From a kids’ car­toon to a sci-fi hor­ror film

Sofie Hol­land on her com­mit­ment to act­ing and stay­ing true to her roots

Richmond Hill Post - - Currents | Local Graduates - By Ju­lia Mas­troianni

Sofie Hol­land has ap­peared in CW’s Reign and the re­cently re­leased Cana­dian sci-fi thriller Project Ithaca, but her most well­known role, ac­cord­ing to her? The voice of Cle­men­tine on the kids’ show Cail­lou.

Hol­land says she has been in the act­ing business since she was a tod­dler and cred­its her early start in the business to her nat­u­rally dra­matic flair as a child.

“I’m kind of a brat. I loved at­ten­tion, I loved the spot­light,” she says, jok­ing.

At the be­gin­ning of her ca­reer, her par­ents were the rea­son she went to au­di­tions, but at a cer­tain point it changed.

“It changed from something my par­ents wanted me to do to something I wanted to do,” says Hol­land.

She au­di­tioned for Baythorn Pub­lic School for the ele­men­tary in­te­grated arts pro­gram and got in and then even­tu­ally did the same for the arts west pro­gram at West­mount Col­le­giate In­sti­tute. Hol­land says she was get­ting prac­ti­cal on-cam­era train­ing through the roles she was book­ing, but her ex­pe­ri­ence at West­mount gave her a different type of train­ing.

“There’s so much his­tory, and there’s so many tech­niques, and there’s so much train­ing that I never re­ally felt like one was tak­ing over the other,” she says. Af­ter high school, she grad­u­ated from Ry­er­son’s radio and tele­vi­sion arts pro­gram in 2017, and it was there that she learned the be­hindthe-scenes roles in the in­dus­try while producing the web series #cliche.

“I didn’t think I was the kind of per­son who would en­joy be­hindthe-scenes stuff, but I re­ally did dur­ing my time at Ry­er­son,” she says.

Hol­land says one of her proud­est mo­ments was when she booked her first network TV show, Reign, be­cause it was a show that she en­joyed watch­ing her­self.

She also says she’s been es­pe­cially proud of work­ing across the coun­try on different Cana­dian pro­duc­tions.

Hol­land has an up­com­ing role in the film The Exchange, writ­ten by The Simp­sons writer/pro­ducer Tim Long and starring fel­low Cana­dian Avan Jo­gia and This Is Us star Justin Hart­ley.

“What I ap­pre­ci­ate so much of [ Jo­gia] is he’s a very gen­er­ous ac­tor, and he also still has his Cana­dian agent, he’s still work­ing on these small, low-bud­get in­die Cana­dian films,” she says. “That’s the kind of ac­tor I want to be. I want to be su­per proud of where I come from be­cause Canada has so much to of­fer.”

An­other one of those Cana­dian pro­duc­tions is Project Ithaca, which was re­leased in se­lect the­atres in the be­gin­ning of June.

“It was this small Cana­dian sci-fi hor­ror, but it never felt small. If you could see the set for the bud­get we had, the set was just out­stand­ing, and the cast and crew was stel­lar,” she says. “Daniel Fa­thers played my dad.

Camp Rock Daniel Fa­thers played my dad! I was like, ‘What is my life right now?’ ” jokes Hol­land.

Although Hol­land says her ca­reer has been more of a slow burn, she says she’s learned to take on a different at­ti­tude when it comes to book­ing roles.

“When I think about the other peo­ple in the in­dus­try that I see in an au­di­tion, we’re all women, we’re all work­ing for the same role, but when one of us books it, it’s a win for all of us,” she ex­plains.

“Her win doesn’t mean your loss. She’s not tak­ing any­thing away from you. That was her role,” she says she tells her­self. “Your role just hasn’t been writ­ten yet.”

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