An actor since the age of eight, Reid has lent his voice to many animated series, including Franklin the Turtle, Jane and the Dragon and Pippi Longstocking. He also starred in various small screen roles, including Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, Terry, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Soul Food and In Love and War.
Reid holds impressive theatre credits, including roles at the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Blyth Festival and Theatre Aquarius. He was a recipient of the prestigious John Hirsch Award (2009), which is given to the most promising actor in the Stratford Festival.
Reid attended Etobicoke School of the Arts (Toronto), and is a graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal). He currently lives in Toronto and is a client of Gary Goddard Agency. He is managed by DF Management in LA and NYC.
We started working together in June 2010, to gear up for the release of my film Score: A Hockey Musical. [Ed. note: In select Canadian theatres beginning October 22].
I get to wear other people’s lives and see what it’s like to be them. I can leave whatever else is going on in my life at the door, and literally walk in someone else’s shoes. I mean, I started acting when I was about six years old, professionally when I was eight, and I had never had so much fun. Everyone involved seemed so cool and funny, and had great stories. I got to say and do stuff I would never say or do as a normal kid, and audiences would laugh and applaud, and it all seemed like organized goofing around to me. I guess it’s never really changed.
What do you like the least about your profession/industry?
I find it tough to deal with the business side of things. It’s all fun and games when you’re acting, but there’s a real edge to the industry as well, and I find I am always reminded that it is a business where business decisions are made.
Personally, I would be thrilled to just learn my lines, show up and have a good time, but there’s a game within the game.
What’s your next big goal?
I mentioned the “business” side of the business; the “game within the game”. Well, these are areas that are important in getting ahead, and they’re areas I can use help with.
Any other thoughts you want to share about your public relations experience?
A little more from the fourth floor:
Website – tsn.ca.
Designer – Hugo Boss.
Store – A music store called Paul’s Boutique, in Kensington Market.
Book – Anything by Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Martin McDonagh or William Shakespeare.
Snack – Anything with salt and grease.
Season – Winter.
Sexy – Definitely.
Inspiration – Irish playwrights, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, women, older actors.
Drink – Guiness.
Motto in two words – Have fun.
Idea of perfect happiness – Going to the cottage with my lady for a week after working on something really challenging and meaningful.
Indulgence – Which one?
Greatest achievement – Continuing to do what I love.