Have fun, be yourself, enjoy life and stay positive.
Trust your gut. You know yourself, so don’t let somebody else tell you who you are.
My brothers and I always did improv stuff in our basement with our friends; we’re super nerds, and that was our way of spending a Friday night.
I am drawn to those parts; I like the tough girls because they are not tough. It’s a veil; it’s a disguise. It’s defenses. At the core, everybody is human, everybody is fragile, everybody is terrified, and the fear is what propels you to be tough.
I was on the improv team in high school, and after I graduated, I joined an improv company that had been established 10 years prior to me getting there. They did long-form improv, and I fell in love with it. It’s acting, character creation, collaborative, artistic expression and comedy – and it’s scary. It was a big rush.
I’m at the transition place myself, still playing high school girls but moving to a stage when I’m playing older roles and going to the places of stillness and wisdom and knowledge and weight. It’s exciting and scary.
You’re working with adults and you’re being paid to do a job. And you’re a kid. Then you go back to high school, and everybody’s partying, and they’re doing math. I always felt a little bit outside of it. Outside of both experiences, really.
Clothing and makeup and hair and all of that so much indicates the kind of person you are inside and the person you are presenting on the outside. Sometimes they are in conflict, and sometimes they are the same. That psychology of the exterior informing the interior is just so interesting.
I haven’t really done a lot of comedy. It’s something that terrifies me.
I love people, watching people interact. It’s a lot of psychology. We learn about ourselves by watching other people’s lives on the screen.
Those darker sides, the things that we don’t want to admit about ourselves – that’s what excites me.
How you go about moving within the world you live in says so much about who you are.
I grew up in Canada, man – we all had rinks in our backyards because we’d ice down the grass with a hose and build a skating rink.
I think being idle is quite hard for me to do.
Comedy scares me a lot. I feel like it’s way harder than drama. I think my safety net is definitely drama, and I would love to kind of be able to be able to push into the comedy world and do something kind of like a Christopher Guest kind of style show. That, to me, is my kind of comedy. Like, Ricky Gervais comedy. That’s my kind of thing.
I loved filming in Morocco; it was amazing. I’d never been anywhere like that. The culture was phenomenal. I was so blown away by the spirit of that country.
It’s always been my dream to just continually do really cool indie movies, character-driven stuff. I would love to do more theater on a larger scale. I’m just excited for the next thing that comes along that I’m salivating over. I think a little more guerrilla would be really exciting to me.
I think there’s something really freeing about improv, that it’s a collective, creative, in-the-moment piece. That’s really exciting and really frustrating, because it’s there and gone. There’s an amazing interaction with the audience that happens because they are very much another scene partner.
I did improv for about 10 years professionally, and before that, I had done it in high school as part of an improv team. It was definitely a big part of my upbringing.
Auditions are not a natural environment, and you feel judged, even though everyone is just excited to find the right person.
I fell in love with ‘Star Trek’ after J. J. Abrams’s movie. I’m so into that.
‘Orphan Black’ allows for people to have debates and theories and allegiances to different characters – to trust characters and hate other characters – but it doesn’t tell you who is good or bad or right or wrong. That’s the most exciting storytelling, in my book.
I try to get roles that challenge me in what I can do and who I think I can portray. For me, it’s about creating characters with really fascinating stories, because that’s what I like to watch on TV.
Film has always been where my heart is.
I like ‘Futurama.’ That’s kind of the only thing that’s my sci-fi thing, although I was big into zombies for a time.
Robert de Niro has always been fascinating to me. And if John Cazale were still alive, that would be a man I’d love to work with. I’m a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films – I would be honored to work with him. I think he’s a brilliant director, and he gets such compelling stories out of his actors and out of his crew.
Sci-fi sheds light on what’s going on in society, albeit in a kind of fantastical world. It is resonant with what’s actually happening, but I think people overlook it because it’s not very on-the-nose.
She (Alison Clone) is so much fun to play. She was like the one in the audition that I was most terrified of pulling out because for some reason she highlights everything about myself that I’m embarrassed about. Like be controlling or a perfectionist or uptight. Or holier-than-thou. All that stuff that I am embarrassed to admit that I am, like small-town. It’s like she’s kind of a clown version of a large part of me. So she was super-fun to play for that reason.
Shaun of the Dead was my favorite movie for like six years, and I love George Romero. But I love cartoons like Home Movies — I don’t know if you know that one.
(about Comic Con) There is just an energy there that is so incredible. That audience is my favorite kind of people because they were all dressed up and totally out, you know what I mean? They are so out about their love of this genre and their insane, encyclopedia knowledge of it. They ask really cutting questions, because they know the world.