Thirteen-year-old Dylan Schmid has a great job. Playing the young son of Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time, Dylan’s character Baelfire was introduced earlier this season in “Desperate Souls.” Sunday evening, Baelfire makes a return appearance in an episode called (not coincidentally) “The Return.”
A resident of Vancouver Island, Dylan Schmid has been acting for several years. Dylan’s mom Sherri told me that “Dylan has been ‘wowing’ us for years!” starting at the tender ago of 5. Dylan has appeared in everything from student films to opera (but not singing). Dylan sat down with me last week to talk about his experience Once Upon a Time.
Thank you, Dylan for speaking with me. Once Upon a Time fans are really looking forward to “The Return” (airing Sunday night, April 22).
So am I.
Tell me how you got cast as Baelfire? What was the process?
Well, it was just like an everyday audition. I usually do a couple of auditions every week, and it was just like one of those. My agent just calls me up, or she emails me, and says, "Yeah, we have a great audition for you." She just emails me the script, and then I practice, and we just take a ferry to Vancouver and just go to the location of the audition and see what happens.
What was your Once Upon a Time audition like? Did you read with Robert Carlyle (who plays Baelfire’s father Rumplestiltskin on the series)?
No, Robert wasn't there. Michael Waxman (director of Dylan’s first episode “Desperate Souls”) was there.
Is Once Upon A Time what you would call probably your most high profile part so far?
Yeah. It's the biggest show I've done. I've done a lot of theatre, but, yeah, it's totally the biggest show.