The Canadian actor will play the role of Donald Gallagher, the executive producer and director of Christian televisions series Saying Grace.
Thicke says the role allowed him to channel his past as a theology student at the University of Western Ontario.
“I was threatening to become a minister,” he says. “I was in a denominational school — Westminster College — and had been very active in the Protestant church, giving sermons on youth day, that kind of thing.”
“One of the more successful comedy bits that I drag out of the closet every once in a while is a reverend character, doing monologues at various functions,” he says. “I will fashion a Genesis monologue, ‘In the beginning there was Walter Gretzky and he beget Wayne…’ It’s a good character that I play so I was intrigued when I was offered the part (of Gallagher).
“There’s very little proselyting or preaching in the role, as I play it (the script didn’t call for that), but relating to the somewhat holier-than-thou aspect of this guy’s character was easy enough to do.”
The second season of the show premiered last night on Much.