Jack Wagner Teases 'Comedic Quest for Truth' in 'When Calls the Heart'

Jack Wagner Reflects on Role Depth and Personal Fitness

by Zain ul Abedin
Jack Wagner Teases 'Comedic Quest for Truth' in 'When Calls the Heart'
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Jack Wagner’s immersion into the quaint, technology-free setting of "When Calls the Heart" transports him to a simpler, early 20th-century Canadian town meticulously portrayed on the Hallmark Channel. At 64, Wagner embraces the throwback to an era defined by its burgeoning innovations like bicycles and railroads.

Speaking with PEOPLE, he shares his behind-the-scenes journey into the historical drama, which is not just a professional commitment but a passage back in time. This season, Wagner's character, Bill Avery, teams up with Rosemary Coulter, played by Pascale Hutton, to unravel the mystery behind Lucas Bouchard's shooting, portrayed by Chris McNally.

The twist? The case has officially been closed, yet their character-driven sleuthing injects a robust dose of humor into the storyline. “You've got these two opposite characters seeking the truth," Wagner explains, highlighting the dynamic interplay between Rosemary's journalistic fervor and Bill's steadfast adherence to law and order.

Balancing Roles and Wellness

Their investigation promises to not only deliver laughs but also deepen the exploration of their characters. “It’s about finding the human side of Bill, this disciplined curmudgeon, which in turn brings out both comedic and heartwarming elements,” Wagner says.

This season marks a significant development for both characters, who, despite being staples in the community, explore new dimensions of their relationship through their collaborative detective work, enriching the show's narrative after ten seasons of more communal interactions.

Outside of his role, Wagner balances a rigorous fitness regimen with family time. He maintains his leading man status by engaging in daily workouts involving cardiovascular exercises and weight training. His healthy lifestyle is partly driven by the demands of his on-screen roles, which he approaches with a blend of humor and dedication.

“They still put me on television as a leading man, so I'd better look good,” he quips. Wagner, who once aspired to be a golf pro, still nurtures his love for the sport at the Bel-Air Country Club, his long-standing sanctuary and social hub.

This blend of active and reflective pursuits shapes his nuanced approach to his role on "When Calls the Heart," which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on the Hallmark Channel. In portraying Bill Avery, Wagner revisits a bygone era and rekindles the timeless quest for truth with a significant sprinkle of comedy, keeping the audience engaged and entertained.