Filming in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, and Whitecaps play soccer, plus X-Files, Ice, and more

Riverdale’s Charles Melton and K.J. Apa had some kicks playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps in a charity match at B.C. Place.

In this week’s roundup of what’s going on in Hollywood North crime-drama TV series is wrapping up this week.

But a whole bevy of TV stars in town turned out in full force on the soccer pitch to raise funds for charity. And a celebrity immersed himself in a hilarious local landmark.

Curious what this all means? Read on.

Judith Shekoni and Cam Gigandet star in Ice.

Before we get to the fun stuff, Season 2 of Ice wraps up production on September 26. It started filming back on August 8.

The crime-drama series follows a multi-generational family running a diamond trading business in L.A. in a world full of treachery, blackmail, kidnapping, rivals, and other fun stuff.

The cast includes Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, Raymond J. Barry, Ray Winstone, Audrey Marie Anderson, Donald Sutherland, Ella Thomas, Rey Gallegos, and Judith Shekoni.

Jocelyn Hudon

Canadian actor Jocelyn Hudon joined the cast as Willow Green for Season 2, replacing Chloe East while Ashley Thomas, Laura Vandervoort, Amy Madigan, and D.B. Sweeney had recurring roles.

The first five episodes of Season 2 were shot here in Vancouver but the next five episodes will be shot in South Africa.


Meanwhile, another series that’s in its second season has thrilled fans with some appearances around town.

Several Riverdale cast members surprised fans in the Metro Vancouver suburb of Langley when they stepped out to meet and chat with them for pictures and sign autographs on September 20.

Among them were K.J. Apa (Archie), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), and Skeet Ulrich (Jughead’s dad).

Season 2, which started shooting on June 22 and will continue until March 21, will premiere on TV on October 11.

In the meantime, some Riverdale cast members were among the numerous stars from Hollywood North who pitched in to play a celebrity soccer match for a very beneficial cause.

The Legends and Stars third annual charity alumni match was held on September 16 at B.C. Place. Proceeds from tickets were donated to B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Actors from Hollywood North who participated included:
K.J. Apa (Riverdale)
Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy)
Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time)
Michael Coleman (Once Upon a Time)
Casey Cott (Riverdale)
Henry Cusick (The 100)
Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon A Time)
Colin Ferguson (Haven)
Chris Gauthier (Once Upon a Time)
Georgina Haig (Once Upon A Time)
Richard Harmon (The 100)
Tyler Johnston (Supernatural)
Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time)
Charles Melton (Riverdale)
Sibongile Mlambo (Teen Wolf)
Bob Morley (The 100)
Tasya Teles (The 100)
Andrew West (Once Upon a Time)
Ray Winstone (Ice)

Participating Whitecaps alumni (from the past 40 years of the club) consisted of:
Carlos Batista, Cam Bowman, Steven Brown, Stephen Burns, John Catliff, Gordon Chin, Davide Chiumiento, Carlo Corazzin, Chris Craveiro, Craig Dalrymple, Nick Dasovic, Jay DeMerit, Srdjan Djekanovic, Michael Dodd, Paul Dolan, Robert Earnshaw, Ivor Evans, Nick Gilbert, Kevin Harmse, Oliver Heald, Lindsay Henderson, Keith Izatt, Jay Johnstone, Jason Jordan, Diaz Kambere, Tiarnan King, Garret Kusch, Young-Pyo Lee, Stefan Leslie, Steve Macdonald, Scott Macey, Steve McCauley, Erin McNulty, Rob Merkl, Steve Millar, Dave Morris, Doug Muirhead, Shaun Pejic, Kurt Powell, Didar Sandhu, Joe Scigliano, Sipho Sibiya, Jeff Skinner, Justin Thompson, Guido Titotto, Paulo Valdez, Alfredo Valente, and Neil Wilkinson.

Here’s a video showing stars, such as Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Michael Coleman (Once Upon a Time), and Henry Ian Cusick (The 100) preparing for the match:

All of the participants formed two teams, Team White and Team Blue, with a combination of celebrities and alumni on each side. (For a full breakdown of each team, see the Whitecaps FC website.)

Check out some of the social media coverage of the event:

In the first half, Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time) scored for Team White but Team Blue’s Alfredo Valente tied them.

In the second half, Team Blue’s Robert Earnshaw scored a goal but Team White’s Diaz Kambere, Tyler Johnston (Supernatural), and Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time) did as well.

In the end, Team White won with a 4 to 2 victory over Team Blue. Congratulation goes to all the players for helping to raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Elsewhere in the city, another celebrity was also having some fun in a different way as he welcomed some temporary new costars. Sort of.

The X-Files started shooting Season 11 of its revival series on August 8 and will continue until December 21.

David Duchonvy, reprising his role as Agent Fox Mulder, was seen filming down at English Bay at the A-Maze-ing Laughter sculpture.

The sculpture, made by artist Yue Minjun from China, were a part of the Vancouver Biennale exhibition and has since become a star in their own right. Tourists and locals can be seen imitating the laughing poses of the statues.

Duchovny himself posted about the shoot on social media.

Many co-stars today….

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But the real question is who had the last laugh?

Well, it seems Duchovny, as on September 21, he was dressed in a rather shaggy costume.

This is very breathable…. On set of @thexfilesfox with Darin Morgan! ?

A post shared by David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) on

Is it a costume for Sasquatch? An overgrown weed creature? A sentient shag carpet?

Perhaps the best advice is the one given by costar Gillian Anderson:

On that note of surreal silliness, that’s it for this week’s roundup of what’s shooting in town but, as always, you can be certain there’ll be more in store.

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