Luke Kirby on 'playful' co-star Katie Holmes and the wonders of life

By Anna Redman

From his character to his costar to his own daily life, Luke Kirby manages to see the wonder in everything. The Canadian-born actor, who still loves returning home to Guelph and travelling out east for some Newfoundland Fish 'n' Brewis, stars alongside Katie Holmes in Touched with Fire (opening Feb. 12) – which follows the journey of two bipolar patients who struggle with the realities of their disease and their blossoming romance.

Luke co-stars with Katie Holmes in his newest film. Photo: © Joey Kuhn/Roadside Attractions

"[Katie] is really playful. And she has a great deal of wonder and that really helped serve the role and the relationship with Carla [Katie's character in the film]," Luke exclusively tells Hello! Canada. "She has such an enthusiasm for things big and small and in those moments when she and I were playing that mania it was like [being] kids in a sandbox. It was like a friend, just out to play."

Playing in this film – and particularly playing his character Marco – appealed greatly to Luke. "I was impressed with Marco’s defiance – the spirit of stubbornness really had an appeal for me," Luke reveals. "He does carry a great deal of wonder at being alive. Just seeing somebody keep hammering away at what they think is right – that really struck a cord."

The Canadian actor was born in Hamilton. Photo: © Getty Images

Even though Luke is a very different person from the character he plays, he was struck by one shared similarity. "I think I can get a little lost in wonder," the actor says after a moment of self-reflection. "I can sort of look out and be impressed with nature, the architecture of geology, the architecture of human kind. I can just get overly excited and I can be a glop of wonder on the floor."

Relating these personal perspectives back to his character, Luke adds: "I think Marco is a bit inspired and there are times where I’ve probably been very inspired and haven’t used that time productively. I’m very happy with watching the clouds change shape."

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