Jeff Roop Interview
We would like to thank Jeff for the time he spent answering our questions and we wish him the very best for the future!
How did you get the part of Drew French?
I auditioned in Toronto three times and in Montreal once for the role. I must have had four auditions for the part. Then there was a waiting period of a few days and they phoned my agent and offered it to me.
If the show had had another season, how would you have liked to see your character progress?
To be honest, it’s been so long that it’s hard for me to think about that. Move away from the love stories with mortals and deal more with the group dynamic. The power struggles. More adventures outside of our dungeon and outside of the school.
I’d have liked to see the show become more serialised than it was, more of a through line between episodes.
What was your favourite episode and why?
I liked the one, I believe number 3, when I visit Sherry in her dreams. I thought it was a very beautiful and imaginative episode.
Would you do more Vampire High if the series was revived?
At this point in my life I don’t see it as a possibility. For one thing I’m way too old to be playing anything involving high school without coming across as a perv.
Vampire High has attained something of a cult following since it is still shown on TV in Canada and the UK five years after it finished. In your opinion, what is it about the show that gives it such appeal?
Well, the vampire aspect will always appeal to many people. The show was very inventive, tried lots of different things, and I thought many episodes were a lot of fun. We all did our best to make the characters interesting and I believe people identified with them.
Why was the character of Sherry killed and did it come as a shock to the group?
Well, the show had gone into a hiatus due to some financial difficulties half way through the season. We didn’t shoot for three months. When they did get their money back, Meghan decided that she wanted to move on to other projects in her home town of Vancouver, so they wrote her out of the show.
Did you enjoy the developing relationship between your character and Sherry?
I did. Drew begins the show as the romantic lead so if that kind of story line isn’t interesting to me, then the character won’t be interesting to me. But the idea of wanting something you can’t have is always very compelling.
What attracted you to the show and your character?
Truthfully, I had always been fascinated by vampires. I loved Gary Oldman in Dracula, and I had always hoped to get a chance to play one. I also certainly have a melancholic side so it’s nice to get paid to use it.
Do you still keep in touch with your Vampire High co-stars?
Yes I do. Some more than others. A good group of people. We really did have a lot of fun.
Was it exciting filming the thoroughly entertaining series finale?
I found other episodes more fun to shoot. It was bitter-sweet because I think we all knew that it’d be the last episode of the show. The show was an expensive one to make. Expensive episodes. So we were all getting ready to move on (we had spent LOTS of time together) but we knew that this show was a special time in our lives.
When you pushed Nick out the window, how did they create the smoke effect surrounding you?
I don’t remember. Most likely dry ice. Smoke machine, that kind of thing.
Did you really draw the pictures of Sherry or did someone else do them?
Not me. Art Department.
What are you up to at the moment?
I’m in Los Angeles, although for now my home is still in Toronto. I’ve got a movie I filmed in Uruguay called “14 Days in Paradise” coming out soon (Vampire High alumnus Adam MacDonald is also in it) so I should be going back down there for the premiere in a couple of weeks. A movie I did, “Jekyll & Hyde”, was recently released on video, along with “Codebreakers” and a Canadian mini-series “Canada-Russia 72”. And in the near future I’ll be on a Canadian show called “ReGenesis” and in a movie called “Punchy”. There may be a second season coming up of an interesting show I did called “11 Cameras” (Joris Jarsky was also in that one). I’ve also been writing, which has become an important part of my life, along with travel.
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