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Lisa Durupt – Interview
Melissa: , [00:00:00] that country, and I’m always the subject today on the show. I get to chat with a very talented actress. You all know her from films, such as love, guaranteed over the heart, and whether she Bates among many other, I’d like to help them decide to move to the show.
Lisa Durupt: Hey,
I’m good. How are you?
Melissa: Good. Thank you. I hope I got your name right.
Lisa Durupt: It’s one of those weird ones. Like it’s a silent PT in theory because it’s French. So if you say Judy really fast, it just sounds like drew. So when you turn it into an Anglophone name, it’s just Dirus, but it’s, I answer to anything cause it’s odd.
Like seriously, the silent PT is a very odd set of letters at the end of your name. So I just answered anything.
Melissa: No, I’m used to assume. My last name is hard to pronounce the battalion. And it’s always pronounced with like a shut down instead of a chest
[00:01:00] Lisa Durupt: I’m Italians. My husband’s Italian, his mom’s maiden.
Last name is min Gotti, which to me is very Italian. So I love it. Yeah.
Melissa: Yeah. Is he a, was he born here or was he born over there?
Lisa Durupt: no born in here. His grandparents were born there. So he’s far removed from having been born there, but every now and then when he gets a bit of a temper, I’m like, yep, he’s Italian.
It’s good. I remember my mom saying, you want someone who’s fiery? They’re passionate. And I was like, yeah, good point. I’m kind of boring if he wasn’t.
Melissa: Yeah. And that makes things way more interesting
Lisa Durupt: and exactly
Melissa: you’re French Canadian. I
Lisa Durupt: am. Yeah. My dad has actually made tea. I’m made T2, meaning like indigenous and French Canadian.
And the, my mom’s heritage is, Oh man, it’s your quintessential British slash somewhere in there. There’s a little Irish, little Scottish. all of that in one. So I’m a bit of a mutt that way. Yeah.
Melissa: I can use [00:02:00] English on my mother’s side as well. They’re all from England. And then yeah, my grandfather was actually born in Manitoba, Canada.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, I’m from Winnipeg. So Manitoba born and raised until I was mid to late twenties, I guess, which was clearly last year.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, exactly. I can’t believe, you know, Manitoba, like nobody does. That’s crazy.
Melissa: Yeah. Yeah. He’s a British Canadian and formed there and went to the States for a really long time.
Lisa Durupt: yeah. What’s crazy. It’s kind of, it’s kind of this hub of immigration from back in the day. Cause it was the center of Canada and the coldest place and still is one of the coldest places in the winter. So it was where they really loved to, you know, funnel in people from other countries if they were willing was to move them there.
So it’s where a lot of people settled from all over the world, but eventually they all leave. So everyone has a story about somebody who used to live
Melissa: there. [00:03:00] I’ll just add mine to the mix.
Lisa Durupt: yeah, exactly. Great place. But a lot of people are like, okay, great. I got it. I’m done. I’m over it. And I’m going to move so great place to start though.
Melissa: And are you still in Canada? Are you in the States now?
Lisa Durupt: I live in Canada. I live on the West coast, straight up from LA I’m in Vancouver, Canada. Cause it’s a huge film and television hub up here. I think on any given day, I can’t remember the exact number, but it floats between used to float between second and third position between Atlanta Los Angeles.
And then New York, but with COVID and everything had happened, they were, Vancouver was one of the first film industries to kick back in. And so it very quickly became I think the hotspot. And so now it’s between Atlanta and Vancouver on any given day as to who’s filming more. I think last one I heard was like 80 different projects going on right now.
Melissa: Geez. Wow. Yeah. That’s interesting. How is it domain? they’re in [00:04:00] probate with the regulation.
Lisa Durupt: Well, it’s not, so it’s not so much difficult. It’s just more time consuming because there’s a lot of, yeah. The steps that you have to go through, like when you go there in the morning, depending on the production, initially, it was just, you had to have your temperature checked every day.
And they did obviously the questionnaire about how you’re feeling and all that stuff. And then. You know, the masks and very careful about if anyone who’s familiar with film, the best part of film is craft service, which is you can go, it’s like a candy store at any time of the day. You can just go get one, whatever you want, but now you have to like go to the truck and ask the lady.
And I think a lot of people stopped munching through it. It’s a day because you have to ask for it. It’s kind of embarrassing. Like. Can we have an extra bag of chips and this and that. So, it’s just it’s I read out, but the one thing that was cool was that everybody right off the bat was very rude.
I think just excited to get back to work. Now then it’s gotten a lot stricter because in the States you guys have [00:05:00] sag screen actors Guild up here, we have actress. And so in order for the unions to agree, sag had requested a little bit more testing. And rightfully so. I mean, you’re flying people up from LA and yeah.
I ask them to, or wherever and you ask them the quarantine. So because of that, right now, what’s happening is that there’s a backlog of getting the tests done. So every three days per sag rules, you have to, everybody has to be tested. But I guess on some productions, unfortunately, what’s happening is that the tests aren’t coming in on time.
So they’re having to like hold production until everyone who’s working that day, their tests have come through. So I think it’s a little tricky. The last, I heard one of the major shows here. I believe it was bat woman. Don’t quote me on that. I think they’ve spent some upwards of like $2 million on extra precautions, which is good.
Safety is a huge factor, but I, you know, it’s growing pains and I think they’re realizing. They don’t want to shut it down because I mean, during COVID, if you ask any person, I’m sure they watched hours of television, so they need to make [00:06:00] such a weird conundrum. It’s like, you want to make content, but at the same time, you want to make sure that you’re doing it safely.
So, yeah, I think it’s just a slower pace, but everybody is eager to get back to work. Everybody’s very respectful of the rules that are set out. Nobody really complains about it. And everyone gets it just a little bit of a different world right now. So you’re kind of just thankful when you are working.
Melissa: Just a bit of an adjustment, but I think, you know, it’s like anything, you know, you end up eventually, you know, it used to it, not that we want to get used to these types of scenarios, but I think, you know, we just adapt as humans and, you know, you’re all professionals, so,
Lisa Durupt: you know, you make it work. Yeah, exactly.
Exactly. So, yeah, it’s a, it’s interesting, but at the same time, you’re just, you know, you’re thankful to have a place to go when you are working. And so you just kind of suck it up and go with it. Yeah.
Melissa: And it keeps your mind off of other things too, like, you know, spending at home going crazy.
Lisa Durupt: I know I couldn’t eat any more potato chips or drink any more wine.
I was at the end of my rope. [00:07:00] It was so awful.
Melissa: We do the same thing with zoom and the, you know, I been,
Lisa Durupt: it’s a shock to you to have to go back to the real world and put on your clothes that weren’t sweatpants. And you’re like, Oh, this feeling
Melissa: that’s what counts.
Lisa Durupt: Exactly. So yeah, back to real life
Melissa: also, you’re an athlete or you’re an ice hockey player.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, I played for years. I still play coed with my husband, not to the same level that I used to, but yeah, definitely still involved in it.
Melissa: Oh, awesome. And I was reading, you have a film studio Tri-Cities
Lisa Durupt: I suppose,
Melissa: interesting that you have a unique sort of approach to acting like VR.
Yeah. Tell me about that.
Lisa Durupt: I would love to hear more about that. Yeah, sure. Well, when I got into this business, it wasn’t something. That I had ever really [00:08:00] aspired to do, which a lot of times makes people not happy to hear that. Cause a lot of people work really hard. but initially yeah, like the initial entrance into it was kind of, yeah, I don’t want to see a fluke, but it really sort of was a fluke.
I was supposed to go away for school to play hockey in Minnesota that, and I kept dislocating my shoulder. And so my mom very lovingly suggested that I take a few classes. Back home in Winnipeg. Well, I was waiting the next year to go get my shoulder fixed. cause the university of Winnipeg was starting a fill our, pardon me, a women’s hockey team.
And so I did and one of the classes I took was theater and I fell in love when we had to go do a review on chorus line and just suddenly. I don’t know, something clicked. Like I must have been a creative kid and not really realized it when I look back at, you know, auditioning for like the little Christmas play, not even thinking about it.
It was more of a competition in my brain that I went, Oh, okay, well, I want to win that. So I, you know what we’re talking about grade five and stuff like that. So it just kind of all lined up. And I suddenly, within a matter of a couple of weeks, just by asking the right questions, I [00:09:00] was able to get into taking.
singing lessons and enrolling in the full time theater program. And I found a theater studio or a dance studio that was willing to train older people. But cause my dad, I was ancient compared to dancers. Right. Like I should have almost owned a studio at that point. And so starting. Yeah. Well you, I mean you’re archaic.
I was like 18, 19. It’s like. They expect you to be the teacher and then your teacher who’s a 16 year old hot guy walks in with near with like, five-year-olds, you’re like, Oh God. But it was very humbling. But yeah, I just found that cause I really wanted to get into musical theater to start. And then. Just by way of taking the right classes at university, I ended up in a stage combat class, I think my second or third year where the teacher was also the stunt coordinator for Manitoba.
So he found out I was coming from hockey background and I played like every sport growing up. So he was like, okay, you’re athletic. But now you’re into the arts. So he took me out for lunch after my class was over and asked me if I was interested in getting into stunt work, you know, They want it to save a little bit of money on the guys rather than fly or the [00:10:00] girls that they didn’t have to fly in if they had someone local and they just, it just worked out and I did a bunch of stuff and I loved it.
And then in the meantime, drove a girlfriend to an open call for an MTV movie just to drive her and ended up auditioning with her because the casting director asked and booked like 16 days on set. And this movie called everybody’s doing it with Lizzy Caplan and you know, these other Steve Braun who went on to be a fantastic casting director in LA and.
It was just very organic, but the whole long winded story is that it never occurred to me to treat. This different was not different, this new form of what I found to be a hobby any differently than I treated sports, which was you work really hard. You figure out what works, you figure out what doesn’t work and you adjust.
And so, you know, even the concept of auditioning, I kind of just relate it to the idea of, well, if you’re trying out for team, you don’t get rejected. They maybe just didn’t need that spot filled. Or maybe other people came back that they were. So familiar with, from the [00:11:00] two year before. And then sometimes it’s just a certain skill that wasn’t quite there yet, that you then had a year to go back and figure out so that you could come back the next year and do it successfully.
So I just started taking more of the idea. What if I treated it like sports? And I think I just did it without thinking, but it definitely worked in my favor because I saw a lot of my friends that were very artistic and very much in this world of like, You know, they were so, so engrossed in and in the character and this and that was great.
But there was fundamental base things that were missing in my brain, which was, or in my point of view, which was that training component and being really honest with yourself and just accepting what you know, worked for you, what didn’t and how you. How you could get help realistically, within those areas.
and then at some point, just understanding, like for me, I’m, you know, a five foot, three little thing. I was never going to be six feet tall. So if I went home and felt rejected, cause they picked a six foot tall girl, my life would have ended every time I didn’t get a job as opposed to just going like, Oh [00:12:00] shucks, and then kind of moving on
Melissa: healthy way of looking at it.
I think, you know, cause like you were saying so many people just get those adjusted and depressed
Lisa Durupt: when they yeah.
Melissa: You know, rejected from a role, instead of looking at it, like the way you are, where you’re just like, well, no, this wasn’t the right part for me. And I wasn’t the right one for them. And.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah.
And I try really hard with the students or the people coming in to really put that in their brain. And the first thing I always ask them is I’ll say, Hey, we’re going to Starbucks. What are you getting? And they kind of look at you and they tell you what their drink is. And then I’ll just flat out, ask them what did everything else in Starbucks as menu do to offend you?
And they’re like, what? And I was like, well, why did you reject it? They’re like, well, I didn’t, I just picked that. I’m like, exactly. And so then we kind of start from there and build that idea of these are the things we can control. And then these are the things we have to understand that they’re just uncontrollable.
You know, like there’s so many factors in the film and television world when they’re picking somebody that it has nothing to do with you, but by [00:13:00] giving people kind of a more tactical way of looking at things and something that they can, you know, feel like they’re not feel like genuinely be in control of their they’re able to let the other stuff go.
I find. Faster so that it’s not like their whole life doesn’t depend on whether or not they book it. They enjoy it. They enjoy that process. Cause the thing is it’s like when you look at kids in general, when they play sports or the dads and they’re little they’re not doing it because they expect to be on Broadway or because they expect to be in the NHL, you know, like their parents might hope.
But the truth is, I think the number is I was reading something other day where it’s like, 0.0, what is it? Point zero one, 6% of all. Male hockey player, kids will ever get to the NHL and of that percentage, something like half of them will ever actually get a shot. Like that’s an insane insanely low percentage.
So if you go in. It’s not. So if you go in thinking you’re going to make it’s the same with acting. Like if you go in expecting, cause you ask any kid that would automatically [00:14:00] win an Oscar and you’re like, cool, but what if you were just really good and you did it cause he loved it. Like, and then if an Oscar happens, great.
So dreaming is fantastic. But I think when you give people. a genuine understanding of what they can do to move their career forward. I find that they genuinely do better because it’s not so stressful. it’s for a love of what they’re doing. Yeah.
Melissa: And that’s why I think a lot of empty actors are so successful just in that niche, because they’re happy just to make the films and, you know,
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, I think there’s a scary, ms.
Ms. How do I word it? There’s a scary way that people tend to look now at being an actor. They instantly associated with fame because of social media, because of everything else. We have that idea of just doing something because you love it. Suddenly went out the window in the last, I don’t even know five, 10 years, especially cause every, you know, anybody can be famous, whether it be a rally show or YouTube or whatever.
So I think when you think of acting, a lot of people jump right to that. Like, Oh, I want the red carpet and this and that. [00:15:00] And it’s like, that’s cool, but you don’t see the, you know, thousands upon thousands of hours of those people have put in like a craft to do what they do. That’s just kind of a, you know, window dressing on the entire house.
Melissa: Right. It’s not the entire reality of
Lisa Durupt: no. Yeah. And it’s such an odd thing. Anyone who’s done a red carpet will tell you. It’s so weird when you’re on it. It’s just so random. And it’s just like,
Melissa: okay, I’m see. Everyone’s eyes just watering because of all the staffing.
Lisa Durupt: You name it? Well, what you don’t see is all the like publicists and stuff, like pulling people around and, you know, certain people can only walk the carpet on certain times, and then they’re trying to rush you through.
and then you’ve got people that maybe aren’t as well known as other people. So they’re getting basically like run over to get them out of the way. It’s just, it’s not, it’s a nuts experience, but then when you watch it on TV, like. Wow. They really make this look
Lisa Durupt: Yeah. Well, they just [00:16:00] see like, someone did your hair and your makeup and everything, and you’re like, totally, but that person hasn’t eaten in like four hours. They’re in a girdle and their eyes are watering because their eyelashes are falling off or their publicists just glued it between interviews.
That’s nuts. It’s so nuts, but I love it.
Melissa: It’s so funny.
Lisa Durupt: It’s crazy.
Melissa: well I know that you’ve probably been on a red carpet recently actually, because, I just bought your, the foam you’re involved, guaranteed on that
Lisa Durupt: point. Yeah, well, we didn’t, it was so great. We didn’t do any little carpet for that.
Cause it was chemo drink over time. So we all just sat and had popcorn in her house, but no. Yeah, but that was still great. My sweatpants. It was great. Yeah. It was super fun movie and I loved that. It just came out now because everyone needs a good laugh that’s for sure. Yeah,
Melissa: it’s very, lighthearted and fun.
It’s so funny. Like your comedic timing is great by the way. I just really enjoyed watching you. Very funny. [00:17:00] The Tufts had great chemistry.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah. It was a good group for sure. Rachel’s Rachel Lee cook. She’s a. I wasn’t nervous to meet her, but I had really hoped that she would be exact, like I thought she would be.
And that doesn’t happen very often with actors and actresses. Like, you know, you kind of get an idea of what you’ve seen them on TV and it’s not always the same, but she was, and I had heard from her so many other people through kind of the hallmark world who had worked with her just because there’s a lot of that filmed up in Vancouver.
So we all kind of each other and they had all said the same thing. That she’s exactly what those of us who watched her. Way back in she’s all that, when she first kind of came to be the Rachel Cook originally cook, they’re like, no, it’s exactly what you’d expect. She’s a sweetheart. She’s hilariously self-deprecating.
she makes everybody feel at ease. She’s just a good egg. And so she just made it really comfortable for everybody.
Melissa: I would say. It’s always nice to hear that. When would you hear that? It’s a positive environment. You enjoy going to work?
Lisa Durupt: Yeah. And that isn’t always the case that I always say it comes from the [00:18:00] top.
So she was the one, she was one of the producers. She came up with a concept. She approached, you know, her manager, who they found writers and they went to Netflix and all that. So because it was her baby, she was very much that top of the heap, so to speak. And she really. She really made sure that everybody involved was a good person and really enjoy coming to work even cause film sets are always going to be crazy.
Like you always expect everything’s going to go wrong. You’re going to run out of time. You’re never going to have enough money. Like there’s always going to be an issue. But if the person who’s kind of, you know, has the reins is in a good place mentally, even when they’re. Frustrated or dealing with really big issues.
It just trickles down. And so the crew in general is in, you know, and the cast can feel that. And so it was all really good stuff.
Melissa: Cool. Awesome. Now, it was basically, I don’t know. Did you do any filming at all in Seattle at all?
Lisa Durupt: So not a single little bit of it. I’m sure they have stock footage, but they definitely didn’t do any filming.
it was all shot in Vancouver, but [00:19:00] we tend to play Seattle a lot up here because we’re so close geographically. I think we’re like two and a half hours away up North from you guys or from Seattle. I say you guys whoever’s in Seattle. yeah. Yeah. We get the same kind of thing where it’s, you know, very much, I’m a rainforest up here at times.
So. Yeah. So now we just faked it all.
Melissa: Well, I spent a lot of time in Seattle and there were some streets that I was like, Oh, that could be, you know, Capitol Hill, like very
Lisa Durupt: similar. totally.
Melissa: I hopefully did you have to do any of that? like the dating research for the online dating. If you guys play around with that sort of like.
Understand more of how that works.
Lisa Durupt: They didn’t do it only because I am gifted with a handful of amazing, fabulous friends that are all single and still in the dating world for different reasons. You know, like the ones that have come to come out of the marriage and, or the ones that just never really entered into a marriage.
And, [00:20:00] the amount of information that I was able to just over the years pick up from them. Cause I felt like I kinda missed the boat on that one a little bit. Cause I met my husband. We didn’t marry until quite later on, quite a bit later on, like, I think we were already dating for 10 years, but we, we’ve known each other for years.
And so I never had to jump in that pool, but gosh, some of the stories I’ve heard from girlfriends about the ghosting about like it’s, so it’s so true about, you know, the person that doesn’t look like the person or the catfishing or it’s heartbreaking, but at the same time, it’s hilarious to hear some of their stories.
yeah, so it’s, it was, I didn’t need to research that. I felt like I’d lived it through other people, but at the same time, my friends who are single, Oh my God, that happened to me. That happened to me. And some of them are so ridiculous that you’re like, there’s no way, like there’s no way. And then at the same time you go, okay, cool.
That’s but at the same time I’ve been to, I don’t even know how many weddings now, people that they met online and that’s how everyone does it now. Sorry, say again.
Melissa: Yeah, it’s crazy. I’m kind of like in the [00:21:00] same boat as you, or I missed that one. Cool. Move my, because I’ve been with my husband first, you know, over 10 years.
So there’s been an exact, you know, when I was there, I think it did, but it was not that popular and, yeah, now I would have no idea, you know, what was going on, but, you know, I see some of my signs and my sister they’re single and they’re telling me. Stories and how they work and swiping left and right.
And I’m like, this is confusing. It’s scary.
Lisa Durupt: Well, I, my question is like friends that have broken up with their longterm partners and like, so hold on. what if you see each other on it, like you obviously have to swipe. Whatever way. It says no. Cause if you swipe the same way, isn’t it gonna match you up?
But isn’t that just weird and you know, and they’re like, Oh, you just avoid it. I’m like, okay. And then someone was explained to me about the difference between bubble. And I was like, I’m lost. Like I’m looking back. I remember when we had like high five and ICQ and MSN messenger was like a big deal.
And you could like hide or not hide on it. Like I’m really dating myself, but. That was like a big deal.
Melissa: You’re like, all fine.
Lisa Durupt: And then you’re [00:22:00] like, dial up, would end the conversation. And you’re like, yeah. Wow.
Different world. Yeah. Plus it was your family. It was your family computer. So like, if you forgot to sign out, like everybody could see your chats. Like it was brutal.
Okay. I know. Yeah. So, no, I did not have to do any research. I felt like I was loaded up on that end. You just
Melissa: call your girlfriends. You’re like, okay, I need help with this. Tell me how they were hilarious. The one that cracked me up was the guy that was fasting.
Lisa Durupt: Oh, God intermittent fasting.
Melissa: He came to
Lisa Durupt: the table read. Yeah. He came to the table read and we were all laughing so hard because he was only supposed to be, I think, in the initial date. But then he was so funny that they put him. In another scene or two. Cause they just, and then if you watch the credits, there’s a photo that I think the [00:23:00] idea is Denise ends up with him.
Of course, Denise would date him to diesel date, anybody going to stick around and he’s perfect. Cause he doesn’t get annoyed. Yous falls asleep.
Yeah. Oh, he’s so great. He’s a local Vancouver guy and I had not yet. In all the years I’ve worked here, I’d never worked with him. I’ve never met him. And I just instantly fell in love with him. And he’s just so nice. And normally he’s like super spunky, tons of energy. And all of a sudden he just like turned it on and he had everybody having so hard at the table read that they’re like, we’re keeping that guy around more.
He was great.
Melissa: No, he was so funny, but was there any like, advertising that went on or like, Oh
Lisa Durupt: God. so much and so much so that they had to cut. Probably I’m going to bet that they’ve probably cut at least 70% of the stuff that Roberto and Denise did because it just like Mark the director, Mark Steven Johnson.
He is the director and writer of the original. Grumpy old men. And then I think [00:24:00] he was involved in grandpa. Yeah. So I’ve known of him for years. Cause I that’s one of my favorite movies. I was such a, I mean, that’s like a good old school romcom. And so I knew of him and he would just let us go. Like to the point where you’re like, is that too much?
He’s like, no. What else you got? What else you got? And there was, I mean, there was one day he let me do about six different spit takes when Rachel Cook a character gets the call like right when she comes in and she’s. For those who have seen it, she comes in and she’s had an amazing night and she’s kind of in her own world and she accidentally puts fish food in her coffee.
And so in doing that, Tonnies takes the coffee from her and then they get this phone call from this, you know, the lawyer of this woman that they’re going to go to trial against. And so it then. Focuses on her going into her office, but there was a whole bit around that where Denise then accidentally drinks the fish food, coffee.
and so they must have, let me do like six different versions of it. And it was like, he just kept going. I could just hear them laughing and the next room he’s like, what else you got. But then when he cut it together, it just didn’t make sense. It’s cause it was pulling focus [00:25:00] from what the point was the severity of what the phone call was.
So, but the outtakes, I just, ah, I’ve only if only to be a fly on that wall, if they would have kept outtakes, but yeah, definitely. We ad libbed rep left, right. And center on that one.
Melissa: I would love to see that, like,
Lisa Durupt: you’re just so nuts or like what I whipped him in the face with the highlighter just acted like clocked a right in the face.
But before we did it, I went to grab a stapler and Sean just looked at me. He was like, no, Lisa. I was like, Oh yeah, shit. Okay. Sorry. No stapler is fair. fair. But he was one of them, the best team partners I’ve ever had, he’s so much fun and so down for anything. And so it ended up being like he was my favorite part of the whole show.
It’s going to work everyday with him because no matter what I would say there, how Zenia would come up with an idea for something he would taught me, like, absolutely taught me. And so seriously, like there was no part of him that was trying to be funny. He was just really smart when it comes to comedy.
So yeah, it was a, he was great. We had definitely loved [00:26:00] adlibbing.
Melissa: Yeah, that would say, he’s definitely tell you we’re feeding off each other and had great chemistry. He was hilarious too. I mean, just any scene of the two of you, I’m like, Oh, what are they going to do? Well,
Lisa Durupt: that’s it.
I know. And that’s the one thing that you just go, people would go well, is there more Janisa and Roberto? And I said, well, it just doesn’t really make sense in this story to keep, you know what I mean? Like you can only put so much of that before it starts to pull focus and that’s kind of tricky, but you know, to be a smart sidekick, you know, when.
Enough is enough or otherwise you end up making it of derail the story. So he was the, yeah, really? You good about, he gets that too. And I think it’s interesting cause there’s a lot of actors. I feel like they don’t quite get that when they are the sidekick part. That way it’s like you serve a very important, but very specific part in the story.
And so I feel like sometimes people will try to like push a little too hard for things and you’re like, no. just know the part you need to do and do it well. And then they’ll want to work with you again.
Melissa: No. You’re all right.
Lisa Durupt: I totally know your rule full stop. Totally.
[00:27:00] Melissa: Well, maybe we’ll get your own spinoff because I think people would watch that for sure.
Lisa Durupt: That would be amazing. Are you kidding me so fun.
Perfect. Exactly. There you go. Done and done.
Melissa: It’s so fun. I enjoyed it. It was a great film. It doesn’t want to watch it again. That would be, I think he’s touched up too sometimes when he wants it a second time.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah. Well, I think the cool part about it is like romcoms kind of went away for a while before streaming service.
And when you look at it, it’s back in the day before Netflix and Amazon and everything blew up, there was nowhere that you could really sell them in less. You were putting them in the theaters. And so when the theater started to dip in terms of attendance, there was this, I don’t know how long, but there was definitely a time period for sure.
Gosh, a couple of years were selling it to, you know, network television. Everybody wanted like CSI [00:28:00] and that kind of stuff. They don’t want comedy. You just didn’t work on network television. And so when the streaming services happened in that kind of small timeframe, when they were first starting up the hallmarks and lifetimes and all of this took that model and made it a little bit more PG.
But now that the networks are pardon me, the streaming services are a full swing. You can bring them back. And that’s, I mean, I grew up on those. You know, and one of my, one of my favorite ones to this day that I could watch over and over again is I think it’s called, he’s just not into you. And it’s got like all huge cast of character.
Yeah. It’s like, it’s a feel good, wrong, calm that you just it’s lighthearted. It’s fun. But that’s what we all tend to not tend to too. That’s what we all grew up on. And so to have those slowly coming back is exciting.
Melissa: Yeah. No, and I definitely agree with that because for awhile, everything was just so
Lisa Durupt: dark.
Melissa: and I love my fantasy and Phi stuff too, but you definitely just want a nice lighthearted, calm, chick flick. If you will, you know, [00:29:00] wine, you know, with your girlfriends and watch and just relax and not be stressed out, you know, it’s like an escape from, you know, the reality is especially right now with everything going on, I feel like we need more films.
Like not guaranteed, you know, more because
Lisa Durupt: we’re looking
Melissa: for that, you know, release
Lisa Durupt: that
Melissa: you found a lot of stuff that the hallmark channel, right?
Lisa Durupt: Yeah. Yeah.
Melissa: How did you kind of get into that type of
Lisa Durupt: I again, like right place, right time I’m in the industry or I’m in the city that they film quite a bit of their content up here.
And so just, I think the one that really got my foot in the door with them was I did the series with Alison Sweeney who’s from days of our lives, as well as Cameron Matheson. And, it’s called murder. She baked, it was based on a series of books that a woman named, Joanne fluke has created these I of, this little Baker who keeps stepping over murders and having to solve.
And so, [00:30:00] yeah, I ended up, I got cast to play her sister and it was just kind of my first real introduction to that world of hallmark and the way the fans just totally embrace you. And then I just, with hallmark, once you’re in there, I guess once you’re in their world, they tend to use a lot of the same people because the fans, if they respond to you, you know, it’s kind of the same way the CW shows we’ll use a lot of the same people or the Marvel shows in terms of television shows, they’ll do the same people.
So, yeah, I just kinda got on the right track with them and. I think, I don’t know exactly, but it’s something like I’ve done about 23 of them. And then this year with COVID, this has been the first year that I actually, I don’t think I did one. That might be an acquisition with them, to be honest.
I don’t know, but this is the first year I haven’t done a Christmas movie for them. And so, cause my mom called and she was like, so what Christmas was here? And I said, this is our first year at about seven years. I haven’t done one with them just because. And rightfully so the industry is changing now to open [00:31:00] it up to a hundred percent more diversity.
And so the parts that I would normally tend to play, a lot of them are going to, you know, other, a whole new cast of characters, which is fantastic. So I’m actually really looking forward to just sitting back with my wine and wine this year.
Yeah. I was like, well, it’s time to take a little break from this for this year, but no, they’ve been really good to me. And, And they always, they do a thing every year or they bring people all the main characters or cast or people that have worked for them quite a bit down. And the host of big party kind of like at a dinner, not kind of like it is a dinner and they’re very lovely and they let you know what’s coming up.
and so this year they didn’t do it, obviously because of the COVID situation. but no, they’re very inclusive and they always include me in it, which is so great. Yeah. I’m very thankful to them for everything they’ve given me. I just, this year has been kind of a hallmark light here. If you will. No.
Melissa: I’ve heard that about hallmark, from other artists and that side of things, it’s a very warm, you know, kind of a big [00:32:00] family once you’re in it, you’re, they’re including you in for the future, but
Lisa Durupt: that’s in an
Melissa: industry where sometimes that’s not always the case, so
Lisa Durupt: yeah. Yeah. And I mean, don’t get me wrong.
They’re still a business and they know what they’re doing, but they also understand that if they treat people, you know, a certain way that they’ll want to work for them. So, so we do.
Melissa: Yeah, I think the other thing I wanted to talk to you about, I noticed you’re going to be an, to all the boys always in forever, large Jean.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, it’s very, don’t blank. You’re going to miss it. the deal was that if they go, if they were to go again, this character would be involved, but I don’t know if they’re going to go again. But the reason I jumped at it was I got to play the wife of Henry Thomas, who was, in ITI, the kid from ITI.
And I’ve been such a fan of his since I was little, but especially after watching the hunt, I’m going to say this wrong, but it’s, he’ll hunting at Hill house. I think it’s called him. Yeah, him and, Oh my gosh, her name escapes me right now, [00:33:00] but the woman who plays his wife in that series, I ever since I saw her years ago and like a poly shore movie, she’s been one of my favorite actresses, but I, so it was to play his wife and I was like, I’m sorry, what?
You want me to come hang out and play his wife for the day? I will literally just come eat lunch with them. Yeah. I don’t care.
Melissa: You don’t even have potatoes. I just want to be
Lisa Durupt: there seriously. And just the way it was shot that day, it ended up that we. Kind of just sat around a lot of the day trailers and just kind of hung out.
And I picked his brain about stuff and asked him all these, like, Secret little questions about, haunting on Hill house. Cause I just finished it and I was like, what about this storyline? This kind of didn’t finish. And he’s like, Oh, we ran out of time with editing and blah, blah, blah. So he explained it all.
But talk about a really nice guy who’s been in this industry for so long and just still so professional and so sweet and you know, not nearly as jaded as he would expect somebody to be as if they’d done it since they were like five, but, Yeah, cause to this day, he still, if you go on YouTube, he’s [00:34:00] still probably the most Epic child star audition I’ve ever watched.
And at the end Spielberg, like you got it. Yeah. So it’s a, yeah. So just a quick little pop in and out for that one for this film, but, definitely the movie looks fantastic and the cast was so nice and I will say that. The lead actress was taller than I thought she would be. I thought for some reason she was a minion, but she’s not, she’s like five, five or five, six.
So she was taller than me. And I was like, Oh, I guess I am really sure.
Melissa: Took her to be like a little like five, two or three
Lisa Durupt: big. So she looks so tiny next to him. but no, she’s, I don’t know. She’s gotta be at least five, four or five five, but when I saw her in person, I went, wait a minute. You’re not as tiny.
Melissa: I put to say, yeah, I totally never would have guessed that.
Lisa Durupt: No, not at all. Not at all, but no, but, yeah, it was a super good experience and that group, they come up that drew, the company that made that film, they, there, they come up here and do quite a bit. So they’re a [00:35:00] really fun group to work with.
So they’re the kind of group they asked you say yes to anything you go yeah. Done. Yeah, well, that’s it, right? Like we’re spoiled to have as much work as we do up here. So if there’s people that you like to work with, like bigger, small part, doesn’t matter, you just go yep. Done. I’m there.
Melissa: Yeah. Keep those connections going.
Cause you know yeah. If you enjoy something, I mean, there’s so much out there, but like kind of be more nerve wracking or maybe not as welcoming. Yeah. If you find people that you love to work with, you have to keep doing it. You have to keep that relationship going.
Lisa Durupt: Totally. Yeah.
Melissa: Awesome. Awesome. So, what else do you have anything else coming out that I don’t know about, aside from any projects that you have in the works, but
Lisa Durupt: yeah, well, I’ve been on, I’ve been on a Heartland now for, I think it was going on my fourth season.
So I go back there. Next week, which it’s been running, it’s been running for like 14 years as well. It’s like a soap opera at this point, but, it films in Alberta and it’s an internationally it’s [00:36:00] very well loved because of, I think the whole idea that it’s sort of centers around this horse culture, that if you’re in it, you understand it completely.
But if you’re not, it’s this whole other world you didn’t even know existed. And so, yeah, I go back to that next week and then I’m. Yeah, I hadn’t really let it out of the Bay. Yeah. But I guess I’ll tell you I’m pregnant again. So this will be my last, yeah, this will be my last little thing until probably I’ll say April, which I think it all kind of worked out at good timing because just with the whole COVID thing, it’s a really good time and I really.
Comfortable time to just say, I’m good. I’m just going to chill out and, you know, run a studio and take some time off and spend time. Cause I have a 19 month old as well. And during the COVID period, like the first few months, she, that she learned everything that you could possibly want to be there for like to walk for the first time to talk for the first time she cut her first tooth.
And so the whole Corona virus experience really slow the world down and gave us all time off so that. I could be there with her. So [00:37:00] yeah, just in that regard, my husband and I went, okay, well, if we’re going to do another one, let’s do it now because it’s a great time to take time off. And so, yeah. So I’m going to go finish up on Heartland and then I’m going to enjoy being a momma until next April.
And just relax. I don’t even know what to do with myself.
My next big project, I guess. February. So there you go.
Melissa: No, that’s
Lisa Durupt: yeah. You’re the first one I’ve been holding off. Cause casting doesn’t like that. So I was like, until I started to show and I can’t audition or can’t work anymore. So I, but I think we’re at that point now we’re almost five months or getting the little bump and it’s time to just shut her down.
Melissa: Yeah. You’re like, all right, let’s do it.
Lisa Durupt: Yeah, exactly. Exactly. So, yeah.
Melissa: Yeah, it’s awesome. It’s so nice chatting with you. Oh, you’re awesome.
Lisa Durupt: Oh, thanks you too. Any time?
Melissa: Yeah, come back anytime. There’s way. [00:38:00] We want to keep up with what you’re doing. And so anytime you want to print out anything or. But something, you know, brewing.
We don’t think about it. Can
Lisa Durupt: you imagine if I just like called you back tomorrow? And you’re like, Lisa
Lisa Durupt: like, this is just weird now.
Melissa: Like a once a week happy hour.
Lisa Durupt: Oh. Like, Oh my God. Too many jokes in that. That’d be amazing. There you go. But yeah. That was
Melissa: great. We could just have a, like a Heartland, commentary. Yeah.
Lisa Durupt: Oh man. But with wine once I’m not pregnant.
Melissa: Oh, that’d be awesome. So, no, seriously, thank you so much for coming on. This has been really great. Everybody needs to go watch that guaranteed on that click because, any area and, but I’m going to [00:39:00] promote you since you’re here. And also are you on social media? Cause people follow you on Twitter to kind of keep up with things too.
Are you kind of antisocial media has that.
Lisa Durupt: no, I’m not anti social media at all. Everything that I have is under the handle, the Lisa DeRoo. So it looks like corrupt. but I tend to gravitate more to Instagram. I’m not super great with Twitter or Facebook. I have them both, but Instagram is probably the most current stuff in terms of what’s going on in my life.
Melissa: I love Instagram. I think it’s just so much more relaxed. And, I just love seeing people’s feeds just the photos, you know, none of that other stuff. I think he’s a better social media platform right now, and it’s getting actually more popular again. I
Lisa Durupt: thought that. Yeah, I think so, but who knows? That could change tomorrow.
Melissa: I’ll have to call again tomorrow and we’ll do another.
Lisa Durupt: There you go. I’ll tell you what to find out.
[00:40:00] Melissa: Yeah,
Lisa Durupt: exactly.
Melissa: Perfect. Well, congratulations again on your cute new pregnancy. That’s so exciting over the moon.
Lisa Durupt: Cool.
Melissa: Anyways, that was a great chatting with you. And like I said, come back on anytime.
Lisa Durupt: Will do thank you so much, my friend,
Melissa: thank you so much.
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Lisa Durupt: Take care. Bye