The month of December (2021) saw tons of movies released both in theaters and across streaming platforms. Among those receiving attention is The Novice, written and directed by Lauren Hadaway in her directorial debut. The Novice follows a college student (played by Isabelle Fuhrman) who joins her university’s rowing team, and becomes completely obsessed with making the top varsity boat. It’s a combination of a drama and psychological thriller that takes a much darker approach to the theme of sports. It also won several awards at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. We recently got to speak with Canadian actor Jonathan Cherry who plays Coach Pete in The Novice.

Cherry has worked on a variety of projects including Final Destination 2, House of the Dead, Goon, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, and What If. In our interview, he explains how he took a 6-7 month break from acting for the first time in his career, and The Novice was his first project since his break. In late 2019, it was filmed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario just before the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic. Cherry also discusses his past projects, some upcoming ones, and his reaction to The Novice winning top awards at Tribeca.

Watch the full interview with Jonathan Cherry below.

The Novice is now available on VOD.

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