photos including magazine cover: Kyla Hemmelgarn
Meeting someone who is so enthusiastic about his or her job and craft is so inspiring and motivating. SayWhatNews sat down with up and coming Actress, Sarah Dugdale, who has been very busy since her acting debut in R.L. Stines, The Haunting Hour. Sarah Dugdale naturally exudes an amazing positive energy that is so contagious. During her interview, the very talented Actress, spoke of her love for acting, gave some scoop on what she does in her personal time and even talked about her upcoming projects: The Hollow on the SyFy channel and two movies with the Lifetime, SUGAR BABIES & Sorority Murder.
SayWhatNews: Good morning Sarah. Thanks so much for interviewing with SayWhatNews. First, tell us who is Sarah Dugdale?
Sarah: Good morning to you too! Sarah Dugdale is not your typical 20 year old. Most 20 year olds are about to enter their 3rd year of university, but I am already actively working in a field that I love. Usually you can find me goofing around with friends, watching horror movies, spending time with my family, baking, or slathered in sunscreen off on a hike.
SayWhatNews: Sarah in Grade 6 you tried out for the school play Aladdin and won the role of Jasmine. What inspired you to want to act at such a young age?
Sarah: Looking back I am surprised at myself for taking a leap and trying out for my middle school’s musical, but I’m so glad I did. Having danced since I was 5 and having sung in choirs I felt relatively comfortable on stage. I was shy growing up but I felt like performing gave me rush of confidence. My parents always joked that they have to buy tickets to watch me perform.
SayWhatNews: By the age of 14, you were studying acting with Deb Podowski and by 15 years old signed with an agent. What is the one lesson that you learned about acting that you still use today?
Sarah: Deb Podowski is such a wealth of knowledge. Something I’ve learned about acting is to take risks and not be afraid to look silly. Acting is all about exploring and pushing your limits.
SayWhatNews: Sarah, your first job was a guest-starring role on the HUB’s network show, RL Stines The Haunting Hour. What was your most memorable moment working on set?
Sarah: I was so fortunate to have my first acting job on set of The Haunting Hour and alongside Debby Ryan. Everyone was so welcoming and Debby went out of her way to make my first set experience a great one. My most memorable moment was my first take on the very first day. I still remember exactly what scene it was and my lines. When the director, Neil Fearnley, called action for the first time everything suddenly felt so real. I was a working actor!
SayWhatNews: Sarah, you guest starred on the CW’s hit show, Supernatural. What was it like working with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki?
Sarah: On the episode I worked on I didn’t actually get to work with Jensen or Jared but I hear that they are awesome guys. I did get to work with DJ Qualls though which was incredible!
SayWhatNews: You also guest starred on USA Network’s RUSH. So which genre do you prefer, Sci-Fi or Drama and why?
Sarah: I loved working on a drama like RUSH; playing a pregnant runaway teen was quite a challenge and Tom Ellis was wonderful to work with. Sci-Fi is a great genre to work in because the content is interesting and fans are so dedicated!
SayWhatNews: Sarah, you recently starred in two films on the Movie Network, SUGARBABIES and Sorority Murder. What is the one advice you would give an aspiring actor/actress?
Sarah: Both films will also be airing on Lifetime, which is very exciting. The best advice I would give to anyone wanting to be an actor is to be ready when opportunity knocks. You don’t have a lot you can control in this business, but one thing you can control is your craft.
SayWhatNews: July was a busy month for you. You had several projects premiere on TV. On July 26, Lifetime Network’s Stolen Daughter premiered. How did you hear about the role and what was the audition process like?
Sarah: My agent sent me the audition, I read the script, and started working on my audition scenes. A couple of days later I went in and auditioned for the director Jason Bourque. A few days later I found out I got the part of Sarah and would be working with Jason. He is such a collaborative director and I loved working with him.
SayWhatNews: I see you have another TV movie, The Hollow with the SyFy Network coming out around Halloween (October 24th). Can you tell us about the movie and your character?
Sarah: The Hollow follows three sisters who travel to live with their aunt on Shelter Island on Halloween eve after the death of their parents. The island has a curse that is awoken every hundred years on Halloween. I play Marley, the middle sister. She is smart, tenacious, and courageous. I loved getting to play a character so resourceful and desperate to survive. Also I got to blow up some stuff, which was pretty awesome!
SayWhatNews: Who is the one actor/actress you would love to work with and why?
Sarah: I would love to work with William H. Macy. Every role he plays is so dynamic. His work in Magnolia was heartbreaking and his current work on Shameless is killer. It’s not easy to play someone so horrible and still be loved by an audience.
SayWhatNews: Sarah, if you were offered the starring role in a remake of a movie. Which movie would you want to star in and why?
Sarah: I would hate to touch a masterpiece like The Shining but I would love to play Shelley Duvall’s character. The Shining is the ultimate horror movie and it would be wicked to get to play in Stanley Kubrick’s world.
SayWhatNews: Tell us something about yourself that no one knows?
Sarah: Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies. I am ready to go out and buy a hover board!
SayWhatNews: So, what do you like to do in your spare time for fun?
Sarah: This summer I have made an effort to explore the beautiful province of British Columbia that I call home. I love hiking and exploring new areas. Nature can be so breathtaking.
SayWhatNews: I hear you are working on getting your private pilot’s license. What inspired you to learn how to fly a plane?
Sarah: My dad inspired me. He has his pilot’s license and I feel fortunate that he gave me the opportunity to work towards getting my license.
SayWhatNews: What is next in the future for Sarah Dugdale?
Sarah: The future is so unpredictable in this business, which I love. I am reading many scripts right now. The caliber of film and TV content is so high right now; it is such an exciting time to be an actor!