Not all of Hopkins’ characters this year were villains. She was reporter Monica Stuart in five episodes of THE EXPANSE (above). And she was one of the most memorable characters of KILLJOYS‘ fourth season, the Scarback-turned-dominatrix Fairuza.
“I’ve never really played a villain before, so I kind of got to channel everything I’ve ever wanted to do and haven’t been able to do. Yeah, I think when you’re playing something that’s so different from you, you have a lot more room to play. In fact, I find it’s kind of easier to do than just playing a regular gal.”
—- Anna Hopkins (to Hidden Remote — May 2018)
2018 was a big year for Anna Hopkins. She appeared in ten episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS as Lilith, Adam’s first wife. Lilith is complex and fascinating, and the best dressed demon on television. The role got Hopkins a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of Choice TV Villain.
In Season Two of the CITY-TV drama BAD BLOOD, Hopkins is Teresa Langana, an entirely different sort of villain whose father is head of the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria. She is sent, along with her twin brother Christian, to Hamilton. Ontario to make the drug trade there more profitable. Teresa is an utterly ruthless corporate mobster whose only loyalties are to her brother and the bottom line. Hopkins described Teresa to A.R. Wilson of TV-eh as “…one of those characters who is really powerful but doesn’t really need to exert or show that power very often…but when things don’t go her way, I think the extremes she can go to are a little further than most of us.” The first season of BAD BLOOD is on Netflix worldwide. Season Two can be streamed on the CITY-TV website. Continue reading →
Vanessa Matsui (Cassie the Oracle) will be a witch named Dot (Madame Dorothea from The Mortal Instruments books) in the first two episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS on ABC Family. The series will premiere on 12 January at 9pm. And Matsui will star as a ghost trying to escape purgatory in the webseries GHOST BFF which is scheduled to go into production sometime this month. Recently, Matsui wrote on Instagram that she and producer Katie Nolan had delivered 22 Ghost BFF scripts and a “piles of research” to Telus (which is funding the project).
Matsui’s uncle, award winning journalist John Matsui, has published his second novel, GRAVITY GAMES, a science fiction mystery which is now available in a Kindle Edition. Mr. Matsui’s detective, Nathan Sherlock, is a food and wine expert who was born with an amazing sense of smell. In GRAVITY GAMES, Sherlock and his sidekick Bonnie Nakagowa are enlisted by CSIS to track down a kidnapped scientist who has designed an anti-gravity weapon.
Mother-daughter production team Gail Harvey (director of five LOST GIRL episodes) and Katie Boland (The Morrigan’s assistant) are currently developing two programs for the CBC. One is a 30 minute comedic drama called GOLD LAMÉ, created and written by Boland and Katie Ford, which centers around a young woman who was plucked from obscurity and hired to work for the entrepreneurial genius behind a multi-billion dollar clothing empire. The other is the drama CENTERPUNCH that follows the story of a woman who comes from a family of police officers. After joining the Toronto police force herself, she discovers surprising things about her family and the inner workings of the constabulary. CENTREPUNCH was co-created by Katie Boland and Calum DeHartog.
Katie Boland in THE CRAFT
Boland also stars as Sonia Greene in the horror/romance short THE CRAFT, a fan fiction biopic set in 19th century Boston, and based on the stories and romantic history of H.P.Lovecraft and his wife. THE CRAFT premiered in Toronto last May, and was filmed at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.
Rick Howland (Fitzpatrick McCorrigan) will star in a new horror/thriller called WALKERWOOD, about two bank robbers who escape custody on their way to prison and end up in a California town that seems to be populated only by beautiful young women and very old men. The project is raising funds through an Indegogo Page.