Tall Poppy Interview - Amanda Walsh, Actor
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Tall Poppy Interview – Amanda Walsh, Actor

toist_amandaw-copy.gifFormer Much Music VJ Amanda Walsh has been more than busy since retreating from the Queen and John life last August. She’s had roles on the small screen, has a feature screening at TIFF, and still finds time for some sketchy behaviour when she’s in Toronto. TOist caught up with the rising actress to hear about her latest projects. Interesting adventures all of them, but we’re especially curious about her gig with TOist’s official heartthrob (after David Miller, natch), Don McKellar.
What have you been doing post Much Music? Why did you decide to leave the dazzling world of music television?
It is oh so dazzling! I had an amazing time at Much, and learned so much about not only interviewing artists, but also writing and producing my own material, and creating my own characters. Live television was an incredible experience, and creative rush. Acting has always been my first love, and it is what I’ve been doing since I was 10, so I decided it was time to put all of my focus back there. Since leaving Much last August, I’ve worked on Smallville, shot an indie film called These Girls, and a film for New Line called Nothing But The Truth, and I’m going to start working on a series for ABC soon.
When I miss the corner of Queen and John, I like to put on mini shows with my Much action figures- Rick’s is actually made to scale!

TOist has learned that you’re in a new show being produced by Lorne Michaels called Sons and Daughters? What’s it all about?
I’m really excited about it, it’s about a big family, the situations are scripted but the dialogue is improvised.The cast is awesome and really funny. I play Jenna, Fred Goss’ character’s much younger half sister.
You have a background in sketch comedy and improv. Is that what you’re interested in doing? You honed your chops doing sketch comedy in Toronto. Tell us about that.
I started out doing improv in Montreal with the very talented Uncalled For Improv (shout out). When I moved to TO, I realized I had no friends in the city so I took some classes at Second City. Comedy friends are fun! More recently I’ve worked with an amazing sketch group called The Sketchersons. Sketch is one of my favorite kinds of comedy, there is so much freedom, and improv is great because you are constantly taking risks. I’ll definitely keep it up, but I also like exploring dramatic roles.
What about this show we hear you’re doing with Don McKellar?
It’s a CBC radio drama written by Matt Watts called “Steve the First”. It’s about the postapocalypse, and the only man who can save us is really lazy. We just finished working on the sequel, there’s lots of Canadian talent involved including Mark McKinney, Jayne Eastwood, and Holly Lewis.
You just wrapped filming on a movie in which you star alongside Holly Lewis (The Newsroom) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls). How did that go? And when and where can we expect to see this movie?
These Girls is going to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. We shot last October/Nov in New Brunswick. It is set in the summer and we were in bathing suits so it was a lil’ chilly..okay freezing, but fun. The three of us play best friends in a small town, and during the shoot we lived together in a B&B, it was great because we bonded right away, and spent our off days going on bike rides around town. Nice and wholesome.
You’ve also just wrapped another movie directed by the guy behind Comedian, and starring quite a range of celebrities. What’s that all about?
It’s called Nothing But The Truth, the cast includes Teri Polo and Craig Kilborn and stars Ryan Pinkston. He plays a teenager, who has a problem in the popularity department, I play the popular girl who shuts him down. He tries telling some extravagant lies to make life a little easier, but things take a strange turn when the lies start coming true…all I’m gonna say is that Carmen Electra may or may not make an appearance.
Are you mostly in LA these days? Or do you reside in Toronto?
I reside in my suitcase these days. But I should be settling in LA for a bit to work on the series. Which means I no longer have an excuse not to do my laundry.
What’s your favorite place to hang out in Toronto?
Hmmm..it’s a toughie, but I’m a Queen West gal who enjoys the odd lychee martini, so it’s gotta be Squirlys.