16 Aug 2016 Mireia || Interview

Actor and Saskatoon native Kim Coates can’t wait for a night of frolicking with rock band One Bad Son on Saturday night at the Capitol Music Club. The event will raise money for Creative Kids, and VIP tickets will offer the chance to hang out with the Sons of Anarchy star. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix caught up with Coates to learn why Creative Kids is important, how his career is faring post-Sons, and why Las Vegas is a tough place to be. This interview has been condensed and edited.

Q: How did you get involved with Creative Kids?
A: Creative Kids I hold very dear to my heart for many reasons, but mainly because it’s a Saskatchewan non-profit, charity organization that tries to give back to all these incredible boys and girls that maybe don’t have the financial wherewithal to take acting classes or singing or dancing.

Q: To be clear — are you performing with One Bad Son, or just taking in the show?
A: Do you think I can sing, Jonathan? Do you think I can actually play a freaking guitar?

Q: I think you could probably do whatever you put your mind to, right?
A: That’s such a great answer. No, I won’t be singing with One Bad Son, I would not put any of my fans through that. But what I am doing is coming a little bit earlier … VIP tickets, they’re almost sold out, so people have to really get on this if they want a chance to hang with me and my mom and my knucklehead buddies. You get to have a few drinks with me, and I sign an autograph for you, and selfies, so that’ll be a ton of fun.

Q: Does the public interaction that comes with your Sons of Anarchy fame ever become overwhelming?
A: I’m used to it now. We all are from that show, and some of us handle it better than others. The only time it gets (overwhelming) is like Vegas. Dana White is a good buddy of mine. He used to fly me in for the UFC fights — I don’t anymore.

Vegas has become kind of madness because people are partying — and they should, they want to have a good time — but if they recognize me and if they come over, and if I take one I’m taking 50, then I’m taking 100. And people are drunk, right, and they want to be my friend and that’s just not cool. So that’s the only time it becomes bothersome.

If I’m having a beautiful dinner with my wife, I tell them, ‘Wait till I’m done eating,’ and I’ll happily take a picture because they’re my fans.

Q: What sorts of acting projects are you involved in these days?
A: Sons of Anarchy, a game changer like I mentioned, finished fall of 2014. I’ve done seven movies in the past 14 months. Seven. So it’s been non-stop. Producers are so excited to have me available all the time now, and I’m picking my projects carefully.

Q: What do you look for?
A: It’s always about the writing, brother. I’ll never forget playing Trager, ever, but to move on is so exciting to me. It’s like I’m back at college, I have all these different parts to play again. Three of them are my movies. A couple others are small, independent, beautiful. One I did as a favour. They’re all different, all different characters. I look for everything, but it’s about the writing first. Always.

Source: thestarphoenix