This week’s #womancrushwednesday is Toronto based actress and all around awesome lady Ann Pirvu!
An adventurous actress, Ann has acquired a varied and fascinating list of credits to her name. Her first break came in 2004 when she landed a lead role in the sci-fi indie feature Little Pictures. That experience inspired the development of her passion project the following year, Pure Malice, an award-winning feature that took Ann both in front of and behind the camera as she directed and starred in the film. The momentum from that project brought her to Toronto to pursue acting as a career.
The move to the city brought more and more interesting and high profile projects. You can recognize Ann as Josey the therapeutic clown in the hit television series Remedy (Global TV). Other credits include HBO Canada’s Living In Your Car, PBS’ Odd Squad, and Swearnet: The Movie featuring The Trailer Park Boys.
The future holds even more exciting projects for this aspiring starlet, including The Girlfriend Experience, a new and racy series by Steven Soderbergh slated to make its debut at this year’s Sundance festival. And nost recently, Ann can be found on the silver screen in The Masked Saint, a film that premiered on January 8th in Canada and the U.S.
Let’s take a look at what this talented beauty’s take on romance below!
What is your ideal first date?
An ideal first date, for me, is one that doesn’t feel like a date at all. I’ve always been a free spirit and tend to shy away from formality, in most aspects of my life. There’s nothing wrong with being wined and dined, or trying a new and fun activity with someone new and fun… but having a true connection is what ultimately stands out to me. Getting lost in enthralling conversation, and each other, that you barely notice a substantial number of hours have passed since you sat down with someone you’ve just met… at a random country music event you almost missed… and you decide to go for shawarmas in the wee hours of the morning because it’s the only thing around still open. And you’re actually STARVING because you missed all the food bouncing around while you were gabbing (wow, that was a mouthful!) Yup…lol!mGenuine, honest, witty repartee with lots of laughs — and the right chemistry — is a winning first date in my books. Regardless of the setting. I don’t want to feel like I’m on a date. I want to remember the organic, fun experience.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
A captivating smile. The way a man carries himself, his positive energy, his sparkly intellect that engages me in a productive and not just superficial way… those are things I notice right away. Does he have a genuine interest to get to know me, or does his smile and overall demeanor betray a purely superficial intent (this is easier to spot than you think, am I right ladies?) When a man’s face truly brightens at the sight of me, and he’s got interesting things to say, he’s got my attention.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Obvious pickup lines. Yuck. I’m a really easy going person in general, so it would take A LOT to get me to “instant” deal breaker status. I tend to give the benefit of the doubt… maybe you tried your best, maybe you were having an off day…. Maybe you fell on your head somehow and momentarily lost the ability for good judgment when it comes to trying a cheesy pickup line on me without IMMEDIATELY admitting it was a bad icebreaker… DON’T DO IT! I won’t even give you a slew of bad examples because I tend to erase them from my memory. BUT, when a guy leads with a cheesy, uncreative, generalized pickup line… to impress… it makes me doubt his confidence. And motives. I love a man with substance and a clear point of view. I think if you want to be taken seriously, guys, give a woman the respect of straight forward interest. Games are fun (once we’ve established a mutual interest) but lead with honesty not BS. It says a lot about a person’s character, and it’s infinitely more attractive when the chemistry is right.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
I vividly remember being on the bus once, on my way to an audition. This cute, very polite, very self-confident young guy excitedly B-lines it my way as I happen to make eye contact, sits beside me, hugs me… “So great to see you, Amanda!” Thinking it’s an honest mistake, I explain I’m not Amanda but thanks for the hug.Ah, he’s not convinced. We went to elementary school together and, “Am I not the gorgeous girl with piercing blue eyes who sat in front of him in math class?” Nope. But he’s emphatic! An elaborate tale ensues about mutual friends and our perceived shenanigans… he’s trying so hard to connect the dots for me because, you know– we know each other! Poor guy was so sweet. And he seemed genuine, so I felt compelled to tell him my actual name, and that my childhood was split between Romania and Alberta — so he was *clearly* mistaking me for someone else, in Toronto. “So you’re Romanian, huh,” he suddenly snaps. “I would have guessed Italian. Can I have your number and maybe you can tell me more?” A sheepish smile brightens across his face. I actually laughed out loud. And told him he’d make a great actor… but I’m late for my audition. And this is my stop.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other women out there, what would it be?
People fascinate me. As an actor, it’s not just my passion but also my job to study relationships. I make it a point to observe and try to understand what motivates our actions, in various situations– and, in tern, it helps me learn about myself. It’s pretty great 🙂 I’ve recently come to understand the notion that “people don’t change” in a more meaningful way. People don’t really “change.” They grow and experience life in different ways, at different stages, where priorities shift. If you make commitment your priority, and it is a choice, you’ll just naturally grow with your partner if you allow each other the freedom to make realizations and adjustments throughout life. When two people care, nurture and facilitate one another’s happiness — while honestly and openly expressing their own wants and needs — there are endless possibilities for a romance that won’t fizzle out. Shared experience adds depth to a relationship long after the “getting to know each other” thrill fades. If you support and engage in each other’s interests with an open mind and a playful heart, even if it means falling on your face (ha!), you won’t only discover you’re not bored of your long term partner… but you’ll experience life in a more meaningful way together.