it! (laughs)

[Scene: Greer unfolding stock of rifle.]

LF – I love my Jamil.

EL – You’re such a badass!

LF – Yeah, there’s my Greer! Always a solution.

JWS – Ah!

EL – You’re so cool!

JWS – It’s the vest!

EL – You’re such a goof in life, that’s why I love it.

JWS – Ah!

LF – You got it.

[Scene: Greer heads to the door, Scott jumps up and stops him.]

LF – I love this line coming up.

[Scene: GREER: Lieutenant, this is what they used to do to guys like me for looking at white women the wrong way. Now, d’you think I’m gonna hang back and let this go…?]

[Episode soundtrack plays.]

[Scene: Chair room. Rush and his scientists enter.]

JWS – It’s like a space-age barber chair.

[Scene: PARK: So you sit in the Chair and it downloads the secrets of the universe into your head?]

LF – (laughs) Yeah.

[Scene: BRODY: Every time it’s ever been tried… this close to death. VOLKER looks up.]

JWS – Patrick looks slick. He’s got on the vest. He’s the only guy that has on the vest.

LF – It’s interesting costume design because the scientists versus the military, they’ve got those guys all in sort of like Earth tones and stuff, you know the black with greens that we wear.

WW – Yeah.

JWS – Yeah.

[Scene: PARK: Maybe there’s a way of choosing what information gets downloaded.]

JWS – Jen Spence there.

EL – Peter Kelamis.

JWS – Peter Kelamis.

LF – Robert Carlyle.

EL – Robert Carlyle.

[Scene: Rush walks to the Chair and puts his fingertips onto the back of the headrest.]

WW – Watch Bobby’s face at the end of this scene as he’s sizing up Mark (Burgess).

JWS – He’s a sneaky guy! You gotta watch out for him!

EL – He is!

LF – Oh, yeah. He’s evil!

EL – He’s up to no good!

JWS – He gets off on… he likes it, he loves this shit! This guy right there.

[Scene: Young’s quarters. Scott asking why he stepped down. YOUNG: … if I force the issue, we risk dividing the crew. We can’t afford that.]

JWS – That’s where it’s starting to tie in with the next episode. Divided.

LF – That’s right.

EL – That’s true.

JWS – Every episode we say the word of the next episode, in the episode before it.

LF – You’re just making that up. Sounds great! (laughs)

JWS – In Pain, in Pain, you say subversion.

EL – (laughs) You made that up!

LF – You say air, you say air!

JWS – You say subversion.

EL – How often do we say Earth?

JWS – You say, this is not a subversion.

LF – Whoever says… what’s the last two episodes called?

EL – All the words are just common words in our vocabulary.

(EL and JWS laughing)

LF – Who says Incursion and Subversion?

EL – Like Earth, Time. If we’re running out of time, does that mean that we’re foreshadowing the next episode?

JWS – Yeah, I’ve noticed that!

LF – Jamil is funny!

EL – Ignore Jamil Walker Smith’s theories!

LF – I don’t remember anybody ever saying subversion.

(EL, JWS and LF laughing)

[Scene: Wallace and Franklin in Chair room.]

LF – You know how badly we would all smell? At this point? We would stink.

EL – At this point? Yeah. We’d had showers, though. But still. The same clothes.

LF – But the same clothes. I don’t think we have washing or laundry facilities.

JWS – I’m wondering how hot is the ship? Do you guys ever talk about that, is the ship hot? Or is it cold?

EL – I don’t think it’s that hot. I think it’s cool. I have a feeling that it’s cold.

BJS – I always thought of it as cold.

WW – I always thought of it as cold.

LF – Me too.

BJS – Me too.

JWS – I thought it was hot.

LF – Really?


JWS – Because I’m hot. Like I’m hot.

EL – Your sensory has been all off!

LF – You’ve been playing hot the whole time!

JWS – I’ve been playing hot!

LF – We’ve been playing cold!


EL – Of course you would Jamil.

JWS – Like, stuffy, you know?

EL – I see it being like damp.

JWS – Like a castle.

LF – No, like a floating tin can, metal, cold, look at it, where do you get heat?

JWS – Like a spaceship. I get hot!


LF – I wanna know where you’re hanging out.

JWS – Ah, I love it! I love it!

[Scene: Young running towards Chair room after Eli calls for help.]

JWS – Our famous hall that we make twelve halls.

[Scene: Franklin trapped by chair.]

WW – Poor Mark! (Burgess)

EL – I love the way this scene was shot.

JWS – What was it like shooting this scene, Will?

WW – This was tough. I mean he’s got, Mark’s sitting there with these things pressing against his head. And I’m asking him to really shake around and of course it’s like poking him and cutting him a bit.

JWS – Yeah.

[Scene: Chair room. Franklin unresponsive. Young glares at Rush.]

WW – We’ll see you in season two, Mark Burgess.

JWS – He doesn’t die, he doesn’t die in this. Oh, I’m giving it away? That’s not right?

LBW – Anybody watching this has watched…

EL – Has probably seen it all already. You’re probably good, you’re probably good.

LF – Oh, what did he say?

EL – He was giving away, Mark Burgess’s…

JWS – Mark, Mark just dies.

LF – Oh, again.

EL – There you go, well now… sorry.


EL – Smooth, Jamil.

JWS – Lucian Alliance! Okay, I’ll stop.


JWS – They’re coming!


(To be continued in Ferreira Fest 40/ April 2013)

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