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The goat is back: Actor dishes on Hard Rock Medical

The show's 13-episode first season, filmed in the fall of 2012, aired on TVO last year and APTN this year.
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The show's 13-episode first season, filmed in the fall of 2012, aired on TVO last year and APTN this year.

In the show, Paquette plays Charlie Rivière, a father of three (soon to be four) kids earning his medical degree at a school loosely based on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Rivière is the oldest of the medical students, and “the quirkiest,” said Paquette, the only Sudburian with a lead role in the series.

“My character has a pet goat he got (as a gift from a patient) in season one for extracting someone's tooth,” he said. “I go to Costco, and people always ask about the goat ... Yes, the goat will be in season two. That's all I can say.”

Acting alongside a goat had some rather messy side-effects, though, especially as the film shoot involving the animal happened at Paquette's house.

“I had no idea how much of a mess a goat can make,” he said, adding he's offered his house up for the TV crews for the show's second season as well. “It was unbelievable.”

As a father of three himself, Paquette has a few things in common with Charlie Rivière, although he jokes he's not a medical student himself, he “just plays one on TV.”

His real-life daughter, Ambroise, 9, even played his TV daughter on the show's first season.

“It's very cool,” Paquette said. “I get to shoot at my house, shoot with my daughter, and work with a goat. It's all good.”

Hard Rock Medical's second season is set to air on TVO in early 2015. Those interested in watching the show's first season can do so by visiting aptn.ca.

Heidi Ulrichsen

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