Q: What cities do you base your career out of?
A: I reside in Toronto, but I live in Los Angeles during pilot season. I have agents and manager in both places. I film mostly in Toronto, but I have also shot in Sudbury, Edmonton and near Chicago, Illinois.
Q: Describe your CMTC experience. How did it help you in your acting career or to break into acting?
A: CMTC really was the beginning of my acting journey. I learned so much from the industry experts, and I gained so much confidence in my abilities and myself. I remember how stunned I felt when I won a trophy! It really helped me in my acting career because I took that knowledge and confidence with me when I started auditioning.
Q: What would your best piece of advice be for a young actor attending CMTC?
A: My advice to any attendee is don’t be nervous. All of the industry experts attending want to meet you, to see what you have to offer. That’s why they’re there. Attend as many seminars as possible, no matter how old you are. Entertainment is a business, and acting is a profession, so learn your business. Bring your best headshots with you; it’s what the agents will take away. And don’t be sad if you don’t win a trophy; l didn’t win one for acting, but it didn’t stop me from becoming one! But most of all, enjoy your time at CMTC!
Q: What are some of your hobbies/interests?
A: Other than acting, I love swimming, reading, writing, science and math, learning to play instruments, and studying my craft! I would love to play sports, but I can’t because I’m so busy with my acting.
Q: What are some of your favourite foods?
A: I have many favourite foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, any kind of pasta and sushi! My fans also know how much I love Menchie’s frozen yogurt!
Q: What is your favourite TV show and/or movie?
A: I was inspired to act because of the Harry Potter series, so they’ll always be favourites. I also love The Shining and anything with Jennifer Lawrence, especially Winter’s Bone. As for TV, right now I love The Walking Dead, Orphan Black, iZombie and Scream Queens!
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My most treasured possession is probably my Pandora bracelet. I got it for my birthday just after I started acting, and for every role I book, I get a charm to remember it. For example, because my character in The Captive was a figure skater, I got a skate to remember my journey on that production. The most fun is trying to find a charm that matches my character!
Q: Describe your best acting experience.
A: I’ve had so many incredible acting experiences, but being the lead in a feature film is definitely a dream come true! I play Gitty in American Fable, a fairytale thriller directed by Anne Hamilton, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it!
Q: What is your favourite aspect of acting professionally?
A: There are so many key components to acting, and so many things that make actors love it, but my personal favourite thing about acting is being able to be another person. When I become a character, and when I start prepping for a character, I get a brief feeling of what it’s like to be someone else. So, in auditions and on set, I love getting to be that person for more than just that brief moment.
Q: What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t acting?
A: My favourite thing to do when I’m not acting is reading books. I also love school, swimming and going to the movies.
Q: What do you consider to be the greatest achievement in your acting career?
A: My greatest personal achievement to date in acting would be walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be in The Captive, directed by Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan, and to act alongside such amazing actors as Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos. When The Captive was nominated for the 2014 Palme d’Or, I was honoured to walk on the red carpet with the director, co-writer and stars! I am incredibly proud of the film!
Q: What are some of your future plans/goals (i.e., life after acting)?
A: This is a strange question that many actors get asked. Acting is a life-long career for me. I will support charities close to my heart. I’ll study my craft, as well as learn about things that interest me, such as robotics and marine life. But acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life!
Q: How did you get your start in acting?
A: After I went to CMTC, I signed with an agent, went to a LOT of auditions, took acting classes, moved agencies, and then booked my first role 10 months after CMTC. I booked a short film called The Offering, part of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) program. I’ve been acting ever since!
Q: How old were you when you started acting and what made you interested in becoming an actress?
A: What made me interested in becoming an actor was when I was six, I was reading the Harry Potter series at the same time as I was watching the Harry Potter movies, and I had an epiphany. I realized that actors get to take the words on a page and turn them into a magical movie that viewers can watch and enjoy! I was 8 when I booked my first role.
Q: What cities/countries have you traveled to so far as a result of acting opportunities? Describe your experiences in these cities/countries.
A: I have traveled to many cities/countries as a result of acting opportunities. One of my favourites was Cannes, France, where I walked the red carpet for a movie I was so gratefully a part of called The Captive. I’ve been to Vancouver twice to attend the Joeys Awards, and I won both times! I filmed the movie Cut Bank in Edmonton with Billy Bob Thornton, Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer. I recently completed filming American Fable in rural Illinois and Wisconsin, and the locations and people were incredible. I live for part of the year in Los Angeles to audition for pilots and movies, and to attend the Young Artist Awards, of which I’ve won 2! I absolutely love traveling for my career!
Q: What has been your favourite location so far and why?
A: My favourite location so far has been Cannes, France. It was amazing to go to Europe for the first time, and to see a place that has so much history in the film world. I understand that many, many actors never get to experience walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, so I treasured every moment when I did.
Q: Describe a typical day on set.
A: Well, there are never two days alike on any set! As an actor, you come to set, get processed through hair, makeup, and wardrobe (HMW), then there is blocking, which is deciding placement for the actors in a particular scene, and sometimes there’s rehearsal, and then you film the scene. You have to have a lot of patience because some days there is a lot of waiting! Child actors have tutoring on set (which I love!) when they’re missing school. I am always very respectful of the crew because they work really hard before, during and after you act.
Q: What would your best piece of advice be for auditioning?
A: I would say the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is one I heard at CMTC. When you get an audition, prepare for it and do your best, but then leave it behind the second you leave the casting room. Don’t spend your time worrying about how it went, or what you could’ve done better, or who else was auditioning for the part. Don’t think about it again, unless you get a callback. Always look to the future.
Q: Who has been your favourite actor to work with so far and why?
A: I’ve been fortunate to work with so many incredible, dedicated and skilled actors, and I can’t choose just one, but some highlights include Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos in The Captive; Teresa Palmer, Billy Bob Thornton and Liam Hemsworth in Cut Bank; Justin Long and Abbie Cornish in Lavender; and Richard Schiff in American Fable. Working with these actors has taught me so much about the business, and I’m so grateful I had the chance to work with them.
Q: Who has been your favourite director to work with so far and why?
A: I have worked with many talented, amazing directors in both film and television. I am incredibly grateful that Anne Hamilton trusted me to be Gitty in American Fable, her first feature film and my first lead role. She also wrote the screenplay, so I’m honoured she let me bring Gitty to life.
Q: What do you like most about your acting career?
A: I love everything about my acting career. I love the preparatory part that no one sees, like the long hours spent in acting classes, prepping for and driving to auditions, travelling to film locations, updating resumes, etc. And I love the results part that everyone sees: the finished product on television or on the big screen, the red carpets, the social media posts to market the work. I also really love meeting new people, working with them, and keeping in touch when the job is done!
Q: What do you dislike most about your acting career?
A: Because I love everything to do with my acting career, I don’t dislike anything. If I had to choose, it would be the wait to see the final product. I always can’t wait to see it!
Q: What are your future goals in acting?
A: I believe that setting goals is the best way to continue to grow and learn. I have many goals in acting, like booking challenging roles, being on a movie poster, and working with directors and actors I admire. And what actor doesn’t dream about winning an Oscar? I’m convinced that I will one day if I continue training and working with the passion I have for acting now!
Q: What is in store for you in the near future?
A: I have 3 movies scheduled to come out soon: American Fable, Lavender and XX. I am a series regular on a television series called Odd Squad, playing Dr. O. I also recently booked a part that I can’t talk about yet! In early February, I am heading to Los Angeles for pilot season! Hopefully, I will book something while I’m there!
Q: What would your best piece of advice be for aspiring actors?
A: First and foremost, it’s called the entertainment industry because it’s a business, and you need to be prepared to be a professional. To succeed, you need a very thick skin. I think the best advice is to work hard, train hard, be passionate, do all your research, and never give up if it truly is your dream.