Laura was very happy to receive a role on a Gene Roddenberry show, she was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Laura likes the fact that being Trance allows her to maintain a normal life outside of her acting career without getting recognized daily.
If Laura wasn't an actress she would've pursued a career in teaching.
Laura's eyes are hazel.
Laura would like to work with Judy Dench, John Cusack, Parker Posey, and Ian Holm in the future.
Laura is 5'5" tall.
Laura has a phobia of deep water.
Laura was raised a Roman Catholic, but currently doesn't practice any institutional religion.
Laura has a sweet tooth for Lindor Truffles by Lindt.
Laura enjoys snowboarding, but her Andromeda contract did not allow her to practice it.
Laura's University studies started at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. There she was a member of the Queen's Players theater group.
Laura has an Honours Degree in History from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
In 1997, Laura worked as the ceramics instructor at Kilcoo Camp, chipping a tooth in a camp game.
Laura was nominated for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for Ready Or Not in '95 and '96. She won in '95.
Laura can speak French.
Laura studied at Leaside Secondary School, Toronto.
When at university, Laura had a job as a waitress and in a snowboard shop.
Laura participated in auditions for X-Men to get the part of Rogue.
After Laura attended Queen's University for one year, she transferred to The University of Guelph nearer her home, Toronto.
Singing in the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus got Laura into operas.
Being a singer, Laura became an actress after performing in a variety of operas.
Laura's make-up on Andromeda takes about 4 hours to have done.
Laura was devastated to discover that when Andromeda first started, many people referred to her character as "that stupid, purple bobblehead".
Laura: The only current TV show I would like to star in would be That 70's Show. Former TV show to guest star in would be Solid Gold - no, just kidding. I think I would have loved to have been a member of the A-team, but they were all cartoon, so I am definitely on the outs. I really have no idea which one it would be.
Laura: I saw my tattoo the wall of a tattoo parlor in Toronto when I was seventeen, thought it was still cool a year later, and put it on my shoulder. No deep meanings, no symbolism - just impulsive behavior.
Laura: Kevin Sorbo is such a treat to work with, not to mention that he is totally awesome as a friend and as a professional. Down to earth, humourous, generous, and someone I love to hang out with off-set as well. That is the clincher for asking an actor whether or not they truly like another actor... would they hang out with them off-set? His wife, Sam, and their baby, Braeden, are equally wonderful, and I am privileged to be able to call them my friends.
Laura: I would like to believe that I have surmounted the difficult part, and that really involved make-ups are no longer a stress. That's not to say that some days aren't better than others... but I would not turn down another role with involved make-up, provided it was deemed safe and not in any way harmful to my skin. Getting to do roles that require me to be involved in a long make-up process provides me with the starting ground in the transformation into a character. Once the physical change has taken place, it is much easier to act differently. The hard part is done, and all it takes is for the actor to breathe some life into that character. Also, it makes those human make-ups so enjoyable to prepare for - only one hour! Yipee!
Laura: With the purple Trance character, it wasn't all that hard once I knew where the scripts were going. I just acted like a child in many ways... trying to find the funnest way to do things. It became a challenge to me to find what was the funnest (which sometimes became the funniest) way to do things in a scene. I usually fed off of the energy of the other actors... and when I did scenes with an antithetical character to Trance, like Tyr, I just found that the best way to get into it was to see what I could do to break his serious front and make him laugh. It worked sometimes. The new Trance is a little more tough, and she doesn't waver like little purple Trance, so what I do with her is more psychological. I stand still more (to give the impression of certainty and stability), I look at people square in the eyes when I am talking to them. I have also attempted to lower the register of my voice - that was not so easy to keep up.
Laura: Most productions are rather loathe to have actors do their own stunt work completely unaided. I have done some explosion stuff, and I have done some fighting and even portions of the museum scene in "A Heart for Faleshood Framed". I was standing on that light above the museum floor (maybe ten feet above the floor), but my stunt double Leanne did the jump from the floor to the light.
Laura: Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to contact Lani Billard lately, but, last I heard, she was pursuing a career in music and was in the midst of releasing a CD. She is a dynamic and wonderfully gifted performer, in many avenues. An actor, a musician, and I even think she has the comedic potential - she is a fantastic woman.
Laura: I have many aspirations. When Andromeda's done, I would ideally love to keep working in the film industry, but one cannot force that if the work isn't there. I still have a degree I could go on with in a Masters and PhD, which I have also considered seriously. But as far as career goals are concerned, I am really hoping to break into the independent film circuit - I truly admire the shorter and smaller-run films that are made because they tell a really interesting story, not because they will make a large profit at the box office. Perhaps veering in that direction will be my next attempt.
Laura: The change to the Trance character was devised by the production team in hopes of ameliorating the character. Yes, I do believe that sex appeal was one motivating factor, and that the purple was not doing much in that department, but it was not the only factor. One important thing was that they wanted to visually demonstrate that Trance was a powerful creature. There is something to be said for a disguised power, which was found in the earlier, cuter Trance, but, for various reasons, it was felt that her influence and potential should be outwardly demonstrated - hence the change. Do I like it? I do now. I can well imagine that the viewers seeing it for the first time will be outraged, but, really, it is a whole change, and to be fair, one has to see the character and her evolution in the show to give an opinion. I was reluctant at first, only because I had grown to know and love the purple Trance character. But now that I have played the new Trance for a few months, I have grown to like her as well. I work with gifted make-up artists and and hair designers, and with the collaborative effort between them and the guidance of the producers, we came up with the new Trance. There are a lot of people involved in the decision-making process, and it took us many hours of tests and conceptual meetings to come up with the new look. So please, be aware of the work that went into the change before calling it a vomitous mess. People's feelings are equally involved.
Laura: I am actually not Jewish. I was raised as a Roman Catholic, but at present do not practice any institutional religion. What is funny about that is that Amanda was Jewish and a single child, which parallels Lani Billard (Busy) in real life - who is Jewish and an only child, while Busy is a Catholic from a house with siblings, which describes my life to a T. Funny role reversal.
Laura: I have certainly realized that people know a lot more about me than I had expected. Once I checked out a site where someone had posted my high school graduation caption... which freaked me out - who would post that? One has to learn to respond to questions about one's career, and that by working in the film industry, one actually has to expect to have questions asked of them. As for my personal life, I generally do not delve into it in interviews... except for my education. That is a topic I do not feel is too personal to discuss, especially since it has been such a formative and enjoyable part of my life so far. I suppose that I have a feeling of responsibility when I give interviews, and that my answers should be genuine, because people want to know what you think.
Laura: I wish I were still a dancer... that is a skill I can no longer claim to have. I began ballet classes just before my fourth birthday with a local dance teacher and some other neighborhood girls. I was a student for nine years and now wish that I had kept it up - dancers are just so amazing to watch. I would hardly consider myself a "triple threat" - but that's kinda cool that someone would consider me as such. To add to that, my voice is also nothing to write home about.
Laura: I am not sure why I was drawn to the Performing Arts. It may have something to do with the fact that I was a bit of a loser (guess I still am!), and somehow I felt that performing on stage gave me a confidence that I didn't have in real life. Through that, I met many wonderful and inspiring people and grew to love the Arts, and I will always, until the end of my life, support the Performing Arts. They have shaped so much of my life.
Laura: I love Canada! I hope that I can always work here. Obviously I would not turn away an offer in the States if it was something that I thought would be a great opportunity, but I really would love to just stay here. The reason I would love to stay in Canada is because it is my home and I love it here!