Toronto native Howie Mandel, most commonly known as the host of NBC’s Deal or No Deal, has reccently announced he resents his decision to leave Canada.
The U.S.-based comedian will make a trip highly anticipated trip home to the North next week, as he’s set to host the Canadian Screen Awards on March 12. Mandel admitted that, like all of us, he enjoys binge watching TV shows and has been been watching quite a few shows and movies that are nominated for CSA’s.
The America’s Got Talent host spoke of the Canadian film and television scene to The Canadian Press:
“I believe that we are probably the most underrated country as far as what we are able to produce and what happens in or industry.”
Mandel believes Orphan Black and Schitts Creek are doing exponentially well on American television, although he isn’t sure people realize that the shows are in fact Canadian.
Mandel was originally from Toronto before he decided to make the move to Los Angeles in order to pursue his acting career.
Mandel voiced his reasoning behind his move, noting the obvious financial benefits to pursuing acting in Los Angeles:
“I resented leaving. Once I made the decision that this is what I wanted to do for a career and for my life, I realized it’s really hard to have a comparable career financially in Canada.”
But although he resides in the U.S., Mandel is loud and proud of his Canadian roots, saying he wastes no opportunity letting people know he was born and raised in The Great White North.
“I ring the bell loud and clear every time I’m on something, that I was born and raised in Canada and I’m Canadian.”
While Canada might be the underdog when it comes in the entertainment industry, it boasts many big name Hollywood A-listers, including: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Seth Rogan, Anna Paquin, and Ellen Page — just a few.
The leading film nominee for this years’ Canadian Screen Awards is Montreal director Xavier Dolan with his movie It’s Only the End of the World, racking up nine nods. On the television side of things Orphan Black leads with fourteen nominations.
You can catch the Canadian Screen Awards on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 12 2017.