Entertainment March 13, 2012
Rossif Sutherland On 'The Family Business'

He might have come from a family of legendary Canadian actors, but Rossif Sutherland never thought he'd follow in their footsteps. In this clip, he explains why he didn't want to pursue a career in 'the family business' and describes the moment his father first critiqued his work.

He's on 'King' this season, and we have a signed copy of season one and a poster up for grabs - which you can enter to win here.

Rossif will be on the show tonight, along with author George R.R. Martin.

On rejecting the idea of becoming an actor:
Rossif: Yeah, I had no desire to be an actor. Not because I don't respect what my father does for a living, what my mother did for a living, my brother does - I mean, this is a family business. But, I ultimately didn't want to spend my life pretending to be other people. That was the extent of what I thought acting was. But when I was studying at Princeton, this lovely girl knocked on my door and said, "Listen, I'm doing this short-film, it's my senior thesis. I thought I was going to be able to direct it, but it's just too much. Would you do it for me?" And I thought, alright that sounds like fun. Sure, I've never done this before. Why are you asking me? But - I didn't actually ask all those questions, I just did it.

On his first acting experience:
Rossif: On my first day of shooting, my lead actor - that was my first experience with actors, they're crazy. My lead actor didn't show up! He was in some dorm-room with a girl and had got drunk the night before, so I had to do the job. And when I showed it to my dad, I was too shy to stay in the same room. But I came downstairs, it was a twelve-minute film, but it took him about a half-hour to call my name. But he had tears in his eyes and he said, "Kid, that's what you're supposed to do with you life." And I was sure honoured because acting is what took my father away all these years as a kid - that he'd welcome me into his club, just it felt warm, but still I didn't want to do it. It just didn't make sense.



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