Meet Our Client: Emily Hampshire

Emily Hampshire is a Gemini Award-winning actor (Made in Canada) and a long time rock-it promotions client with personality to spare.

Hampshire’s work has also been recognized by the Canadian Academy of Film and Television with three Genie Nominations (Best Supporting Actress at the 27th Awards for the movie Snow Cake; Best Leading Actress at the 25th Awards for the movie Blood; and Best Supporting Actress at the 24th Awards for the movie A Problem with Fear). She is most widely known to international audiences for her critically acclaimed role in Snow Cake, opposite Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver.

Hampshire plays a lead role alongside Scott Speedman, Jay Baruchel and Xavier Dolan in Jacob Tierney’s Good Neighbours. The comic noir thriller will have its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1995 during the second Quebec referendum in an apartment building in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, the film follows three tenants while a serial killer is on the loose.
Hampshire now lives in Los Angeles, but relishes every opportunity she gets to come back to Canada for work and pleasure.

What do you do?

The short answer: I’m an actor.

How long have you worked with rock-it promotions?
Going all the way back to my first date with Debra, five years.

What do you love most about your job?
This is super weird, but I feel like I only JUST discovered the answer to this last week! I’ve been doing this for over 15 years now, without a real understanding of WHY, beyond it being the only thing I know how to do. Then, last week I was reading this article about…er…well, I was Googling symptoms, which lead me to believe I might have an addiction (not to anything illegal!), but it turned out to be the wrong diagnosis anyway, so whatever.

The point is: I was reading this article about these addicts (once again: NOT my problem) and this doctor argued that this so-called “addiction” was a myth. That these people just couldn’t come to terms with the fact that they only have one relatively brief life. They want several lives, so they can have everything. I was like a) “Phew, the addiction I thought I had doesn’t exist” and more importantly, b) “THIS is why I’m an actor!” What I’m addicted to about acting is that I get to have multiple lives. I’m one of those greedy people that wants more than this one life I was dealt, and I actually found this loophole in the universe where I actually CAN have EVERYTHING!

What do you like least about your profession?

They don’t pay me to audition. That’s the part of my job that’s actually WORK. I’d waaaay rather get paid for all the work involved in auditioning and do the actual “job” for free. (Ooof, then I’d be SUPER RICH TOO!) 😉

What’s your next big goal?
To get a movie that shoots over pilot season. No, wait. It’s to go backwards. I mean, I think there’s a case to be made that my backwards world is a better idea than the actual world. Imagine if auditioning was interviewing the director for the job instead – or if DREAMS were reality and Inception was a documentary! I know, I know, that’s a paradigm shift I’ve been trying to get behind but it’s hard. Anyway, my next big goal is to live in backwards world… then it would make sense why I think people with plastic surgery look older!

Why is PR important to you (and what you do professionally)?
Honestly, I didn’t realize just how important it actually is for me. I used to think that only famous actors needed publicists to like, WARD OFF the press and do damage control. I actually thought the world of magazine articles and TV interviews just happened to those actors that I kept hearing about, and a publicist was the “media bodyguard”. Basically, I was wearing my backwards-world glasses. What I’ve come to learn first-hand is that I wasn’t hearing about those actors because they were working, but they were working because I (and the people who do the hiring) was hearing about them. PR to me means that as my public profile grows, my auditions have begun being replaced with offers.

Photo: Attila Dory

Any other thoughts you’d like to add?
I would sooner be a prostitute than be without these pimps. I know what it’s like to walk down the red carpet, only to later find out that the film publicist is pissed at me for not stopping to do interviews and pictures. rock-it makes sure that doesn’t happen.

A little more from the fourth floor:
Designer: Since deciding between Comrags and Pink Tartan is like a Sophie’s Choice for me, I’m going to say Andy The-Ahn.
Book: I can’t believe one of your team stole my book selection! She’s Come Undone has always been MY favourite book, but now I’m going to say Madame Bovary. Hmph. Try and top that, next-rock-it-staff-member-to-be-profiled!
Snack: PACKS! I love any snacks that come in packs. Like those ones they have on planes now.
Season: Festival season.
Sexy: Someone finding you sexy (and by “you” I, of course, mean me).
Inspiration: Other people’s lives.
Drink: Coke Zero.
Motto in two words: Disintimacy. That’s two words in one because a) I’m competitive, and b) distance and intimacy are not mutually exclusive for me as a motto.
Idea of perfect happiness: My backwards world.
Indulgence: is a problem for me. I think I’ve built up a tolerance from over-indulging myself in everything, so nothing is an indulgence anymore.
Greatest achievement: The last Facebook comment I wrote. Seriously, it was pretty much my most inspired work to date. I got lots of “like’s”.