TIFF JOURNAL: Meet Katie Boland
Our pick for Canada’s sweetheart on everything from TIFF style to rappers to Daydream Nation, her fantastic new film.
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Age and hometown: 22, Toronto
The Zack Files, Terminal City, Adoration, and now
Daydream Nation, also starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas, Andie McDowell, Rachel Blanchard, Reece Thompson and Calum Worthy.
What was the most challenging part of your role in Daydream Nation
? “The most difficult part was the comedy. I don’t often do comedy, although I want to and I hope this marks a new phase in my career, so thinking about how to make it funny used a totally different part of my brain. Also, the audition was difficult because I had to put myself on tape in Europe with my Mom reading the off-camera lines over Skype!”
Do you have a favourite scene in the movie, or one that when you saw the final film, you were particularly proud of your performance? “I just saw the film a few nights ago at its TIFF premiere, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this movie. I rarely say this, but this is a really good movie, and I’m very proud, specifically of Mike Goldbach who wrote and directed it. My favourite scene that I’m in, is one in the high school bathroom with Kat Dennings, where I confront her and she schools me. She is hilarious in the scene and my hair is ridiculous.”
What was it like working with Kat Dennings? “Amazing. I love her. She is so talented, smart, wonderful and funny…I can’t say enough good things. I want to be her best friend.”
How did the cast bond and get to know each other? “Funnily, I already knew Reece Thompson and Calum Worthy from growing up in the Canadian film industry but it was fun to hang out with them again as adults. They are FANTASTIC and hugely intelligent guys. It was a great set because I often had a lot of time off during days, so Kat, Reece, Calum, Landon, Jesse and I would hang out and just talk. It felt like high school all over again!”
You’ve done the TIFF premiere circuit before. What’s that experience like for you? “I do enjoy it. I think it’s pretty great to get to go to parties and see your friends while celebrating film. I plan a few days in advance what I’m wearing. I’ve been really blessed because Canadian designers have been so wonderful and lent me a lot of beautiful stuff. I am also working with a phenomenal stylist, Linda Gaylord, who helps me pull everything together. I couldn’t do it without her.”
What’s your favourite part of the TIFF experience? Least favourite part? “My favourite part is seeing all my old friends that I don’t see enough during the year. My least favourite is trying to fit everything in, especially seeing screenings. I feel like it’s impossible to do everything that I want to!”
Katie on her favourite films, style icons, and Dove deodorant after the jump!
You come from such an interesting, artistic family. [Katie’s mom is director Gail Harvey; her dad, Kevin, is a journalist, and her brother, Michael, is a rapper.] What did you learn from both your mom and dad about being an artist? What was the best advice each of them gave you? “I am very close to my Mom and Dad and very lucky to have the parents I do. My brother, Michael, and I were raised in a very open and artistic environment and both of my parents taught us to follow our dreams and express ourselves openly. My Dad has always taught me to be patient. Being an actress, things don’t always move as quickly as you want them to, but my Dad has always taught me that good things come to those who wait, that everything will be okay. I find him very calming. My Mom has taught me to be persistent, she is very inspiring. She is an amazing business woman, and she never gives up. As a result, I’ve learned perseverance is an incredibly important part of success. My Mom and I are best friends, I’m really lucky.”
You’ve been working as an actor since childhood. Does acting mean the same thing to you now that you’re an adult? “I think my love for actually acting has always remained the same. As you get older, you begin to reconcile business and art, to understand that as an artist you need to also look at yourself as a business. I also think as a child you live from day to day, so I thought about acting in the present, and now I think about it as a career, how my future will play out. Strangely, I don’t know how much my concept of being an actor has changed since I was a child. I loved it then for the same reasons I love it now: Thinking about people, collaborating with interesting artists, getting to live in someone else’s skin.”
There are so many sad examples of child stars losing the plot. What advice would you give to actors who are starting their career at a very young age? What kept you grounded? “I think if I was famous, like Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton, it would have been a lot more difficult to stay grounded. What’s interesting, after living in Los Angeles, you realize that people are very judgmental of young stars but have no concept of how crazy their lives are, how much of it isn’t in their control. My advice would be to not be surrounded only with people who are in the film industry, and to leave Los Angeles as quickly as you can. On the other hand, I think you do solicit the attention that you get. On some level, the people who are so hounded by the media want that, otherwise they wouldn’t go places they know they’d be photographed.”
Can you tell me a little about your upcoming projects? Die
(with Elias Koteas) and Pooka
sound great, and very different from each other. What was the most interesting part for you about working on both projects? “
Pooka are very different!
Die is a futuristic thriller and
Pooka is a comedic, highly stylized short. I loved working on
Die because I love working in Montreal. They approach film in such a wonderful way, very European very artistically driven. I loved working on
Pooka because the character I played,
Pooka, was so interesting and layered. I also rocked a hilarious side-pony and awful glasses, so the costumes were fun.”
You’ve written and directed a short, Fateful
. Are you interested in writing and directing in the future? “Yes, incredibly. You need to create your own work and I’m really looking forward to doing more of that in the future. In my opinion, it’s the most important part of a longstanding career.”
Who are some of your favourite filmmakers? “Woody Allen, Charlie Kauffman, Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Michael McGowan and Gail Harvey.”
What are some of your favourite films? “
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Cabaret, Annie Hall and
In terms of fashion, is there anyone whose style you particularly admire? Either in real life, or a character on-screen? “I really admire old movie stars. I love young Liz Taylor and Ava Gardner. I also love watching
Mad Men—fantastic show and the fashions are unreal.”
What book are you reading now? “
Lullabies for Little Criminals which is a wonderful Canadian novel and
Tender is the Night, a beautiful classic.”
What’s on your iPod? “Kanye West’s new album is amazing! I listen to ‘Monster’ and ‘Power’ on repeat. Also Bon Iver, Michael Boland (my brother who is also a rapper) and Sebastian and Oliver Pigott who are very talented brothers I know.”
What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday? “Brunch with loved ones, seeing a great movie, going on a long walk, writing through the night.”
Your dream travel destination? “New York City. Hands down the best city in the world. I can’t wait to live there.”
Favourite fragrance? “Does Dove deodorant count? I never wear fragrance! I really want to be one of those girls who always have it all together fashion-wise but I can never do it. I hope one day I will be!”
Song you know all the words to? “‘Across the Universe’ by The Beatles. My all-time favourite song.”
Watch the trailer for Daydream Nation here!
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