Billy Campbell falls in love with Montreal while making ‘Helix’

TORONTO — Actor Billy Campbell — best known for his roles in Once and Again and The Killing — doesn’t hold back when asked for his thoughts on Montreal.

“I’m so in love with Montreal,” he said of the city where his new series Helix was shot.

“The crew was the best I’ve ever worked with [and] the most fun I’ve ever worked with.”

The 54-year-old Virginia native has chosen to call Vancouver home (where The Killing was filmed) but he is effusive in his praise for Montreal.

“Montreal is an amazing city. It may now be my favourite city in the world,” he continued. “I just love it. It’s a really, really special place.”

In Helix, which debuts Jan. 10 on Showcase, Campbell plays the head of a team of scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible outbreak — only to find themselves fighting for their lives.

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During an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show, Campbell said the show evokes the 1971 movie The Andromeda Strain and 1982’s The Thing.

He said he hopes sci-fi fans approve.

“There’s no better, more dependable audience out there,” said Campbell. “Sci-fi folks are into it up to the hilt and they pay attention to every detail.”

The actor, who was named one of People‘s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, reflected on his time on the family drama Once and Again.

“I have a huge soft spot for Once and Again. I love those people, I love my TV family,” he said. “I’m still in touch with all of them.”

After the holidays, Campbell will head to San Diego to play Leontes in a production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

“I’m so excited I can barely see straight.”

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