Benjamin Hollingsworth is a traditionally trained Canadian actor who graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. In 2006, he finished the renowned three-year acting conservatory program in Montréal.
After partaking in his first professional gig, Benjamin was nominated for the Robert Merritt Award. It was his role as Lance Corporal Dawson, in “A Few Good Men,” that secured this first major accolade.
His big break was the lead role in “The Joneses” as David Duchovny and Demi Moore’s son. Following this role, he continued his film success by starring in a variety of projects including the remake of the cult horror classic “Rabid,” the action/thriller “Cold Pursuit” opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Dern, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” “Vendetta,” and “Joy Ride 3.”
Another one of Hollingsworth’s most notable roles was opposite Rob Lowe and Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden on the hit CBS medical drama, “Code Black.” Currently, Benjamin is starring on Nielsen’s most streamed series, Netflix’s “Virgin River.”
He has also appeared in several high-profile television projects, including “Debris,” “Nancy Drew,” “Backstrom,” “Motive,” “The Lottery,” “Tomorrow People,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Suits” and “The Beautiful Life: TBL.” His television movie credits include “Lucky in Love,” “Lighthouse,” “A Wish Come True,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love,” and “Love Under the Olive Tree.”
Hollingsworth is an avid hockey fan, loyal to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and still plays in the L.A. area in his free time. Hiking and fishing are two other hobbies Ben takes pride in.
Aside from his time on screen, Benjamin has worked with Habitat for Humanity and enjoys being able to help build something as a community for those who need it the most. In addition, he has aided numerous homeless shelters for much of his life.
Currently, he resides in Vancouver with his wife and three toddler children. Chilled sat with Hollingsworth to find out what his home bar is stocked with, what specific drinks he likes to make, and what bars and restaurants are his absolute favorites.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
A new Paramount series called “Joe Pickett,” which is based off of the CJ Box New York Times best-selling book series of the same name directed and produced by The Dowdle Brothers, the guys behind “Waco.”
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
Downtime? What is that? Siri, please define “downtime”…In all seriousness, with 3 kids under the age of 5, the only downtime I get is on set between takes.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
My wife is a vegan, so we must find places that have good plant-based options, which is, fortunately, getting better and better. There is a place in West Hollywood called “Toast” that is our favorite breakfast spot.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
Always down for trying new things. I have a wide spectrum of favorite dishes. I can usually close my eyes and point and if I am at a good spot I will typically enjoy it.
Any favorite bars?
Boom Boom Room in New York City and Chateau Marmont in LA.
What drinks do you order when out? Favorite drink?
A Rusty Nail which is two parts scotch and one-part Drambuie. My Dad’s favorite drink. My groomsmen and I had one before my wedding ceremony. Always leads to good times and makes for a great last call drink.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
Sure. Caesars (essentially a Canadian Blood Mary), Moscow Mules and the Rusty Nail. I’m a big scotch guy, neat. I also always enjoy a beer while watching the game or at the grill.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
Belvedere, Tito’s, Drambuie, Writers Tears, Basil Hayden, Lagavulin 16, Macallan 25, Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Have you ever been a bartender?
Nope. Played one on TV though.
If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?
Terry Fox. The guy ran across Canada with cancer and a prosthetic leg to raise money for Cancer research. I just want tell him how much of an impact he’s made on the world today.