Locally-raised actor Pablo Schreiber gave a shout-out to Winlaw and Ymir during an appearance last week on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Schreiber, 36, grew up in the Slocan Valley and attended Mount Sentinel for a few years before finishing his schooling in Seattle.
He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Ralph Berger in the Broadway production Awake and Sing! He also played Nick Sobotka on HBO’s The Wire and appears as corrupt prison guard George (Pornstache) Mendez on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. He has also been in several movies.
His half-brother Liev is also an actor who lived in Winlaw for four years in his youth.
This was part of the exchange on the program last week:
Jimmy Kimmel: Where are you from?
Pablo Schreiber: I’m from British Columbia, Canada.
Kimmel: Where specifically?
Schreiber: From a little town called Winlaw, which only some of us can pronounce. I was born on a hippie commune, but my mom got sick of that and moved off when I was six months old. She wanted electricity …
Kimmel: You were born there and then moved to Winlaw?
Schreiber: Pretty much. The hippie commune was in Ymir. This is all really abstract and nobody will ever know it, unless they’re from these towns.
Schreiber went on to describe growing up without TV.
You can see the whole thing here.