Blog | annie clark
- Posted on 03/16/2012 by Lisa
I met up with Annie when she was in L.A., and we talked about tonight's episode, what it's like to play Fiona, and her everlasting love for Leonardo DiCaprio. Check it out:
Ooh, I like your fingernails! (here's a pic)
Thanks! I just got a manicure a week ago, but I kind of started picking at it.
So, I loooove Fiona. She's had some pretty crazy storylines, but I feel like you just make them all so believable and so good. One of my favorite Fiona moments was when she was drinking on the fire escape. She's in such bad shape, and she's freeing the cat, and she just has no connection to reality anymore because she's so sad -- I felt like that scene was so believable in such a heartbreaking way.
She's been through so much. If you think back to the very beginning when Fiona's biggest storyline was that she couldn't sing well for the musical, it's like, my god, what has happened to this girl in just a few years?
And she has so much more drama coming this season! Even from that party on the first day of school...
She's still struggling with the whole drinking thing. That's one of my favorite things that the writers did with my storyline, because it wasn't just like "oh, for these four episodes, she's going to have a drinking problem." It's something she's been struggling with for like two seasons. It's consistent.
The whole thing she goes through with Marisol and Katie is such a reminder of how horrible girls can be to each other.
Yeah, it was cool being a part of that storyline. I haven't had that many storylines that I actually relate to, because Fiona's life is so crazy, but that one... I totally went through that in middle school and high school.
I feel like I'm talking to you like a fan, like I'm way too excited for a normal interview.
I'm the best person to talk to like a fan, because I am the biggest Degrassi fan ever! I have all the older seasons. I watched it SO MUCH before I even got on the show.
So in tonight's episode, she's working on the project with Imogen, and she's trying not to have a crush on her. Do you have any experience with fighting crushy feelings, like trying to convince your heart not to feel something?
I tend to have crushes really easily, on so many people at one time, so I don't think I've ever really done that.
You just go with it? I think that's healthier!
I just couldn't imagine... Fiona likes her so much, and she wants to hook up Eli and Imogen to cover it up? I could never do that. If I liked someone that much, I would NEVER want someone else to be with them.
I guess she just wanted to avoid going down the same road she went down with Holly J.
People do such crazy things for love! Has anybody done anything crazy to impress you?
I was in a relationship for three years and two of the years were long distance. My boyfriend at the time came from two hours away and surprised me. He had told me repeatedly that he wasn't coming home yet, and we were talking on the phone, and he was telling me about his day as if he was in his dorm room, and I started to hear his voice through my other ear, because he was right there coming up my stairs!
Oh, that's great! Are you good with surprises?
I love surprises! It was the best.
So you get crushes on everyone? Do you ever get crushes on your friends... guys that you're friends with? Would you tell them?
It depends. I don't know. I had a high school sweetheart like, the whole time I was in school, but I still get celebrity crushes all the time.
Ooh, who are your celebrity crushes?
Everyone who has ever known me knows how obsessed I am with Leonardo DiCaprio. I feel like he doesn't even really exist, like if I ever saw him actually in person, I don't even know what I would do.
I love that he's an environmentalist! It's like how you guys go and help build schools... I love when people use their celebrity to draw the world's attention to something great.
It seems like a waste of a platform if you don't support anything.
So... Who else do you like?
Shia LeBeouf, Ryan Gosling... but Leo's my be-all and end-all. He's my favorite actor. He's the only person who takes my breath away. He's like the reason I want to be famous (*laughs*), so I can be at some party with him someday... And then Kate Winslet is my favorite actress, because Titanic is my favorite movie. I feel like I talk about Leo in every interview.
So, what's your favorite thing about playing Fiona?
Probably just how crazy and unlike myself she is. I mean there are aspects that are similar, like I'm really into fashion, too, but not in the same way. It's interesting exploring the character, there's always something new.
I don't think my parents would ever just buy me my own loft. I love the loft, because everyone likes to go hang out in there when we're on set, and that's totally how I would decorate my place. My room at home is freakishly similar to Fiona's bedroom.
And I'm just excited to see what's going to happen in season 12. I know that seems like a long way away, but I can't even believe I've been on the show this long!
Munro told me he was so glad that you didn't graduate, and I was like "me too!"
Yes! That's the only circumstance where you tell people you're failing and they're like "Congratulations!" We also joke that like, if you get a problem on the show, it's like "Congratulations, you're going to have so many storylines!" Like, you want to get an STI or something.
Haha. So what else is going on with you? What are you excited about outside of Degrassi?
I'm excited to be getting my driver's license! I got my learner's permit when I was like 16, and I just put driving school and everything off for so long... I'm 19 now and all my friends have their license, and they make fun of me constantly. But I live right downtown, I've always lived on the subway line so I never really needed it, but now I want it, so I'm in driving school. So that's the big thing for me just now, I'm hoping to get it by the spring.
The straw that broke the camel's back of me getting my license, after putting it off for three years, was that Jordy got her license. She's so cute and little and young, and she's offering me rides!
Well, good luck!! Thank you so much for talking to me!
- Posted on 02/09/2011 by Mary
One time, Degrassi's Fiona discussed her loaner Louboutins behind the scenes at a photo shoot... my hand to God it happened. Look! There's proof!
- Posted on 11/18/2010 by Mary
So, I know you just saw that photo shoot interview last week, but as it happens, I caught up with Annie on her almost-last day on set for Season 10 and we got to have a nice leisurely chat:
So at the end of a season, does it feel sort of like summer vacation now?
Yeah! Despite the fact that it's freezing here. But yeah, it's definitely weird, everyone's saying bye. And it's like cleaning out our lockers -- we're getting our various things from wardrobe. And the things we've left in our dressing rooms this whole season, we finally have to take home -- I keep leaving this travel mug of tea here and not wanting to deal with it and now I finally have to bring it home. But we'll be back in a few months.
I read on the twitters that you just graduated high school! Congratulations!
Yes, I just went to my commencement ceremony; it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. And it was nice that Epitome gave me the whole day off, too, so I could go see my old high school friends and everything.
Why is your high school commencement in October?
The universities here do their commencements in the fall, so I think my school is just trying to be more collegiate? It's always been a tradition. Which is nice, because it's kind of like our five-month reunion -- we get to see what everyone's been up to since they went off to university.
So it was a normal graduation -- you got to wear a cap and gown and everything.
I did, and I threw it up in the air... it was such a classic, TV graduation.! And then I get to graduate on Degrassi too so I can have a real TV graduation!
Since Fiona has one of the best wardrobes on Degrassi, was moving over to the uniforms difficult for you?
You know what, it was, but Fiona jazzes up the uniforms. With headbands, and -- everyone always complains because Fiona's skirt is the only one that's soo much shorter than the other girls'. And she's bending the rules a bit -- everyone has these black flats and Fiona's have these little heels attached. She's trying to add her own flair to it. But for me as an actor, I actually love the uniforms because, as I'm sure people notice, Fiona has so many "things"! She has so many accessories; it gets exhausting to take on and off sometimes. So with the uniform I only have to change like, my pants or my skirt.
I also saw on the twitters that you actually sit down and watch Degrassi on Friday nights, right?
Yeah, out of the cast I'm the one who's the biggest Degrassi fan. I've seen every one multiple times, of all the seasons. I love to see how they turn out -- because we only read through them once in the readthroughs and I don't read them again after that. And even though it's hard watching myself, I love it.
Do you have certain people you want to watch with, or like rules about whether you can talk during the show?
I definitely don't want interruptions, and everyone has to sing along with the theme song with me. My parents are obsessed with it, too; they'll watch it even when I'm not there. Even if I'm not in the episode, they DVR it and watch it together. But as for who I watch with, I'm not picky, the more the merrier.
So, it's been so long since we talked, and so much has happened. I mean... going back to Fiona and Bobby... what was it like to film the violent scenes? Did you do any stunts?
We had a stunt double for the stairs scene, because I mean... pretty brutal. But I did have to get into the position she landed in, and then flip out of it, but also be crying like I had just been thrown down the stairs. Those episodes were actually my favorite to shoot; those four were the most amazing experience. And Ben Lewis, who played Bobby is the nicest guy I've ever met. I can't believe what a great actor he is because when I watch those episodes I'm like, "You're terrible!" Such a great guy. But I was excited about being in those episodes because, me being a Degrassi fan, it was great to get to tackle one of the main teen issues.
- Posted on 11/12/2010 by Mary
Check out these clips of Annie "Fiona" Clark on the set of a Degrassi cast photo shoot... talking accessories, acting, and what it's like to feel all eyes on you while you're trying to pose: