Chris Potter answers last week’s questions!

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

Chris Potter's answers

Chris had a lot of fun responding to the different questions you asked him. Here are his answers, which reveal a few things you may not have known about, including his love for grilled cheese sandwiches, pets and music. Click on thorough!

Enjoy, and if you haven't already, make sure you go back to yesterday's entry and send a question Jessica Steen's way when you're done!

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Q: Hey Chris! Love your character on Heartland!! Tim really adds a lot of drama to the show which we all love..I know this is probably a hard question for you to answer but what would you rather do, Act or Direct?? Thanks for your time!
Posted by: Jillian on February 08, 2010 at 01:54 PM

A: I like to do both at the same time. But forced to chose I couldn't. I just love being on set. It's become my home over the years. It's like my other family.

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Q: Hey Chris, I love your character!! And also the the episode that you directed. My question is: What was it like to direct an episode of Heartland?
Posted by: montana anderson on February 08, 2010 at 02:17 PM

A: Good enough too make me want to do it again....and I will next season.

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Q: Hey Chris! You are such a great actor! I love your character! I wanna say that.. I have met you before in Toronto at Vaughn Mills and it was great meeting you!! I don't think you remember... the girl that did the horse sound for you at the autograph signing.. she's my friend and I was with her! haha! Anyways my question for you is did you know how to ride before you came on the show? ¨thanks for your time!  :)
Posted by: Sonya on February 08, 2010 at 02:42 PM

A: No, not really. And I still wouldn't consider myself much of a rider. But I do love it.

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Q: Hey Chris. Greetings from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. What's your favourite part about playing Tim?
Posted by: Jenna on February 08, 2010 at 05:10 PM

A: Calgary and the mountains.

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Q: Hey Chris! You're AWESOME on the show and I think you bring a lot of new and inspiring things to Heartland! My question for you is, What was one of the hardest scenes for you to shoot? Whether it was directing or acting. Thanks a bunch!
Posted by: RrRachel850 on February 08, 2010 at 07:03 PM

A: Probably getting such a sudden change in weather while directing The Happy List. That's a constant threat in the Rockies but....when it's good it's very, very good and when it's bad it's horrid.

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Q: I think you do an amazing job as Tim, and I really love the show; here is my question: are the horses really as well behaved as they appear on screen? Thank you very much. xxxxx from the UK
Posted by: Bella on February 09, 2010 at 04:10 AM

A: My face is wet from all those kisses Bella..... X's are kisses in the UK, not punches I hope?
Horses for the most part have a fairly docile temperment. But, they are intelligent sophisticated creatures and they can have their bad days. We don't see too many of those and when we do....we call the horse's agent.

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Q: Hi Chris! You do an amazing job portraying Tim on Heartland. After hearing "Shakin'" at the beginning of the episode "The Happy List", my question is, if you have any plans recording another CD in the future? Keep up the great work and thanks for taking the time to answer the questions.
Posted by: Val on February 09, 2010 at 06:04 AM

A: Thanks Val. That's a question I've been asking myself. My music is such a personal thing to me. I think I'm just too afraid of criticism to put something out there. When the time eventually comes that I feel strongly enough about something, that the flood gates open, maybe I'll record again. I have 9 or 10 new songs that I should probably record. As well as some songs David Carradine gave me that I may record as well. I love to play with my band. It's a feeling like driving a sports car 200 kms an hour. So, currently the band is my musical outlet. I think music is my first love.

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Q: Hey Chris. you do a great job acting Tim!!! And a great job directing!!!! Can you give us fans an idea what a day on set is like? give us a general idea of what you have to do through out the day.  :)
Posted by: kristin on February 09, 2010 at 08:41 AM

A: Directing TV is not unlike having a large family...which I have.  You have to understand that a film set is chalk full of exceptionally creative people.  You must trust this, but you must also lead your film family  through each day by being prepared and focused.  All the while, placing your stamp on the show.  A typical day on Heartland involves this and laughing my head off at the comments of Mark Ambury, one of our 1st assistant directors. He is a funny, funny man.

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Q: If you weren't an actor what profession would you have gone into?
Posted by: Diana on February 09, 2010 at 09:57 AM

A:  I've been in this business for 21yrs now and a week rarely goes by when I  don't think about this. As I get older it becomes a more terrifying thought. I was once in the insurance business,the stock business, the car business and the music business. I worked in a shoe store, a restaurant, a tennis club, an off shore oil rig and had a concert promotion company with my brother called Frontier production, all before I was 28. I've never known what I want to do.  But I've always done something. I think it's important just to stay in the game and that life, then seems to provide opportunities.  So... the answer to your question is... Carny... I think at this stage of my life I'd be a good carnival worker. "Step right up folks, see if you can hit the old TV star in the face with a baseball and win a prize."

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Q: Heya Chris, one of the show's British fans here. Love your acting so much, so hilarious. you remind me of my dad! anyways, just wondering, when you did the fighting scene with Jack, was that a real cut lip?! it looked real to me!
Posted by: manulover on February 09, 2010 at 01:47 PM

A: Your Dad sounds like my kind of guy! The fight. No.. not a real cut. But we did a lot of takes so it wasn't out of the question.  That was alot of fun.  A beautiful day in the mountains.  I got a kick out of Gabe and Graham in that scene.  I think those rascals stole it from Shaun and I. Never work with animals or children... boy am I ever breaking that rule. But that sure doesn't apply to Heartland.  Go MAN U!

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Q: Hey Chris! My question is: Who is the funniest person on set? Love the show! Thanks!
Posted by: horses&hockey on February 11, 2010 at 05:59 PM

A: Every day I find myself cracking up at someone... Everyone is funny. That is what makes this experience unique. It must be the mountain air. I'm laughing to myself right now just thinking about Gabe Hogan in his fly fishing outfit.  Graham and I called him Franz all week cause he looked like a German outfitter. Of course he spoke with a perfect German accent all week and played right along with it... that still cracks me up.  Cindy Busby could have a sitcom; you could just follow that girl around with a camera all day and it would be entertaining. Everyone makes me laugh.

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Q: Hello! I understand that you have limited experience with horses. I was wondering how this factored in to your directing of "The Happy List"? Have you directed anything else with horses? Thanks, and I just wanted to say I am a big fan of yours. When I seen you were cast in Heartland I got super excited!
Posted by: Ashley on February 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM

A: Thanks Ashley. I've become very comfortable around the horses. Of course I spend a lot of time around them when I'm home too. My youngest daughter Claire has been a competitive Hunter/Jumper for several years. We have exceptional wranglers on the show so that is a big help.  As far as directing horses, well... you can't. They're unpredictable for the most part. But they are incredibly patient.  It is most  important to focus on their grace and beauty... just the same as our leading ladies.  I can tell you that horses don't like being forced too close to fences, that was the toughest part in getting what I wanted in the Caleb rodeo accident scene.

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Q: Hi Chris, I just love your portrayal of Tim. Although he may not be my favourite character on Heartland (le gasp), your acting makes it very difficult to make that decision. I was just wondering, what scene do you feel has taken Tim the most out of his comfort zone, if you get what I mean? Thanks for answering questions, it means a lot!
Posted by: Milly on February 10, 2010 at 07:15 PM

A: Well Milly I do understand what you mean and thanks for the left handed compliment.  I think the answer to your question would be... in the scenes to come. Just this season we began to learn and understand more about this enigma we've all come to know as Tim. "A stranger in a strange land" wouldn't you agree?

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Q: Hey Chris! First off I would like to say that you are a great actor and your character of Tim is very well played. He adds so much drama to the show! Anyways, my question is, do you have any pets?
Posted by: Melanie on February 10, 2010 at 04:05 PM

A: Yes, we have always had pets. They've provided our family with some of our favourite times. Currently our home is owned by our dog Cooper, our 16 year old "something."  I had to carry him for  half a kilometer on our hike today.  Ollie is our kitten, whom I want to kill or give away.  Or kill and then give away... but I can't catch him and the rest of the family loves him.  I really do love animals, they're important, faithful companions.  A house without a pet makes me nervous... so does a house without beer.

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Q: Hi Chris! I think you do any awesome job on playing Tim in Heartland! My question is, is your off-screen relation with Shawn Johnson similar or different to the on-screen relationship between Jack and Tim?
Posted by: Joy on February 08, 2010 at 04:14 PM

A: Shaun is a great man..where do I begin?  I know how to push his buttons on and off screen. He knows how to push mine.  That makes things fun. Lots of joking around.  He is a  talented, dedicated professional and a great leader on the set. I'm proud to call Shaun my friend.

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Q: Hey Chris! You are doing an awesome job playing the part of Tim Fleming. Keep up the AWESOME job!! Anyways here is my question: What do you like most about your character, Tim Fleming? Thanks for answering my question...
Posted by: Shanna on February 09, 2010 at 03:13 PM

A: I like that he hasn't been killed yet.

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Q: Hello Chris! You are very a nice actor and i bet you are a nice man too !!! So here's my question: If you could have played ANY other person in Heartland. (it can even be a young person or a girl it doesn't matter) who would you be? I hope you answer my question because it would be funny to see who you picked. thanks!
Posted by: Melanie on February 11, 2010 at 06:50 AM

A: Sugarfoot... He's cute and he gets whatever he wants. Good hours too.

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Q: Hey Chris!! I have to admit, your character is not always one of my favourites, but I guess that means that you are doing a good job!!! i think your acting is inspiring, and i especially appreciate your role in The Pacifier (aside from Heartland) My question to you is: do you ever read any of the online forums or blogs concerning heartland???? thank you for your time:)
Posted by: countrygurl twin on February 11, 2010 at 01:11 PM

A: No... I still use my land line, and have all my cassettes.

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Q: Oh dear, I think I missed the deadline, but real quick: Chris, what's your favorite comfort food? I'm making a Heartland cast comfort food list, and it just won't be the same without you on it! And even if I have missed the deadline, thanks for answering all these other great questions! We The Fans truly appreciate it!
Posted by: Twe on February 11, 2010 at 05:47 PM

A: I'm going to eat it right now and watch the Olympics...Grilled cheese sandwiches. My wife, Karen, is making me eat a Greek salad too.  Oh... I may be the only person that loooooves McDonald's Filet-o-Fish sandwiches. Guilty pleasure.