This week’s #womancrushwednesday is actress and all around awesome gal Kate Drummond!
Kate Drummond is a highly sought after Canadian actor whose diverse work experience includes film, television, voiceover, stage and video games. A former elementary school teacher who became an actor later in life, Kate is an advocate for people following their dreams. In May 2014, Kate was the opening speaker at TEDx in Oshawa, where she told her story of Chasing Dreams and Beginning Again. Speaking of chasing her dreams, Kate has appeared in numerous television series and movies, and is currently co-starring alongside actors like Brooke Shields and Beau Bridges in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ newest Flower Shop Mystery Series, which pulled the largest debut audience in network history with its January 2016 premiere of Mum’s The Word. She will also appear in the upcoming Syfy series Wynonna Earp that will premiere in both Canada and the United States in April 2016. Not confined to film and television, Kate has acted in numerous hit video games, most notably the roles of Anna Grimsdottir in Ubisoft’s internationally acclaimed video game Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Jessica Kandel in its newest release Tom Clancy’s The Division. Some of Kate’s other credits include original Hallmark movies Lead With Your Heart alongside Billy Baldwin and Good Witch. Most recently, Kate has made appearances in series and movies such as the Oscar-nominated Room, The Informant, CAT. 8, Beauty and the Beast, Being Human and Covert Affairs.
Along with her acting career, Kate is an active member of her community, working with charities such as Gamers for Sandy Hook, Habitat for Humanity, the Breast Cancer Foundation, OSPCA and KidSport Ontario. She organized Toronto’s first Street Store in 2014, a community-based pop-up shop where quality clothing and other items donated by the community were given to the homeless and needy in a dignified, retail setting. Held for one day, more than 300 homeless took part and all leftover items were donated to Engage and Change, further helping the city’s homeless.
Take a read of Kate’s thoughts on love, dating and dog ownership. You’ll see what I mean, just read!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Definitely their smile and the way they carry themselves. I am drawn to simple confidence…which is really different from arrogance. I am also really attracted to someone with a great sense of humour. Personally, I love to have fun and be silly, so I like someone who can also let go and not take themselves too seriously.
What is your ideal first date/what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
An ideal first date is probably a sporting event or something that doesn’t feel like a date-date. I find dating stressful! As much as I love to get dressed up, I also love wearing my jeans and Converse and being relaxed. Gosh, I’m such a jock.
I think one of my favourite dates was when we went to a Blue Jays game, and we had a rule where anything we ate or drank, had to come from a cart. We were fighting against the typical “first date, fancy restaurant” stereotype and had so much fun. I also hit the gym pretty hard the next day!
What’s your instant deal breaker?
How a man treats strangers is a make or break moment for me. I think it really shows the kind of person they are. I once went on a date with man who jumped out of the car to help someone cross the road. That relationship lasted a long time. Conversely, I was on a date with a man who was trying to show off, and treated our server so poorly that I had to apologize to her when we left. We didn’t make it to a second date. Oh, and another deal breaker? I have an 11-year-old rescued dog named Jackson. He’s my best friend. What’s the expression… Love me, love my dog? But seriously, everyone loves my pup… he’s sort of a rock star.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Well, I had someone pick up all the dog droppings in my backyard once. Talk about trying to win me over! I also had someone put my face on a mug. Lovely gestures, but strange.
Describe your love life in one word.