Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hip + Urban Girl of the Week: Tara Spencer-Nairn

Photo Credit - House & Home
This week we chat with the fun and hilarious Tara Spencer-Nairn, who most of you must know from her role on Corner Gas as Karen on Dog River's police force. Tara talks to us about life as an actress and her favourite places in Toronto. Meet Tara!

How did you get into acting?

When I was in the 4th grade we made time capsules to open in the year 2000 and I actually kept mine. When I opened it I found a letter to myself that said if I wasn't an Olympic gymnast (clearly I am NOT), I would be an actress. I don't actually remember writing the letter, but I always knew that this was something I wanted to do. I didn't actually start acting until high school when a teacher was faced with figuring out something to do with this hyper, out-of-control kid so she tried putting me in a drama class. I haven't looked back since!

How did your role on Corner Gas change your life?

Corner Gas allowed me to grow so much as an actor and as a person. Six years is a long time to be on a series working with the same group of people, and I had the opportunity to spend that entire span with truly amazing artists and individuals. To maintain the quality of the show over the years took so much discipline from everyone involved, which was great training for an actor. To remember where I was in my life when the show started - which was a bit of a dark place - and to see the person I became at the end of the run was truly night and day. I really feel like I grew up on that set. The relationships and experiences I had on that show are so special and will be with me forever.
Photo Credit - Christos Kalohoridis
Tell us about your role on your latest show, The Listener!

I play the role of Sandy who is the head triage nurse at St. Luke's Hospital. She's a divorcee who can be a tad bitter at times and is often happiest when she's immersed in her work. Oh… and there's also a bit of a "will they, won't they" romantic relationship between Sandy and Oz (Ennis Esmer).

What is your typical day like?

Well, I'm the mother of a beautiful 8-month-old son so I no longer have the luxury of planning typical days! Every one is some variation of me running around like a bit of a mad woman juggling career and motherhood. It's great, I love it. It keeps me on my toes.

Photo Credit - Stephen Scott
What would you tell your 20 year-old self?

I would tell my 20 year-old self that the party almost NEVER gets better after 2:00AM… so go home!

Where are your favourite places to hangout in Toronto? 

I LOVE Leslieville!! Some of my faves are Swirl Wine Bar, The Roy, Goods and Provisions, Canard Mort, Queen Margherita Pizza… there are so many great restaurants there I could go on forever! I also love Bobbette and Belle (I admit to being a bit obsessed with their cupcakes), Te Aro Coffee and nothing's better on a summer evening than a lil' dark chocolate with chili gelato from Ed's Real Scoop.

Photo Credit - Steve Wilkie
What do you enjoy doing with your downtime?

I'm a bit of a gym junkie - I train at Think Fitness and EnergyXchange. I try to get there as much as I can but with my son in tow it gets a bit more difficult. I love spending as much time as possible with my family and friends, preferably on a patio or in my backyard with a glass of wine!

What life advice do you have for hip + urban girls out there trying to figure out what they want to do?

Don't get too stressed out trying to figure it all out, keep experimenting and the right thing will usually happen organically.

Website + Twitter?

I've been meaning to get a website for, oh… 10 years now! It'll happen eventually, I'm sure. For now it's just twitter @TSpencerNairn.

The Listener season premiere is TONIGHT, May 30th @ 10 PM (est) on CTV

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