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Friday, June 14, 2024

20 questions with Caitlin Goruk

Meet Vancouver actor Caitlin Goruk.

Caitlin continues our special series featuring the fall graduating class from Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College.

Meet Caitlin Goruk

Caitlin Goruk hails from the prairies, Edmonton AB, to be exact, where she knows real cold, real trucks, and not as many rednecks as everyone in Vancouver seems to believe. She found the love of acting in her first Christmas play in elementary school at the age of six, The Littlest Christmas Tree. She also became familiar with the cruel reality of the industry that day, as she did not get cast as the title role, the Littlest Christmas Tree. She was always the tall girl, so she further learned that day that sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you can sing and how tree-like you can be, you may not fit the role and the director is looking for someone more akin to Samantha T.

20 Questions with Caitlin Goruk

1. Your first job.

Flyer Force. Delivering flyers like a twelve year old champion.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.

Marine biologist, which was great considering I lived in the middle of the prairies with no oceans in the vicinity. I honestly don’t even think I was all that into sea creatures either. It was the glamour of the position that did me in.

3. Your pet peeve.

Hearing people chew their food.

4. Your hero.

I don’t really have a specific hero that I think about or look up to per se, but my family means the world to me.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

Sleeping. I couldn’t wait until I was an old lady to start napping. I’m in my prime napping years as we speak. Probably took a nap before I started this questionnaire.

6. One thing no one knows about you.

When I was a kid I used to pretend to brush my teeth in secret protest against my parents, and apparently modern dentistry. I would go into the bathroom when I was told to brush them before bed, and make it sound like I was brushing (running water, various scrapping brush noises), but not actually do it. I have no idea why I did this and in retrospect, all the time and effort I took into making the ambiance of teeth brushing, I could have actually just brushed them.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Food (but a nice variety, so I don’t get bored of one thing), a backpacking water filter (cause I would like to continue living), and a book I wouldn’t mind reading over and over again. Probably one of the Harry Potters, and probably the third one.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If you were not a theatre professional, what would you be doing right now?

Teaching, most likely.

10. Hero or villain?

I would like to say villain to appear edgy and cool, but if I’m being honest, give me a good ‘ol boring hero. All about them good guys/ladies.

11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

Be good to other people. On top of that though, I constantly need to remind myself to not worry so much about everything.

12. Your favourite playwright.

Oscar Wilde, Morris Panych or Judith Thompson.

13. The role you are destined to play.

I don’t know about destiny, but I would love to play Barbara or Violet in August: Osage County. On the musical side of things I would love to play Cathy in Last Five Years.

14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

I would be Sailor Moon because I was obsessed with that cartoon as a kid, and embarrassingly in love with Tuxedo Mask. Sailor Moon is extremely klutzy, but is also a badass hero with a cat and a sweet group of evil fighting friends, and I am/have all of those things. Except the cat.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

Hopefully that I died like 70 or 80 years from now.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Robin Williams.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Finding the perfect balancing of doing everything I love to do.

18. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

That no matter what I end up doing in my life, because it’s very up in the air what I will do (career wise mostly), that I know I am following my heart and choosing my own path. I’m not letting myself settle for anything that doesn’t make me happy.

19. Your most memorable moment at Studio 58.

Opening night of MOUTH, our D-term project that ended up only having the four women in our class (at the time), in it. Feeling immense pride that we created something so wonderful and equally shocking that affected our audiences. Plus, that was the night everything really clicked for me, after a period of struggle, which made me feel proud of myself and feel proud of the work I produced.

20. To be or not to be?

Is it that hard of a question? Get it together, Hamlet.

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