This week we are crushing on actress Stephanie Bennett!
Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C, Stephanie Bennett studied ballet at a young age, including two years at a Canada’s National Ballet School. Stephanie began training as an actress in 2010, studying with local renowned acting coaches. Her first feature lead was in 2012’s Grave Encounters II, followed with roles on series such as the CW’s Supernatural, TNT’s King and Maxwell, and Hallmark’s Signed Sealed and Delivered.
She has starred in a variety of TV Movies, including Stolen Dreams which achieved Stephanie her first Leo Award Win, Truth and Lies and Nine Lives of Christmas.
A versatile actress, she’s also played roles in more unconventional productions such as Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Leprechaun-Origins, The CW Series IZombie, the Lifetime series UnReal as well as Snow White for the Disney Channel’s Descendants.
Lately you can catch Stephanie on the Netflix/ABC Family series Shadowhunters, a fantasy show based on the popular book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassanda Claire (a personal guilty pleasure of mine). She also plays the lead on the CBC series The Romeo Section. And this summer Stephanie will be appearing as striker coach Christy Cook in CBC’s new sports drama, 21 Thunder.
What is the first thing you notice about a potential love interest?
Body language. So much can be said with the way one carries themselves. It is so attractive to me when someone is confident but real. I can almost always tell when someone is being inauthentic. A man who is comfortable with who he is and carries himself that way definitely catches my eye!
If there was a piece of advice you could give other women out there what would it be?
Listen to yourself and your instincts. Try not to intellectualize everything. I think women can sometimes over analyze a person or situation when the most effective thing to do is just listen to how that person makes you feel, in all ways. If you have any discomfort or doubts while you’re with someone, listen to that. It speaks volumes.
What is your ideal first date?
I love day dates for a first meet. One date, we met to walk my dog together and then went to a street festival. Its nice to have a low key event planned to break the ice. It was a beautiful day and we walked around, tried different foods and watched a folk concert. It was casual, tons of fun, and neither of us felt pressured.
What is your instant deal breaker?
Sometimes it’s difficult to see one’s true colours on a first date. However, in one situation, I was instantly turned off when he was rude and impatient with the wait staff. Manners are huge for me. I’m old school in that I like a true gentleman. A man who is condescending to anyone at any time is someone I won’t see again.
What is the best piece of romance advice you’ve ever received?
One thing I’ve been told and I’ve learned in time, is that the timing will never be perfect because life isn’t perfect! Life throws us challenges and curve balls and the person who is right for you will stick around through those challenges. Everyone is a better version of themselves at the beginning, but you can’t base a relationship on that. True love is accepting one another and loving one another during times when life is most challenging.