Call Me Fitz’s Joanna Cassidy at the Canadian Screen Awards


Joanna Cassidy (Call Me Fitz, BLADERUNNER!!) On Making TV in Canada and The Writers of Call Me Fitz

(Photo by Derek Langer)

I asked Joanna what making TV in Canada means to her:

“It means so much to me, I can’t even tell you. I mean here I am an American and we’ve seen a lot of the work go to Canada. I’ve always been in sort of an envious position of American actors going to Canada and working.  I did do a film with John Gorman here years ago, Where The Heart Is, and I’ve done many productions in Vancouver when they used to do a lot of movies of the week.

 I think Canada is a really edgy interesting place now, and I’m thrilled to be working here. I love Canada, I just love it. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to taste the country and the people and work with some fabulous people like Sheri Elwood and Teza Lawrence. I love working with women that are thoughtful and great and have no hold backs, they just let it all loose. I haven’t had a character like this since Six Feet Under where I get to be wild and crazy.”

On the writers of Call Me Fitz:

“I show up and nothing is ever predictable. I’m constantly amazed by the scripts they put out!  This last season when the characters are stuck together at the house, we are just horrible, and wonderful together – I can’t tell you anything about it, but we go through all these different passages. Wait till you see what we get up to!”

(And then, Zhora from Bladerunner complimented me on my skin and I died of happiness. SciFi nerd’s heaven.)