We asked you what questions you’d like to ask Jonathan Crombie, the beloved actor who plays Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. We forwarded a few of those questions to Jonathan and he’s come back with his answers!
Magdalena from Ireland asked:
Jonathan, which movie in the series of “Anne of Green Gables” in your opinion shows the most of Gilber Blythe’s personality?
Jonathan Crombie: I think all the films showed valuable insights into Gilbert’s character, depending on the circumstances and specific time in his life. However, the first film really does a wonderful job of outlining Gilbert’s maturing from a somewhat cocky schoolboy to a wiser, more thoughtful young man. You can see his young crush on Anne transform into a deeper, surer, truer love.
Hi Jonathan, there’s so much I’d like to ask, but the first thing that comes to mind is of course AOGG related. I was wondering what’s the best or the funniest memory you have from being on set on any of the Anne movies? P.S. I love your tweets Jonathan, they always put a smile on my face!
J.C: I remember having a great time doing the bike race at the beginning of The Sequel. It was a long day of shooting, and Megan and I really had to keep our energy, joy, and spontaneity up. So we just kept making each other laugh-by telling funny stories, teasing each other, and just being truly silly.
Evangelia Sfyraki from the United Kingdom asked:
Hi Jonathan, you were a wonderful Gilbert and a joy to watch on all the films. I was wondering which one of the movies was the most challenging to film?
J.C.: I think the final one might have been the most challenging. I still had a wonderful time doing it, but it had been a long time since I had visited the character. Since much of it isn’t based on actual scenes you can find in the books, Megan and I spent a lot time together trying to establish what these characters had gone through since they had kissed on that bridge. Also, Gilbert has much less screen time, and I really wanted the early scenes between them to matter–to show their connection and utter devotion to each other.
Josie Marie Arce asked:
After over a decade, was it an easy decision to do The Continuing Story? Did you take time to think about going back into the role? Was it something you had already had interest in doing?
J.C.: The only glitch about agreeing to do The Continuing Story was that I was already contracted to return to the Stratford Festival that summer. However, if it was going forward I knew I wanted to be part of it, and once I knew Megan was locked in, it was a no-brainer. I managed to get out of my contract (the Festival was very supportive), and signed on.
Dear Mr. Crombie, I’m so happy that we (your fans) get this opportunity to ask you a question. Thank you for your superb performance as Gilbert. For sure this character has been a longtime crush of mine. I know you are a very accomplished stage actor, first do you have any plans for a future play and will you ever perform in southern California? And do you have any future plans to play guest actor on any TV shows as Megan Follows does now. I know I would love to see you in future roles! Thank you for taking this time to respond to our questions!
J.C.: I don’t have any specific plans to work in California as of now, and no roles opposite Megan in the near future (although I am going to see her in a play in Toronto). In a few weeks, I leave to do two different shows in Baltimore, and then return to Toronto to do a film. I’m also finishing some editing on a documentary I directed last year.
Sarah from California wrote:
This is Sarah from California! What is the most valuable thing you learned while working on the Anne movies, that you have remembered throughout your career?
J.C.: On my very first day of filming the first ‘Anne’, I did the bridge scene with Colleen Dewhurst. I remember on our drive back she told me how important it was for actors (especially doing an historical piece) to learn all the details of the character’s place and time—to make it as familiar and authentic as possible. It always stuck with me, and I am a true believer in preparation—having a solid understanding of all the aspects that inform that character’s life. I enjoy the investigation work, and it also gives me a greater sense of confidence for when the filming (or rehearsals) begin.
We really appreciate Jonathan taking some time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions and eagerly anticipate his upcoming projects. Jonathan really made the character of Gilbert Blythe come alive in the Anne of Green Gables trilogy.