Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an actress working in film, television, video games and I do a lot of voice over work. I started in the biz later in life, after 12 amazing years as an elementary school teacher in Ottawa. I’m a huge advocate for people following their dreams, no matter what, and my TEDx talk, Chasing Dreams and Beginning Again” talks about my journey from teaching to acting. It’s had over half a million views and has connected me with fellow dream-chasers all over the world. I love nature. I love Transformers, specifically BumbleBee and I’m in love with what I do for a living.
What have you been up to since we last spoke?
Oh my gosh, we spoke back in 2013 when Splinter Cell Blacklist was released! What have I been up to? I don’t know where to start! Well, my voice work has really taken off and I’ve been working steadily in that department, which I love. I’ve also worked on about 5 or 6 more video games; The Division, The Division 2, Ghost Recon, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and a couple more.
I mean, I’ve just been working steadily, honing my craft, taking classes, working. I’ve done a bunch of TV shows, and movies… worked alongside Brooke Shields and Beau Bridges in a super fun series of movies… I’ve been really blessed. Personally, I’m just in a really good place. I bought a house, rescued a new dog, have an amazing family who’s all healthy. I’m happy.
You had some behind the scenes roles since our last interview. What went into your decision to get into the development process?
I’ve always wanted to step behind the camera and direct and write. I partnered with a fantastic creative in the industry, Brett Heard, and together we wrote and directed Go Fish (now on Amazon Prime). It was an incredible learning experience for me and he was a wonderful mentor for me as a first-time director/writer.
I really think directing is in my blood. Maybe from years of coaching athletes and teaching kids… but I really hope to continue to expand my experience in this area. I’m really inspired by my peers who are creating content.
What can you tell us about your latest series “Utopia Falls”?
Utopia Falls is a genre-bending, coming of age story that follows a group of teens in a distant future society called New Babyl. The laws, culture, and norms have been taught to everyone in New Babyl, from the beginning of their time and it’s all anyone knows. History as you and I know it, does not exist. Our hero teens are invited to participate in a prestigious talent competition called The Exemplar but discover an ancient forbidden archive of historical, cultural and musical relics and this discovery forces them to question everything they’ve been taught. They start questioning who they are. The show is about song, dance, and self-expression, but it’s also got so much more to it. It’s a drama, a love story, a thriller…. it explores power struggles and family dynamics…activism… it brings to light a lot of cultural history that often gets overlooked in shows. A lot of shows address politics but ignore culture. Utopia Falls explores it all. I’m really happy to be part of it.
What can audiences expect from your character “Authority Phydra”?
They can expect to love her and hate her at the same time! Phydra ruffles a lot of feathers because she is the silencing and oppressive voice of the series. She is a staunch believer in the laws and beliefs of New Babyl and will stop at nothing to ensure everyone is staying in line. She is manipulative, cocky, unreadable. Phydra is the roadblock for the young teens of The Examplar as they start to self-actualize, self-express… and she really is the ultimate antagonist. But every villain has their kryptonite, right? I can’t wait for fans to discover what Phydra’s weakness is.
What’s next for your career?
You know, I’m not sure! I always seem to have something on the go! I’m hoping for a Season 2 of Utopia Falls and I’m attached to a very special movie called Healing Hearts that’s supposed to start shooting in late summer/early fall. But besides acting, I’m working on finishing my kid’s book (finally!) and I really want to get one of my screenplays to camera.
2020 is also coming with a lot of travel! I’m going to Germany, Scotland, California for Wynonna Earp Conventions which I’m really looking forward to.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Be humble. Don’t think you’re owed a career. Work for it. Work hard. Train always. Support other artists. Audit classes. Network. Begin again every day. Be a sponge in the industry and soak up every learning opportunity that surrounds you. Trust yourself. Know yourself. Volunteer. Be a nice person.
Is it safe to say the chasing your dream was worth it?
Oh yes. 1000%! But it’s for more than just the success in the business. If someone told me I could never act again, I’d still think the dream was worth it because through this journey, I have learned so much about myself as a person, and what I stand for. It’s really stretched me and taught me about myself. I’m so grateful.
What’s your life like off-set?
I’m definitely a home-body. Lots and lots of family time. I love spending time outside in nature. I spend a lot of time with my pup, Zelda. I drink a lot of coffee and I love to bake. I recently bought a house with an old wood-burning fireplace so I spend a lot of time sitting by the fire. Let the readers know where to find you online. I’m really active on social media and love to connect with fans!