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- Posted on 01/05/2011 by Lisa
To prepare for another weekend full of Degrassi, here's a 2005 IM-terview Mary did with Jake Epstein (Craig) -- and some classic Craig pics.
-Jake-: Hi Mary!!
-Jake-: Mary!!! How are you?
The-Mary: I am now awesome.
The-Mary: So, what have you been DOING all this busy time?
-Jake-: I've been filming, and prom-ing.
The-Mary: How was prom!?
-Jake-: It was pretty awesome. I went with a really good friend of mine, and we partied the whole night. I had to work on set the next day though...
The-Mary: Oh man. Early call? That's cruel and inhuman.
-Jake-: I agree. It wasn't too too early, but let's just say my acting wasn't ........amazing.
The-Mary: Heh. So any big plans for the summer?
-Jake-: Well, I'm going to be shooting most of the time. Which will be fun. My big sis is moving back to Toronto, so we're thinking of traveling, and just lotso rocknroll and parties.
The-Mary: Rock and roll. Do you burn easily, Jake Epstein? Or are you more of a tanner?
-Jake-: ............my people are from the desert......so yeah I burn!
The-Mary: Wait, if they're from the desert, shouldn't they tan??
-Jake-: ..........yeah......I might tan too one day...one day.
The-Mary: One day when you're not shooting. So what's the last rock show you went to?
-Jake-: Last show I went to was Hawksley Workman.....he's amazing....but just last week I went to see a couple friends of mine at this club downtown T-dot.....they're called Golden Ticket, and they're funky. What was the last show you went to?
The-Mary: Me, the Hold Steady. Who are awesome and who you should check out, though they're not everyone's cup of tea. They have a classic rock sound and great storytelling.
-Jake-: I'd love to hear some of their music....maybe you can send it over.....we can exchange music?
The-Mary: YES, gladly. So when you go to a show, do you stand at the front or the back?
-Jake-: Depends what mood I'm in. I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers last year, and I waited 8 hours to see them front row in the mosh pit. But other times the pit can be rough, so I like to chill and listen to the music.
The-Mary: Word. At least you can see from the back, being somewhat tall.
-Jake-: I am somewhat tall. This is true. I'm also somewhat trim....?
The-Mary: What songs would you put on a mix CD for a girl that you would never put on one for a boy?
-Jake-: ..........definitely some Hawksley- "safe and sound"......some Coldplay "green eyes" and maybe some Jack Johnson.
The-Mary: So, ok, before I lose you I have to ask some Degrassi questions!
-Jake-: Alright, degras away.
The-Mary: Without giving anything away, since the US-ers haven't seen it yet... we know Craig has a moment with [TOP SECRET]... how do you feel about that? Was it tough to perform?
-Jake-: It was strange, but we were professional. I approached from a professional actor's perspective............does that make any sense?
The-Mary: Did you injure yourself at all in the manic Craig shoots? Like that hotel room scene looked kinda harsh on the ol' joints...
-Jake-: Yeah, it was pretty wild.....I actually broke a lamp during the scene and electrocuted my hand.....but I was so into it I just kept going. It was a really intense couple weeks of filming.
The-Mary: I bet.
-Jake-: Alright Mary, I was just told I have 2 minutes before I have to go back to set to film.....
The-Mary: OK one more quickie... I know this was a while ago, but when they made those "Craig in flames" T-shirts for the girls to wear, was it weird seeing your face all burny all over the place?
-Jake-: Yeah it was totally weird! But really funny.....my friends all got hold of those Tees and wore them for about a month.
The-Mary: Ha! Awesome. OK, go back to work, make awesome Degrassis.
The-Mary: Tell everyone they're the best. Including yourself.
-Jake-: Always. Thanks for the talk. It was fun!
The-Mary: Take care and thanks tons!
- Posted on 01/04/2011 by Lisa
This weekend, Every Degrassi Ever continues! In the meantime, check out this 2005 IM-terview Mary did with Stacey Farber about her trip to the Teen Choice Awards. The top photo is Stacey at the 2005 TCAs, and below that, I've posted some pics of her in character as Ellie.
-Stacey-: It's S Farbs
The-Mary: Finally finally finally
-Stacey-: Why have we never met?
The-Mary: I KNOW! Next time you're in NY, for real.
-Stacey-: Serios.... (pronounced seer-ee-ose)
The-Mary: Alright, so how much sleep did you (not) get last weekend?
-Stacey-: I got some sleep. The first night was slightly HORRIBLE because our flight was delayed and we got to our rooms at 3:00 a.m. - approx. 7:00 a.m. our time. And then we had to meet in the lobby at 6:00 to head to "Good Day L.A."
The-Mary: OMG. And that woman has so much... energy. I was watching video of that interview like "how does she do that at negative 150 in the morning?"
-Stacey-: i KNOW
The-Mary: So how is Aubrey as a travel/mall havoc/crazy early interview partner?
-Stacey-: He's amazing. I'm sure you can tell from Best Friends Date or whatever... we are very good friends. He's hilarious and whether we were walking the red carpet or watching movies at the hotel, we were laughing the whole time.
The-Mary: Did you get any In N Out burger?
-Stacey-: Four times. And after I told an interviewer that I loved it, he sent me some gift certificates.
The-Mary: NICE! Such perks! OK: I heard you met Paris Hilton. Tell me everything, leave out nothing.
-Stacey-: O.k. Ra-fael [from The N] had just introduced me to Ashlee Simpson, but it was a little awkward meeting people through him. Suddenly this guy, Jose, appears and tells me he's a huge fan the show, blah blah blah. He does PR in Hollywood (though he's only 27) and he knows EVERYONE so he takes me to chill in Paris' booth/area.
-Stacey-: I met her...she was standing on the booth, naturally. But she was cool. Her hair was to her chin.
The-Mary: No way! So I'm really curious: when she meets people, does she use her high/soft/kinda ditzy voice, or her regular intelligent woman voice?
-Stacey-: Please. The "out of it" voice.
The-Mary: Of course. I should have known. I hoped, but... anyway. More geeky questions: what's it like to walk on a red carpet, is it really soft? What's going through your head?
-Stacey-: The red carpet is jokes. One photographer at the start of the line finds out who you are and then they tell the others. Eventually every photographer is yelling your name. Fortunately, I experienced the chaos at fashion week, so I was half-expecting it.
-Stacey-: Side note: At the Teen People party? I looked down the red carpet at one point and the order was: Aubs, Me, Chad [Michael Murray], Hilary [Duff], Haylie [Duff], Joel [Madden]. JOKES
The-Mary: Sounds perfectly natural to me!
-Stacey-: And it has to be said: I got Jojo's number. And she now has mine. She practically JUMPED on me when we met. She's a huge fan of the show. She said, and I quote, "Degrassi is the realest it gets."
The-Mary: !!! Ok now I love her.
The-Mary: So seeing the different levels of celebrity insanity at that party (I can only imagine)... were you left feeling like there's a point where things could get TOO insane, like is there a fame level you're kind of frightened of reaching? Or did it all look like fun?
-Stacey-: No. That's the thing. I found the whole situation very... comical. To sum it up... the major players at the party were: Hilary, Chad, Wilmer, Ashlee, Ryan, Paris, Nick Cannon, Hayden (the girl from Racing Stripes), Michelle (Ice Princess), etc. THE NEXT NIGHT... and the awards, IT WAS THE EXACT SAME CREW.
The-Mary: They just roll from one big event with lots of cameras to another?
-Stacey-: And it's not like they're friends... they just all go to the SAME events, SAME parties and see the SAME faces.
-Stacey-: They don't all hang out together. And they just check each other out.
The-Mary: So I don't know if you already have a bf but: meet any cute boys? Get any other phone numbers? Any late night games of celebrity truth or dare in the hotel?
-Stacey-: I do have a b.f. But Wilmer was really cute in person. I didn't like him before I met him.
The-Mary: Yeah I've never gotten the Wilmer thing; why is he such a major player with one sitcom role? Ex-role? Is he just that hot in person?
-Stacey-: He is! He's really attractive.
The-Mary: Ok so... duh, congratulations on the Teen Choice Award! Do you have anything to say to all the voters who went out there and clicked that choice and clicked it hard?
-Stacey-: THANK YOU SOOO MUCH.We are so excited and flattered and thrilled that the voters chose a Canadian show as the best summer series. We are getting the recognition that our show deserves.
The-Mary: Word that.
The-Mary: So any lasting hand injuries from the signing in LA? I heard it was BONKERS.
-Stacey-: It was redonkulous. Soo many fans. I loved every minute of it. Plus, some people brought me birthday presents.
The-Mary: Any big birthday plans? How old are you now?
The-Mary: I sang that last part, if you couldn't tell. I don't know if they do that one in Canadia.
-Stacey-: Haha. I'm turning 18.
The-Mary: Radness. A good age.
-Stacey-: Agreed. I'm excited.
The-Mary: Dancing? Party? Sit at home doing facials and watching TV?
-Stacey-: A mix of those things lol. I don't know. Maybe someone will throw me a party.
The-Mary: They better if they know what's good for them. OK. I should let you get back to work.
-Stacey-: Well it's lunch now... so I should grab some eats.
The-Mary: K, enjoy the eats then. It was SO GOOD finally talking to you... I can't wait to meet you for reals. Thanks much for all your typing :)
-Stacey-: I know! I need to visit NYC soon!! Thanks so much for all YOUR typing. This was fun! Xo
- Posted on 01/03/2011 by Lisa
Join us as we revisit a classic IM-terview with Miriam McDonald from 2005, and "aww" at some old Emma pics.
Note from Mary: Just so you know, the reason Miriam calls me a gorilla at first is because my display name says "Gorilla." It wasn't, like, a diss about how hairy I am. I'm pretty sure.
-Miriam-: yoyo gorilla!!
The-Mary: hey Miriam!
-Miriam-: hiii wasssup?
The-Mary: hiiiiiiii! ok ok. So what did you shoot today? that you can tell us about, I guess
-Miriam-: umm okay without divulging any big secrets we did a hilllllarious scene in a movie theatre involving ryan cooley and a root beer!
The-Mary: oh dear. What's Emma up to these days?
-Miriam-: to be totally honest i don't really know what they have in store for Emma this season. She is constantly changing though so i'm sure there will be some spicy surprises!
-Miriam-: spicy is my word
The-Mary: so in today's scene... were you allowed to crack up for it, or did you have to keep a straight face?
-Miriam-: OMG i was laughing soo hard but luckily i was supposed to so it was all good!
The-Mary: which is harder: keeping a straight face when something's hilarious, or crying on cue?
-Miriam-: for me crying on cue is not too difficult because i am really good at staying focused on something emotional. Comedic scenes need a different, less intense sort of focus so it's easy to crack up!
-Miriam-: but then i just slap myself
The-Mary: ha, literally?
-Miriam-: quite literally! hahah i'm odd, i'll admit!
The-Mary: ok, we need on-set dirt: who smells the best out of the cast?
-Miriam-: oooooooooh ME!!!!!! honestly i'm obsessed with vanilla lotion! hhaahhaa but i'm not gonna build up my odour cuz that would be conceited..... so....... maybe aubrey!?
The-Mary: so, do you have a boyfriend?
-Miriam-: no, and i go through phases when i'm like okay i really want a boyfriend, but more often i love having independence so i am very happy to be single!
-Miriam-: for now
The-Mary: so when are you coming back to NY???
-Miriam-: SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and honestly i am more excited than life
The-Mary: you heart it?
-Miriam-: june 18 or sumthin for the season 2 DVD!
The-Mary: oh RAD!
-Miriam-: omg yes, i <3 NYC
The-Mary: where else on the planet do you want to go the most?
-Miriam-: hmmmm go or live.......Live is LA or NYC and go.......maybe Australia
-Miriam-: i want to try surfing sooo desparately
The-Mary: oh man... if you live in LA you'll be all set -- malibu miriam. totally.
-Miriam-: yayayayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pleaaaaase!!! that would be a dream
The-Mary: ok, more random questions: do Stefan and Amanda [Mr. Simpson and Emma's mom] ever give you advice, having "grown up" on Degrassi themselves?
-Miriam-: well amanda reminds me to turn my mic off when i go to bathroom, and stefan just jokes around all the time
-Miriam-: but they also teach us about their experiences with mall tours back in the day and how not to get bad press!
The-Mary: oh nice! that's very handy. lindsay lohan should have such friends.
-Miriam-: LOL should she ever!
-Miriam-: but at the same time if it weren't for her "bad press" we wouldn't hear about her all that much and she wouldn't be as huge as she is. so maybe she does have it right??
The-Mary: Good point!
The-Mary: ok, one more really weird question
-Miriam-: ask anything
The-Mary: have you ever met the person who played the baby emma on the original degrassi? or did they just use a doll? i forget.
The-Mary: i'm sorry, my mind is weird.
-Miriam-: nono she is real! and i have not met her but she does exist and i would love to meet her and have like, this emotional reunion type deal
The-Mary: that would be The Best.
The-Mary: OK, i think i've bugged you enough today...thanks SO much miriam, you're awesome
The-Mary: have a great day
-Miriam-: no problem!! see ya lata
- Posted on 11/19/2010 by Mary
Adam, Degrassi's female-to-male transgender student, is played by Jordan Todosey, who's a girl in real life -- that's her in her lady gear in the pic! I caught up with her on-set and we talked about the challenges of her role, and life in general.
So, how do you get into guy mode? How do you psych up to be Adam?
Well, I obviously get changed, and they style my hair and take off any existing make-up on my face -- it's kind of like a whole rundown that happens. And then, I just get on the guy swag you know? Just get into his mindset.
Did you spend a lot of time studying how guys move? Yeah, looking at some of my guy friends and the fact that they look a girl up and down every time she walks by, and just all the silly little things that they do.
Do you have to stay in your Adam mindset the whole time you're on set or can you go in and out of it pretty easily? When the cast chills for lunch or goes off set, I do tend to turn into a bit of a girl, complimenting on girls' outfits like "Oh that skirt's so cute!" or whatever. But really, just being in the clothes keeps me in the guy thing.
So do you have to wear a full-on binder on your chest the whole time you're in wardrobe? Yeah, I'm wearing it right now... It's not the comfiest thing, I will admit. But it's there just to, well, flatten the boobs! I'm getting used to it, but I definitely wouldn't choose it over something else.
Do you consider yourself a girly girl in real life?
You know, I've always grown up hanging with the guys and stuff. So because I have a history of being such a tomboy, I can kind of incorporate some of that into Adam. But off set now... I'm kinda girly. I'll admit I love pink things.
And since you had to cut off all your hair, I'm sure it makes you want to wear more make-up.
Yeah, exactly that! With my hair shorter, I feel like I have to accent the make-up and the heels and stuff more so.
So, like a lot of the audience, I'm sure you didn't know much about what it means to be transgender before you saw these scripts, right? No. I was vaguely aware, but I didn't know too much about it. But I did some research. And the writers did most of the research, so it's good to be able to trust them.
What are the top one or two things you've learned about transgender people since playing Adam? You know, they're like anybody else. They're regular people who just feel in the head like they're a guy or a girl and they were just born in the wrong body. And they're awesome people to hang with from what I hear! I like Adam... I mean, he's great, right?
Totally! I'd be friends with him!
So would I!
Were you scared at all to take on this role?
Of course, joining a pre-established cast was a bit intimidating, and having such an important role to portray was also really intimidating. But I just go out there and do what I can, and hopefully I portray Adam with authenticity.
What are your favorite movies and music and books?
Right now I'm reading Annabelle, and music-wise I'm really enjoying Ex Ex and Keys N Krates lately.
I love the relationship between Adam and Drew and the way Drew is such a supportive brother. What's your family like? I actually have a younger brother who's 10 years old now, and although he can be a pain in the butt sometimes, I love him to death and he's really sweet. He makes people laugh all the time, he's definitely a jokester. My family's really tight -- yes, we get in each other's way a bit but at the end of the day we all love each other.
- Posted on 11/19/2010 by Mary
First of all, you must get this a lot but... your name is amazing. Are you named after the Dolly Parton song?
No, I don't know why my mom picked it! And actually she picked it as we were trying to leave [the hospital when I was born], 'cause she had to make a decision. I think it was a friend of hers growing up? They were trying to fill out the birth certificate and she hadn't picked a name.
Piper's kind of my favorite... do you love playing her?
She's kind of awesome. Because she does a lot of things I would like to do in real life, but I just hide behind my character and do it that way. That first day when we had to shoot the paparazzi-flashing scene -- I'm kind of a timid, shy person in real life, so it was kind of cool to just step out of that and just... let it all out there!
Wait that was your first day on set, and you had to film that scene?
That was my first day on set. Yeah. And we had to take still photos, so literally the first day I even met the cast, the first day of everything, we had to take still photos of that. And then the first day of shooting, we shot that scene. Yeah, they really wanted to make sure I was ready for all of it.
OK, so, I read that your beagle can sing.
Yes! One day I was rehearsing a song and she sat right in front of me and started to sing. And any time I held out a note, she would hold out a note with me. So now if I go up to her and I hit a certain note she'll know exactly what I'm doing and she'll tilt her head back and howl along too. And if I hit a note and then kind of slide up the note higher, she'll go up higher, and if I go lower she'll go lower.
Can I ask some Donnie Darko questions? Did you have an insane crush on Jake Gyllenhaal when you did that?
You know, I had no idea who he was! He had done October Sky and Bubble Boy and people were starting to know who he is, but I had no idea. Donnie Darko was my first audition for TV, film, everything. And the second day that I was on set, I was shooting the locker scene with him, where he has to be in my face with his beautiful blue eyes, and it was really really scary. But it was fun.
How do you feel about Chut Up being such a catchphrase?
Everyone on set would be saying it all the time. Actually I gave wrap gifts to everyone when we wrapped -- I made a shirt that said Chut Up. And when we went to the directors' re-release, Jake's dad was wearing it.
- 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 11/18/2010 by Mary
How do you feel about Finn's wardrobe?
That's one thing about Finn's character that I love, is that he's not shy about his clothes. His fashion sense is like -- he's all in his own world. Whatever he sees that catches his eye he'll go get it and wear it. And he can pull it off! I couldn't go out in half of the things he wears.
Could you pull off the red plaid windbreaker in real life?
Oh yeah, I could pull off the windbreaker! That's the one thing I had to make sure to take home, 'cause I really like that windbreaker. That's in my closet right now!
So, when Walt was at that party and was trying to neg on girls... please tell me that that doesn't actually happen as much as I worry that it happens.
(Laughs) No, that doesn't happen that much. That was such a fun thing to shoot, Tony and I were dying the whole time. 'Cause Finn was just crashing and burning talking to those girls.
I know there have got to be guys who take it seriously... do you have any guy friends who actually believe in it?
No, none of my friends believe that negging works. But when we were shooting it, the writer Marti Noxon gave me a negging book, and it's some funny stuff in there! People really take that stuff serious!
While Finn is not awesome at talking to girls yet... when you were his age, were you any good at it?
No, I was pretty much almost the same. Trying to figure out where to start the conversation or what to talk about. That awkward stage. I know all males, when they go back to like 16, 17 -- they're gonna remember that. They're gonna know how that feels. I remember that phase.
What's your dream role?
Hmm. I really want to do an action movie. That's been in the back of my head for a minute now.
Would you want to do your own stunts?
Oh yeah. Oh yeah ,I love doing my own stunts. 'Cause I might get to do something I would never be able to do again -- just to say that I'd done it! I wouldn't do the extreme things, I'd let the pros do what they're supposed to do. But I like it; one time when we were doing LOST I was supposed to be getting carried from one boat to another. And I was scared, 'cause we were way deep in the ocean, but it was fun.
So, when you were on LOST, did they send you to like, media training boot camp with cattle prods? Because it seems like every interview you did, people were trying to get you to tell secrets.
Almost every interview, I swear! But I held my ground. I didn't go through any boot camp or anything; I just kept it real under wraps.
OK, I hope you're not sick of talking about this, but there's so much online about how you had a growth spurt while you were on LOST. And like... as a teen guy, I'm sure you were psyched that you were growing, like "Yes, I'm getting taller!" But as an actor... was there any weird pressure or did you ever just feel bad that you were growing?
I mean, especially being young... I really didn't know what was going on. You know, my character's being kidnapped and I didn't really know the whole reason behind everything. And I was hearing different stuff, like it was my growth spurt, and my voice -- which I understand. But just at the time, it was like, "I hope I wasn't doing anything wrong." I definitely get it now, but at the time... no one ever wants to leave a show like that. I wasn't mad, but I was definitely kind of sad that I left. But hey, it also led me to Gigantic!
- Posted on 11/17/2010 by Mary
Has your experience been anything like Maggie's? Do you relate to her struggle to make it in Hollywood?
Definitely. I've been doing the acting thing since I was 10; I'm 19 now. It's definitely tough. And Maggie has this need to do it. Which made it easy to play her, because I have this love for the acting business and could never imagine myself doing anything else. And when you love something so much, it pulls you through. Even though it's hard sometimes because there's so much rejection that goes along with it. There's more rejection than success.
Yeah, and when you're at such a tender age and you're so sensitive -- did your parents try to protect you from the pain of that rejection and have to give you pep talks?
Yeah, there would be times when I would come home crying because a casting director was just flat out like, "I don't like you." And I'd let it get to me for a while. It's disheartening... there are the few that want to help and the few that just don't care and don't take into account what you're feeling. And we'd be driving home and my mom would say, "That's just some people. You can't let that determine how the rest of your acting career is going to go." My parents have definitely been those people who are constantly pepping me up. Same with my brother.
I read in your bio that your whole family moved out to LA with you so you could act.
Yes! I lived in Atlanta, GA -- well, a small town outside of it, no one ever knows what Cumming, GA is. And I made a deal with my family that said, if I book the lead in a movie by the time I'm 11, then we have to move out to California. It was a joke that I had with my parents, "I'm gonna book something before my birthday!" And I booked The Adventures of Ociee Nash two weeks after my birthday and I remember going, "Well, it still counts!"
It took us a little while, but it was my 13th birthday when we crossed the border into California. Me and my twin brother and my sister and my mom and dad. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies with our dog and our lizards and everything we owned in our van. It was an amazing spontaneous thing that my family did with me.
How did your brother and sister feel about this deal?
I mean, it was just a joke! And then when I did book something I was like, "Well, actually... this could work." My sister was all for it, my brother not so much at first. But now he's a surfer and a musician and he loves California.
So, do you think it would bother you if paparazzi showed up and accosted you somewhere or would you find it kind of exciting?
I think I would find it kind of exciting -- at first. I'm sure it gets old. But I think it would be interesting -- you never get lonely! You always have company, which would be nice if you ever need an extra quarter in the meter.
Yeah, "Does anyone have a band-aid?"
- Posted on 11/17/2010 by Mary
It's been a long time! Actually, that's a lie, I've probably talked to you and Ray more recently than anyone else...
It feels like forever though, it's been a long season.
So. What's your take on what happened between Holly J and Declan.
I thought it was a very interesting turn for their story to take. Him coming back I thought would either be really good or really bad... What I like about it is that both characters are sort of in the right and in the wrong. They're both making a mistake and they both have good intentions. So I thought it was really interesting. It wasn't black or white, it's very much a gray issue.
The scene where you're leaving the condo, and you've got that horrible tight smile on your face; it was heartbreaking. When you're doing a scene like that, is it about getting into the emotion of what's going on and then whatever happens on your face just happens, or do you decide how your face is going to look because that's how you're conveying it to the audience?
That's a really interesting question... you know, the actorly thing to say is that I was swept up in the moment and whatever happens happens. But sometimes it is conscious; you kind of decide the way you want it to look. And you know your face, so there could be an expression that you think would convey it the best.
That was really a tough scene, because I was getting notes to play it happy -- like she was going out of her way to make things seem normal. And then, we have TVs all around the production office so whatever we're shooting on set, the writers and producers see. And I think some feedback came back that I was maybe looking too convincing? So we made it more forced. It was a very nuanced sort of scene.
You went to high school with Munro right? Can you tell the world what he was like in high school?
Uh... (she's cracking up) ...short? That's what sticks out in my mind but he would hate me for saying that! Annie [Clark]'s laughing. He's a year younger than me so I was in grade 10 and he was in grade 9, and it was one of those things where people would always try and bring the two of us together. I'd get swept over into a corner and they'd be like, "You have to meet my friend!" And they'd bring over Munro and be like, "You guys are both on TV! Talk amongst yourselves!" And we'd be like, "Uhhh..."
But he's actually the nephew of one of my mom's best friends. So I've known about Munro and his twin Thomas for a long time. They were just these energetic and like I said, fairly short, crazy twins who were on TV. That's how I knew them. But I've definitely gotten closer to Munro since then. I phoned him up when I found out he was joining the show and was like "Welcome to Degrassi!"
Are you still in school?
I actually took the semester off, which is probably the smartest thing I've done in... Time. The other years I was doing both for the fall months. So this year I've just been focusing on work, at Degrassi, and I should be going back to school in January. I have a year left and change.
Actually, here's some news: Annie and I are going to visit Judi Jiao, who played Leia! She's at Harvard, so we're going to visit and I'm just gonna pretend to go there for a little while.
Oh my God, what are you gonna wear to Harvard!
Right? We keep buying tweed and scholastic looking clothes so we can look totally Bostony.
Hey, do you keep in touch with Paula Brancati? I've been curious about how she's doing.
Yeah, she's everywhere in Toronto, she's always doing plays, her theatre career is taking off since Degrassi and we keep in touch with her. She's so talented and awesome and kind and... she's perfect, pretty much.
Are you almost wrapped for the season?
We just wrapped our last scene, and Annie and I come back next week to do some cheerleading scenes for some minisodes. So we've got that, and then wrap party, and then a bunch of us are going to Cuba! Munro included! For fun -- this is the first non-school-building trip I've done in years. We're just relaxing on the beach this time.
- Posted on 11/16/2010 by Mary
So, in case it doesn't come through properly in the text, Munro has a total sense of humor and was joking (often self-deprecatingly) during much of this interview. Also, fyi, I'm not psychic -- we were talking via Skype, which is why I could tell what was in his bedroom. And without further ado...
So, the last time I saw you was in Toronto when you guys were shooting the carnival video, Boiling Point hadn't aired, no one in America really understood what was coming yet... has life become any different for you since becoming America's Sweetheart?
First of all, I am not America's Sweetheart! It's very sweet for people to say that. But it's just so much fun. Just for myself, as an actor, I feel like I've grown. Because for every job you take, you should grow; you should move forward as an actor. But for me personally, I still... I don't like, go to celeb parties and drink martinis, I don't know.
Do you wake up every morning and look in the mirror and say, "You know, I have 28,000 twitter followers."
You know I do sometimes? (laughs) No, it's nice; it's so humbling to have people support what you do so intensely. It was an achievement for the 28,000... it's 29 now, just, by the way, let's set the record straight. But trending was an amazing moment.
It was amazing, especially the day after the Emmys to be, like on the world scale -- not that I'm counting -- for the entire 8 hours Munro Chambers was 5th and The Emmys were 7th, so it was kind of surreal.
Oh... My God.
Yeah, it was kinda strange. It was one of those things where it's like, "OK, pat on the back, that's cool." But like anything else, it's really exciting and then the next day it's like "OK, back to work."
Yeah, back to 6am wake up calls.
So, have you been to the US since the Boiling Point aired?
No, I've been meaning to go to NY because my cousin goes to school there, but I haven't been able to get down. All I've heard from Charlotte and Aislinn and everyone is just that they maul you. Where, in Toronto, it's more like you get the off look... like they glance at you and kind of realize.
You have an identical twin brother right? Does he ever get any Eli stuff now in public?
Yeah, he gets it... We have this place in Toronto called Wonderland, it's like Six Flags, and he did the trampoline diving show there -- he's a nationally ranked trampolinist, 10th in the world, actually. He just came back from Japan. So we're really so proud of him. But anyway, he has a totally different look than I do, but he gets recognized. And he's very much not the, like "yay!" embrace it kind of deal. He's like "Yup, that's my brother."
So what's your favorite thing about playing Eli?
Definitely just how complex the character is. There are so many different layers to him. On one level he's very suave and intelligent, but he's also very dark and has lots of secrets... Very complex, very mysterious, and very different from any character I've ever played before.
What do and don't you have in common with him?
We're very different people in a lot of senses I think. But the one thing we have in common is our sense of protection for the people we love.
So how was it on set the day Aislinn got into her Bizarro-Clare wardrobe?
I was scared! I didn't know who it was! I was like, "That is NOT AISLINN!" It was an eerie time for all of us.
You have a lot of New York paraphernalia in your bedroom...
Yeah, I love New York. Part of me kind of loves it because of Oliver and Company. Love that movie. I gotta say it.
And New York is just like that in real life!
It got cats! Stealing sausages. I base my life around Disney movies. My two favorite movies of all time are Lion King -- 'cause you know, it's dope -- and Raging Bull. They're two different movies, but you can relate them. You know? Why not? The best of the best, I say.