Date of publishing: 15th
Sarah first launched her professional acting career
on the popular CBC soap series “Edgemont”
where she played the love interest to Grace Park’s
(Battlestar Galactica, Hawaii Five- O) character Shannon.
From there, Sarah went on to numerous lead and supporting
roles including SyFy’s “Andromeda”
and “Stargate SG-1”, USA Network’s
“Dead Zone” and Lifetime Television’s
“Killer Hair” and “Hostile Makeover”.
Recently Edmondson gueststarred on J.J Abram’s
hit series for FOX “Fringe”, Syfy’s
“Continuum” and has been seen in a recurring
role on USA Network’s hugely successful dramedy
Gilles Nuytens: Hello
and nice to meet you! So, let us know how the acting
adventure started for you.
Sarah Edmondson: I’ve been
acting since I was a little girl, always putting on
performances at our family dinners and started taking
acting classes at Arts Umbrella when I was really
young. In high school I did the theatre program at
Lord Byng Secondary School where I did a performance
of “The Great American Cheese Sandwich”
(kind of random) where an agent head hunted me and
I signed with him in Vancouver. I actually never really
worked with them though, as I went to Israel for a
year after high school and then studied for one year
at the University of Victoria (in the Theatre program)
and then moved to Montreal where I got my bachelor
of Fine Arts at Concordia University where I never
had the opportunity to have many juicy roles, so I
went out and got an agent. That was 1997 and I started
booking great, guest starring roles right away.
Nuytens: What do
you enjoy the most about acting?
Sarah Edmondson: Firstly, the people.
Meeting and working with new people on every gig.
Making stories or being a part of projects that are
moving, inspiring or conscious shifting.
Gilles Nuytens: What
was the most challenging role you had so far?
Sarah Edmondson: I think the most
physically and taxing role was in the YTV classic,
“Are You Afraid of the Dark” in 1999 where
I had to play a young wannabe model, whose face got
stolen by an evil witch, so I had to play myself as
well as the witch acting opposite myself. It was very
challenging to act with a body double and then switch
roles, characters’ voices, physiology, etc.
At the end of that amazing 5 day shoot, I was very
happy with being a guest star only, and having a break.
Gilles Nuytens: What's
your greatest achievement so far, acting related?
Sarah Edmondson: I’m most proud
of my work in “A Gun to the Head” (which
premiered at TIFF), where I played a sociopath. I
was very proud of that performance.
Gilles Nuytens: Generally,
before playing a character, how do you prepare yourself
mentally to be in the role?
Sarah Edmondson: It always depends
on the role. Usually, it involves some character analysis
and research and more or less it depends on how much
or how little I relate to the character.
Gilles Nuytens: What
are the most difficult parts for you in acting? And
Sarah Edmondson: Sometimes sustaining
intense emotionality is challenging, but I like that
challenge. And also I find it difficult to access
anger in an authentic way, because that’s not
my “go to”. Easiest- Memorizing lines
and working with people, taking direction and going
with the flow of the shoot which can often be stressful
for some people. I also love to help solve challenges…
I am a bit of a MacGyver ? - being able to be creative
in a moment instead of giving up upon hitting a road
Nuytens: If you
had the opportunity to choose the role you really
want to play in the movie of your choice, what would
Sarah Edmondson: Like many woman,
to play a strong, smart woman in any genre would be
a joy, but specifically in a period piece. Something
that takes place in the 40’s or 60’s or
any period to be honest. I just love dressing up,
and I love costumes and I love genre pieces.
Gilles Nuytens: Each
experience is a whole new opportunity to learn things.
So what's the most important thing you've learned
Sarah Edmondson: Do other things
in your life, other than acting. Have a rich and fulfilling
life and don’t depend on acting for your only
source of income and stability. Fill your life with
other things that move you.
These things enrich your life.
Gilles Nuytens: Tell
us something people don't know yet about you...
Sarah Edmondson: My first word was
“shoe”. Not mom, not Dad, but shoe. This
says a lot. I have many.
Gilles Nuytens: What
did you enjoy the most being in Continuum?
Sarah Edmondson: The people! I especially
loved working opposite Tahmoh (Tahmoh Penikett)
who played my “bonus TV husband” as I
like to call him ? and Simon Barry, the show runner
is an amazing man. But honestly, I just love the show.
It’s captivating, intelligent and politically
current. I am so proud to be a part of it.
your best memory from Continuum?
Sarah Edmondson: In Season One we
were in this amazing home in West Van with a river
running through the backyard. (spoiler alert!) We
were shooting one the most complex ensemble scenes
of the episode where I am accused of murdering the
reporter who dies at the beginning of the episode.
Working with the leads of the show, including the
talented Vic Webster (whom I also had the privilege
of working with on Lifetime’s “Killer
Hair and “Hostile Makeover”) was a total
blast. It was more like a theatre piece where we had
the opportunity to act the whole scene out- with all
of its nuances, twists and turns etc.
Gilles Nuytens: And
what about Fringe? What's your best memory?
Sarah Edmondson: My awesome trailer!
No seriously… going through the prosthetic process
of making a body double of myself which I think was
actually never used. It was a little scary under all
that plaster but I meditated and breathed through
Nuytens: It's been
already 10 years, but there are still fans who remember
your part in Stargate (Season 6: Natania in "Prophecy").
Can you share with them your experience for that show?
Sarah Edmondson: I was really excited
to work with Richard Dean Anderson, whom I aspire
to be like with all of my MacGyvering! He was incredibly
professional and I learned a lot from watching him
work. I also had to fire a gun for the first time,
which was a new experience. I also loved my costume.
It helped me to find the character and access her
Gilles Nuytens: Any
future goals, challenges you want to do?
Sarah Edmondson: I want to finish
the documentary I am working on right now about sugar
and the sugar industry. I also plan on opening my
own production company and bringing together my many
talented friends in the film industry to create and
produce our own projects that will both entertain
and shift consciousness, awareness…and hopefully
Gilles Nuytens: A
free question to you. Ask "yourself" a question
as if you were the interviewer (something that you'd
like someone would ask you), and answer it :)
Sarah Edmondson: Great idea!
Question- What else are you passionate about?
Personal growth, Yoga, Raw food, and growing myself
to my full potential. And helping other people grow
and find what THEY are passionate about. ?