Sebastian Pigott wasn't sure what his agent was getting at when he phoned around 11:30 Tuesday morning and asked if anything interesting was going on.
As it turned out, something was: Sebastian was nominated for his first Gemini Award for his role as Kai Booker on Season 2 of Being Erica (the good news is that Kai is back for Season 3!).
"I was, like, more excited than I thought I would be," Sebastian told me Tuesday afternoon. "I've always prided myself on not thinking about that sort of stuff. I'm not going to lie: I was pretty much over the moon."
When I talked to him, he was at the LCBO buying a few beers to celebrate with an old grade school friend and was planning to have dinner with his acting teacher.
Sebastian's nomination is for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series. He's up against Cle Bennett in The Line, Genadijs Dolganovs in The Bridge (another show Sebastian has guested on), and Sergio Di Zio and Mark Taylor from Flashpoint.
He's nominated in particular for two episodes: "Yes We Can," the one in which he and Erica (Erin Karpluk) played hooky from their real lives for a day; and "The Unkindest Cut," in which Erica visited Kai in his alternate reality as a rock star and learned why he was running from his therapy.
"Yes We Can" is the episode in which Sebastian, as Kai, performed "Alien Like You," the song that Sebastian wrote in real life with his brother Oliver. You may recall that both Sebastian and Oliver were finalists in the last season of Canadian Idol.
The brothers are still making music: they recently travelled to Alberta to do a show with fellow Idol finalist Earl Stevenson. And Sebastian is continuing to act - besides shooting new episodes of Erica, he spent a month in Sudbury making a movie called High Chicago - and has written a screenplay for a movie called The Two Deaths of Henry Baker, in which he's to co-star with Aaron Poole.
But back to the Gemini nomination. If there's one downside, it's that Erin Karpluk wasn't nominated, which "was a bit of a farce," Sebastian said, and that the show didn't make the Best Drama nominee list.
But fellow Erica actors Reagan Pasternak (Julianne) and Michael Riley (Dr. Tom) did get nominations. And Riley, whom Sebastian said he loves to watch at work because of his intense focus, is also nominated for a guest role on Flashpoint.
You've heard the cliche about it being an honour just to be nominated, but it seems it's true.
"A lot of times, you feel like you're working in a vacuum," Sebastian said. "All of your tendency is to be skeptical when people say good things about you. This tells you you're doing something right ... It's nice to get ... a pat on the back from the industry."
The awards don't get handed out until November.
"I'm gonna take my brother," Sebastian said. "I'm trying to convince him to wear a dress and go as my date. Wouldn't that be great? I think it would be great publicity."