From the ice to the screen, former Moosehead and now rising actor Steve Lund is starring in the reboot of the ‘80s drama Street Legal on CBC this March.
From the age of 12 in Halifax, Lund had his future planned out. Hockey was going to be his career. But while he learned a lot during his development as a competitive hockey player, he felt that the system was taking advantage of young boys with athletic potential. “You’re ultimately working for a business that’s there to make money and you feel like a material asset, rather than a human being,” Lund says.
Lund had repeated concussions and serious spinal injuries that forced him to a new path. He thought about acting, which didn’t surprise his family. “He’s such a larger than life kind of guy,” says cousin Erin Andrew. “Acting made perfect sense for him. It’s a place where he can constantly develop.”
Four months after the end of his hockey career, he was doing an introductory acting course in Vancouver. “Within the first week, I was like, this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” he recalls.
For the past seven years, he’s had steady work as an actor but says he rarely watches his own performances. “There’s so much of it that’s out of my control so I think to watch it is to relinquish that control,” he says. “They aren’t my words. I’m just the puppet.” He often ignores the final product because for him, acting is about being in the moment.
Lund had a part in Schitt’s Creek, where he played a bisexual love interest. Lund was happy for the chance to offer a positive take on a taboo topic. “I felt very honoured and privileged to be the one in that position,” he says. “But you know, it could have been a number of actors that would have taken the job alongside those Canadian titans. And to smooch Dan Levy! He’s the cutest guy ever.”
Lund’s next project is the Street Legal reboot, starring original series alums Cynthia Dale and Eric Peterson (best known to recent audiences as the crotchety father on Corner Gas).
Castmate Cara Ricketts describes her experience working with Lund. “He’s a real gentleman,” she says. “He truly cares about people and that shows in his work, which is why it is such a pleasure to play with him.”
Lund feels privileged to be able to work on professional productions in Canada instead of going to L.A. and becoming lost in the shuffle. “There’s loads of talented people in this country that are getting their time in the sun,” he says. “It’s a great feeling for actors to know that they can stay here.”