Hello, hello, hello! How are all of you doing? First of all, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and commemorate today, September 11th. It has great significance to so many, especially in the United States, and we as a country are so grateful to those who have made sacrifices because of the events of this day.
Well, the day has come when I reveal one of those “big things” I promised was coming.
Okay, I won’t keep you waiting and wondering…too much. Have you guessed who I had the honor of speaking with for this post? I’ll tell you this, he just celebrated a birthday. Yes, that probably gave it away, but that’s the whole reason for the interview: to celebrate his special day ALL week. So without further ado, here’s our favorite toeheaded teen, Carter Evancic!
Photo credit: IMDB.com
Hey, Carter! This is great of you to do this!
Thanks for this opportunity to talk with you!
1. Where were you born? Do you still call the same city home?
I was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. I have lived in Port Coquitlam in the same house all my life.
2. Tell us about your family.
I have a sister, Vanessa and we have always been real close. She is currently in University of Alberta for her 1st year. My parents are great, Carol and Dorlyn. My dad works at an office in Oil and Gas industry and my mom stays home and does so much for our family. She manages my acting career and is there for me in everything we do.
3. What is your absolute favorite place to go out to eat, and what dish would you get there?
My favorite place to go out and eat is Cactus Club. They have really good steaks and mashed potatoes with asparagus and a nice root beer (but not as good as A&W’s).
4. I understand that you started doing commercials at less than a year old. Tell us about that.
I only did one commercial when I was one year old. It was a different commercial and was funny.
5. How much historical research did you have to do to prep to play Cody? Were you given lots of direction on his character, or given free rein? Somewhere in the middle?
My parents and I watched Season 1 of WCTH on Netflix and got an idea of the show for my prep. During the audition I was given some direction, but usually the person who gets the role for a character is like the character so maybe I booked Cody because I was something like him. It has been the best character for me and I have grown for 4 years on the show.
6. What scene/episode challenged you the most, either in a good way or a hard way?
The scene that challenged me the most was one of the scenes when Cody was with Abigail in his room and he was crying about something and Abigail comforted him. I remember why I was crying to get me in the scene and many of the crew and my mom had tears. It was very memorable. Peter DeLuise was the best director and taught me how to make it real for me for the scene.
8. I remember your mother commenting on the fan site once that the trick Carson taught Cody with multiplication was one you used for a long time afterwards. What other lessons or tricks, big or small, have you learned from your time on the show? And who put that trick in the script? Do you know?
I had never used that method of multiplication that Carson was teaching Cody before; I have used a different method which uses mental math because that’s what I’m good at. The writers were great and they must have done some research on math multiplication methods. It was fun to use, and works.
Photo credit: Crown Media
9. Tell us about your candle business. What inspired you to start it? Is it doing well? Where do you sell them? Do you have a website? What different scents do you have? Tell us all about it. Spare no details.
I did the candles for my school Entrepreneur Fair and when we posted it on social media I had a bunch of people encourage me to start my candle business so I did. It is on Etsy. (etsy.com/ca/shop/CartersCandleShop). It was doing pretty well as a little business, but since summer I haven’t had any sales. The scents I have are Lavender (Purple), Apple Cinnamon (Green), and Pumpkin Spice(Orange). I plan on putting some new scents on there for the Fall / Winter.
10. Do you have any other hidden talents the Hearties might not know about?
Magic tricks, I recently took up a bit of magic because it’s fun seeing people’s reactions to the tricks, and it’s just something to do in my spare time. I recently had a private lesson with Leon Etienne on board the cruise to Alaska and I learned some amazxig tricks. I still practice tricks for family and friends.
11. What kind of fan interaction experiences have you had, especially from HFR? Any stories stand out?
There was one time that I had a really big fan, a girl maybe 2 years younger than me at HFR6 and the head photographer for Crown Media, Ricardo Hubbs noticed it. He talked to my mom and me and thought it would be a nice idea for me to have a picture with her so they set up it up in front of the stage and took lots of pictures. We talked for a few minutes and it was great. Another story was a mom of one of the kids on WCTH who was there for just a couple episodes was a huge fan and when I gave her a signed calendar she couldn’t believe it and cried… we talked and she was so nice. Fans are very special and I am so grateful to have these new friends.
12. What is your favorite non-WCTH role you’ve done?
I was in my first acting role and played Ash on Her Infidelity. It was a Lead role and Rachel Hunter played my mom and Lane Edwards played my dad. Clayton Chitty was the school teacher and I had fun with everyone. It was a great experience and is what started my acting career at 7 yrs old.
13. Has your filming schedule ever bled into the school year? How do you balance school with work? Give us the perspective of one of the school kids on a long-running TV show?
Yes, my filming schedule always interferes with school but I tutor on set. It’s fun doing tutoring. My teachers at school are always good about it and I always get my work done. I pick up school work when I get back to school or we get the work online or through emails. I do my tests when I get back to class or sometimes my tutor will do them for me. I like doing tutoring and then being back in school, best of both worlds.
14. We’ve seen you post pictures of you and the other young actors from WCTH, on and off set. You all seem to get along well. What do you like to do together when you’re not working? How have you passed the time on set when you have to sit and wait, alone or together?
We get along really well with each other on and off set. When we’re not working, we usually go get some food and then go back to a portable and just talk, about anything.
Usually I pass time on set by either looking at my instagram, or going to tutoring to get my schoolwork done. When I have some free time we always like to go to crafty for snacks but basically like to chill and talk and have fun. When I’m not on set filming I like to play basketball, lacrosse, I do breakdance and hang out with my friends. I like to do all the activities at school.
Photo credit: Carter’s Twitter
15. Do you have any fun behind-the-scenes stories you can share?
A fun behind the scenes story I have is when it was nighttime on set in Abigail’s café. Half of the lights were on and the other half off. Carson (Paul Greene) went into the dark half of the café where it was pitch black and hid while he said to come find him and he wouldn’t scare us. WELL… I wanted to go in but I wanted someone to go with me, so what I did was get my mom in front of me and just started pushing her into the darkness. And then Paul jumped out and scared us (mainly my mom though… (haha)) and then he was laughing ‘till he couldn’t breathe while my mom and I were frightened to death.
Photo credit: Carter’s Twitter
16. If you could play any character currently in existence, who would that be?
I would choose Will Byers on Stranger Things because I auditioned for that role and it seems like a really cool role to play, it’s a real popular show which would be fun to be on.
17. Who would you love to work with someday?
Someday I would like to work with the Duffer Brothers because they work on films like Stranger Things and I like those type of movies, TV series’ because they’re so interesting and look really cool to film.
18. Did you have any fun birthday plans?
I went on a hike around Buntzen Lake with my friends, and then back to my house to cut my cake, and have a sleepover party with games and a movie. It was a blast and my buddy Jaiven Natt “Robert” got to meet my friends from my new school.
19. Anything else you’d like to share? Maybe any future projects you’re allowed to share, or things happening in your own life that are special to you?
So far I’m not working on any other films at the moment but I will hopefully be working on something soon. In my own life, school just started up and I’m planning on being on all the school sports teams, so far I am in Soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country.
Cool, huh? I’ll be the first to say that I think Carter is an active, smart, sweet, extremely down-to-earth, and level-headed young man. He’s even thought of future plans as an entrepreneur! The only business I was thinking about at his age was homework. What a great kid! And to find out what Carter’s favorite “Cody Moment” is…you’ll have to wait two days until #FlashbackFriday. So, I will see all of you Friday! Thanks again, Carter! And all of you out there, have a fabulous rest of your week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!