The former star of Anne of Green Gables has a lead role in the hit period soap Reign, and directed her first play, Nightwood Theatre’s production of The Carousel, this spring
1 | My old lady glasses
I can no longer read my scripts without them. If I have to succumb to wearing readers, at least I can like the way they look, so I got a pair with a professional air.
2 | My regular rubdown
I love a strong massage. I was recently on vacation in Istanbul and went to the Turkish baths with my daughter, Lyla. They do it right: they bathe you, lay you on a hot stone, scrub you, blanket you in bubbles and exfoliate 20 years off you. The large, full-breasted Turkish women are like the grandmothers you never had.
3 | My Kindle
I have a terrible habit of reading half a book, putting it down and forgetting where I left it. With the Kindle, I actually manage to finish the books I start. I just read Michael Crummey’s novel Galore, which I loved.
4 | My early-morning lifeline
It takes nearly two hours to do my makeup and wig for Reign, so my call times are sometimes 4 or 5 in the morning. Coffee from my Nespresso machine is the only caffeine available at that hour. It’s also damn good.
5 | My stolen bangle
I took a silver bracelet from my older sister, Samantha, when I was 14 and have worn it every day since. Her first boyfriend made it for her. After he was out of the picture, I managed to snag it. She still thinks of it as hers even though I’ve had it for decades.
6 | My cocktail of choice
Bourbon and ginger ale with a squeeze of lime has been my drink forever. My favourite bourbon is Basil Hayden’s. But I can’t overindulge when I’m filming, because I have to put my face in front of the camera.
7 | My comedic idols
I need at least one good laugh every day. Right now I’m loving the HBO series Getting On, which is simultaneously funny and poignant. I’m a Nurse Jackie fan, too.
8 | My cameras
I’ve had my 1961 Rolleiflex for 25 years. Lately, though, I’ve been taking my Canon G15 with me everywhere. I still love film, but it’s hard to beat the immediacy of digital. I’m always seeing something I want to capture: people, cityscapes, a crack in a building, a piece of ice in the lake.
9 | My fitness app
I hate the treadmill. Instead, I power walk with my best friend for an hour and a half at least twice a week. Exploring the city distracts me from the fact that I’m exercising. The MapMyWalk app tells me how many kilometres we’ve walked and how many calories we’ve burned.
10 | My cowboy boots
They kick ass. I found them in a vintage store in Santa Fe and I get the feeling that somebody was dancing around the rodeo in them. They definitely had a life before me.