This week’s person to know is actress Carrie-Lynn Neales.
Photography by Tyler Rumi
How did you get started in acting?
I started dancing at 3 years old and fell in love with the stage. I continued performing through school and went off to Sheridan College for Music Theatre Performance.
Best moment of your career so far?
I tried really hard to think of anything other than the very obvious answer of “booking Seed” but I can’t. It’s been the most thrilling, and career changing moment so far. Getting that call was the most exciting moment of my career.
Your major career influence?
I’ll never forget sitting in the audience watching Titanic at 14 years old and, as the credits rolled, the whole sold-out theatre was crying. I remember thinking to be an actor is to affect countless strangers in a dark theatre, to tell a story that has been told so many times before but with a new voice, a fresh take and that still moves people to tears, or laughter, or anger, or into action. That seemed like such a challenge and such an incredible super-power. And I wanted to be a part of it.
Oh, and also Meryl Streep.
Best advice you’ve received?
“Don’t be afraid of perceived failure. Recognize those moments rather as war stories that you learned from and one day you’ll laugh about. These are the stories you’ll continue to tell over the years. These are the stories that make you successful.”
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
What’s up next?
You can catch me in the upcoming Canadian independent film “Khoya.”
A place in Toronto you’d be proud to take people to?
My mom’s house which is the home I grew up in. We’ve got the best neighbours, the best backyard for lounging and sipping wine and catching up, and the loudest, sweetest sounding chirping birds.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Depends on my mood. If I’m craving sushi I’ll always end up at New Generation Sushi. If I’m going for something a little different I’ll head over to Woodlot. And because I don’t eat wheat but have a love for pizza I often end up at Libretto for a spelt pizza!
Your favourite Toronto neighbourhood and why?
I really love the Queen W/Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. it’s so alive and full of art and culture, good food, good drink, and farmers markets. I always end up bumping into friends and having great little impromptu catch-ups.
Least favourite thing about Toronto?
CONSTRUCTION! so much. everywhere. all the time!!
A Toronto resident, other than yourself, who’s making a positive impact on the city?
Sarah Polley. She’s a brilliant actor, an amazing filmmaker, and she’s a huge supporter of the arts in T.O. She’s politically savvy and seems to always have her finger on the pulse. I see her all the time at farmers markets, lectures on environmentally sound living, etc. She’s an advocate for, as far as I’m concerned, all things healthy in T.O.!