Playing hunky stable boy Ty on CBC’s horsy drama Heartland has added a new element to Graham Wardle’s career — fan mail. And it’s not just the usual preteen girls crushing on the young actor.
“It’s pretty wide-ranging,” says Wardle, 23, in a break from filming the ranch-based series in Alberta.
“I get emails from fans in their 20s. The ones in their 40s send large envelops so you can send them back photos. And the six-year-olds like to draw pictures and make bracelets for you. It’s definitely a new part of my life.”
Wardle’s growing heart throb status will get a boost in Heartland’s third season, which begins Sunday. Ty’s ongoing romance with Amy (Amber Marshall) will heat up. However, this being a family series, Ty will still spend most of his nights bunking alone in the barn.
“They’ll be together and working on the relationship in this season. But I’m not exactly sure what the writers have planned for them and how that whole sleeping in the barn plays out.”
A native of Mission, B.C., Wardle says working with horses is really a matter of the humans being prepared.
“The horses know what they are supposed to do. The actors just have to get it right in a couple of takes or the horses get bored.”
Heartland’s third season begins this Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBC.