Veteran actor and proud Canadian native Tristan D. Lalla was literally born into Hollywood. Named after a character on one of TV’s longest-running shows, General Hospital, TD, as he typically refers to himself, is a graduate of Dawson College. While there, he decided to further his training in theatre, but that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to TD’s love affair with being on set. According to Glenn Talent Management (Lalla’s talent agency), TD comes from a background in workshops that have earned him roles in shows and movies.
But don’t get it twisted. Lalla’s life, believe it or not, doesn’t fully revolve around TV, theatre and film. He also has an eye for fashion, cats and, of course, all things Canada. Despite all that’s going on around him, TD took some time to answer some questions from StarShine about topics that range from what has already been mentioned to other nuggets of trivia.
What’s it like for your association to hospital dramas (Lalla’s named after General Hospital character, Tristan Rogers) to go full circle with your current role as Damien in Nurses?
You’re set to star in the Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) movie, The United States vs. Billie Holiday. What was it like working for a director such as himself?
I had a great experience working with Lee. His attention to detail is handled with so much care, and it’s very different from many of the big Hollywood directors that I’ve worked with. I’ve enjoyed much of his work prior to this project, so getting a chance to be in one of his films was a real eye-opener. Great experience. Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
For you, how important/symbolic was it for you to know the film’s location was going to be set in your hometown of Montreal?
Inspirational quotes are your bread and butter to daily living. My personal favorite of yours dealt with how one’s own way to success may have been defined by someone else. Would you credit these kind of quotes in helping you during your acting career?
You give your cat, Boopsie, a lot of affection and attention, especially on Instagram. If you were to come up with a “sales pitch” for converting a dog lover to cats, how would you do it?
Theatre is a huge part of your life. You yourself have appeared in over 50 plays, such as Othello and Glengarry Glen Ross. In your opinion, is the preparation for roles in plays the same as if you were to practice for a role in a feature film?
I consider you to be a man of fashion. Alongside your collabs with Hoodtie and One Bone, do you have any interest in forming your own menswear business one day?
Aside from film, theatre, and fashion, music is another escape of yours. Growing up, which artists did you look up to in order to develop your sound, if any?
Freedom Cry was an important voiceover opportunity for you. If you could voiceover any video game character – past, present or future – who would you choose and why?
Happy very belated birthday, by the way. Do you have any professional or personal goals in place before your 37th birthday next year?
There is lots of good still to do on this earth. And while I’m here, I will make sure I do my best daily to continue to do that good stuff. And, maybe learn to juggle.