I think one thing that kids who grow up on farms really have going for them is they have exposure to death and birth in a totally different way. I think it takes away a little bit of the mystery and a little bit of the fear and I do wish I had that. And I wish I was able to grow my own food.
I sort of always had an inkling towards some kind of an art form. I grew up in a very small town and I just figure-skated. My dad played hockey and I was surrounded by sports but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. I wasn’t totally fulfilled and I did a lot of skating.
I really like having a life outside work. I sometimes wish I did more career stuff and was in that Hollywood scene a bit more. But Toronto’s my home.
I love auditioning. Since ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Wedding Crashers’ I don’t have to audition anymore and I miss it. You get to show your interpretation of the character. I get nervous when I don’t audition. What if they hate what I want to do?
I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for ‘Wedding Crashers’ and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives.
I confess I am a romantic. I love romance and I think it’s really fun and delicious and some of my favorite films are love stories. I think that you just get a chance to fall in love with the characters so much and you get to explore their lives so deeply.
I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe that you can find love in many different places and be very conflicted. I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straightforward fairytale.