Chace Crawford had a good time being the good guy on Gossip Girl, but now the actor is ready to grow up.
“I am about to be 30 next year so it is a great transition phase,”
said Crawford who played Nate Archibald on the hit TV series. “Now new
possibilities form when you are 24 or 25. You change things up.”
When he was in his early twenties he was playing the perfectly
polished preppy teen that had all the girls and guys too, I guess,
Now he says he’s ready to move up to the young lawyer, doctor, you know more grown-up roles.
On his way to some of those he has veered far from Nate’s Park Avenue
life and landed in the frozen mountains around Revelstoke for the new
feature film Mountain Men, which plays the Whistler Film Festival Dec. 7
(7:30 p.m. Rainbow Theatre).
In the Cameron Labine directed movie Crawford stars as Coop the older
brother to slacker, pot-dealing Toph played by Labine’s own younger
Coop leaves his life in New York and returns home to Revelstoke. From
there the brothers head to the woods to check on their deceased
One thing after another goes wrong and the two end up in a perilous backcountry situation.
“It’s good to shake things up. I want to keep switching things up
from the character I played on TV. That’s the main idea,” said Crawford.
“I am fortunate to be in a position that I can take a moment to find new things.”
In the case the new thing found him through a shared representative
(that’s showbiz for agent or manager, assistant, guru or something) with
“I was aware of Tyler Labine I had a buddy who worked with him and
really liked him and I really liked the script,” said Crawford who was
born in Lubbock, TX. “It was a good two man act, that’s what it was.
There was a lot of fun comedy to play, that’s kind of what interested me
and it has a good heart. To go to Revelstoke for a month was really
appealing and fun.”
“There was a lot of snow there but just started to melt it was that
one transition month. We had to go up way higher to the snow,” said
Crawford about the month long shoot last April. “I loved it I thought it
was a blast. We got to rough it a little bit. It was completely
different and definitely exciting. It wasn’t miserable but we had a
couple layer of thermals on.”
While his most famous role saw him more in button downs then down jackets Crawford did spend some time growing up in Minnesota.
“I know snow. I know getting bundled up and going sledding and
skiing,” said Crawford. “But it’s one thing to be in Revelstoke with the
beautiful mountains, lakes and scenery and another to be in the
financial district of downtown Manhattan freezing in January. That cold
isn’t as much fun.”
And nor is what he calls the “dollhouse atmosphere,” of shooting a scripted TV drama that is a lot of hurry up and wait.
“It was kind of guerilla style shooting,” said Crawford about
Mountain Men, which is up for the Borsos award for best Canadian feature
film at the Whister. “I liked the hand held shots they got. It was set
up so fast there wasn’t a lot of stop and go. No 45 min-hour long
lighting set ups. You showed up and used the light that was there and
you go. To not have that hurry up and wait thing was great.”
Another plus for Crawford was getting to work with the brothers Labine.
“There is obviously some parallels, some things in the script that I
am sure were drawn from real life and maybe exaggerated a bit,” said
Crawford about the script penned by Cameron. “I loved seeing their
dynamic on set. It was fun to see them play with each other like
brothers back and forth, make jokes.”
As for his own sibling world Crawford just laughs and says that he has a younger sister who has two kids.
“She’s much more mature than me.”