Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Male On Monday - Nathan Fillion

To kick start the New Year, The Pink Heart Society's very own Trish Wylie clebrates the First Anniversary of the original PHS idea by introducing us to a potential romance hero in the form of actor, Nathan Fillion...

He aims to misbehave...

And does it so well too. Edmonton born Nathan Fillion is one of those actors you'll see on screen and think 'Now where do I know him from?' It's almost a 'stealth-mode-like' sneak attack of a career... he takes roles here and roles there that might not get the kind of global attention that some 'A-listers' receive, but that do enough to garner him a following of ultra-loyal fans; fans who become even more loyal when they get a few glimpses of the 'real Nathan' too! He's one to watch. Because he could just be a Superstar with the right role at the right time and then you guys here at The Pink Heart Society can say that you knew him way back when... cos Trish introduced him to you...

Born on March 27, 1971, Nathan is the youngest son in a family of English teachers: parents Cookie and Bob Fillion, and older brother Jeff. Originally planning to follow in his family's career footsteps, he was one semester short of graduation at the University of Alberta (where he was majoring in art and minoring in drama as he pursued an acting career on the side) when he won the role of the charming Joey Buchanan on the ABC soap One Life to Live, and moved to New York City. And it's here that the stealth-mode approach seemed to begin...

So where have you seen that face before?

Perhaps in The Outer Limits, or Spin City or Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place - no??? Where was it then??? Perhaps in one of his movie roles like Blast from The Past or Dracula 2000 or even when he played the 'wrong' Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan??? Nope??? Still not placing him??? Well he was there in every single one of 'em... Told ya this was one of these careers that sneaks up on you didn't I?!

In 2002, he won the leading TV role that would endear him to fans all over the world and earn him at least a couple of nick-names along the way. As war-hardened Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds on the short-lived but brilliant Fox Series, Firefly - created by Joss Whedon who later cast him as the evil Caleb in Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Nathan and his crew gained a following of devoted fans, known as Browncoats.

When Firefly was cancelled after only one series, Nathan is quoted as saying, 'I broke the cardinal rule of don't fall in love with what you're doing, because the rug can get yanked out from underneath you, and when it did, I was heartbroken.' And he wasn't the only one... Browncoats all over the world rose up on the Internet in force - to which Nathan said, 'It's very Jehovah's Witness. I'm not sure if anyone's actually going door to door, but it's not far off.' And the unthinkable happened... A cancelled TV show became a big screen movie named Serenity and Nathan was able to add 'There is nothing like a major motion picture to make you feel a little bit better about having your TV show cancelled.' It was a phenomenon. A show and a set of actors so taken into the hearts of fans that they just wouldn't let go. And Nathan Fillion was their hero; their Captain... or Captain Tightpants to those who knew him better.

But it's the real life Nathan that has helped to endear the fans too - he's known for his generosity of time, his enthusiasm, his humour - and almost worshipped for the fact that when a recent Convention was cancelled, he showed up regardless, complete with a box of his own stuff from home to give to as many disappointed Browncoats as possible. Now thats heroic!

Since Serenity, Nathan has landed roles in the spoof horror Slither, a leading role in the follow up to the paranormal thriller White Noise which opens in the UK this week, titled White Noise 2: The Light (even though Nathan joked they should call it White Noisier), a guest spot in Lost, and even has a new TV Series role in 2007 in Drive... But what will possibly bring him onto the radar of Category Romance Fans is his role in The Waitress, a romantic comedy which is also due to hit the screens in January (though info on this is short on the ground due to the tragic and untimely murder of the films female director)...

All in all, both on screen and off there is a wealth of reasons why this 6'1", brown hair, blue eyed, (currently single for those who may want to know) actor is potential hero material and I know that Ally Blake agrees with me on this due to the Blog 'War' we had on that very topic in 2006 (which led to Ally *casting* him in the lead role of one of her books)... I for one, will be in the queue to watch The Waitress, if I can ever find it... and if I can't then it's a shoe-in for a place in my DVD collection - right alongside Serenity and Slither...

You can even become a friend of Nathan Fillion on his myspace page here if you want to say Hi... It's worth it for some of the funny Blogs he does alone... And remember... I introduced him to you... Get in and cast him as a hero before everyone does I say... I know I intend to... And if any of you ever have a book made into a film... Well...

H's & K's Trish

Trish's latest release is her upcoming February book for Modern Extra entitled Breathless! It is available to pre-order on the Mills & Boon website in January...

To find out more you can visit her Website or see what she's up to at her Blog


  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! Personally I'm very happy indeed to see the back of 2006 and am hoping for much better things.

    You know, I've spent months hearing Ally and Trish tussle over Nathan Fillion and I've still not seen him in anything. Great photos though but I'm going to reserve judgement until I see him move. A Pink Heart hero has to move well, don't you think!

  2. Dear Pink Hearts, I wish you a wonderful 2007!! (See how this year has 007 in it???!!!) Nathan, could there BE a better man to start the year with??? Sigh, he is so gorgeous and Serenity has been on a loop on pay TV here for the last month......

  3. Lovely lovely first choice Trish.

    He's cute, he's funny, he's self-deprecating, he's got some voice, and he's got that not quite out of touch thing going for him. I even saw him live during the filming of an episode of 'Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place'.

    And I do look back on your 'War' with such fondness. For those of you not around at the time, Trish kindly lent me Nathan's hair, eyes and shoulders for the hero of BILLIONAIRE ON HER DOORSTEP.

    Happy New Year to all!!!


  4. And Nathan didn't seem to mind a bit! lol

    Don't you ever wonder what they'd make of this if they 'googled' themselves ...

  5. Happy New Year all!

    I love Nathan...I got the Firefly DVDs for Christmas and have been watching them.

  6. Happy New Year!

    I've only seen Nathan in the guy, girl pizza show and LOST. He's a cutie though.

  7. Nathan is a hunk! Hubby and I just finished watching the series of Firefly on DVD. Loved it. Wonder why they canned it after one season.