*photo by David Lopez
This week we are crushing on actress Katherine Barrell!
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Katherine Barrell is an actor, producer and most recently a director. She has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA including Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope and The Listener. She has also starred in several feature films including The Scarehouse and Girls Night Out.
Not one to stay on one side of the camera, Katherine has also produced seven short films. Most notably her comedy short, Issues, which was named one of the top three Canadian short films of 2013 by entertainment critic Richard Crouse. She developed Issues into a television show that was optioned by Edyson Entertainment.
Although acting continues to be her focus and first love, Katherine’s newest endeavour is directing. It’s the perfect marriage between her acting roots and business mind. Her directing debut, Cannonball, was inspired by the sudden passing of her late business partner Kent Nolan and is currently running the festival circuit.
Outside of the film and television industry, Katherine is passionate about philanthropy, and the empowerment of women. She is currently an ambassador for GIRL TALK Empowerment’s Pink Box program. The Pink Box is a subscription box service which gives girls items that not only make them look and feel good—but also DO good. $1 from each Pink Box goes to Because I Am a Girl. GIRL TALK Empowerment is a social enterprise dedicated to uniting and empowering girls to make their mark on the world. The organization reaches girls in a number of ways including through School Chapters, the GIRL TALK Summer Retreat and the renowned GIRL TALK Empowerment Day, that brings together 1000+ girls each year for a day of inspiration. Katherine is also big advocate for women in film and television and hopes to support the continuing growth of females in the field.
When she’s not out making the world a better place through art and activity, Katherine enjoys playing basketball, restoring old furniture and trying to teach her new puppy Bernie how to roll over.
Talented, creative AND a dog lover? How can we not crush on Katherine Barrell!
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
My best date wasn’t supposed to be a date at all. Ray (my now fiancé) and I were in Montreal for the premiere of our feature film ‘My ExEx’ on which we met while shooting. We had instant chemistry but were both in other relationships at the time. A year later when the premiere rolled around I traveled to Ray’s hometown of Montreal for the screening. Now both single we reconnected right away and ended up spending the entire weekend together. We rented bikes and traveled all throughout Montreal eating and drinking while Ray showed me all his favorite spots and spoke his native language, French, with all the locals. I barely understood but it was pretty swoon-worthy! Two years later we got engaged in Old Montreal and will have our wedding there next year!
What is your instant deal breaker?
I’m a big fan of the phrase “A person who is not nice to the waiter is not a nice person.” If someone I’m out with is rude to a person who is serving them it’s a huge red flag for me and I believe shows their true colours.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
I think the best advice for a healthy relationship that I’ve observed in couples I admire is to each have your own life outside of the relationship. Work hard to maintain your individual identity, keep your hobbies and friendships strong. Don’t be afraid to spend time apart – you need to miss each other every once in a while.
What is the first thing you notice about a potential love interest?
Kindness and empathy. I think they are the most important human qualities for the type of person I want to share my heart with. I also love a strong jawline 😉
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other women out there, what would it be?
Whenever I speak to friends who say they are “desperate to meet someone serious” I encourage them to forget about dating all together at go work on themselves. You can’t be in a healthy relationship with someone else if you are not in a healthy relationship with yourself first. If you are busy living the type of life you want and doing things that make you happy it’s inevitable that you will run into someone who is a great match along the way as they will share similar goals and interests. It’s hard to do but as soon as you let it go things have a way of working out.