Beacher busy with web series, movies and book
Beach actress Katie Boland, who at 25 is already a veteran film and TV performer, has created and written a new dramatic web series about life as a twentysomething woman. The show, called Long Story, Short, debuted on KoldCast TV in August.
The main character is Kristen Harvey (played by Boland), who has moved back home from university for the summer. The rite-of-passage storylines are based partly on events in Boland’s own life.
“The show centres around her and her two best friends, who all have moved home for the summer,” said Boland. “The character is coming of age. It’s basically her coming to terms with dating and relationships in her 20s, and her friendships.”
Boland has lined up a cast of stars from other Canadian shows, including Tommie-Amber Pirie (Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays), Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Michael Seater (Life with Derek) and Adam Butcher (Republic of Doyle).
Boland’s home turf figures prominently in the series, as filming was done at many local venues such as the Main Street subway station, The Pie Shack on Queen Street East, and a number of Beach bars and restaurants. Boland’s mother’s house and her friends’ houses also have featured roles.
Along with writing and starring in her new series, Boland is also busy on more film projects, and walking the red carpets at various film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. At TIFF, she is appearing in two films: Gerontophilia and Method. And she recently published a book of short stories, titled Eat Your Heart Out.
“I like them both (acting and writing) for different reasons, and to stay sane and feeling productive I have to do both,” she said. “Writing can be really insular and lonely, and acting can be difficult because it’s dependent on who wants to hire you and when, so I like being able to do both.”
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