Conventional wisdom has it that for an actor to be able to play a character, they have find some common ground with them.
For Grayson Gurnsey, who plays bar back Ricky in the drama series “Virgin River,” currently streaming its second season on Netflix, that wasn’t difficult.
“He reminds me a lot of how I was when I was young,” the 20-year-old Calgary native explains, “in the way that he would interact with girls and the way he would be very shy. Like I was very shy when I was younger and it feels a lot like what I was like when I was young … . So he’s like at least a solid 40 percent. He could be as high as 55 percent of me, which just makes this so easy because I can walk on the set and I can go, ‘Yeah, this is who I am’ and just kind of be there for the other actors and you don’t have to worry about what my intentions are because I’m just being myself.”
In the new season, Gurnsey becomes a cast regular with Ricky getting his own arc. As for what is in store for the character, the actor demurred, lest he give away spoilers. But he does admit there will be a new love interest in his life in Lizzie, played by Canadian actress Sarah Dugdale.
“I think it’s a great story and it’s very close to the books,” Gurnsey says, “… and I love where they’re going with this, to be honest, and this story arc between the two of them is very interesting. And I think it will work very well with the rest of the story and the other arcs very well. And yeah, I can’t wait for it to be shown to everyone.”
Full name: Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey
Birth date: Sept. 11, 2000
Unusual skills: Welding, Mixed Martial Arts; Parkour; guitar; singing; rollerblading
Other TV credits include: “Saints,” “Wayward Pines,” “Impastor,” “Timeless,” “Game On,” “Garage Sale Mysteries,” “Van Helsing,” “iZombie”
Movie credits include: “Godzilla” (2014), “The Unauthorized Story of Saved by the Bell” (TV, 2014), “The Legend of Dave Crockett” (TV, 2015), “Wonder” (2017), “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (2019)