ERIN CARTER

Where Calgary - - ART GALLERIES + MUSEUMS -

When kids dream of be­ing a movie star, they usu­ally have no idea how much hard work and sac­ri­fice it will take to re­al­ize their dream. Like be­com­ing a fire­man or an as­tro­naut, such dreams usu­ally fade with ado­les­cence, giv­ing way to more con­ven­tional ca­reer goals. For Cal­gary’s Erin Carter, the am­bi­tion never faded, the hard work and sac­ri­fice was en­dured, and the dream was re­al­ized.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Amer­i­can Academy of Dra­matic Arts in Los An­ge­les, and study­ing at the Cana­dian Film Cen­tre’s pres­ti­gious Ac­tors Con­ser­va­tory, Carter has been mak­ing quite a name for her­self in the film in­dus­try as an ac­tor, as a writer and as a pro­ducer. Carter was in Cal­gary re­cently pro­mot­ing her new­est fea­ture film, Suck It

Up—set in Cal­gary and In­ver­mere—which pre­miered at the clos­ing gala of the 2017 Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. We had a chance to catch up with her and ask a few ques­tions.

Af­ter a num­ber of years liv­ing away in Los An­ge­les and Toronto, what was it like com­ing home to work on a full-length fea­ture film?

Shoot­ing re­ally was like sum­mer camp. The small town feel fos­tered a lot of com­radery. My co-star Grace Glow­icki and I had both va­ca­tioned in In­ver­mere as kids and from day one, we wanted this story to take place there. We both knew the lo­ca­tion was as im­por­tant as the char­ac­ters them­selves.

Did you get a chance to check out any of the new hotspots in Cal­gary?

The days we shot in Cal­gary were to­ward the end of our shoot, so most of my time off was spent napping and drink­ing cof­fee. I re­ally like the new East Vil­lage. It’s pretty great to take a stroll by the river with a cof­fee from Phil & Se­bas­tian (page 50) and a grilled cheese from Side­walk Ci­ti­zen (page 52). My fa­vorite new hang­out is Model Ci­ti­zen (page 49); I loved the vinyl jams and I’m def­i­nitely a sucker for a well-crafted cock­tail.

What changes have you most no­ticed in Cal­gary since liv­ing away?

I grew up mostly out­side of the city in the Spring­bank area. It’s mind­blow­ing how much the city has grown in that di­rec­tion since liv­ing away. I will say, no mat­ter how many new de­vel­op­ments go there, when I come to town I love driv­ing down Spring­bank Road to­wards the moun­tains. I def­i­nitely took that view for granted. Liv­ing in Toronto, that’s al­ways what I miss most.

This is­sue of Where fea­tures our an­nual hol­i­day gift guide. What is your fa­vorite place to shop for unique gifts in Cal­gary?

I love 17th Av­enue; it’s a nice lit­tle walk and has lots to choose from. When shop­ping for my mom I al­ways check out Rubaiyat (page 44), they have a re­ally eclec­tic se­lec­tion of one-of-a-kind items. Best of all with 17th Av­enue, when I get tired of shop­ping I can get great cof­fee at Ana­log (page 50)!

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