As a key part of our business, we are always scanning the industry for fabulous talent. There are three Canadian actors that I think deserve a mention and are ones to watch. Two grew up in our home province of Alberta, which makes us extra proud. The other is from Ontario.
The first one is originally from Jasper, Alberta. Her name is Erin Karpluk, and she is by and large a television actress but has also done some feature films and shorts. She’s probably best known for her lead role on the TV show “Being Erica,” currently airing on CBC, BBC and other networks around the world. What strikes me the most about her is that she reminds me of a young Renée Zellweger. She’s very skilled at immersing herself in her character and feeling the part, not just delivering lines. She’s also very aware of her acting environment, responding perfectly to cues and to the other actors. What I love most about her, and what I think is so similar to Renée Zellweger, is her ability to use facial expression to communicate a character’s internal thoughts and emotions. That’s tough, and Erin has mastered it. You can check her out here on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1172442/
I actually went to university with the other actor from Alberta, Matt Baram. Funny, funny man. This guy has impeccable comedic timing, just wind him up and let him go. He also has this look about him that is a cross between Seinfeld’s Kramer and a young version of the crazy professor from Michael J. Fox’s “Back to the Future.” Even back then, I pegged him as the next Eugene Levy and there is no doubt he’s making his mark. He’s worked with the legendary Second City in Toronto, on TV, film and on stage. Among other roles currently airing on TV and the big screen, he is also Co-Artistic Director of “The National Theatre of the World” in Toronto. You can check him out here on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0052925/
Another Canadian actor to take note of is Suzanne Coy, and she goes by the name of “Zan.” Wow, this gal has got incredible range and can take on any part she’s given from comedy to drama. She’s like a chameleon that seamlessly and effortlessly morphs into incredibly diverse characters. Zan has been everywhere–TV, film, shorts. She’s another one that really feels a part and delivers more than just lines. She’s got this incredible depth and richness to her work, and is a pleasure to see perform. She consistently delivers that magical combination of raw talent and refined skill that comes from years of experience. You can check her out here on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185340/
You can also find these three fabulous actors on Twitter @erinkarpluk @MattBaram @ZANcoy
Definitely worth a follow.