Meet Vancouver-based actor Lisa Durupt.
Meet Lisa Durupt
Winnipeg-born Lisa Durupt had her sights set on playing hockey until a local production of A Chorus Line inspired her to give up an American hockey scholarship and pursue an acting career instead. Since then, she has been bringing her trademark physicality and comedic energy to television and film roles, whether it be the feisty Shandra on four seasons of HBO Canada’s Less Than Kind – for which she earned Gemini and Leo nominations – or Hillary, in Preggoland, which won the award for Most Popular Canadian Feature at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival. Now calling Vancouver home, Lisa Durupt takes creative pride in taking risks and forever doing the unexpected.
You can also keep up with her on LisaDurupt.com.
20 Questions with Lisa Durupt
Your first job.
When I was 16, I pumped gas at Turbo in the winter in Winnipeg on Saturday and Sunday nights. I learned a major life lesson: Just because two women are using one man’s business account to pay does not mean that they know about each other. Whoops.
The job you always wanted as a child.
My mom always said I should be an interrogator because everything out of my mouth was “Why, Where? Why?” But I would say Detective. I loved Columbo and really wanted a badge.
Your pet peeve.
Electrical cords on anything drive me insane! They are always different lengths! No matter how you try to hide them, twist them, or tame them, they just end up in a massive knot. My pulse has spiked just thinking about them.
My best friend & ‘sista from another mista’ Susan Livingston, who passed away this March of breast cancer. She was always the most outgoing, joyful, positive person and she truly taught me what unconditional love and support looks like.
Your biggest indulgence.
Coffee. Black dark roast. I live for it.
One thing no one knows about you.
I am Metis.
Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My dog, a fishing rod and a guitar.
The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
If you were not an actor what would you be doing right now?
Hero or villain.
Your life’s motto/mantra.
I may not always be the first choice, but I will always be the last one standing.
What’s getting the most play on your iTunes right now?
Right now I am loving a mixture of Martin Sexton (always), Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer. I have such a crush on all artists who can just sing with a piano or guitar. I am also totally addicted to the Empire soundtrack because I love to dance. It definitely goes back to high school when I was a huge R&B junkie.
The last book you read.
The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver (author of The Bone Collector).
If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?
Bubbles – she is the toughest, strongest and most feared of all the Powerpuff Girls. Her superpower is her scream and based on the volume of my laugh, I would say that is pretty bang on.
What will it say on your grave marker?
Still laughing wherever she may be.
Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My grandpas. One passed when my mom was three and the other passed five years ago. I would just hug them both to death and listen to stories over scotch.
Your idea of happiness.
Every day that you wake up healthy is a damn good reason to be happy. The rest is just a bonus.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
1. You will be able to pay your mortgage outright by 30, if you never drink coffee.
2. Try to understand your sister because she will be your best friend in ten years.
3. Learn to appreciate your hockey booty. Boys over 25 love a lil’ junk in the trunk.
The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
The amount of love and laughter that my family still shares. Don’t get me wrong, they are crazy, but in that “I can call you crazy but if anyone else does, I will cut them” kind of way.
To be or not to be?
Be. HUGE. And have fun doing it.