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Up-and-coming actor has a good Vibe going

Randal Edwards

Profession: Actor

Age: 32

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Hometown: Born in Calgary, raised in Victoria, B.C.

The car: 2003 Pontiac Vibe

Notable achievements

  • Stints on the TV series Smallville, Eureka and Supernatural
  • Roles on The Firm, The Killing, Fairly Legal and Degrassi: The Next Generation


  • Package Deal will debut Monday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CityTV


After launching his acting career with supporting roles, Randal Edwards has landed the lead role in the comedy series Package Deal that debuts in September.

The new comedy series from creator Andrew Orenstein, of Malcolm in the Middle and 3rd Rock from the Sun fame, is getting a prime slot on CityTV's fall lineup on Monday nights between How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls.

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Despite Edwards' success, he is taking it in stride, driving around town in a used 2003 Pontiac Vibe.

Why did you buy a Vibe?

It's one of those wonderful gifts from my girlfriend's mom. So, it's even better. It was a beautiful hand-me-down. I got this by default. It's fantastic. Before then, I was a walker and a TTC rider.

It's 10 years old and it looks brand new. It's in fantastic shape.

Do you have a new sense of freedom with the Vibe?

I can go to IKEA and Costco any time I want! I will often just go to IKEA for lunch for the meatballs, a hot dog, and frozen yogurt and then drive home. I'm not joking.

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What's the best feature on the Vibe?

The space. We actually just moved my girlfriend in with me and it's so much bigger than you think. You pop those back seats down and you'd be surprised what you can fit inside.

Anything you don't like about it?

Absolutely not. It's wonderful. Its amazing to not have to ride the street car or subway to an audition and look like a crazy person running your lines in public.

And now you run those lines behind the wheel?

Yeah. Exactly. Now I'm talking hands-free.

Do you have any concerns about Pontiac since GM dumped the brand?

No. I do not. I wasn't aware of that. As far as I know, it's been a very reliable automobile.

Are you a car guy – do you know what's under the hood?

I don't know. I imagine a small engine, a place to put windshield wiper fluid. Other than that, I'm not really a car guy.

I know how to turn it on and how to turn it off. That's the extent of it for me. I often forget what side the gas tank is on.

What does a Pontiac Vibe say about you?

All joking aside, I think a car says a lot about people. For one it says we love the fact we got a free car and we're going to enjoy it. It doesn't have to be a fancy car. It's perfect for us. It makes me feel sporty.

What was your first car?

The very first car I ever bought was a 1978 Pontiac Acadian – old school. This thing was a tank. A little hatchback in a gold colour and it ran like a dream.

I was in high school and my dad bought it for me for about $500. Best 500 bucks ever spent. My brother eventually took it off my hands. But he let it run out of oil and it died on the side of the street. He allowed the tow truck driver to keep the car if he would just get it off the road.

Really a poor way for that beautiful car to come to an end. I still blame him for it.

What cars came after that?

Then I traded up for a little MG convertible with a backseat that was held up with a stick. There was actually no floor board. It was almost like a Flintstones car. It lasted for only about a month and then it was done as well. This thing was a death trap.

It was a poor trade on my part. It was the worst car I've ever owned, but I looked unbelievably cool when it did run.

After that, I got into a Honda Civic, a spanking brand new Honda Civic hatchback. Moving up in the world! That was when I was selling insurance in Victoria, British Columbia. Then I sold the car and I moved to New York.

I moved back after school and then I got my first Capital One commercial deal a bunch of years ago. I got a lump sum of money and I bought myself a Mazda3. I thought, bang for buck, it was the best deal on the market. I liked the look. I found it reliable. It was the best car I ever owned. I never had an issue with it. It got me to a lot of auditions and I'm sure I owe the Mazda a lot more than I give it credit for for booking those jobs. That was the last car I had – I sold that when I moved to Toronto.

What do you listen to behind the wheel?

A lot of Billy Ocean. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car is an absolute favourite. Other than that, we open the sun roof and we like a good mix. I always sing behind the wheel, too.

What's your best and worst driving story?

My best? I once drove from Pensacola, Florida, to Phoenix, Arizona, by myself the whole way. It was just spectacular.

Amazing to be by yourself with your own thoughts for that long. Loved it.

I was driving a one-ton U-Haul. Pretty sketchy once we hit Houston. The lanes are very scary, very tight. I was at 10 and 2 white-knuckled the whole time.

My worst was failing my driver's test the first time around. I took it on a standard and I really didn't know how to drive a standard. It was my dad's work truck, a Ford F-150 with a very sticky shifter on the floor. Not a good idea.

It was one of those cocky 17-year-old decisions where you figured, I could swing this. There were so many demerits. I remember when we finally parked I couldn't even park it straight. I was literally angled, almost taking up two spots. He didn't even go through it all with me. He was so disgusted with my ability to drive – lack thereof.

The second time I borrowed my friend's mom's Honda Accord and cut it up like butter. It was great – no problemo!

Can you drive a stick now?

Yeah. But the older I get the more I enjoy driving an automatic. I do love driving a stick, but in city traffic there's just too much stop and start.

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

I would go with something classy – a brand-new silver Mercedes convertible with two doors.

This interview has been edited and condensed

Twitter: @PetrinaGentile

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Petrina Gentile is an award-winning automotive journalist - one of the few women who cover cars in Canada. Her life revolves around wheels. She has been writing for the Drive section since 2004. Besides auto reviews, she also interviews celebrities like Norman Jewison, Patrick Dempsey, Rick Hansen, Dean McDermott, Russell Peters, and Ron MacLean for her My Car column. More


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