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Stamp of Approval with Geoff Gustafson

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Desiree D

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A letter sent in the mail would not be complete without a stamp, just as the POstables would be incomplete without Norman Dorman. With his ability to determine the age of a letter’s author, to his field kit of unconventional detective tools, Norman is a valuable member of the Dead Letter Office. Being part of this team is more than employment for Norman, as the work comes from his heart and each of the POstables has become his family. With childlike innocence, Norman finds something beautiful in everyone and everything. He is loyal to a fault and teaches those around him to see the world for the good that it brings, despite the challenges.

Bringing the heart, expressions, and charm to the role of Norman is Canadian actor, Geoff Gustafson. Geoff’s ability to step into Norman’s shoes and portray deep thought with few words is one of the many endearing qualities that connects the audience to this character. With fans eager for more Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Geoff kindly offered more insight into his work as an actor and his role as a POstable.

Stamp of Approval with Geoff Gustafson A letter sent in the mail would not be complete without a stamp, just as the POstables would be incomplete without Norman Dorman. With his ability to determine the age of a letter’s author, to his field kit of unconventional detective tools, Norman is a valuable member of the Dead Letter Office. Being part of this team is more than employment for Norman, as the work comes from his heart and each of the POstables has become his family. With childlike innocence, Norman finds something beautiful in everyone and everything. He is loyal to a fault and teaches those around him to see the world for the good that it brings, despite the challenges. Bringing the heart, expressions, and charm to the role of Norman is Canadian actor, Geoff Gustafson. Geoff’s ability to step into Norman’s shoes and portray deep thought with few words is one of the many endearing qualities that connects the audience to this character. With fans eager for more Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Geoff kindly offered more insight into his work as an actor and his role as a POstable.

SC: When did you know that you wanted to pursue acting as a career?

GG: When I was in grade 8 my drama teacher said I was good at it, so I kept taking classes. I didn’t really commit to trying my hand at acting until July 2000. I had earned a BFA in Theatre in Education from the University of Victoria but didn’t think acting was a reasonable occupation. Then a handful of life events happened, and I realized I’d really regret not trying.

SC: Why do you feel the stories of Signed, Sealed, Delivered resonate with the viewers?

GG: SSD is good family television.

SC: How has playing the role of Norman changed or challenged you as an actor?

GG: It’s not often an actor gets to play the same character for so long. There is lots of personal growth in Norman’s life which is fun to explore. I’ve said in the past that I think Norman is quite courageous for someone who is quite vulnerable.

SC: What do you believe is Norman’s greatest strength?

GG: His love of people.

SC: If you could give Norman one piece of advice, what would you share with him?

GG: You’re enough as you are. Perfectly imperfect.

SC: How would you say each of the POstables have influenced Norman over the years?

GG: Oliver has always treated Norman as an equal which helps Norman understand his value. Shane is very nurturing. Rita loves him for who he is. Together the three have really encouraged Norman to come out of his shell and share more of himself.

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SC: Norman has a field kit of very specific items. Which of the props inside the suitcase have been your favourite to work with and why?

GG: Squeaking chicken. Because it’s hilarious.

SC: If you were to find Eric, Kristin, and Crystal at Craft Services, what would you expect they would be holding or searching for?

GG: Hmmmmmm...they are all pretty healthy so probably the veggie tray. I’d be hoarding the trail mix with chocolate in it.

SC: What drew you to becoming an acting instructor?

GG: I did a Theatre in Education degree with the intention of being an acting teacher. As well my dad and stepmother were both teachers and my mum was a professor in the Education department at the University of British Columbia. When I was in theatre school I had a pretty exceptional acting mentor, Tim Sutherland, who was so generous and giving of his time to help me develop as an actor. He passed away a number of years ago.

SC: What special skill(s) do you have that the #POstables might not know about you?

GG: Oof...I’m pretty dull...I’m an avid baseball fan. One of my brothers and I have been going on baseball trips into the US for the last few years.

SC: With longer delays between filming, in addition to the pandemic, what do you miss most about not being in the role of Norman and on the set of SSD?

GG: I love being on set, being around the crew, working with the director and my co-stars. Few things bring me as much joy. I really like getting an opportunity to make people laugh.

SC: If you could receive a letter that was misplaced for years and addressed to you, who would you want the letter to be from and why?

GG: Oh gee...maybe something from Tim Sutherland the mentor I mentioned. Some piece of actorly advice or an impassioned reminder of the value of authenticity. Something I could look at for inspiration or encouragement when things are challenging.

SC: What does it mean to not only have the support of the #POstables, but also know that they continue to discuss, promote, and ask for more SSD stories, especially with the lengthy delays between movies?

GG: It’s very inspiring and humbling. It’s not often that I as an actor get to work on a project which has such value. I’m very grateful for the #POstables.

SC: Is there anything else that you would like the viewers to know about you, Norman, or behind-the-scenes of Signed, Sealed, Delivered?

GG: That we laugh a lot on set. That we care deeply for each other. And we love making these films. We often talk about how lucky we are to be a part of something so lovingly written by Martha Williamson. And, again, how grateful we are for the fans of the show.

SC: What are your future aspirations?

GG: Oh boy...I’d like to keep working as an actor as often as possible for as long as possible. It’s one of the few great joys in my life. And go to more baseball games.

SC: From inspiring others through his characters to inspiring the next generation of actors, Geoff is an asset to the industry. His ability to make others laugh is one of the many attributes that makes Geoff so endearing to his co-stars and the fans. While waiting to see more Signed, Sealed, Delivered, connect with Geoff on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all things POstables, and watch Geoff put his stamp on other projects too.

Social Media:
Twitter: @geoffgustafson
IG: geoffjames