Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am currently living in Toronto amidst the second wave of our global pandemic — and yet I feel very lucky to be working on several projects as an actress, stunt performer, and model. Growing up in a military family allowed me the opportunity to live in many parts of Canada and much of Europe. Acting was the way I integrated into all of these new communities as a child – drama camps etc. So naturally, it became the way I like to connect with people. My mission is to live life to the fullest, continually grow, and help others when I can. I hope that embarking on my own path encourages others to do the same, but regardless, I just want to have the best experiences this life has to offer and share them with the best people I can find. We all deserve to live a life free to explore ourselves and the world around us.
How did your time at Prague Film school help prepare you for your eventual film career?
In my year at PFS, I worked with 50 filmmakers from around the world and 9 other international actors. It was a very intense year where I acted in over 25 short films, was crew on around 10, and also wrote, produced, directed, and starred in my own short film. It gave me a perspective on storytelling from around the world, the commonalities and differences between cultures and religions, and how to work with incredibly diverse crews and cast from all walks of life. From there, some of our short films went to the Cannes Film Festival, and I also worked with Nancy Bishop CSA as her casting associate and reader on a few other projects, including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and ABC TV Series Missing. I have such deep gratitude to Nancy – she gave me so much experience, guidance, and incredible support during the very formative years of my career. Incredible woman.
What has it been like to be part of such an iconic series like Star Trek in Star Trek Discovery?
Mind-Blowing. Such a gift to be surrounded by incredible artists and professionals. It’s been a great ride so far and there’s always more to learn.
What can you tell us about Jupiter’s Legacy and your role in it?
All I can say is that you really don’t want to miss this series! It is going to be phenomenal. On my IMDb I am credited with a stunt doubling role and was very lucky to work with and learn from such an incredible team.
You’re the Co-Founder and Co-Host of a curated series of film industry-related events entitled “Behind the Camera” at Soho House Toronto. What led to you deciding to create this series of events?
When I was invited to become a member of Soho House Toronto a few years ago, I knew there was an incredible network of industry professionals and creatives. I wanted to tap into that and provide members and friends with a gathering place, and a chance to connect and learn. I didn’t see it happening at the house and I wanted it myself as a member, so I went ahead and made it happen. I approached another member, Jim Gelcer and together we created these wonderful events, along with a film festival for the House that took place at the Shangri-La Hotel.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Keep at it, work hard, and stay humble.
What’s next for your career?
Depends on what 2020 decides to throw at us next, but looks like more action and sci-fi work. There’s so much going on in this incredible city (Toronto) and so many shows are filming here that I would really like to be part of. Incredible stories being told. The global market is shifting so much right now, but once this all calms down I’ll likely continue my process to L.A. Stay Tuned!
What’s your life like outside of acting?
I train as much as I can in Martial Arts and try to keep up with my Dutch and Musical instruments. When I have time between projects I like to get out to visit my family in Calgary and Halifax. I like to go on little adventures. I’m quite outdoorsy, hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. And lots of training in acting and stunts.
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