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Interview with ‘Supernatural’ guest actress Amanda Lisman

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Amanda Lisman nailed her ‘Supernatural’ of Tammy on last week’s episode ‘Rock and a Hard Place.’ This ‘Icona Pop’ loving actress would no doubt be shunned by the character she played on CW’s nine season long hit ‘Supernatural.’ This talented actress is known for her roles as 'Dracula, Lord of the Damned' and her upcoming film 'Only I...' Lisman loves to sing, enjoys swing dancing, and is dedicated to continuing her work in the theater.

Q. What can you tell my ‘Supernatural’ readers what your experience on the set?

A. Thank you, she was a very fun character to play. My experience on the 'Supernatural' set was such a positive one. I found the crew to be incredibly welcoming and full of good humor. On my first day, I shot with Jared Padalecki and Kim Rhodes. Kim has a wonderful energy and is full of jokes. Jared was so kind and had a lovely camaraderie with the crew. On the second day, we shot the group scene in the church, which included the very funny Jensen Ackles who kept us stifling laughs with his deadpan delivery. The director for the episode, John MacCarthy kept things light and was open to a little improvisation! Most of my interaction was with Jared and he and I shared a few laughs over the church punch bowl.

Q. What can you share about your upcoming film ‘Only I...?’ Can you share about any other upcoming projects in the works?

A. 'Only I...' is about a young man's (Brendan Fehr) dream of becoming a mixed martial arts champion. I play Sheila, the daughter of his coach, who struggles to form a relationship with her father who has devoted his life to fighting, not parenting. It's due to release next year. It's a drama, so no virginal hijinks like in 'Supernatural', but I did have a fun scene with my father (played by Hunt Block), in which we "sparred" in the boxing ring! I'm dedicated to continuing working in the theatre, and just finished playing Desdemona in 'Othello' at The Segal Centre in Montreal. I'm looking forward to continuing a variety of the two mediums in 2014.

Q. I read on your bio that you’re skilled in multiple dance styles. I tried swing dancing and spent far too much time stepping on my husband’s foot! Is dancing a passion for you?

A. I love swing dancing. You can't beat that music. Though it has been relegated to an occasional hobby for me! I love the experience of dancing with someone I have never met and being able to communicate and improvise something on the dance floor with that stranger who has a common physical language. It's very joyful and keeps me present. I still step on my partners' feet all the time. Mistakes happen when it's being made up on the spot!

Q. Your fans would love to know if you have any hidden talents.

A. I love to sing. I played Eliza Dolittle in 'My Fair Lady' last summer with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, BC and look forward to a concert version of 'Songs for a New World' in Victoria in the new year. I also love doing improv and sketch comedy and occasionally work with companies Atomic Vaudeville and Sin City. There is nothing like making someone laugh.

Q. I'm going to end with what's become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be?

A. I've been enjoying a single from ‘Icona Pop’ called 'I Love It'. I heard it first on the great TV series, 'Girls'. It has a good beat and one of the lines, "I don't care, I love it" reminds me that acting isn't rocket science, it's a passion and I just need to give it my all. I doubt Tammy would like that song very much!

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