June 30, 2022

Actor with ‘Hallmark Universe’ after starring in 27 films in the same role

Nelson Wong has played 27 times against Kenny for Hallmark (Photo: Hallmark)

If you think only Marvel superheroes can enjoy an interconnected multiverse of movies – as once again demonstrated by studio hit Spider-Man: No Way Home – then let us introduce you to the character of Hallmark. , Kenny.

A popular cable channel that produces its own movies and TV shows, Hallmark’s calling card is a good old love affair, and at Christmas they do double duty and ultimately enjoy a working relationship with them. many of their actors.

Enter Nelson Wong, who has – to date – starred in 27 stunning films for Hallmark, and has played the character of Kenny each time, having made a good impression on director Ron Oliver, when he played Detective Sidekick Kenny. Kwon in the 2005 mystery film Third The Man Outside.

The majority of his films have also been party films.

Speaking to CBC News, Wong explained, “While Ron started working for Hallmark, Kenny started working for Hallmark. It just became a thing. The fans seem to be reacting and 27 movies later, here we are.

The actor, who has also appeared on the Riverdale and Arrow TV shows (not as Kenny), has previously said he didn’t really celebrate the holiday season until he started working for Hallmark, after being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Wong dans son dernier film Hallmark, A Godwink Christmas : Miracle of Love (Photo : Hallmark)

In his trademark role as Kenny, the character displayed a wide range of skills and appeared in a variety of roles, including as janitor, father, wedding planner, and television director of food.

Wong joked, “The whole time I thought Kenny was still undercover as a detective. He just has these identities that allow him to go into these different universes.

Stand aside, Doctor Strange and Loki …

Les films dans lesquels Wong a joué Kenny incluent A Timeless Christmas, Christmas at the Plaza, The Christmas Train et Every Christmas Has a Story.

This year alone, Hallmark has released 41 holiday and Christmas-themed films, most of which are set in Wong’s hometown of Vancouver, where he moved with his parents from New Zealand at the age of six. year.

The actor has also appeared on other shows, including Riverdale (Photo: Tibrina Hobson / FilmMagic)

Nelson Wong in The Christmas TrainWong as Kenny in The Christmas Train 2017 (Photo: Hallmark)

The actor is also strongly opposed to criticism of Hallmark films as “too schmaltzy”, as he sees the actors “struggle” with the genre in his role as an actor coach and “always wanting to play drama … like The Bourne Identity “.

“These Hallmark movies are actually more true to life, I would say – nice people doing their best given their circumstances. “

Wong also praised the move he has seen in the company in recent years to become more inclusive and move away from portraying only his characters as mostly white, exclusively heterosexual couples.

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As he puts it, “people are not satisfied with homogeneous representations of families”.

Last year Hallmark launched their first LGBTQ holiday movie with The Christmas House, which starred a gay couple played by Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder.

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