Quick takes: Code Black’s Ben Hollingsworth

Benjamin Hollingsworth as Mario Savetti on the new CBS drama CODE BLACK, premiering, Wednesday, Sept. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Photo: Kurt Iswarienk/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedCanadian Benjamin Hollingsworth returns Wednesday night  as young resident Mario Savetti in the second season premiere of the medical drama Code Black (CBS, CTV Two, 10 p.m. ET).

I spoke with him in Toronto at the last couple of CTV upfronts and found him friendly and impressive. Here’s a snapshot of the 32-year-old actor:

He’s from: Brockville, Ont., originally, but grew up in nearby Peterborough where his parents still reside. “It’s always nice to go home. You never forget home; home is always going to be your rock.”

Now lives: in Los Angeles with his wife Nila and their newborn son Hemmingway. [Yes, Hemmingway Hollingsworth. That will be a lot to get on the back of a sports jersey.]

Graduate of: The National Theatre School of Canada.

On Code Black: “The writers are genius; the whole creative team is really really smart. We try to create this really authentic experience that’s a little bit different than other medical dramas out there.”

On his co-stars: “I’m learning a lot just watching Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman. They’re very kind, generous, caring people. We’ve really created a family around them.”

On television: “It’s the way I unwind, like many people at the end of the night. Throw on some good TV where I get to dream and play, Really good TV transports you into a place where you’re not worried about your own stresses or your own daily life.”

Shows that take him out: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Bloodline, Veep. “There’s nothing better than Veep.”

On his Code Black co-stars who are also on Veep: “I’ve worked with Gary Cole on a movie called “The Jones” and Kevin Dune’s on our show as well. It’s fun to see those two go off in the off season, I bet they’re having the time of their lives on that show.”

Read more about Hollingsworthhere at this article I wrote for The Canadian Press.

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