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Stars speak up on Canadian Screen Awards red carpet

Sarah Gadon, pictured on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.
Sarah Gadon, pictured on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015. The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Stars of film and television came out Sunday night for the third annual Canadian Screen Awards at Toronto’s Four Season for the Performing Arts.

Before the show, celebrities walked the red carpet — which host Andrea Martin described as “the only red carpet where they ask you to wipe your boots” — and many of them stopped to talk to globalnews.ca.

Here are some highlights:

“I really wanted to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Deep inside the pit of my soul I really wanted to do this but I thought ‘there’s no way that’s ever going to happen.’ But somehow through hard work and luck and the grace of the universe…” – Kevin Durand, on what he dreamed of doing while growing up in Thunder Bay, Ont.

“I’ve made movies everywhere there’s a camera. I will say the best parts I’ve had, the most enjoyable roles I’ve had, were right here in Canada. Everybody seems to care. You turn over a rock in this country there’s a really talented person.” – Michael Murphy, who was born in L.A. but has worked in the U.S. and Canada.

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“The stories that mattered most to me, because I spent years as a foreign correspondent, are the overseas stories. What’s happening with ISIS, what’s happening in Ukraine — those stories resonate with me.” Global National anchor Dawna Friesen.

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“I do. I have been coming to Canada for a very long time. I have lots of friends up here. You have amazing filmmakers and actors and a tremendous community here in Toronto.” – Julianne Moore, when asked if she feels like a Canadian after having made so many films here.

“I can tell you there is a very intense downhill spiral for Griffin Conner. Whatever that means I can’t tell you, but it’s an intense spiral.” – Dillon Casey, star of Remedy, on what’s in store for his character in season two.

“The talent is the same. The only difference is the U.S. is a machine. They have it down and it’s tight. There’s something that’s really good about that and something that’s not so good about that. The work that’s being done here is great. You’re seeing Canadian shows competing internationally and I think it’s only going to get better. I keep saying it’s only a matter of time before the next Breaking Bad comes out of Canada.” – Actor David Sutcliffe on working on shows in both the U.S. and Canada.

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“We have no idea. The only thing that we can think of is that we actually really get along in real life and that translates.” – Missy Peregrym, when asked why Rookie Blue has been so successful.

“It’s terrific. When they reached out to me I circled it on the calendar and made sure I got some time off the show.” – Diego Klattenhoff of The Blacklist, on the Canadian Screen Awards.

“It felt terrific. It’s an affirmation that what it is that we do matters and it’s being noticed. Awards don’t define us but they do help us recognize each other’s talents. Really, what I’m most proud of are all the people who do the real work behind the scenes.” Global National anchor Dawna Friesen on winning Best National Newscast.

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“The whole awards show concept is a little weird because how do you really pick one winner? But to come together and have a party and celebrate, I love that.” – Enrico Colantoni, star of Remedy, on the importance of the Canadian Screen Awards.

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“Back when I was hosting a talk show in this country there was no film activity going on and no global television activity going on so we really had to drag guests out of the woodwork and they were all up-and-comers or unknowns. Now the whole industry has blown up and you can do any kind of film or television show in Canada and know that you have a talent base here.” – Alan Thicke, on the growth of the film and TV industry in Canada.

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