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I re­ally like walk­ing around and talk­ing,” says Van­cou­ver-born ac­tress Macken­zie Davis over the phone as she wan­ders through Bryant Park in New York City. “I find I get so anx­ious giv­ing in­ter­views in my apart­ment. I like to be out so I can com­pose my­self to some de­gree.” Her love of be­ing out­doors and in per­pet­ual mo­tion could be at­trib­uted to her sum­mers spent boating “on the high seas” with her fam­ily along the Sun­shine Coast. “It’s se­ri­ously the most mag­i­cal place,” the 28-year-old ac­tress says with de­light. The words “mag­i­cal,” “sublime” and “gor­geous” come up of­ten when Davis talks of home, but, the ac­tress ad­mits, it was only af­ter she left Van­cou­ver that she be­gan to fully ap­pre­ci­ate the city. “I went on a hike with my mom not too long ago, and it was a hike that I’d gone on my en­tire life, but it was the first time that I re­ally saw how beau­ti­ful and in­tense na­ture is in Van­cou­ver,” she

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dur­ing Dal­las’ 1980s com­mu­ni­ca­tions boom. Davis’ char­ac­ter, Cameron Howe, is equal parts coder and hacker and has a predilec­tion for all things punk. “Cameron loves to be hated, but that’s what I love about her,” says Davis, laugh­ing. “Ques­tions like ‘Do peo­ple like me?’ and ‘Am I al­lowed to speak?’ never en­ter her mind. She thinks she’s the shit, and that’s so cool!” While Davis is a de­cid­edly qui­eter and more thought­ful ver­sion of her Halt and Catch Fire coun­ter­part, she shares a sim­i­lar love of say­ing ex­actly what she’s think­ing. (She started off our phone con­ver­sa­tion by po­litely say­ing she hates talk­ing on the phone.) Pas­sion­ate about civil rights, along with gen­der dy­nam­ics and their ties to fem­i­nism, Davis de­clared her­self a fem­i­nist while study­ing at McGill Univer­sity in Mon­treal. So what does the ac­tress have to say about the rise of high-pro­file women and men declar­ing them­selves fem­i­nists this year? “I think it’s great, but I hope it’s not just another trend that we con­sume and then spit out,” she says. “There are more con­ver­sa­tions to be had af­ter you de­clare your­self a fem­i­nist.”

Ac­tress Macken­zie Davis on Canada, cod­ing and the con­ver­sa­tions you need to be hav­ing.

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