Actor Emily Haine is best described as artistic, warm and eclectic. We first met at an interview, about a year ago, when she played Noreen Vanderslice in the popular television series, Fargo. Back then, she was beyond excited about her new role in Fargo, acting alongside big names like Kirsten Dunst.
Emily is now nominated for a prestigious award, running against talents like Room’s Jacob Tremblay for the Best Emerging Performer award at the 2016 UBCP/ACTRA awards this Saturday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the UBCP/ACTRA, it is the union that protects and supports BC performers.
Since our previous interview when we spoke about your role as Noreen Vanderslice on FX’s Fargo, what has changed? By the way, saw you in Deadpool!
2016 has been a big growth year. I signed with agents in LA & NY, flew to Cannes Film Festival on my birthday and had the splendid pleasure of working with director Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron on Tully, written by Diablo Cody.
Speaking of Deadpool, how was the experience like working for such a big budget movie?
Director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds are such down-to-earth guys that they made shooting a hoot. It was on my bucket list to film downtown in my hometown!
As an actor, where do you find your center (a place where you are in touch with yourself and not the characters you play?
It’s an interesting dynamic. I find a lot of myself when I play another person.
Congratulations on your nomination for the UBCP/ACTRA Awards! How has UBCP carved the way, and helped in, molding your career in the industry?
Thank you! UBCP/ACTRA has helped turned my dream into a livable reality with a pension, health benefits, etc. The recognition of being nominated helps solidify my place in the industry. I’m very grateful.
Why is it important for there to be a union like ACTRA/UBCP in supporting performers in the industry?
Before I joined the union I worked on some student and independent projects where you’d be pulling 18+ hour days for no pay and then the project would tank before you’d ever get to see any footage. The union protects our rights.
I remember in our previous interview you mentioned how excited your Mom was when you were on Fargo, what advice do you have for the parents of young actors?
The world isn’t really built for sensitive people. When I’m doubtful my Mom reassures me, and… she helps me do my taxes! She’s my #1 fan.
How important is it for young girls to see the emergence of strong female leads/female and leads of colour?
We all need someone strong to look-up to; simultaneously we need someone we can relate to. We want to see our internal fights played out, to see a variety of dimensional women and a wider age range of women on screen. Women make up half the population here and in the US and buy half the movie tickets sold.
You are nominated for the Best Emerging Actor, what does this nomination mean to you?
It’s humbling reassurance in a sea of uncertainty.
Looking back, how has everything you have done, every decision you have made added to where you are today?
I haven’t compromised myself and I harbour a deep love for the craft. That’s solid ground to stand on when life feels like a hurricane. Ultimately I want to reflect and share with people, bring us all together.
What would be your dream role to play, and dream actor/actress to guest role in that production?
I would love to train for a role, learn Krav Maga and slay on screen. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-esque with a mix of Wild at Heart. But I really dream of giving a voice to the offbeat, the peculiar, the flawed, the anti-hero, the underdog, and the disenfranchised. As for my dream co-star, right now I say Vivien Leigh because I’d want to learn from her but also maybe Louis CK so we could laugh and talk about life? Ask me again later.
Do you have any hobbies?
Music. Playing music, listening, dancing, writing music. Singing. My cat.
As we ended our interview, we lightened the mood with a fun YouTube challenge known as the Singing Gargle Challenge. Intrigued? Watch it here!