Actor Steve Lund stars as werewolf Nick Sorrentino in “Bitten,” the TV adaptation of the best-selling novel series by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, airing on Syfy and Space this Winter 2014.
“Bitten” is a werewolf driven tale set in Toronto, Ontario and Upstate New York that revolves around the only female werewolf in history, Elena Michaels (“Smallville’s” Laura Vandervoort.) The story unfolds as she learns to cope with problems facing the pack and their supernatural world, kept from humans for centuries. Risk of exposure fuels this emotionally charged thriller and examines the age-old battle between man and beast, as human and inhuman forces come to a head, with Elena at the centre.
Steve’s character, Nick Sorrentino, is a young werewolf, who is the grandson of the former pack Alpha. With a laid back candour and no interest in taking over the family business, Nick is now forced to put his personal matters aside, in order to stave off the extinction of his kind.
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Steve was originally pursuing a promising hockey career, however after suffering an injury this dream came to a halt. Shifting from athletics to theatrics, Steve used this opportunity to explore his love for acting.
Attending the Vancouver Film School’s Acting Program, Steve got his big break as Stewart on “Yukonic!”, a web series following two friends exploring Canada’s Yukon in search of gold treasure to fund their next film project.
Since then, Steve has taken on the reoccurring role of James Cogan on Syfy’s “Haven” and has also guest starred in productions including CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Nikita,” Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove,” Syfy’s “Defiance” and “Alphas,” CBC’s “Being Erica,” Spike’s “Blue Mountain State,” and more.
Occupation: Professional friend, Actor.
Pets: Little sister.
Car(s): VW Jetta Diesel named “Betty.”
Gadgets: Aside from what’s in my top drawer, iPhone, MacBook, e-Cig, hair dryer, portable shoe rack.
Favourite instruments: My harmonica I bought in New Orleans, my mouth.. yes, my mouth is a very versatile instrument.
Sports: Ice Hockey, Floor hockey, road hockey, tonsil hockey, football, golf, every other sport.
How did you get started on your current career/lifestyle path?
I always had the dream of becoming Indiana Jones. I’ve been dressing like him since the age of 5.
Did you have any mentors who helped steer you on this path?
Many. You can learn a lot from that in movies.
How has your work contributed to a) your development as a person and/or b) the lives of others?
My work has helped me realize my ability to take risks and see the reward in the small victories. This career can be very humbling. It’s important to me to always find the blessing and give thanks where it is due. I’m very fortunate to have found something I am passionate about and I’ve tried to be an advocate for others to believe that they can choose whatever career path they want.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just entering your field, what would it be?
It’s a lifelong journey, so pack a bag. Fill it with will. Fill it with desire. Leave no room for doubt or fear. Pack hair gel and a toothbrush too.
Do you have a personal work philosophy?
Be kind to everyone you encounter, they will always see the best in you.
What do you do for fun?
Pop tags at the thrift shop.
What motivates or inspires you?
Great films. Storytelling has been in my family for generations (mostly long-winded joke telling), so I guess I have a fondness and deep appreciation for when its done proper. Watching good movies motivates me to want to make good movies. That’s how it all began!
What has been your greatest achievement?
What I’m proudest of to date, was leaving something I had done all my life to that point, in order to chase what I’d wanted to do all my life. Leaving hockey was tough for many reasons, but I knew that to be an actor was truly what I wanted to do. I made sure that when I told those close to me that I was leaving for school to pursue my dream of becoming an actor, that they knew I was serious and that I would see it through to the end.
What is the one thing you hope to achieve?
Get cast in Indiana Jones 5.
What is your super power?
My thumbs bend backwards.
Who’s your hero?
My beautiful mother.
What are you reading (or watching) these days?
Reading: Dostoyevsky, Into the Wild. Watching: Homeland, lots of Coen Brothers.
Insert any piece of advice, anecdote, villain story, funny story, joke, recipe or life lesson you’d like to share with our readers.
My first time on a film set, I was a 4th Assistant Director and my duties were basically to wrangle extras for a large scene in a hockey rink. I had heard of the presence of one of my Achilles heels when it comes to my surging sweet-tooth, Giant Sour Keys. After some inquiry, word was that they were on the Craft Services table in another room. I shamefully abandoned my post in search of this sweet vice of mine and stumbled into a darkened room, whereupon I discovered they were filming very intimate and emotional scenes. The crew was required to be incredibly silent during filming but when those crystal-laden lollys caught my eye, there was no wavering from my task. During a take, I reached across the large wooden table, stretching almost far enough to plunge into my plunder, but a required foot adjustment accidentally loosened one of the table legs which sent one end of the giant oak slab crashing to the floor with a resounding bang, egg salad and ruffles chips coated the floor, and a steaming pot of coffee came barrelling down and smashed right at the feet of one of the producers, and the sour keys were entirely compromised. I saw the complete demise of my career in this industry, in a matter of seconds. It was over for me. Luckily, it was dark enough for me to escape undetected, shamefully.
Thinking back to a time when you had to make a hard choice, how did you decide, and do you feel, in retrospect, that you made the right move?
I always like to tell the story of one of the best decisions I’ve ever made which was moving to Toronto from Vancouver. It wasn’t the hardest decision anyone’s ever made. I feel like I’ve made harder decisions at the ice cream parlour. However at the time, I was sacrificing a lot of momentum that I had created in Vancouver, to chase a woman. Looking back on everything that’s happened since then, it was meant to be. Women, right?
If you had it all to do over again, would you change anything?
I would have taken more manual driving lessons.. On my first trip to visit this woman, I flew to Toronto and stole my older sisters car to drive to Kingston where this girl was going to school. I was nervous, anxious, excited; a cocktail that left little room for focusing on the road and lo and behold, I crashed into a concrete barrier. After the dust settled, I assessed the car and determined as I was, decided it was safe to drive. Back on the highway once again, the car began to shake. It rattled my arms numb for the entire 3 hour drive to Kingston. Upon arrival, I dropped the car off at the shop then later got a call from the mechanic saying that I was an idiot, and that the wheel could have snapped off at any point during my trip. Hate to sound redundant but hey, was meant to be.
What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea, project etc.?
I woke the other day from an incredibly complex and detailed dream and immediately began writing it out. I spent 2 hours sitting naked in my bed and typed a 2,000 word treatment which I plan eventually to develop into a screenplay. Spoiler: its super weird.
What one piece of advice would you give to your own son (hypothetical or otherwise) in the hope of making him a better man?
To be a good man, one must surround himself with good women.