Actor Steve Oatway has a guest role in next Tuesday’s ‘Supernatural’ episode called ‘Mother’s Little Helper.’ This Vancouver based actor has enjoyed a very successful career with work done on over 200 productions, and he has now added an episode of ‘Supernatural’ under the direction of Misha Collins to his resume. Known for roles in the comedy film ‘Duets’, the TV movie ‘Sweetwater’, and guest roles in hit TV shows such as ‘The X-Files’ and ‘The Sentinel’. He is outspoken, honest, and has a favorite quote of "look, life is too short not to be happy."
Q. Welcome to the ‘Supernatural’ fandom. No doubt there is not much you can tell about the episode, but can you share with your fans how the cast and crew welcomed you to the set?
A. From the Wardrobe session a week before, to having my special makeup being taken off after being wrapped, I was treated with respect and professional courtesy. In different jobs I have worked on over 200 productions over the years, this was one of the most enjoyable. I'm serious, because I am known as a man who is outspoken, and I can honestly say they really have their act together. Believe me, I've been on some nightmare shows.
No pranks that I saw, but Misha was a classy gentleman. I had auditioned for a different role, and they hired a different looking man, but still gave me this other role. They didn't have to, so shortly after I arrived on Set, I bumped into Misha, and said, “Thanks for the work...”, and he was very polite and forthcoming. I don’t remember the exact words, but he said something about me being a good actor, and people were talking about me. I guess it's because they haven't forgotten me, so that was very encouraging for me.
Q. Tell your fans about your projects in the works.
A. My timing in coming back this year was perfect as this will be the biggest year locally in thirteen years. I can do many types of characters, and having been through a lot of adversity in the past decade, I have a lot more emotion to present more watchable characters. My best talent lies with comedy, which is not as common to do in Vancouver; so producing my own Shorts will be needed to show that side of me. Interesting enough, one of the other actors on the ‘Supernatural’ set with me had just finished a comedy series and was very helpful with some advice.
Q. Are you a fan of sci-fi and horror?
A. I love sci-fi as long as it has great acting, but I'm not a big horror fan. I'm middle-aged and remember so many bad horror flicks, but ‘Supernatural’ is exceptional, as are other modern shows of the horror genre. Time travel stories fascinate me and I follow real life space exploration. I cannot get over the fact we can look at actual video from Mars.
Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I have a powerful voice from all the hosting, and tours I've done, and can sing simple songs, so love old Rock & Roll. I was a very good trumpet player when young due to hard work, but discovered when trying to be a professional, I am almost tone deaf.
Q. I'm going to end with what's become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be?
A. My baseball walk-up song would be Steppenwolf's ‘Born To Be Wild’. I am a huge music fan so have many pump-up songs. My newest favorite is “It's Beautiful Day” by my favorite Singer, Michael Buble.
(notice they're both Canadians)