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Q&A: 10 Questions With The Star Of ‘Arctic Air’ Adam Beach
November 19, 2012
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Adam Beach is one of the most successful and respected actors of this generation in Canada.

He's starred in films such as 'Flags Of Our Fathers' directed by Clint Eastwood, and 'Cowboys and Aliens' alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Not to mention several hit TV series including 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' partnering with Ice-T and of course, CBC's 'Arctic Air.'

In its first season, 'Arctic Air' drew more than one million viewers for its premiere episode. That's the largest audience for a premiere of a new CBC drama series in 10 years.

Now, Adam is shooting season two of 'Arctic Air' and season one comes out tomorrow on DVD.

Plus, Adam will be in the red chair in the coming weeks. So, as a little warm-up we asked him to take The Strombo Q&A.

1. What are three things that make you really happy?
AB: My daughter Phoenix, son Luke and son Noah are the 3 things that make me happy.

2. A movie (other than your own) or movie scene that always makes you cry?
AB: The movie that breaks my heart is 'Bridges of Madison County', but growing up it was 'Running on Empty' with River Phoenix.

3. For someone who's never been to Canada's far north, explain how it feels when you're there.
AB: You feel like you're part of the land, you feel that you belong somewhere. It's a belonging.

4. Tell us about someone who helped make you who you are today.
AB: That's a loaded question because along the way there have been many people, family and friends in my life that have taken part in the strength of who I am.

Growing up, having to deal with the abandonment of losing both of my parents, my family became and integral part of giving emotional support and motivating me to enjoy life.

Film wise, I found my best friend Scott Caan, who showed me how to handle myself in Hollywood because he grew up in it. Spiritually, my friend, teacher, Napoleon Ross was integral into the strength of who I am now.

And my children have helped make me the person I am by teaching me compassion and how to enjoy life as a father. They've taught me about being responsible and being an example/role model for them.

5. Name three people that you'd like to have dinner with.
AB: My mom, my dad and the sister I never met because my mother was 8 months pregnant at the time.

6. What's something that really scares you?
AB: Fear of heights always scare me, or a very fast roller coaster. But I went on a CF 18 and after that, I don't think I have a fear of heights anymore!

7. You're being sent to Baffin Island. You can bring the music of three artists - who are they?
AB: The music I would bring would be Metallica, Guns n' Roses and Bon Iver.

8. What are three things you love about your hometown?
AB: Winnipeg is home to me. That's where I found myself, found my creativity my passion and worked towards it so it's more than 3 things, it's home.

9. Tell us about one of your most prized possessions.
AB: My traditional pipe that I carry with my other gifts that have came along in my traditional walk of life.

10. What piece of advice would you give for someone to live a good life?
AB: To understand compassion, to learn to receive it and give it. There was a time my daughter was stung by a bee, and I was so mad at that bee and my reaction was picking her up, pulling out the stinger and I was just in this state of hating that bee, and my daughter looked at me wondering...who the heck is THIS guy - because I was just very angry at this bee.

My girlfriend Leah says, 'Daddy, I think Phoenix needs a hug.' I looked at my daughter and I could see the shock on her face because I was very erratic. So I stopped, took a breath, leaned down and I gave her the biggest compassionate hug and I said, 'I love you baby, I just don't like seeing you get hurt.'

And she said, 'it's okay, I love you daddy.' That's the kind of compassion, the giving and receiving I'm talking about.

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