She stars in Hard Rock Medical and have had roles in Wingin It, Warehouse 13, and Degrassi. Check out this interview with the Actress/Producer Tamara Duarte, all the way from Toronto, Canada.
You star in Hard Rock Medical, can you talk about your character, this series, and perhaps the future of the series?
The series focuses principally on a core group of eight medical students at Boréal Medical School in Sudbury. The students are learning both a traditional medical curriculum, and how to cope with the unique demands of the school’s focus on rural medicine. And boy are they unique! We are planning to do a second series soon which I am very excited about.
How did you end up with the role as Gina?
Well… I put my audition on tape! I was told after by the creators of the show that I was the first tape they saw for Gina and my performance stuck to them. Then I went into the TVO building in Toronto (In blue scrubs lol) and did my second audition this time in person. My agent called me and said they loved me and to come in and do a chemistry read with two other characters, Mel and Cameron… but to not wear scrubs …just normal clothes. So I went in for the third and final audition. And it went so well!
What has been your favorite project to work on?
To date? Id say HRM… they are family to me.
Which tv series past or present could you envision yourself being a part of, and what type of character would you or would you have portrayed?
I would have loved to be on Seinfeld and Friends. But currently… I’m loving period pieces right now like Game of Thrones, the Tudors, and Reign. Also, a bad ass funny character in “Orange is The New Black” or Weeds.. Also, a super analytical character that belongs on Homeland. That’s a broad range but that’s exactly what I am.
Some of my readers are familiar with you through your role in Degrassi as Charlie, a very brief love interest of Annie Clark’s Fiona Coyne in Degrassi. How was that experience and do you keep in touch with any of the cast members?
Everyone at Degrassi is so lovely and welcoming… and yes one of my best friends is Shannon Kook who I actually worked with before Degrassi as well.
Are you working on any upcoming projects? What is your role with them?
I’m writing right now and working on the development of my own projects. I think being a storyteller involves many facets of my… being. Performing is the vastest, but writing and developing stories is also a part of who I am and I have been neglecting those parts for a while because of fear. So I thought lets analyze this closely this thing that is “Fear”. And I came up a lot of reasons why I cant and shouldn’t and wont and bla bla bla… but these are just REASONS and I am not on this planet to live a reasonable life but a fully expressed one.. so I started writing…
What have you learned about yourself throughout your time auditioning, training, and acting?
My most important lesson I have learn is….doing. Just do it. It leaves no space for worry or reason. Get on the court and play the game.
You’re very involved with yoga, can you talk a bit about your practice of yoga? How old were you, and what has it done for you as a person?
Yoga is a moving mediation for me and I have very HIGH levels of energy at all times of the day. Sitting still wasn’t my strong suit, that said “strong suits” have their constraints. I want to master being fluid and not attached to parts of myself that I think I am or am not. So simply… it allows me to sit still and focus. I started 6 years ago.
Can you talk a bit about what your experience as a producer, and where you hope to go with that ability?
I went to school for Business Marketing and I was very lucky to be able to exercise that those parts of myself as a producer and will continue to do so. I always strive to be the most well rounded person I can be.
This is the Blended part of the interview where fans and readers can get to know you the person a bit more with some laid-back questions.
Color that most reflects your personality is?
Right now in this very moment id say Purple… yesterday was yellow.
Fish tacos and coconut cake from toast bakery
Most embarrassing moment is?
Wow take me back to grade school… I wasn’t a great reader as a child and reading out loud terrified me. So during class I would try then stutter, say words wrong, and stop reading. Kids would laugh, so eventually I stopped reading out loud! I remember being made fun of during lunch break and kids asking me to say the alphabet out loud. Total downer.. sorry guys lol.
Last song you listened to?
John Legend – made to love
I want to thank you Tamara for taking the time for this interview, do you have any last comments you want to say to your supporters, and the readers?
Thank you for taking your time to get to know me just a little better.