Last year, Sophia Powers started her first series regular role of Fox in the Canadian comedy series Son of a Critch, working alongside a cast including Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as a semi-fictionalised version of the show’s co-creator Mark Critch, with Series 1 currently streaming on Paramount+ in the UK and Series 2 set for release soon, having recently aired in Canada. In the new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film Unexpected Grace, Sophia can be seen playing Toni, and she had her first filming experience when she was nine years old when she worked on the short film It’s A Beautiful Day as Chloe. Sophia talked to us about being in the cast of comedy series Son of a Critch, having her character Fox as her first series regular role and working on Unexpected Grace as Toni.
You play the regular role of Fox in the comedy series Son of a Critch, what is she like to play and can you tell us about the character?
Fox is so fun to play! I am so lucky to play such an interesting and complex character like Fox. She is someone who has so many opinions, deep emotions and layers. She is such a cool person. All she wants, even though she would never admit it, is for someone to care about her.
Do you remember how you felt finding out you’d booked the role and was there anything that drew you to the series?
I was elated to find out I booked the role! The scenes I had read for the audition were so well-written and so heart-warming. I love anything from the 80s so that was something I really connected with.
How do you find the experience filming on set for your first regular TV character and what is it like working alongside the rest of the cast, which includes Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Mark Critch?
It was a blast! We’ve all gotten to know each other so well. Everyone on set just has the greatest energy. Ben, and honestly all the other actors, are so kind and talented. Everyone on set makes it such a special environment to have my first TV show experience on. I’m so lucky! Also, filming in Newfoundland is awesome!
Can you tell us about Son of a Critch and who do you think the series will appeal to?
Son of a Critch is a heart-warming, funny and creative show. I think it appeals to so many age groups. People my age resonate with all the kids on the show because they are going through the same things, while I’m sure the adults feel nostalgic of their childhood and growing up in the 80s. It’s just so well-written.
How has it been seeing the fan response to the show and what was it like returning to film Series 2?
It’s amazing to see the response that the show has received. It means so much to see how much people love the show. The fans are so sweet and kind and it makes me so happy and proud to be a part of it all. Returning for Season 2 felt like I was going back home.
Have you had a favourite scene or episode to work on and how is it watching the completed episodes when they are released?
I loved all the scenes we filmed in St. Pierre. They were so fun to film. It was so cool to see them put together. It is always so rewarding seeing all the hard work everyone did both on set and off set once it’s all put together.
What do you enjoy most about playing Fox and being part of Son of a Critch?
The people. Everyone is so kind, fun and thoughtful. Everyone’s relationships have really grown over the past two seasons. I really consider them all close friends now.
In the new Hallmark film Unexpected Grace, you play Toni, what was it like filming your role and why would you recommend watching the film on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?
I think it is such an interesting and fun storyline. I believe a lot of people will be able to relate to what the characters are going through because it’s very true to life.
How would you describe your character Toni and what was it like reading the script for the first time?
She is a fun old soul girl who has a great relationship with her mother and she is just looking for a best friend. When I read the script for the first time, I felt excited and sad as my character is so complex and fun but I knew what was going to happen so I felt torn.
We understand you were in the cast of the short film It’s a Beautiful Day, can you tell us about this?
It was so long ago, I filmed it when I was nine years old. It was my first role and I was a little scared. I played a girl who was kidnapped and the main character finds me. It’s such a great story, told in such a short amount of time, which is incredible. I didn’t have a lot of lines but I sure felt proud that day.
How did you get into acting and was it something you always wanted to do?
I started at the age of eight. I had begged my parents for a few years to let me start acting. I realised early on how much I loved it.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Breakfast Club, The Office (the American version) and my newest obsession is The Last of Us. I recently finished the second game and have watched the entire series.
How do you like to spend your time away from acting?
Well, lately I have obsessed over The Last of Us but now I’ve finished that so I guess I’ll go back to teaching myself guitar, reading, practicing my singing and enjoying my first year in high school.
What are you hoping 2023 brings for your career?
New impactful roles. I would love to do a thriller or horror movie. Lots of new lessons and experiences which help me down the road.
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