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You might know this 22-year-old from the hit TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation or 2011‘s fantasy dinosaur show, Terra Nova. We spoke with Canadian actor Landon Liboiron to discuss his new role as Peter Rumancek in Netflix show Hemlock Grove, his hometown Jenner and his passion for acting.

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Let’s go back to the start - what got you into acting?

I’ve always been really fascinated by stories. Ever since I was a kid, I would dress up all the time and luckily my parents were extremely supportive of that. Eventually an acting coach, Claire Lipinski, opened the doors to the professional acting world for me, introduced me to my agent and it all just started building from there.

A lot of people remember you from the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation. What was it like to join a cast that’s already so well known?

Degrassi has such a big cast and it had been around for so long… it was quite a big pressure to join them, but it didn’t take very long for me to feel at home there. They are amazing people and I made some of my best friends on that show.

You just recently shot Netflix’s Hemlock Grove directed by Eli Roth. What was it like to work with him?

Eli was a very fascinating character. He was very energetic and charismatic on set. The whole thing was a very valuable experience.

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Hemlock Grove is based on Brian McGreevy’s book, did you read it?

Yes, I read it as soon as I booked the part. I liked it, it got me very excited to do the show. Brian had done so much work on the gypsy culture and gothic literature. It was very helpful at sparking my imagination for my character, Peter.

Peter turns out to be a werewolf, what was it like shooting the transformation scenes?

Exhausting - it’s a very physical process. It took a series of months to finish it because we did a lot of the outdoor scenes and then came inside for the other shots like the teeth falling out and the skin coming off. A lot of prosthetics were used, for example, we used actual pig flesh for the skin coming off the arm.

There are a lot of vampire/werewolf storylines being filmed in other films and TV shows at the moment, were you immediately convinced to do the show?

Of course, Bill [Skarsgård] and I were both a little put off by the idea of doing a vampire/werewolf show but once we read the first episode we were convinced. Brian has such a very specific voice and I think it goes deeper than anything else that is out there right now. I think he really mixes how animal like human beings can be and how passionate and lonely monsters can be.

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You come from a small farm community called Jenner in Canada, how do your friends and family there feel about your success?

I am so lucky becauseI have the most supportive family. What’s great about it is, they’ve known me since I was the kid in a costume at 5-years-old. It’s actually the most humbling thing to come home because they treat me the same no matter what. Even though there’s a vast difference between Hollywood and Jenner, I would never approach it differently. I very much want to keep my small town mentality.

Do you ever watch your own TV shows and films?

I don’t like watching myself. I really don’t. It’s just hard to look at it objectively. I wanted to watch Hemlock Grove just to see the performances of my co-stars so, whenever I wasn’t on screen, I was enjoying it.

If you could work with any actor or actress who would it be?

I would definitely like to work with Daniel Day-Lewis only because I don’t think it would be work at all.

What’s in store for the future?

We are all waiting in the shadows to see if the show will be picked up for Season Two. Other than that just auditioning for other films, so hopefully something gets picked up.

Catch Landon in Hemlock Grove on Netflix now.

Words by Chloé Bauwens

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