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Friday, July 30, 2010

Deeper Dish with Charlie David

One of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures is the gay supernatural soap opera, Dante's Cove, which first began airing on here! in 2005. I didn't always understand what was going on in the confusing storyline of witchcraft, but since there were always a lot of hunky naked men making out, it didn't bother me that much. The series also introduced me to Charlie David, whose role as the sweet and sexy Toby gained him many new fans - including myself.

Born Charles David Lubiniecke in Saskatchewan, Canada, the openly gay actor has certainly been keeping busy. In addition to appearing in such movies as A Four Letter Word (2007) and Kiss the Bride (2008), he wrote the screenplay and starred in the film, Mulligans (2008), which was produced by his own production company, Border2Border Entertainment Inc. Charlie has hosted for E! Television, NBC, here! and OUTtv, and since 2005, he's been a host of Bump!, the world's first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle series that currently airs on LOGO. He also co-owns an artist management company in Canada, CTM International Enterprises Inc., and in 2005, he was named by Out magazine as one of their "Out 100" for outstanding contributions to LGBT Arts and Culture. Last year the talented guy had his first two novels, Mulligans (based on his film) and Boy Midflight, published by Palari Publishing, and now he's just written a new book called Shadowlands. I am so delighted to have Charlie here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.

Let's begin with Shadowlands. What is the book about and when will it be released?
Shadowlands is a collection of short stories exploring the heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking passion and pain of gay sexuality. Ancient myths are re-imagined with an exciting queer twist depicting the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.

So what the hell does that mean? It means that Shadowlands is a novel that gets down and dirty into the crevices of my psyche, the places that even I was scared to face up to. I wrote it over the past two years which also happened to be the most difficult of my life so far. Not that my life is shitty because it's far from it. But Shadowlands allowed me to search for things in a creative way – my masochistic need to understand love, death and rejection.

The official release date is August 9th, but it is available on now and your readers can get a discount with this code: LTX4CG7S (click here to purchase Shadowlands).

Where will you be going on the new season of Bump!?
I can't believe we're about to begin shooting a fifth season. It's crazy - we'll hit and surpass our 100th episode this year. Well the ride continues! Not all of the destinations are locked in place, but so far we have more South America, Asia, Europe and Africa on the horizon. I'm really excited – each new year seems to get better.

What three fabulous places do you think every gay man should be required to visit?
Do I have to narrow it down to just three? Okay, well, my favorite places are Buenos Aires, Paris and Montreal - you're bound to get up to all types of no good in any of those cities.

Is there any destination that you haven’t visited yet that you hope to in the future?
There are soooo many! I'm really looking forward to visiting Turkey, more of Africa, and definitely more South America - Colombia, Peru, Chile and Uraguay are all on my list.

Tell us about your new movie, Judas Kiss, which you'll begin shooting in Seattle in August.
It's going to be so fun. We're shooting on the University of Washington campus and we have a really fun and hot young cast. I'm the old dude which I really don't mind being surrounded by the pretty things. It's a film about getting an opportunity to revisit one's past and potentially change the outcome of the future. It's very timely for me this year since I'm turning thirty, and I find with the turning of a decade comes a lot of introspection.

I have to ask about Dante's Cove – will there be a fourth season?
I have no idea. I wish I did – I seem to get asked every single day. I've heard nothing about it for over a year, so my guess at this point would be no.

What is the most memorable and/or funniest moment you have had while acting? tell the truth or not to tell the truth. Ah, what the hell I'm feeling brash. Shooting a love scene and my partner got 'excited'. We couldn't help laughing and I definitely covered for him as there were probably twenty crew in the room. And by covered I mean I literally laid on top of him and talked about what we'd have for lunch until he calmed down. Thing is – it wasn't supposed to happen to a straight guy so we couldn't let on.

In high school I was:
A victim to my fashion.

My favorite comfort food is:

The last good book I read was:
The Book Thief

When I was growing up, I never missed a television episode of:
V, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard and Airwolf.

Today I never miss a television episode of:
True Blood, V and Fringe.

If I was stranded on a desert island for a year, I would want to listen to:
Coeur de pirate, Yo Yo Ma, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Bon Jovi.

Three of my favorite movies are:
Zoolander, Were the World Mine and Sophie's Choice.

If I was asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
Sooo difficult! Ricky Martin because he can sing, dance, he's Latino and a papa.

If I could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Alexander the Great, George Bernard Shaw, and, well, since you got him in my head – Ricky Martin. He could entertain us after dinner - and entertain me after we sent Alex and Georgie home.

What's next for Charlie David?
I'm starting a new luxury travel agency, Charlie David Travel, which will launch this fall. We're beginning with luxury travel to southern and eastern Africa and then will branch into South America and expand from there. Five star properties, once-in-a-lifetime type stuff because, well - I want to go, too.

Thank you, Charlie, for getting Deeper with us here on the Dish. To learn more about Mr. David, check out his groovy website,, and his production company, Border2Border Entertainment Inc. You can also follow his blog, Good Time Charlie, become a fan on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.


Eric Arvin said...

Wonderful interview! He's such a sweet and talented man.

JamTheCat said...

I met him at the premier party for Season 3 of "Dante's Cove". It was so crowded, the ushers at Eleven wouldn't even let HIM upstairs. He turned out to seem as sweet in person as he is on-screen. I wish him all the best.

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Anonymous said...

Great interview! Incredibly sexy man and talented actor. Keeping my fingers crossed for season 4 of Dante's Cove.

Deep Dish said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. It's always so nice to learn that an actor is as sweet in person as he is on-screen. As for a 4th season of "Dante's", it doesn't look too good for that.