Sherwood Park’s got its very own blood sucker, and she’s getting stronger by the day.
Well, OK, she’s not a vampire, but Sara Canning, a Sherwood Park native, is about to start taping the second season of Vampire Diaries, which airs on the CTV in Canada and the CW Network in the United States.
Canning plays Jenna Sommers in the TV show, an aunt and caregiver of Elena and drug user Jeremy, who go and live with her after their parents died in a car accident.
But in a world filled with vampires, witches, and other potentially supernatural beings, alluded to throughout the first season, Canning believes that her character will continue to stay oblivious to the fact that she is surrounded by blood-thirsty creatures.
**Special Event & After Party with Director and Star at Bloor Cinema**
Following the 9:30pm screening of Black Field at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West, Toronto) will be a special TalkBack with the writer/director Danishka Esterhazy and actor Sara Canning (star of Vampire Diaries).
Afterwards join the filmmakers at Insomnia Lounge (563 Bloor Street West) for some appetizers – entry is FREE with your movie ticket stub!
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After the death of their parents, sisters Maggie McGregor (Sara Canning, Vampire Diaries) and Rose McGregor struggle to run their farm alone. The two sisters’ lives are forever changed when a mysterious and charming man named David Latouche (Mathieu Bourguet) arrives at their isolated farm. As the mesmerizing French-Canadian trapper wins the sisters over and is permitted to stay, questions emerge about his past and his intentions. View Trailer & Movie Details.
CANADIAN actress Sara Can ning was at work last spring on the rustic set of the film Black Field when she got the news that the TV series pilot she had just filmed, Vampire Diaries, would be picked up as a TV series.
“As soon as we wrapped on Black Field, she had to fly to Atlanta and start shooting a TV series,” says Winnipeg director Danishka Esterhazy, 40. “We got her at the perfect time. We were so lucky.”
The feeling was mutual for the Gander, Nfld.-born Canning, 22, although the combination of the dark romance of Vampirecombined with the Brontë-esque trappings of Black Field put Canning at risk of being pigeonholed as a gothic girl.
“I don’t feel like Gothic Girl,” she says on the phone from Los Angeles. “Although, working on Black Field, Danishka influenced me so much. She’s a huge history buff and I learned so much from her and gothic literature and films and that’s carried with me a little bit now.”
In creating the frontier drama, Esterhazy (who has a BA in history from the University of Winnipeg) steeped herself in the writings of Canadian pioneer women such as Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr-Traill. “I wanted to get a sense of what their voices were like. Women writing in the 19th century presented a good opportunity to study how women wrote and thought in that period.”
At Teen Vogue, we are big proponents of acting your age. But on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Sara Canning plays Elena’s aunt Jenna–even though there’s only a one-year age gap between her and Nina Dobrev! We caught up with Sara to chat about premature aging, eternal youth, and why there soon might not be any humans left in Mystic Falls.
Though you’re one of the very few figures of parental authority on the show, you’re just 22. What’s it like playing the adult?
I thought it might be a stretch given that Jenna’s quite a few years older than me, but I’ve found her to be very relatable because she’s essentially growing up herself as I have in the past two years since finishing Vancouver Film School’s acting program. Plus, when I moved down to Atlanta, Nina Dobrev and I actually became roommates so she really has become like family to me!
Canadian actress Sara Canning is best known for her role as Jenna Sommers on The CW’s freshman TV drama The Vampire Diaries. As the young aunt and new guardian of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and her brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), the 20-something who was always the cool, fun one, now finds the transition to responsible authority figure to be a bit of a challenge.
The show, which follows the relationship between the human Elena, her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder), premiered to the highest ratings in the network’s history and has since gone on to win the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama.
In this exclusive interview with IESB, Sara Canning talked about the wild ride she’s been on with the successful new series and how she can’t wait to see where Season 2 will take them.
IESB: How did you become an actor? Was it just something you always wanted to do?
Sara: There is someone who played a big part in it. When I was 12, I was in a drama class in my junior high school and I auditioned for a play. We would use our after-school time and we were putting on this production, and I just had this really awesome teacher who was into the more quirky sides of theater. He would go into the dark side of Shakespeare, and that kind of stuff. So, I think he really influenced me, just wanting to be a performer and becoming really interested in theater, and then that developed into an interest in film and television, later on.