As a reporter on Gracepoint (Thursdays on Global), Kevin Zegers is eager to get to the bottom of the murder case that’s shocked his seaside town. “Everyone’s got secrets and you have to try to figure it out,” he tells Hello! Canada .
Off-camera, the key to Kevin’s happy home life is no mystery. He married his longtime love, talent agent Jaime Feld last summer. And so far there’s no fighting over the TV remote: “We watch 48 Hours Mystery and Dateline, any show that involves solving a crime is what we watch on the weekend instead of going out and partying.” Beyond sharing TV time, Kevin shares what he’s learned about being a husband so far.
I’ve learned a lot about married life, including that she’s usually right. Sometimes I’ll wonder about an argument, “Is it really worth it?” Also, remember to be nice to each other. When you get married, you realize you have a partner for the rest of your life. So you inevitably have to figure out what works for you. There’s no, “I’m leaving, this doesn’t work anymore.” It doesn’t work anymore – you’re married! You have to compromise on what’s important to you and what’s more important to the other person.
I always knew she was really good at her job, but being in the same house everyday has made me come to appreciate how incredible she is at it. Her work can get really stressful, so I try to make sure that she has a bath waiting for her when she comes home. My wife hates to be surprised. That’s as much of a surprise as she really wants. And if it’s been a really hard day, I’ll have a glass of wine sitting on the bath for her. Among the hundreds of things I’ve learned from her are patience, how to stand up for myself and definitely to be a little more ambitious.
Everyone says marriage doesn’t change anything and I think it does. She’s now my family, and so I’m much more protective of her. From the day we got married I thought, “Don’t [mess] with my wife.” Not that I didn’t think that when we were dating, but it’s much stronger now. I’ve also become really close with her relatives, and it’s really nice to have two families now.
FOCUSED ON FAMILY
Marriage is cool. It’s perfect for someone like me, because my first priority is to not think about myself. I think that’s a good thing. So when I go to work or have to travel, I don’t think of it as an inconvenience. It’s something I have to do for my family. That makes [being apart] much easier.
AFTER THE HONEYMOON
I was so ready to get married. My only advice is if there are certain things that aren’t working, they don’t just magically work themselves out. My wife and I have an incredible marriage. There are certain days when you have to work at it because you’re two people going through different things in your lives. It’s not always going to feel like your honeymoon, but with all of that stuff comes what marriage is really about: You have somebody who is going to walk beside you and completely understands who you are.
U.S. remake of Brit series Broadchurch set to debut
Owen Burke calls himself a journalist, actor Kevin Zegers says with a rueful laugh. “But he’s not a particularly good one.”
Burke is the young small-town newspaper reporter with ambitions of greater things in Gracepoint, the filmed-in-B.C. remake of U.K. playwright Chris Chibnall’s award-winning drama Broadchurch.
Burke — based on the character Olly Stevens, played by Jonathan Bailey in the original — becomes obsessed with the details surrounding the murder of a young boy in a bucolic seaside town. He pushes beyond the boundaries of acceptable journalistic rules to further his career and hopefully catch the eye of big-city recruiters.
Complicating matters further, one of the lead detectives in the case, Ellie Miller, is his aunt. Blood may be thicker than water, but some things are meant to stay off the record when a murder investigation is involved — especially when shattered family members are still trying to come to terms with their loss.
“He’s not particularly ambitious at the beginning,” Zegers said, on the telephone from Toronto. “He’s just doing it to get by. But as the case goes on, the story takes on a life of its own. He has an obligation to the people he knows. He’s close to the family of the murdered boy. His aunt is the lead detective. There’s definitely a conflict of interest. He wants to tell the story, but not betray the people he’s close to. That’s very much a theme of the show. It’s about betrayal, more than a straight murder case or news story.”
Gracepoint was filmed earlier this year in Oak Bay, B.C., filling in for a fictional seaside town on the California-Oregon border. Broadchurch was just eight episodes; Gracepoint is 10 episodes. A second season of Broadchurch is being filmed in the U.K., in North Somerset. A second season of Gracepoint will depend largely on the audience response. Early reviews have been largely favourable, though some reviewers have remarked about the oddity of remaking a TV murder mystery that hews so closely to the original.
Scottish actor David Tennant is the lead actor in both versions, but he affects an American accent and plays a different version of the same character in the remake.
“We were given free rein to do our own sort of thing in the remake,” Zegers explained. “I watched a little bit of Broadchurch, but I didn’t want my interpretation to be coloured by the other actor. I didn’t want to do just a copy version.”
Zegers landed the role in part because of Gracepoint’s Canadian connections. The Woodstock, Ont., native appeared previously in the films Transamerica, The Jane Austen Book Club, Frozen and All the Wrong Reasons. He also had a recurring role in Gossip Girl and was one of the lead players in the short series Titanic: Blood and Steel.
“My character is trying to balance being a local with telling the story,” Zegers said. “I never felt the inspiration necessarily to get into journalism myself, but I found it interesting to play a character who faces a choice between doing the thing that can advance him or doing the thing that is right. Should I do the right thing, or should I do the most rewarding thing? That’s an easy note to hit as an actor, being torn between responsibility and desire.”
Gracepoint debuts Oct. 2, Global/Fox
Kevin attended the 2014 FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party on Sept. 8th. Click on the photo below to see all photos from Kevin at this party in the gallery:
On August 24th Kevin attended the ICM Partners Pre-Emmy Brunch. Check out 1 picture below: