Celebrity Travel: Go away with Garfield Wilson
Born in England to Jamaican parents, actor Garfield Wilson currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Known for playing Jackboot Kaffey in TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” the actor’s latest series is Nickelodeon’s “The Astronauts,” which includes Jonathan Frakes (of the “Star Trek” franchise) as an executive producer. Though this pandemic has stalled Wilson’s usual travel plans, he said he’s ready to take his family on another trip when it’s safe. His motto? “To always expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to travel — good and bad,” said Wilson, 51. Fans may stay in touch with the actor via Instagram (@garfieldawilson) and Twitter (@garfieldwilson).
Q: Did your parents try to teach you about your Jamaican roots?
A: I grew up with amazing parents. The Jamaican culture is so vibrant and beautiful. All I remember growing up is tons of music, amazing food, laughter and loads of family and friends getting together for barbecues, house parties with us kids — my older brother, younger sister and my cousins — getting into trouble on more than one occasion and getting our behinds slapped. (Laughs)
Q: Can you talk a bit about filming some of your projects?
A: “The Astronauts” and “Snowpiercer” had the distinct challenge of creating a world that felt palpable and very real for the viewers. I can honestly tell you that the attention to detail on both sets was phenomenal. Every department (from) set design, makeup, wardrobe (to) lighting brought so much passion, talent and integrity that it made my job as an actor an easier process and a joy. A testament to the talent on both projects is that filming was primarily done on a soundstage and not in different locations, but for me as an actor it felt like I was in different locations.
Q: "Snowpiercer" has an international flair. What has your experience on the series been like?
A: Working on “Snowpiercer” for me was very special, considering the current climate. Casting was very cognizant to have an incredibly diverse cast and how that diversity can be portrayed on the show as a commentary on our present-day society.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: So far it has been Maui, Hawaii. It’s the closest I’ve come to being in paradise. I would recommend renting a condo close to the beach, renting a convertible car and then exploring the countryside. Rent kayaks, go snorkeling and check out the beautiful historical culture of the island. It’s absolutely stunning.
Q: What was the first trip you took as a child?