We recently had the chance to interview Bernard Robichaud. Fans of his will recognize him immediately from his appearances in both the Trailer Park Boys series and movies. Bernard made the switch from successful model to actor and has crafted a loyal fanbase to go along with him. The Canadian mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys first premiered as a movie back in 1999. Its continued success and dedicated viewers have made the show a smash hit — even bringing it back for a continuation of two seasons and three specials on Netflix.
We had the chance to chat with Bernard Robichaud about his time with Trailer Park Boys and what his fans can expect from him next.
Check out our exclusive interview with Bernard Robichaud below:
To start off, what got you initially interested in the entertainment industry and acting? Was there anyone who inspired or influenced you?
I was modelling and met a Toronto agent who told me I was missing my calling and with support of a close childhood friend Tony McGlone, I applied to Dalhousie University, auditioned for the Theatre Arts program.
Is there anyone you would love to work with someday, if you could pick anyone?
Would love to work with Pacino, DeNiro, and Gerard Butler.
For those who may be unfamiliar, can you talk a little about Trailer Park Boys and what originally attracted you to the part?
I have always played bad guys for the most part, not sure why, none the less they are always fun to play, so when Barrie Dunn asked me to audition for Mike Clattenburg I was more than happy to.
What do you think it is about the mockumentary format that has become such a consistent hit with fans and viewers?
I think Clattenburg in his genius put together one hell of a team and as a whole the talent speaks for itself.
How has it been working with the cast all of these years?
Well we are all still together, so I think that says it all.
Have you faced any challenges while filming Trailer Park Boys?
Nothing, aside from filming the last movie, I was in a full leg cast after having major surgery on my knee to repair my ruptured quad tendon a few days before.
Has your background as a writer allowed you some creative freedom with your role? Is there room to improvise certain things?
There is always room for improvisation, but this is the Boy’s show and the creative writing belongs in their hands, if at some point I’m afforded the opportunity to write then that would be great, but they do a fantastic job and I’m happy with my job as a performer.
The success of Trailer Park Boys has spawned the series, specials, movies, and has even resurrected the show for additional seasons after concluding its original run. How did you react when you found out more seasons were so in demand and were again going to be produced?
I was elated, I think the franchise could go on like Coronation Street, and run for as long as the Boys want.
Now that you guys are exclusively streaming on Netflix, I have to ask: what are some of your favorites to stream on Netflix?
LOL, I don’t have the luxury of time to sit down long enough to watch episodic TV.
What can your fans look forward to from you next? What else are you working on?
I just finished season 5 of Haven so they can look for me there. I’m also in season 9 of Trailer Park Boys. And I’m off to Western Canada this week to perform my stand up show, “Who needs grade 10, I’m a Publik Speecher!” in Fort Mac, Calgary, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat, Edmonton.
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