Following Footsteps with Callum Seagram Airlie | Super Channel


Following Footsteps with Callum Seagram Airlie

Following Footsteps with Callum Seagram Airlie

Friday, May 31, 2019

BY Desiree D


Many children in Hope Valley have endured a great deal of change and loss, including Harper Tucker. It was evident that Harper’s father Virgil had a major influence on his life. Before he perished in the mine accident, he had taught Harper how to fish and to memorize the St. Francis prayer. When Harper’s mother Nancy decided it would be best to leave their painful memories behind, it was Harper’s strength and wisdom that aided in their return to town. He reminded her that even through the heartache, there were new memories made and friendships formed, and it was his dad who brought them to Hope Valley for that better life.

Portrayed by Callum Seagram Airlie, Harper’s story has continued from settler to settled in Hope Valley. The struggles and successes have taught valuable lessons, including the importance of accurate reporting in the school newsletter and working in teams. The depths of Harper’s script resonate with the viewers, due to Callum’s natural talent and his ability to connect to his character. Following in his own father’s footsteps, Callum’s passion and strengths for this industry are apparent. He warmly welcomed the opportunity to discuss his work on When Calls the Heart, as well as his role as Mark in the Father Christmas movies.

SC: How did you decide to follow in your father’s acting footsteps?

CSA: I would come to set and see my father acting. I could see how much joy it brought him, which made me want to be like him. After pleading and asking to try acting, my father said that I was too young. So, when I went to his next audition, I walked straight up to the casting director, introduced myself as an energetic 6-year-old and the rest was history!

SC: What has been the most challenging aspect of being a young actor?

CSA: Keeping up with school work and athletics has been very challenging at times. With long filming schedules and last minute details or changes, the industry can be difficult for my school. But the Productions do the very best to work around things and the effort I put in results in good grades.

SC: How is it different for you on set when working with the same actors on multiple movies?

CSA: It doesn’t feel too different for me really. Erin Krakow especially is so kind and wonderful as a person and as an actor – she is that way with everyone, all the time! She makes working seem easy and makes it easy and comfortable for me.

SC: You have also acted on Finding Father Christmas, Engaging Father Christmas and Marrying Father Christmas. What did you enjoy about this role and what was it like returning to continue the story for the next movie?

CSA: I can honestly say that after working with the same people on multiple movies, a family-like bond is created. The cast and crew are so fun to work with. Whether it’s card games or practicing lines, all of them will interact with me. I’m so grateful for this.

SC: Do you have a favourite scene that you have filmed on When Calls the Heart?

CSA: The baseball episode in Season 4 was so much fun. All the kids suited up in classic baseball gear and threw pitches all day. The climax of the episode was so exciting to film. And If you haven’t seen it, you really should!

SC: What is special about “Hope Valley?”

CSA: Hope Valley to me is a feeling. Warmth, comfort, and peacefulness. Most importantly, when life is disrupted or challenged, everyone in the sweet town comes together in unity.

SC: If you could write the story for Harper in future seasons, what would you hope for that character?

CSA: I would hope Harper reaches his potential as a young man and would be someone who makes his Dad proud. Losing his father so young in life is hard for Harper and he misses his Dad’s guidance. He would want his Dad to be proud of him.

SC: What advice would you want Harper to know?

CSA: Life can be hard and unfair at times but never lose your sense of hope and love. And lean on your friends and family when you need to – and be there for them!

SC: If Hearties were to travel to Vancouver, do you have any favourite places that you suggest they visit?

CSA: Grab an ice cream cone, rent a pair of roller-skates, and ride around the seawall. To me, it’s a perfect day and a must if you are in the area!

SC: What was it like to know that Hearties from North America were able to watch When Calls the Heart and live tweet together?

CSA: I really think it is awesome that so many people enjoy WCTH and want to experience it together in a way. I feel really lucky to be a part of that world or community – even if I’m not on twitter yet!

SC: Callum is a wonderful young man and an asset to any cast. His work ethic, professionalism and dedication to his character are only some of the attributes that make him a rising star. While presently not on social media, you can keep up to date on his current roles by visiting his page on IMDB. Whether he continues to follow his father in the film industry or finds another path, Callum has a bright future and will leave his own footprints wherever that journey goes.

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