Ben hopes Dan stays as mayor

Ben Ayres wonders if his career path might have been different if he hadn’t been a teenager before the Internet.

The Westsyde secondary graduate — now one of the stars of the CTV comedy Dan for Mayor — said he might have looked at acting long before he took to the stage at his school.

Back then, Ayres said from his home in Toronto, he didn’t know anyone in Kamloops who was an actor other than those connected with Western Canada Theatre.

And, while he was involved in school plays, he said he didn’t really decide on acting as a career until after he had graduated and spent about three years travelling.

“It gave me a new perspective on life,” Ayres said, “so I thought I’d move to Vancouver and try it out.

“I really got a late start.”

He’s more than made up for it.

In addition to the current series, which has airs its final episode for the season later this month, Ayres’s career includes roles in the CBC series jPod — which earned him a B.C.-based Leo Award nomination three years ago — Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Flashpoint and Combat Hospital.

He last performed in Kamloops in 2008, when he brought Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll to the Pavilion Theatre although Ayres said he tries to get back often to visit family still living here.

He opted for Toronto as his home now, not only because of the opportunities it affords an actor, but because it was a better base for his wife, who has a master’s degree in business.

“But, I really just bounce between the three cities” of Vancouver, Los Angeles and Toronto.

The final episode of the season of Dan for Mayor is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

As for another season, Ayres said the cast is still waiting to hear.

“I’d like to know yesterday,” he said, noting that, because he is under contract, he can’t pursue other acting jobs unless they’re guest spots.

His contract’s up in November so he’s hoping to hear before then.

“The experience [with Dan] has been great, though,” he


“I love comedy. It is just fun to do and you become like family, revealing yourself, meeting lots of interesting people.”

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