Craig Olejnik is best known for his role as Toby Logan, a paramedic with telepathic powers, in ION Television’s drama, The Listener. After five seasons, Olejnik has moved on to other projects, including starring in ION Television’s A Christmas Truce, in which he plays an American captain who falls in love with a Belgian farm girl during the 24-hour holiday truce amidst the Battle of the Bulge. As Olejnik shares in our interview below, it’s a story with which he connected personally. Check out the the sneak peek below and don’t miss the premiere of A Christmas Truce, Saturday December 12 at 9/8c on ION Television.
You said goodbye to The Listener over a year ago now. What’s life been like for you since you last played Toby Logan?
In some ways, “real life” has begun again, as much as you can live your life during a show like this. There are always parts of it that can’t be accessed until you’re mentally free from the project that consumes most of your life. It’s been a discovery of where I’m at now, the “Post-Listener” life. I knew it would eventually happen, and I’m grateful to be in it now. So, lots of hiking, audiobooks, hockey, meditation, patience, and hustling.
Is there one thing you miss specifically about doing a TV show like The Listener?
The day-in/day-out camaraderie of cast and crew. The daily challenge of working amongst a team to craft our stories.
Tell us a little bit about A Christmas Truce, the film that premieres this December.
A Christmas Truce reveals the humanity underneath the dueling forces—how love and hope triumph above all, in even the darkest of times. Our instinctual move towards balance and justice…
I responded to the film, wanted to do it, because of my family’s history with the war. My grandfather was a Polish POW for the duration of the war. His strength and hope, along with the bravery of the people of those times, to hold towards the light at the end of the tunnel, allowed me to be here to experience these freedoms…
What’s your favorite holiday film of all time?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. For whatever reason they spark the right amount of warmth, nostalgia and joy… I love those films, and try to watch them each holiday season.
Seriously, is it ever too early to begin listening to holiday-themed music?
Not at all, I wouldn’t judge…) I’m listening to “The Little Drummer Boy” right now, one of my faves.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Christmas gift-wrapping, baking, tree decorating, and family and friends…after that, more training, more work, more life, more funny.
Set your DVR for the premiere of A Christmas Truce, Saturday December 12 at 9/8c on ION Television.