You may not know the name Matthew Kevin Anderson off the top of your head, but give a flip through the cable channels and you'll likely see his face thanks to the variety of TV movies and shows he's appeared in over the years.
Currently, he's co-starring in TV Land's Impastor, a comedy about a slacker on the run from a loan shark who impersonates a small town's new gay pastor, which premieres July 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Anderson will also be in next month's Lifetime movie The Unauthorized Full House Story AND is returning for an entry in the Gourmet Detective cable movie franchise.
Enstars recently caught up with the Canadian to talk about Impastor, playing the creator of Full House, the deal with another Gourmet Detective film and why he's in so many made-for-TV movies.
ENSTARS: Tell us about your character Detective Lovello on Impastor.
Matthew Kevin Anderson: He's a detective having a tough time trying to get ahead. He's been partnered up with the Captain's idiot nephew (played by Jonathan Young). But he's not exactly the best detective on the force himself. [He] probably has an account on Plenty of Fish and watches too much CSI.
What can we expect from him throughout the season?
Do you have any favorite moments from filming this first season?
Staring into Jonathan Young's face trying not to laugh and ruin takes. Jonathan plays my partner Hyde and is one of the funniest actors I've ever worked with. Michael Rosenbaum was also hilarious as Buddy [Impastor's main character]. I had no idea he was so good at comedy. He kills this role.
What makes this series stand out from other comedy shows on cable right now?
Impastor has this unique blend of cute, light comedy mixed with dirty, crass undertones. Church meets dive bar. It's a fine balance and I think creator Christopher Vane nails it.
Can you describe the series in three words?
Good clean fun... with a dash of grit.
The other big thing you have coming up is The Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime. Can you talk about what drew you to the project and who you'll be playing?
Well, this has become the year of Full House so when the project came up it was interesting timing and I was curious. When I looked into it further I liked that even though my character is based on the real-life show creator Jeff Franklin...he wasn't on TV every week, so I didn't have to mimic a character people had been watching for years and already knew. I could do my own thing.
Did you have trouble preparing for a role based on a real-life person that wasn't in front of the cameras?
I've worked behind the scenes on films before. I just produced my first feature so I know about putting a project together from writing to casting to production, but working with our director Brian Roberts was a huge help when it came to this role. He comes from this world and had a lot of great stories and personal experiences that he shared with me that informed a lot of what we did in this film. Plus he's just an awesome director.
Full House is a huge part of pop culture that a lot of people are already pretty expert on. Is there anything you think viewers will take away from this project that they might not have known before?
Learning about behind the scene dynamics. Every show has them, but it's wild to see how certain things came together on shows that you loved. I didn't know Bob Saget wasn't the first choice for Danny Tanner. Things like that I think people will find very interesting.
So you also have Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die premiering on Hallmark's mystery channel next month as well, which is a sequel. For anyone who missed the first movie can you just explain what it's about?
It's Murder She Wrote meets Bobby Flay. You have a tough female homicide detective working with a handsome, cheeky restaurant industry guru to solve cases in the food world.
And how does your character, Munro, fit into that?
Munro and my partner Bailey (Marc Senior) are the right and left hands to the beautiful Brooke Burns' character Maggie Price. We help out with the cases and generally try not to screw up too much.
Do people have to have seen the first movie to watch the second one?
I think they stand alone, but it would be nice to get to know the relationships and characters from the first movie because so much is established there especially between Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) and Maggie. So I say watch them both if you can...In the second film Henry and Maggie end up on a work/vacation trip to a gorgeous resort where things go haywire.
Do you think they'll do a third movie?
From what I know we are aiming for another one in the fall, so I hope so! I can't wait to start work on number three and see everyone again.
You've appeared in a lot of TV movies. What is it about them that keeps you coming back for more?
Vancouver is a different market than say Los Angeles. A large amount of TV movies shoot up here so actors here end up working on them. You'd be hard pressed to find a working actor in Vancouver who doesn't have one on their résumé somewhere. It's kind of like [how] soap operas were in New York.
Impastor premieres on TV Land on July 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Gourmet Detective's sequel will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 p.m. ET on Aug. 2 and The Unauthorized Full House Story hits TV screens on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.