It was a theatre project that put me in the right place at the right time. I had been living in Ottawa and created a play with three women called The Public Servant that got picked up for a Toronto run. I heard from a colleague there was a super exciting new TV show about moms being cast and I immediately got my hands on the audition material, booked a studio, made a self-tape – got that tape seen – and the rest is history.
Honestly, you hear stories about actors getting a break, and this was one hundred percent a big break. Catherine Reitman told me in my final call back that she and Philip Sternberg (her husband and co-producer) had watched my tape while lying in bed one morning in their California home reviewing auditions and I had made them laugh.
You just never know when you’re going to end up in bed with powerful people!
I felt like such an imposter when I started teaching at the post-secondary level. I am a classically trained actor with solid practical experience, but I’m no academic. I think I used that anxiety I had initially felt in the institutional setting to inspire Val’s feeling of not always having control as a leader or fitting in as a person. I relate to her desire to bring people together to foster friendship, and much like Val, I have been known to put my foot in my mouth on occasion, usually caught up in a wave of well-intentioned over-sharing.