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Kris Holden-Ried's mother taught him how to drive.

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Kris Holden-Ried

Profession: Actor

Age: 38

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Hometown: Toronto, Ont.

Notable achievements

Acting credits include Ben Hur, The Tudors, The Republic of Doyle, Underworld 4

Champion competitor in riding and fencing; he's a former member of the Canadian National Pentathlon Team and has a silver medal from both the Pan American and Pan Pacific Pentathlon Championships

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Actor Kris Holden-Ried has a long list of credits to his name. Currently, he co-stars in the supernatural drama series, Lost Girl.

But he hasn't let fame go to his head. On the road, he still drives a used vehicle he bought five years ago – a 2002 Audi Allroad Quattro.

Why did you buy an Audi?

The Allroad specifically is the perfect car for me. Audi Allroads are all based on an A6 frame. It's the size of a station wagon, but it's got the sportiness.

It's a V-6 twin turbo with 320 hp so it gives me all the juice that I'd ever want.

The hydraulic suspension is the thing that sets it apart from most other cars. My parents live in the country so in the winter with the all-wheel-drive I can go through any condition without any problems.

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What does an Audi Allroad say about you?

It says I'm a man who can take on the responsibilities of a family, but also load it up with my surf boards, my kite boards and drive out to Wasaga Beach through any bumpy conditions without any problem whatsoever.

I can have my camping gear in the back and then go to the car wash afterwards and it'll look really savvy driving up to a red carpet event in Toronto.

Does it have the personality of an actor – does it like the limelight?

Yeah. It's a pretty sexy car. It's the sexiest station wagon out there, I think.

Are you a gear head?

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Definitely not a gear head. But I like to know a bit about what I'm driving.

I got it off a car aficionado and he put a performance chip in the engine. It's got all stainless steel tubes, an exhaust with a higher compression. He put a short-shifter Momo stick in it. The thing's got like 320 horsepower.

Any speeding tickets?

Oh yeah. Only in this Audi.

These Audis are built for the autobahn. My favourite speed to drive it is 150. I did a road trip to Montreal in it and I got busted at 145. They didn't let me off. They love to burn me.

I think I've got two points left on my licence. If I get any more speeding tickets, I'll go to court and get a lawyer.

What was your first car?

The first car that my parents gave me was a Toyota Tercel.

Then I bought a Chevy S10 pick up truck. I was a farm boy and I like to travel. I drove that truck across the country twice loaded up with surf boards and camping gear.

A pickup truck suited my personality when I was a kid.

What's your best and worst driving memory?

Best driving memory is a tie between driving the canyon roads in California going from Los Angeles to Ventura County line for surfing on these tiny little winding canyon roads like the ones James Dean killed himself on. I would rent Pontiac Grand Ams and just put pedal to the metal zipping around these turns.

The other one was when I was shooting in Ireland. Our transport captain hooked me up with a BMW and I did a road trip through Ireland on their secondary side roads, which is for rally car racers – there's not a straight line in the road ever. There's a stone wall on one side and sheep on the other side. That was a fantastic ride.

My grandfather was a rally car racer in Europe and my mom learned to drive rally and she taught me.

I brought my mom over to Ireland for her birthday and her and I zipped around the island for a week and had a fantastic time.

So your mom taught you how to drive a stick?

Yup. Exactly. My mom is a fantastic driver.

What do you listen to on the road?

I listen to all kinds of stuff. Everything from good Canadian indie rock bands like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene all the way to Jay-Z and a great group called Edward Sharpe & the Magnet Zeros."

Are there any rules in the car when it comes to your son – no eating, no drinking?

Anything goes. I take it to a good cleaner if it gets too dirty. Otherwise, it's fair game.

If I could bring you the keys to any vehicle what would it be?

I'd like to drive a Ferrari.

I've seen some of the sedan ones, the less sporty ones and I think they're unbelievably gorgeous.

The interview has been edited and condensed.

pgentile@globeandmail.com

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