Five questions with the uber talented actor Christopher Logan who produces books that celebrate diversity and inclusion in order to raise funding for independent film
What was it like growing up?
I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and I don’t think I realized I had an ethnicity until I was well into my teens. I remember getting sent home from Kindergarten because I had painted Kalamine lotion on my face. I was trying to have freckles like my friends did, but the brown crayon wouldn’t show up. I was raised Catholic but I am unpractising. My Mom’s family is from Goa and my Dad’s from Bangalore, India.
How did you come out?
I never liked school much, but one year….my mom saw I was happy to go. She asked what had changed and I told her I had a crush on my teacher but I wouldn’t tell her who. She took me to pick a bouquet and mentioned that it’s alright to have a crush, and to acknowledge it, but leave it at that…after all, it was student and teacher. When I gave my math teacher in Catholic school a bouquet of flowers, I think he was surprised….and just said, ‘Sit down’. I didn’t think anything of it…or make the connection. I was a happy kid with a crush that my mom said was ok.
Although I doubt she knew the crush was on a guy.
What has been your inspiration in life?
Sitcoms and comic books. They taught me everything from when to laugh to when to leave. Comics taught me a bit of Science, a bit of History, a bit of Art and how to leave space in a story for the audience to jump in. Sitcoms taught me there is a rhythm to language and that presentation of a story can almost be as important as the story itself.
What has been some of your greatest achievements?
My goal as a six year old was ‘to be in a film’….so I did that. Then I started producing books, and my book ‘dr.a.g.’ was chosen as a VIP Gift at the Sundance Film Festival and I was given a commendation by the Governor of Nevada. I’m excited for the sequel ‘Burlesque’, which we’re in the midst of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for.
However, I’m most proud of a little novel for kids I wrote about a penguin who wanted to fly. It really taught me I could tell a story well, and that book is in my heart.
What is your message to the world?
As an actor, as a writer….and as a book producer…my message to the world is that – Everyone has a story worth telling. Just make sure you know who you’re telling it to, so you can tell it in a way they can hear. Don’t lose your message in the mire.
Christopher Logan is an actor (Connie and Carla, Saving Silverman, Tron Legacy, Once Upon A Time) based in Vancouver, B.C. who produces books that celebrate diversity and inclusion in order to raise funding for independent film. For more information check out his website at http://www.bookthefilm.com and his Kickstarter fundraising campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1369663719/the-burlesque-coffee-table-book
dr.a.g. Cover Photo By: Austin Young
BURLESQUE Cover Photo By: Karl Giant