How this Albertan teen kept his Paw Patrol role a secret

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-11-05 07:00

Teen had to wait months to tell his friends

Have you ever had to keep a big secret from your friends?

Like what you got them for their birthday or maybe where you’re hiding your stash of Halloween candy?

Will Brisbin, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, had to wait eight months to tell his friends that he had landed a role in Paw Patrol: The Movie.

“It was the hardest secret I've ever had to keep,” the 15-year-old said in an interview with CBC Kids News.

Although the actor got the part in February, the official announcement of his casting only came out a few weeks ago.

The movie itself, which is based on an animated series about a boy and a crew of dogs who lead rescue missions, is expected to be released in August 2021.

Will Brisbin, centre, even had to keep the secret from his sister, Sadie, right, and younger brother, Fitch, left, who’s a fan of the Paw Patrol animated series. (Image submitted by Lisa Brisbin)

Putting his acting skills to work

When friends and family asked Will about his February audition trip, he had to tell a few white lies.

“Some close friends knew that I went to Toronto that one weekend, but I just told them it was to see family,” he said.

“I got to be a pretty good liar in those situations, but those are just my acting skills at work!”

Will said finally sharing the news was like an out-of-body experience.

“It wasn't really a sigh of relief,” he said. “It was just like I almost got, like, lifted out of my own body.”

Will Brisbin will voice a character in the upcoming Paw Patrol: The Movie, although he can’t reveal which character he’ll play just yet. (Image credit: Spin Master Entertainment)

One more secret

Will still has to keep one more secret a little longer.

We don’t know his exact character in Paw Patrol: The Movie just yet, but we do know he’ll be voice acting alongside stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Kim Kardashian West.

For now, his lips are sealed.

How does he record?

While Will can’t act alongside his co-stars during a pandemic, Hollywood has found a clever way to make movie magic happen.

Will has been recording his parts at a studio in Edmonton, all while remaining physically distant.

The film directors coach Will during a Zoom call on an iPad, as he acts and records his lines into a microphone.

Will is ready to sing into a different microphone this Halloween (his favourite celebration). Can you guess who he’s dressed up as? It’s Freddie Mercury! (Image submitted by Lisa Brisbin)

What’s next?

Will is still trying to absorb the news that he’s been chosen for the role.

He said he’ll forget “and then a couple of days later you're like, ‘Oh, that really did actually happen.’”

His tips for young actors?

Will said the key to success is a lot of hard work.

Kids who want to become actors should take acting classes and try out for plays.

“That’s where I got my start. It gets you comfortable in front of people.”

“Work hard. Never stop trying. It doesn't matter if you're from one of the major hubs of acting, like Toronto, Vancouver, L.A. I'm from Alberta, just outside of Edmonton, and I made it. So it just goes to show, you just have to work for it.”

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: (Submitted by Lisa Brisbin, Spin Master Entertainment, graphic design Philip Street/CBC)

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