Talking Shop with Lauren Collins

Published: August 8th 2010
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Lauren Collins
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There are honestly so many, because clothes and fashion have always been really important to me. I think the great thing about this show is that it takes [something] that can sound very superficial and very materialistic, and explains why that attachment to clothes isn’t. Clothes have meaning to people. I remember for every High Holiday, my brother’s bar mitzvah, my cousins’ bar and bat mitzvahs, my grandma would take me to Très Chere on Avenue Road, which was this lineup of three stores with ridiculously expensive, over-the-top dresses that an 8-year-old has no reason to own [laughs]. But it was such a special time between us. She would take me and I would try on a million dresses, and I would always get this beautiful new dress that I would show off for the High Holidays or whatever the occasion was. I don’t think that store is around anymore, but I still remember exactly what it looked like. I think that was what started my addiction to shopping at a very young age [laughs].


How would you say your Jewish background has played into your career?


That's interesting, because I don't even know if I've played a character who is Jewish. But I think because the script was written by the Ephrons, there definitely is that Jewish mentality behind it. There are a lot of Jewish jokes and a lot of characters who come from a Jewish background, so I think for one of the first times in my career I'm finally going to be able to use that for this play.


What are your next plans?


You know, it’s kind of wide-open at the moment. I think I’m probably going to be going down to the States to do some auditioning. I just shot a Disney movie that’s going to be coming out probably next summer – it’s the spinoff to the High School Musical franchise. Hopefully this play will open up some older doors, or stage experiences.


Many of your fellow Degrassi cast members have moved on to acting jobs in the U.S. Is that something you want to do?


I’m definitely not opposed to it. It’s kind of the next logical step, but I’m also not opposed to staying and working in Canada. Look at Degrassi, that’s a great example, and Being Erica is another fantastic example of the kind of quality programming that we’re making here in Canada. So I’m up for whatever.




Lauren Collins joins the August cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore from Aug. 10-Sept. 4, 2010. Love, Loss, and What I Wore continues with a new cast Sept. 10-Oct. 2, 2010. For more information, visit For Shalom Life’s review of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, click here.

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