Bradley Hamilton is a Canadian actor and model. Despite spending most of his childhood playing hockey, leading to a four-year career in Junior leagues, Bradley showed a keen interest in performance art from a young age. After graduating from college, Bradley first entered the modelling scene with representation from Models International Management in Ottawa. This jump into the entertainment and performance industry proved to be an incredibly successful endeavor, reinvigorating his true passion for the arts. With his love for performance reborn, Bradley began acting part-time and was quickly signed with a talent agent. His love for both modelling and acting led Bradley to finally decide to dedicate his time to both, becoming a full-time model and actor.
His modelling work has earned him the award for Best Male Model at the 2017 Faces Magazine Awards and has seen him featured in magazines, publications and television commercials across the country. As an actor, Bradley’s on-screen credits include renowned dramas, such as Murdoch Mysteries, V-Wars and Shadowhunters. Bradley also starred in the film ‘Hometown Holiday’, currently making waves on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
We had the opportunity to chat with Bradley about “Hometown Holiday”, the appeal of feel-good movies, and how he’s staying connected.
Kat: Your Christmas movie, “Hometown Holiday”, is now trending on Netflix and Amazon Prime. How did you prepare for the role? Did you find any similarities between yourself and your character?
Bradley: It was my first leading role in a film, so I did lots of prep work with casting director Ilona Smyth. There were lots of similarities between myself and the character I played as we are both very determined to find success and found unique ways to achieve our goals.
Kat: Was there anything about your role that was particularly challenging?
Bradley: Being romantic is not something that comes naturally to me at all. I don’t take myself too seriously so it was hard to play a much more serious and grounded character. It was great to take on the challenge and play somebody very different from who I am – that’s the beauty of acting – you get to step into someone else’s shoes.
Kat: What were some of your favorite scenes to shoot and why?
Bradley: I think I got most excited about shooting the montage sequences; it was always something I wanted to do, and felt great checking that off the list. Also – any scene with the wonderful Sarah Troyer, my co-star, was a lot of fun and she was great to learn from.
Kat: Feel-good movies are more popular now than ever, as we continue to work through the Covid-19 pandemic, what message do you hope fans take away from these types of movies?
Bradley: Although we are experiencing a time unlike ever before, I really hope people don’t lose the Christmas spirit. I’m so grateful that our film can help people keep the holiday spirit alive and seeing the impact is one of the most rewarding gifts you can receive as an actor. It’s definitely something light and fun for the holidays as many people are working on getting through challenging times. Love seeing all the messages from people talking about how the movie helped them to escape.
Kat: Your path to acting was a little different than most actors. Can you share how you changed from sports to full-time acting and modelling?
Bradley: I don’t really fit in with actors and I don’t fit in with hockey players, so the transition felt similar to hockey, always just a bit out of place. The path that brought me here wasn’t traditional, but it worked out pretty well for me!
Kat: How have you been staying connected during Covid-19? How has it changed what you do on a daily basis?
Bradley: I live in the country not close to much, I have my motorcycle, my dogs and hockey, so as long as the rink is open – my life pretty much stays the same, I go to the rink, I come home to the dogs. I live a very simple life, and it hasn’t changed that much except for more virtual auditions! We are really fortunate to live in a technologically advanced world and able to stay connected through our phones and laptops.
Kat: What’s next?
Bradley: I have a show coming out on Netflix next year called Sex Life. There are a few more things in the pipeline that I’m working on that should be released in 2021 as well.