From a kids’ cartoon to a sci-fi horror film
Sofie Holland on her commitment to acting and staying true to her roots
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.”