If you are a viewer that came to Cardinal expecting to see Aaron Ashmore playing another loveable good guy, then you’ve probably been taken aback at what you’ve seen so far. Instead, Ashmore joined the CTV drama series’ third season as someone quite different from John Jaqobis, the character he stars as on the SYFY/Space series Killjoys. In Cardinal, Ashmore plays Randall Wishart, a real estate agent involved in an affair with Sam (Devery Jacobs). It’s an affair that saw him being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now threatens to expose his secret life to a wife that has no idea what her husband truly has been up to.
Sam seems to be in some very real danger over what she witnessed, and now may be pushing Randall more and more to seek out help. The TV Junkies recently caught up with Ashmore to talk about his experience shooting Cardinal, as well as to get some insight into what Randall may do and even more so, what may be going through his mind. In addition to Cardinal, Ashmore will be back for the fifth and final season of Killjoys later this year and as he tells us, also be appearing on the upcoming season of Designated Survivor, now on Netflix.
The TV Junkies: The first season of Cardinal had only aired when you landed this role. Were you a fan and how did this opportunity come about?
Aaron Ashmore: I definitely had seen the first episodes, and with it being a Canadian show, I try to check those things out because I’m very proud of the work we do up here. I remember thinking it looked really, really well done and interesting. I really enjoyed the first season. Then I was in between seasons of Killjoys, and got a call that there was a recurring role in the third season. I jumped at it and thought I’d love to be a part of it. I was not disappointed either because it was a really fun show to shoot.
TTVJ: Randall is very different from John Jaqobis. What was so appealing about the role to you?
AA: It’s always nice to play different things. On the page he definitely had his own self interests, but I don’t think he’s a terrible person. As the season goes on, we see a little bit more of where he’s coming from. The director [Daniel “Podz” Grou] and I talked about how he was trapped in this life as a hockey star who didn’t go anywhere, so he’s stuck in this small town. He’s not particularly smart or has any kind of drive in any other way.