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New Kid-Oriented Web Series Showcases Siblings
EiKids began streaming this month, featuring singer Hailey Morgan and actor Cainan Wiebe.
      ...Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance, Friday, January 22, 2010.

The younger generation, without question, are prolific users of Internet as a communication tool.

So it shouldn't be a big surprise that a brother-and-sister team from Walnut Grove created a new web broadcast designed to communicate with, entertain, and educate children like themselves - who are currently involved, or interested in making a name for themselves, in the entertainment industry.

EiKids (Entertainment Industry Kids) debuted online Monday, Jan. 11, featuring 14-year-old actor Cainan Wiebe and his 15-year-old sister, singer/songwriter Hailey Morgan, as hosts.

When the idea was conceived 13 months ago by the Wiebe family, it was devised as an innovative means to promote, offer added experience, and give increased exposure to these two local artists.

But over the months, the concept grew and evolved into a variety show designed for children ages six to 17.

The outcome is a weekly 22-minute webisodes - complete with comedy skits, demonstrations, spoofs, reviews, biographys, music, trivia, exercises, and interviews - posted every Monday at: www.eikids.ca.

"It's an inside look into acting, music, and other entertainment specialties from the perspective of kids in the biz. It's interactive. It's educational," said Hailey.

In each episode, the siblings talk about how to get into the entertainment industry, then leave the webisode up for a full week, so aspiring artists can go online and view the segments as many times as they want for free, explained Cainan.

Filming of EiKids began last October, fit in primarily on weekends around the kids' homeschooling schedules, Cainan's auditions, Hailey's performances and recording sessions, Cainan's gymnastics classes, and Hailey's swim meets.

"EiKids has been a family affair. We do everything from pre-production (writing, script, wardrobe, etc.) to filming to post production (music, editing, and marketing)," said their mother Julie Wiebe.

"We are all very proud and excited how the show has turned out and the feedback has been wonderful," she said. "Obviously, we love the arts and want to share our experiences, talent, and knowledge with those kids and families who would like to go down the same road."

The crew has already completed nine of the 12 episodes for the first season, and nearing completion of the last few. They're expecting to start filming the second season later this month.

Nevertheless, they're planning to produce 12 to 16 seasons and hope EiKids will run for the next four years - at least.

Cainan said he see himself hosting EiKids until he's too busy filming TV and movies to continue, while his older sister would be content to go indefinitely.

"However long it airs," she said. "It's something I really love and have a lot of fun doing. So, as long as we're filming episodes, I'll be there."

EiKids is more fun and rewarding than either hoped or expected.

"There's a ton of joking around that goes on, on and off the camera, so it's a totally awesome atmosphere we have when we film the episodes," said Hailey.

Her highlight so far was shooting the Bear episodes.

"I came up with the character, wrote the script, and directed the shoot. It was amazing to see it all come together, from those words on a page to the final show that made it into the EiKids webseries," Hailey told the Langley Advance.

For Cainan, his best moment was bringing his favourite character of Professor Dumblestein to life.

He walks with a cane, he travels through time, he brings back unique artifacts, and he's a bit off his rocker," said Cainan.

Professor D visit's EiKids in episode 3, airing Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

So what's in store for EiKids?

"We'd like to... be on the road for the EiKids' Specials; and of course, the pièce de résistance: for EiKids to go viral. Wow! That'd be something," Julie said. "We'd love for the show to go on tour. And for Hailey Morgan and Cainan to be household names."

rhooper@langleyadvance.com



Hollywood Applauded Langley Lad's Acting
Cainan Wiebe was in L.A. Sunday to get a best performance award for A Pickle.
        ...Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance, Friday, April 3, 2009.

Cainan Wiebe was born with a smile on his face, as his mother tells it. "He was a happy baby who easily amused himself. As he got older, his smile just got bigger and bigger," said Julie. It's a smile that has invariably helped this young Langley actor score some jobs in commercials, and more recently television and film. And it was that incredibly big smile that, Cainan will tell, he can't seem to wipe from his face this week. In fact, he believes, it's spread almost ear to ear even during sleep.

This 13-year-old Walnut Grove teen is over the moon with a mix of excitement and disbelief after he scooped up an acting award in Hollywood on Sunday. Competing against eight other young actors in the category of best performance in a short film, Cainan brought home the gold from the Young Artists Awards ceremonies held at the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios. "I'm so happy. It's amazing," Cainan told the Langley Advance only hours after climbing off the airplane. "I'm still in shock, I think. It's still this kind of thing where I'm thinking, "Am I going to wake up? Is this a dream?'" Cainan said. "Wow. I mean, I can't believe I won. This is really cool." Cainan was actually up for two awards last weekend, but was content to win just one.


He won for his role as an 11-year-old boy named Charlie in the 13-minute long film called A Pickle, co-starring William B. Davis (formerly of X-Files). He was also in the running for another award for his reoccurring role as Alexei in a science-fiction fantasy television and web-based series called Sanctuary. The Grade 8 home-schooled student has earned a nomination for his Alexei role two years in a row, but did not win in 2008 or 2009. That means this was Cainan's second time attending the Young Artists Awards, and his second time on stage - the first time made memorable when he presented an award, then accidently back up too far and fell off the stage. "I made it on and off okay this time, without falling... It's all good," Cainan chuckled. The entire Hollywood experience still seems surreal to him: from walking down about 150 feet of red carpet, to the picture taking and interviews with the press, to walking what seemed like an endless distance from his banquet table to the stage to accept the award. "When I was called up, I was so happy. It was shocking," he said. Cainan recalled being incredibly nervous walking up, terrified he'd forget to thank someone - but managing to express his gratitude to the director, his parents, and God. "Wow! This is heavy, heavier than I thought," Cainan remembered saying when handed the award, a prepared acceptance speech temporarily forgotten. Fearing he would become awestruck if called to the stage, Cainan was grateful to his parents for coaxing him to write and rehearse a brief speech a few weeks ahead. "I was actually surprised because I did pretty good, but you could hear the nervousness in my voice," he said, after reviewing the tape with his father Hank, who was unable to attend. "There was lights shining in my eyes, so I couldn't see most of the people... and thankfully I didn't mess up too bad," Cainan said.
While receiving the award was undoubtedly the highlight of Cainan's recent trip to Hollywood, he took advantage of the time to squeeze in a little work. The studio is being all hush-hush about details, but the Langley lad was invited to audition for a role in a Paramount production, and he's hoping to hear in the next week if he'll get a callback.

Tied for second place on Cainan's "awesome meter" was the chance for he and his older sister Hailey Morgan, 14, to play in L.A. during this trip. They spent a few extra days, accompanied by their mother, visiting Universal Studios, touring Hollywood homes and visiting the Kodak Theatre. During the three full days they spent riding and walking their way around Universal Studio, however, Cainan only managed to enjoy the Jurassic Park ride - his favourite - five times.
He insists now that he must go back for more of that, and - oh yeah the Simpsons ride.


In all honesty, Cainan is hoping to be invited back to Hollywood next spring anyway for the 2010 Young Artists Awards. This time, he's hoping to earn nominations for his work on the TV series The Guard, and a TV feature Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood. "That's what I'm hoping for," he said, proudly showing off his Oscar-like award that has a man displaying a star above his head instead of holding a sword.

While he's rumoured to have been sleeping with the award each night, once the glamour wears off, his Young Artists Award is expected to find a permanent home on a shelf in his room, next to the special nomination plaques given out during the 30th annual Young Artists Awards. As for that smile, his mother Julie confirmed it is on his face, even when he's sleeping. "I was so excited to see Cainan's name on the screen I never gave much thought to him winning this time. When we heard his name I was in shock, but so excited for him. Wow! It's still hard to believe," Mom said.



Child Actor Off to Hollywood
Cainan Wiebe is up for two best performance honours at the Young Artist Awards.
        ...Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance, Friday, March 27, 2009.

A 13-year-old Langley boy will be walking down the red carpet and hob-knobbing with stars in Hollywood this weekend. Cainan Wiebe is a child actor who is up for two awards, one for his work in a movie, another for his reoccurring role in a television series.So this Grade 8 home-schooled student from Walnut Grove, accompanied of course by his mother Julie, flew to Los Angeles earlier this week. He said that attending the awards was just an excuse to escape the cold winter-like weather in his hometown of Langley. But joking aside, Cainan was elated to be invited to the 30th annual Young Artist Awards in the Globe Theatre on Sunday. It's his second time attending the ceremonies, and the second time nominated for his guest role as Alexei in science-fiction fantasy series Sanctuary, a show that originated on the web but since moved to TV. While he didn't win at last year's ceremony, Cainan described the event as surreal. "It was like going to the Academy Awards," he told the Langley Advance. "They had a little red carpet and [throngs of media] asked me all types of questions."


The highlight, he said, was taking the stage to present the award for best performance in a feature film to Annasophia Robb from the Bridge to Terabithia. While he was nervous and exhilarated all at once, his uncertainty was quickly forgotten when he backed up to give Robb room, and fell off the presentation stage. For that reason, if no other, it will be an unforgettable experience. "It was scary at the time, but now it's hilarious," he said.

This year, Cainan is hoping he will be called up on stage to accept his own award. He's been nominated again for best performance as a guest star in a TV series for his work with Sanctuary, as well as a nomination for his lead role in a short film. Playing an 11-year-old boy named Charlie in A Pickle has netted Cainan the nomination for best performance by a young actor in a short film. In the 13-minute-long film shot in North Delta and directed by Karen Nielsen, Cainan's character Charlie follows a wayward baseball into an old house and finds Mack (William B. Davis of X-Files), an old man that time forgot. Together they embark on a journey of friendship, which leads to the ultimate pickle for Charlie, who must find the strength to do what's right even if it leads to his own decline.

"It means such a lot," Cainan said, noting awards aren't why he went into acting but described them as icing on the cake.
He first graced the stage performing jazz and tap numbers in a musical theatre revue at age three. By age four, he and his family had become part of the film industry as background performers. And by age six, Cainan was acting, taking on his first commercial with Got Milk? when he was seven. He's never looked back.

Now described as a character actor, Cainan is concentrating on TV and movies, recently playing a Dienonikious in a few episodes of the Jim Henson Company series Dinosaur Train. He's also appeared in other TV series in such as Supernatural, The 4400, Psych, The Guard, and just last fall finished up filming for a TV feature called Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood, which he thinks will receive a few nominations for next year's awards. Cainan has also appeared in numerous feature films, including Black Christmas, The Sandlot: Heading Home, Tin Man, Whisper, Snow Buddies, and Air Buddies.

- Stay tuned to the Langley Advance to find out how Cainan Wiebe fared at this weekend's awards ceremony.

The 30th ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS...And The Winners Are....

HOLLYWOOD, Cal. --- It was a day of celebration for the dozens of winners Sunday when Hollywood’s child and teen stars gathered for their own annual award show. But for the organizers of the non-profit organization it was also a day of accomplishment. It was a milestone – 30 years of recognizing those young people who have been passed over by the Oscars, the Globes, the Emmy’s and the Independent Spirit Awards among others. And it was to honor the awards founder, Maureen Dragone, who continues as its president.

For the occasion, many former nominees and winners showed up as did Kenny Ortega, director of High School Musical and former child star Cory Feldman (Stand By Me) both of whom received special awards. Street Magic, the Russian Federation’s top singing sensation featuring soloist Vlad Krutskikh, also was on hand to mark the event.

And when it is was all over, in the feature film category, Nate Hartley walked away with the best performance leading young actor for Drillbit Taylor as did Dakota Fanning, leading young actress for The Secret Life of Bees. Also in feature films, Brandon Soo Hoo got the best supporting honor as young actor for Tropic Thunder and Christian Serratos as best supporting actress for Twilight. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl got the feature film young ensemble cast award for its young stars Abigail Breslin, Madison Davenport, Austin MacDonald, Zach Mills, Willow Smith and Max Thieriot.
Brandon Walters picked up the honor for best leading performer for the international feature film for Australia. And Cainan Wiebe got the honor for best performance as an actor in a short film A Pickle...
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Exclusive Interview with Cainan Wiebe
          ...Alice Chapman Newgen, The Times-Courier, Georgia, Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008.

There is a young actor that you are sure to hear more about in the near future.
I was very fortunate to get an exclusive one-on-one interview with him for my column. Cainan Wiebe has starred in a variety of films, commercials and TV shows. The 13-year-old has appeared in shows like “Psych,” “The 4400” and “Supernatural.” Some of the movies to his credit include “Tin Man,” “The Sandlot: Heading Home” and “Snow Buddies.”

I first took notice of Cainan in the “Sandlot” (2007) film. In the movie, Luke Perry stars as Tommy “Santa” Santorelli, a baseball superstar who travels back in time to 1976. He relives his boyhood days when he played on the sandlot baseball team in his hometown. This gives him a chance to amend some of the things he did in the past. Santorelli helps the boys on his team try to save the sandlot from a man who wants to use it for his own personal gain. If the businessman succeeds, a part of the town’s history will be destroyed and the kids won’t have a place to play ball. In the process, Santorelli learns a valuable lesson about life, friendship and the cost of fame. Cainan plays Ryan, one of the boys on the team. The film is suitable for family viewing and has a good moral to the story. I highly recommend renting or buying the DVD.


Another DVD currently out that Cainan stars in is the 2007 TV miniseries “Tin Man.” This two-disc sci-fi collector’s edition follows an epic adventure that revolves around a small town waitress named D.G. (Zooey Deschanel) who winds up in a mysterious land called the O.Z. (Outer Zone). She meets up with three unusual characters who accompany her on her quest to find the great “Mystic Man” (Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss). Along the way, D.G. encounters the cruel sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), who is feared throughout the land. Little does D.G. know that Azkadellia has a close connection to her past. It’s a journey of self-discovery as D.G. learns about the family she never knew. Cainan plays Kalm, the little brother of Raw (Raoul Trujillo), one of D.G.’s newfound friends in the O.Z. multiple award winner “Tin Man” is a science fiction update of L. Frank Baum’s “TheWonderful Wizard of Oz.” Cainan had to get transformed into the character of Kalm, which was no small feat. I asked him how long it took for the makeup artist to prepare him for the role. He said, “Kalm was a fun character to play. The process of putting on the make up started before the makeup chair. I had to go into the prosthetics lab where they took molds of my teeth and face. On filming days the process started with putting glue on my face then fitting the prosthetic (lion’s brow, nose and upper lip) on me. Once it was secured they started to blend it into my face so it looked real. They used brushes and airbrushes to paint on color. It took about four and a half hours in the makeup chair, and, for most of that time, I wasn’t able to move or talk. I got to see myself change from a brunette to a blond which was pretty cool.” According to Cainan, the beard became itchy after two hours and he had to wear the makeup for eight hours a day during filming. Playing the role of Kalm inspired Cainan. He said, “What I learned from Kalm is how important family is. Your family loves you, supports you, and makes sacrifices for you and you should love them with all your heart.”

The Web-series “Sanctuary” is coming to Sci Fi Channel this fall in its second season. 
In the first season Cainan starred as Alexei, a Russian boy who struggled with his unusual physical ability that created much alarm to those he came in contact with. Alexei is a mutant as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Dr. Magnus (Amanda Tapping; “Stargate SG-1”) and Dr. Zimmerman (Robin Dunne; TV
“The Dark Room”) try to learn more about Alexei to help him deal with his mutation and to not harm others because of his inner fear. The actor said it was interesting working on the “Sanctuary” set because it was almost all green screen. Cainan loved working with the cast and crew, especially the director, Martin Wood. Alexei will return in the two-hour premiere of “Sanctuary” that will air at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel, Friday, Oct. 3.

In real life, Cainan is totally different from Alexei. I asked him if there was something about Alexei’s personality that he could relate to. He told me, “No, Alexei and I are opposites. He’s quiet, soft spoken, sad, scared and jumpy; but I’m loud, outgoing, happy and energetic. It’s funny that all the roles I get are totally different from my real self. I’m a comedian who plays serious or scary roles. I think some kids can relate to Alexei because he is scared of himself and things around him.”

Cainan was recently nominated in the Young Artists Awards category for his role as Alexei. He said it was the best feeling in the world. The actor hopes he will be nominated again this year.

Look for Cainan in “A Pickle,” an independent short film where he stars as Charlie, a young boy who becomes friends with a retired police detective named Mack. Charlie is bullied into stealing Mack’s prized baseball signed by the M & M boys. Fortunately, Charlie pulls a switch and gets the real signed ball back to his friend. Cainan will soon reunite with director Bill Dear (Sandlot) in a yet to be titled feature that stars George Lopez.
To learn more about Cainan Wiebe and see the full length interview go to
www.cainanwiebe.com/press

Young Actor Sure to be Making Splash (Exclusive Interview with Cainan Wiebe)
          ...Alice Chapman Newgen, Pickens County Progress, Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008.

There is a young actor that you are sure to hear more about in the near future. I was very fortunate to get an exclusive one-on-one interview with him for this column. Cainan Wiebe has starred in a variety of films, commercials and TV shows.
The thirteen-year old has appeared in shows like Psych, The 4400 and Supernatural. Some of the movies to his credit include Tin Man, The Sandlot: Heading Home and Snow Buddies.

I first took notice of Cainan in The Sandlot (2007) film. In the movie, Luke Perry stars as Tommy “Santa” Santorelli, a baseball superstar who travels back in time to 1976. He relives his boyhood days when he played on the sandlot baseball team in his hometown. This gives him a chance to amend some of the things he did in the past. Santorelli helps the boys on his team try to save the sandlot from a man who wants to use it for his own personal gain. If the businessman succeeds, a part of the town’s history will be destroyed and the kids won’t have a place to play ball. In the process, Santorelli learns a valuable lesson about life, friendship and the cost of fame. Cainan plays Ryan, one of the boys on the team. The film is suitable for family viewing and has a good moral to the story. I highly recommend renting or buying the DVD.

Another DVD currently out that Cainan stars in is the 2007 TV mini-series Tin Man. This two disc sci-fi collector’s edition follows an epic adventure that revolves around a small town waitress named D.G. (Zooey Deschanel) who winds up in a mysterious land called the O.Z. (Outer Zone). She meets up with three unusual characters who accompany her on her quest to find the great Mystic Man (Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss). Along the way, D.G. encounters the cruel sorceress Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson), who is feared throughout the land. Little does D.G. know that Azkadellia has a close connection to her past. It’s a journey of self-discovery as D.G. learns about the family she never knew. Cainan plays Kalm, the little brother of Raw (Raoul Trujillo), one of D.G.‚s newfound friends in the O.Z. Multiple award winner Tin Man is a science fiction update of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


Cainan had to get transformed into the character of Kalm, which was no small feat. I asked him how long it took for the makeup artist to prepare him for the role. He said, “Kalm was a fun character to play. The process of putting on the make-up started before the make-up chair. I had to go into the prosthetics lab where they took molds of my teeth and face. On filming days the process started with putting glue on my face then fitting the prosthetic (lion's brow, nose and upper lip) on me. Once it was secured they started to blend it into my face so it looked real. They used brushes and airbrushes to paint on color. It took about four and a half hours in the make-up chair, and, for most of that time, I wasn't able to move or talk. I got to see myself change from a brunette to a blond which was pretty cool.” According to Cainan, the beard became itchy after two hours and he had to wear the makeup for eight hours a day during filming. Playing the role of Kalm inspired Cainan. He said, “What I learned from Kalm is how important family is. Your family loves you, supports you, and makes sacrifices for you and you should love them with all your heart.”

The webseries Sanctuary is coming to Sci Fi Channel this fall in its second season. In the first season Cainan starred as Alexei, a Russian boy who struggled with his unusual physical ability that created much alarm to those he came in contact with. Alexei is a mutant as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Dr. Magnus (Amanda Tapping; Stargate SG-1) and Dr. Zimmerman (Robin Dunne; TV The Dark Room) try to learn more about Alexei to help him deal with his mutation and to not harm others because of his inner fear. The actor said it was interesting working on the Sanctuary set because it was almost all green screen.
Cainan loved working with the cast and crew, especially the director, Martin Wood. Alexei will return in the two-hour premiere of Sanctuary that will air at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Channel, Friday, Oct. 3.

In real life, Cainan is totally different from Alexei. I asked him if there was something about Alexei’s personality that he could relate to. He told me, “No, Alexei and I are opposites. He's quiet, soft spoken, sad, scared and jumpy; but I'm loud, outgoing, happy and energetic. It's funny that all the roles I get are totally different from my real self. I'm a comedian who plays serious or scary roles. I think some kids can relate to Alexei because he is scared of himself and things around him.”

Cainan was recently nominated in the Young Artists Awards category for his role as Alexei.
He said it was the best feeling in the world. The actor hopes he will be nominated again this year.

Look for Cainan in “A Pickle,” an independent short film where he stars as Charlie, a young boy who becomes friends with a retired police detective named Mack. Charlie is bullied into stealing Mack’s prized baseball signed by the M & M boys. Fortunately, Charlie pulls a switch and gets the real signed ball back to his friend.
Cainan will soon reunite with director Bill Dear (Sandlot) in a yet to be titled feature that stars George Lopez.

To learn more about Cainan Wiebe and see the full length interview go to
http://www.cainanwiebe.com/press.
[Newgen is a North Georgia resident who covers arts and entertainment for the Progress. She can be reached at
anewgen@ellijay.com.]

Exclusive Full Interview with Cainan Wiebe 
          ...By Alice Chapman Newgen, September 2008.

Cainan Wiebe is getting to be quite an accomplished young actor. His resume is getting longer and l-o-n-g-e-r. His competitive edge and seemingly endless energy is sprinting him toward the big screen of success. Two of his latest accomplishments are his roles in the TV mini-series "Tin Man" and a web-series called "Sanctuary." Cainan's character (Alexei) will return in the two-hour premiere of "Sanctuary" that will air on the Sci Fi channel on Friday, October 3rd at 9 p.m. Another project in the works will reunite Cainan with director Bill Dear (Sandlot) in an untitled feature that stars George Lopez.

Acting became a part of Cainan's life when he was around four years old. That's when he used to participate as a background performer with his family in large group scenes for TV commercials and movies. It wasn't long before it became quite obvious that he wasn't content with staying in the background. He loved being directly in front of the camera. Cainan's mom realized he was destined to be an actor when he was on a Got Milk? commercial. He had to endure long hours that included a car scene with a stunt driver, a wind machine, a rain machine and a falling tree on a very cold day. His mom was amazed at how Cainan was so well-behaved considering his young age. He even sang at times to keep himself amused.

Since then, Cainan has kept a busy schedule going to auditions and taking on roles in films and TV shows. In the mix, he has school studies and participates in a variety of sports. His athletic endeavors have already earned him a black belt in martial arts. The sports enthusiast competed in swimming events over the summer. He is also taking up tumbling and the trampoline. I'm surprised he had time to answer the questions in this exclusive interview. Way to go, Cainan!


Alice Chapman Newgen: How does your character Alexei respond to Dr Zimmerman and Dr. Magnus in the "Sanctuary" two-hour premiere and in Season 2 considering they want to help him and they have a better understanding of his background now?

Cainan Wiebe: I loved working with the cast & crew of "Sanctuary," especially the director, Martin Wood. I 'm waiting to see if they will have me back for season 2 so I can play Alexei again.

Alice Chapman Newgen: Who helped you practice your accent and lines for your portrayal of Alexei in "Sanctuary?"

Cainan Wiebe: Alexei is a Russian boy mutated because of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened in the Soviet Union. I practiced my Russian accent from clips on the Internet. My dad has a great ear and so do I. Between us, we were able to come up with the accent I used for Alexei.

ACN: Is there something about Alexei's personality that you can relate to? That all kids (and even adults) can relate to?

CW: No, Alexei and I are opposites. He's quiet, soft spoken, sad, scared and jumpy; but I'm loud, outgoing, happy and energetic. It's funny that all the roles I get are totally different from my real self. I'm a comedian who plays serious or scary roles. I think some kids can relate to Alexei because he is scared of himself and things around him.

ACN: How long did it take for the makeup artist to prepare you for your role as Kalm in "Tin Man?"

CW: Kalm was a fun character to play. The process of putting on the make-up started before the make-up chair. I had to go into the prosthetics lab where they took molds of my teeth and face. On filming days the process started with putting glue on my face then fitting the prosthetic (lion's brow, nose and upper lip) on me. Once it was secured they started to blend it into my face so it looked real. They used brushes and airbrushes to paint on color. It took about four and a half hours in the make-up chair and for most of that time I wasn't able to move or talk. I got to see myself change from a brunette to a blond which was pretty cool.

ACN: How many hours did you have to wear the special lion makeup? And was it itchy or irritating to wear after a certain period of time?

CW: I wore the lion make-up about eight hours, a full day. After about two hours it was very itchy where the beard was placed and the prosthetics smelled a bit.

ACN: What did you learn from Kalm's character that could help you in real life?

CW: What I learned from Kalm is how important family is. Your family loves you, supports you and makes sacrifices for you and you should love them with all your heart.

ACN: How does Kalm compare to Alexei in your opinion?

CW: Kalm and Alexei are the same. They are both scared of their situations, they both regret what they are doing, they have the same personality, they're both different physically and they're both wanted by the evil characters in the films.

ACN: How was it different working on the "Sanctuary" set versus the "Tin Man" set?

CW: The Sanctuary set was almost all green screen, the cast was smaller and it was like a big family because most of the cast and crew had worked together for many years doing the "Stargate" series. "Tin Man" used large sets, a huge cast and crew and the cast were bigger names.

ACN: Tell me what was it like being nominated in the Young Artists Awards category?

CW: At the time, I was playing in my room and in walks my mom. She says, 'You're nominated for the Young Artists Awards.' It was the best feeling in the world. I hope I get nominated again for this year.

ACN: What are the pros and cons about being a child actor in your opinion?

CW: The best part of acting is performing and the feeling you get performing in front of everybody--the cast, crew and camera. I like being a part of a team and talking to adults. I like being a child actor so I can move forward in my dream without having to support myself like adult actors. Oh, I also like craft service & lunch.
Unfortunately, you can't book anything like birthday parties, team sports, field trips or special events because if I'm working, or I get an audition, I won't be able to go. But my mom says if I miss something because of acting it's only postponed to a later date, never cancelled.


ACN: I understand that you were awarded a black belt in Sun Hang Do Martial Arts last year. I know you are a competitive swimmer and are planning on tackling the trampoline and tumbling this fall. It looks like you will be well prepared for action films in the future considering your athletic abilities. Do you want to do a lot of your own stunts?

CW: Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!! I do want to do my own stunts because it's exhilarating and fun. My parents try to put me in activities to help my acting. My mom says it's good if you're well rounded.

ACN: Is there a particular genre that you would like to add to your acting resume?

CW: Yes, I'd like to add more voice-overs to my acting resume. I've been taking a voice-over workshop with Michael Daingerfield (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) working on animation and narration. My favorite part is animation because you are free to be crazy and wacky and nobody cares what you're wearing.

ACN: You are at the stage in your life when you will begin taking on more mature roles. With your acting background and your determination and competitive spirit, do you think you are now better prepared for graduating up to young adult characters?

CW: Yes, I think I am ready for more mature roles because the more roles I get, the more I grow as an actor. I'm more competitive, I understand emotion more and I'm growing up.

ACN: Is there a particular actor or actress that you would love to work with in the near future?

CW: Yes, I would like to work with my favorite actor Morgan Freeman. I really liked him in "Bruce Almighty" and "Evan Almighty." He is an awesome actor because he can play any type of role. He has a unique voice and gets tons of work. He was recently injured in a car accident and I hope he recovers from it soon.

ACN: Can you tell me about any new and upcoming projects you have in the works?

CW: I have an independent short film called "A Pickle" going to film festivals around the world. It's about my character Charlie and a retired police detective Mack (William B. Davis, X-Files). After Mack and Charlie befriend each other, Charlie is bullied into stealing Mack's special baseball that was signed by the M&M boys. Then, Charlie switches balls and gives the real signed ball back to Mack. It was great to do another baseball film.

Thank you for doing this interview with me. I'm very grateful!

Cainan signing off!



The Sandlot: Heading Home
     ...Alice Chapman Newgen, May 2, 2007.


     ...Final Words
     This 20th Century Fox film tends to make one realize that there are times when decisions, 
even made during childhood, can have a big impact on an individual for years to come. The 
moral of the story is appropriate for all ages. We need more movies like this for viewing audiences.
     I thought (Keanu) Pires was outstanding in his role as young Tommy. It was as if he was actually 
living the character's life he was portraying in the film, not acting. 
     Cainan Wiebe as Ryan (the boy who hadn't talked for a long time) and Brandon Olds as 
Two Ton (called that because of his husky size) also had great performances in the film. 
All of the sandlot boys displayed impressive talent that made the story believable and fun to watch. 
     "The Sandlot: Heading Home" has a PG rating for language and some rude humor.


Screen Screams
     ...Langley newspaper, December 2006

     Fans of bloody slasher flicks planning to check out Black Christmas, in theatres now, will catch a
glimpse of a young Langley actor named Cainan Wiebe amid all the gore. The 11-year-old plays 
one of the main characters, Billy, as a child, several years before a maniac slaughters a house full 
of sorority girls over the Christmas holidays. During an interview back in May, Cainan explained 
he's not allowed to watch any of the scary movies or television shows he's acted in. 
     "But that's OK," he said, "because I don't really like horror movies."


A breakout year
     ...Lynne McNamara, The Backlot, The Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, December 6, 2006.

     Another great kid actor story: Langley's 11-year-old Cainan Wiebe has had a breakout year. 
Starting out at the age of six. Cainan has been featured in more than a dozen commercials 
including the award-winning Got Milk birthday spot.
     In 2006, he has had guest roles on The 4400, Supernatural and Masters of Horror. He also 
broke into movies with parts in Whisper, Air Buddies, The Sandlot 3 and Black Christmas, which premieres on Dec. 25.
     He plays the part of Billy, the killer, at ages five and 12.
     In the feel-good baseball flick The Sandlot 3, which debuts next May, he's Ryan, one of the lead characters.
     Cainan, whose parents ran a performing arts school and who home-school him, began 
performing at three.
     "Cainan and his sister took all our preschool classes and performed in every performance 
we put on. They stole the show every time!" says dad Hank.

A bit of casting news from today's "Backlot" column...
     ...Robert Richardson, February 4, 2006.

SCTV's Andrea Martin, who you can still see in reruns as the leopard-spotted Edith Prickley, has 
joined the cast of the remake of Bob Clark's 1974 spooker, Black Christmas, now in production 
here (Vancouver). She'll play the soft-spoken sister. (Hard to imagine).

Shooting the week with Vancouver actors Peter Wilds, Howard Siegel, Cainan Wiebe and Karin 
Konoval will establish the back story.

On Monday, the cast portraying present-day characters, including Michelle Trachtenberg 
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3), Katie Cassidy 
(When A Stranger Calls remake), and Oliver Hudson (The Breed) and Martin arrive to begin 
shooting their parts.

The original director, Clark, who's executive producer on this movie, sent the crew a message just 
before filming began, saying he felt that with Glen (Morgan) at the helm, the production would be a 
great success.

PETER PAN
     ...Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

     ...The best encapsulation of the show's success is seen in the tight teamwork displayed by the Lost Boys. Here are kids ranging in age from only about 10 to 13, yet every blessed one of them is not only individually talented but able to work in an ensemble that sings, dances and sells its junior comedy with panache. Kudos to Cainan Wiebe as Tootles, Douglas Younger as Nibs, Jesse DeCoste and Andrew Haydock as the twins, David Cohen as Curly and especially the remarkably mature 11-year-old talent of Denzel Ace Austria as Slightly Soiled...


Langley actor prepares for a Black Christmas
          ...Kristyl Clark, The Langley Times, Friday, May 19, 2006.

     At first glance, 10-year-old Cainan Wiebe is a normal freckle-faced boy who, like other 
kids his age, would rather be playing outside than stuck inside an office speaking to a reporter 
on a sunny Friday afternoon.
     His soulful brown eyes mirror a world of maturity far beyond his years, and his impressive 
resume indicates that Wiebe is a special child.
     The  Langley boy is currently making his mark in the entertainment industry with several 
commercials under his belt, a variety of voice-over work, roles in episodes of two TV series-
Supernatural and Dead Like Me-and a role in the upcoming horror remake of Black Christmas, 
slated for theatres late this year.
     In the film, he plays the main character Billy as a 12-year-old. The sickly young man, whose skin 
is yellowed with jaundice, discovers that his mom and her boyfriend have killed his father.
     "I had to wear all this sticky yellow paint all over my body," said Cainan. "But I got a really 
nice trailer to stay in during shoots with a big TV and CD player."
     Born and raised in Langley, Cainan has been pursuing his acting career since the age of six. 
He is not the only one in his family bitten by the talent bug-both his mother and father are musicians. 
His 11-year-old sister, Hailey, has also appeared in several commercials and is a skilled 
singer/dancer.
     His mother, Julie, said she knew there was something truly amazing about her son when 
he was a baby."He was just such a beautiful baby boy who was always trying to make people 
laugh," she said. "I thought why not send out his pictures to a few agencies, so I went ahead 
and sent them and have not regretted it."
     Julie has put aside her career as a music teacher to help her two kids pursue their dreams 
in the entertainment industry, and keep a watchful eye on them. She said that it isn't as hard as 
one may think to step out of the role of mom while Cainan is on set. "He's just so unbelievably
professional," said Julie.
     "He works really well with the directors and other actors and is quick to learn his lines so 
I really don't have to really worry about him too much."
     Although she may give him his space on stage, he still has rules to follow the second he 
steps off the set. "I'm not allowed to watch any of the scary movies that I've been in 
until I am older," said Cainan. "But that's OK, because I don't really like horror movies."
     Julie reveals that it was during one of his first shoots, a 'Got Milk?' commercial, that she 
knew he was truly cut out for the entertainment industry. "It was a freezing cold day and 
Cainan was being filmed in a car that was stacked way up high," said Julie. "He was in there 
for about five hours, and I was getting really worried, thinking he must be so bored and upset.
     The director let me put a set of ear phones on so that I could listen to see if he was OK, and I
heard him singing quietly to himself. It was the cutest thing!"
     As for the future, Cainan said he hopes to continue pursuing his acting so that he can work 
alongside with his favourite actor, Morgan Freeman.