What happens when you meet four amazing Canadian artists, go to a cafe and simply start chit chatting about life? Your going to have one crazy memorable chat. We sit down with the cast of Long Story, Short – Katie Boland, Michael Seater, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Lauren Collins – to chat about the web-series, their characters and much more.
Long Story, Short follows Kristen Harvey (Katie Boland), a young, beautiful and funny 21-year old without a plan for her future. After things go south in the Big Apple, she decides to head back north to Toronto, only to find that her first love – whom she dumped by the way- is now a taken man. Kristen now has a life with too much ‘downtime’, something she conveniently fills with her two major problems: alcohol and bad men. Together with her two best friends – Carson (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and Lucy (Lauren Collins) – they decide to make life a bit more interesting.
In addition to her acting duties on the series, Katie Boland is also the co-creator, co-producer and writer of the show. Her track record in film and television spreads far and wide. She was chosen as one of the inaugural TIFF Rising Stars, a program that puts a spotlight on young Canadian talent. Her film credits include The Master, Adoration and TIFF 2013 film Gerontophilia. Her television credits include The Zach Files, Murdoch Mysteries and CW’s upcoming show, Reign.
Michael Seater is perhaps best known for three well-established roles: Derek Venturi on Life with Derek, Lucas Randall on Strange Days at Blake Holsey High and Tom Bellow on 18 to Life. His other credits include Bomb Girls, Murdoch Mysteries and ReGenesis. He is also an established writer, having first written for Life with Derek, then going on to write and direct Water’s Edge, a 2012 short in which he co-starred with Actress Kate Ross.
Tommie-Amber Pirie was recently seen on the red carpet at TIFF. She starred in The F Word, opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, a film that celebrated its World Premiere at the 2013 festival. She can be seen in numerous roles in productions such as Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries and Warehouse 13. She has a number of upcoming productions, including Ted Bezaire’s The Birder, starring opposite legendary Canadian actor Graham Greene.
Lauren Collins is best known for her role as Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation, a role she played for 143 episodes on the main TV show from 2001-2008. She also went on to play that role in various television movie adaptions and series extensions. She also played Rebecca Foster in Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street. Collins recently took over hosting duties for MTV’s 1 Girl 5 Gays, replacing Aliya Jasmine Sovani after her 4 season run.