Talking Shop with Lauren Collins

Published: August 8th 2010
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Lauren Collins
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After playing high school diva Paige Michalchuk for eight seasons on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lauren Collins is ready to try something new – and something a little more grown-up. The 23-year-old Thornhill-born actress is best known for her television roles (she has appeared on Being Erica, Life With Derek, and has a recurring role on The Best Years), but this month she joins the August cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories about clothing and the memories they evoke, written by Nora and Delia Ephron. Shalom Life caught up with the young actress to talk about High Holiday fashions, returning to the stage and what life is like post-Degrassi.


How did you get first involved with Love, Loss, and What I Wore?


Michael Rubinoff is a producer I’ve known for a long time – we’re actually both from Thornhill – and he basically went through my agent and asked if this was something I was interested in doing. It took a little coaxing because I was very nervous to get on this stage – I still am very nervous to get on stage – but once I read up a bit on the project and he told me about the other women I would be doing it with, it was kind of an easy decision.


What made you so nervous?


I’m a film and TV actor. I did start out doing community theatre but I really haven’t been on the stage in years, so it’s a little nerve-wracking, but I think it’s good to kind of scare yourself a bit. All the actors that I look up to have spent time on the stage, so this is a good stepping-stone to get me back into that world.


With Degrassi and other TV series, most of the work you’ve done has been for younger audiences.


Yeah, most of the stuff I’ve done has been in the teenage realm, so this is also a chance for me to step outside of that, because I’m definitely playing more mature characters. A lot of the stories we’re telling are about women have been married or are married. I’m excited to show that to people, because I think they do see me in a young light. It’ll be interesting to kind of ‘age,’ because I’m turning 24, so it’s not totally ridiculous that I can be telling these stories [laughs], I just happen to look pretty young.


Is this the start of a shift to older roles?


I think so, yeah. It’s inevitable, I’m getting older, I’m hoping to start playing older roles, but it’s a funny age to be in because people see me as very young, I look very young, but I don’t sound young anymore. I have life experiences. Fifteen, 16 – that was a long time ago for me already! So I think this will help the shift to me playing older characters.


Are you a big shopper?


I am. That’s another way I definitely related to the script.


If you could add your own story to the collection, a memory about a piece of clothing, what would it be about?


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