The North Van actor says there’s a lot to see in Son of a Critch season 3

Sophia Powers reports that of the three main kids on the show Son of a Critch, star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth has come up the most.

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CBCthe successful series Son of a critch Its third season is scheduled to premiere on January 9.

Based on the award-winning and best-selling memoir by Mark Critch (This Hour is 22 Minutes), the show follows the story of 14-year-old Mark (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as he comes of age in St. John’s, NL, in the 1980s.

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Accompanying him on his journey is his colorful family and his schoolmates, Ritchie (Marcos Rivera) and Fox, played by 14-year-old Sophia Powers from North Vancouver.

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Postmedia News spoke with Powers on the eve of the show’s return:

Photo by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Sophia Powers
Son of a Critch season 3 returns January 9 on CBC and CBC Gem. The show, set in St. John’s, NL, in the 1980s, follows the life of Mark, played by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, left, and co-starring North Vancouver’s Sophia Powers as her friend Fox. Photo courtesy of CBC /sun

Q: When you returned to film season 3, how much had all the kids changed?

TO: All of us are growing, exploring new interests and expressing ourselves in different ways. And I think it’s really special to see us all grow and change through the seasons. But this season I think a lot of people will notice how much Ben has grown. He has surpassed Mark (Rivera) and me, as well as a lot of people on set.

Q: Since the show started, how have you changed as an actor?

TO: Well, I started filming Critch with little to no experience. So I’ve grown a lot in terms of experience and overall confidence in myself and my work. As well as how I prepare and approach different scenes.

Q: Playing a rebellious teenager, do you think that’s allowed you to get that out of your system in your real life?

TO: I would say yes. I mean even without filming; I wouldn’t do half the things Fox does. But I would say it’s fun to get a little more reckless and wild.

Q: The third season is about to premiere, can you give us any clues about what we can expect?

TO: You really get to see these kids grow and change, especially since they graduate high school this year. There are some heartbreaking scenes where you really delve into Fox’s way of living and thinking. We also see Fox branch out a bit, as well as some touching scenes with Mark.

Q: What’s your favorite word to say in a Newfoundland accent?

TO: I know this isn’t a word, but rather a saying or a sentence, but I love saying, “What are you up to?” People often use that to say how are you?

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Q: If someone were going to St. John’s for the first time, what would you recommend they do?

TO: I found out about this store when I was away this summer. It’s called Fred’s Record Shop. She came in all the time and came home with a bunch of cool vinyl.

Q: Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?

TO: I don’t have New Year’s resolutions; I usually prefer to start the new year with a positive attitude and set goals along the way.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

TO: I’ll be nineteen in five years. And I see myself still acting, I would love to continue acting, I would love to make a feature film like a horror or period film. I would also love to learn how to direct.

Q: Where do you see Fox in five years?

TO: I got to see Fox graduate and open his own business. I think it would have something to do with the music.

Q: After three seasons on a successful show, what advice would you give to another kid who may have a similar opportunity?

TO: I would say, “Keep your head down, keep working, keep learning and experiencing all the new things around you. Your career is very different from those around you, so enjoy what you are doing.”

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Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received from older castmates?

TO: They have given me a lot of incredible advice. But one that always stuck with me was the advice Malcolm (McDowell) gave me. He told me in the first season that even though he’s playing the bully role, keep doing what I’m doing. And trust in the writing because people will fall in love with my character.

Q: Whose career would you like to replicate?

TO: I would love to replicate Greta Gerwig because she started acting and writing and now writes and directs. I admire and love everything she has published.

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