Canadian actress and producer Christina Schimmel is constantly reinventing herself. Whether it’s slipping gracefully from one role to another, or from one side of the camera to the other, her passion for her craft keeps her in a constant state of forward momentum. With as many as four of five projects on the go at a time, her key to success is finding inspiration in challenging herself to be as adaptable as possible.
Name: Christina Schimmel
Education: Second City, Various Acting Schools Toronto/Vancouver, Ryerson Business school, Langara College. Currently I train with Dean Bajramovic at Alza Acting School.
How did you get started on your current career track?
I have always loved acting and keep coming back to it. In my early twenties I was pretty wild and didn’t have the dedication required of a full time actress so I feel like I am really hitting my stride now. Producing is the evolution of that career.
What gives you the most satisfaction as an artist?
Collaborating with amazing people and pushing myself into new and demanding roles.
In the feature film “The Rebel” I play a battered wife and the character I play is 100 percent different from myself. I worked hard with my acting coach and the director was so impressed with my performance he wrote me in more scenes. That is a huge compliment.
What motivates or inspires you in your work?
There are a lot of amazing people in the industry. Their passion and creativity is infectious! I just want to make entertaining stories that people will like to watch. The actress that inspires me is Charlize Theron. She does solid commercial work but isn’t afraid to take risks like her roles in “Monster” and “Young Adult”
Do you have a personal work philosophy?
Do your best and reach for the heavens so if you end up with the stars you still come out on top!
If you weren’t doing this, what could you see yourself doing?
Running an animal sanctuary. I love animals and there are so many that need help. It is unfortunate that in our throw away culture we also have applied this frame of mind to living beings.
What are you working on right now?
I am preparing for my role in the feature film “The Hospital” in a few weeks.
What gets you interested?
Intelligence and humour.
What’s your number one deal breaker?
A great sense of humour and a well-groomed man.
Ignorance, rudeness, cruelty.
To stay in shape, what’s your basic diet look like?
I am a vegetarian and try to limit the amount of sweets I eat.
What sort of fitness plan, if any, do you follow?
I try to mix it up and I love outdoor activities. I bike alot when it’s warmer out and in the winter I love to ice skate.
What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea or project?
I have four feature films I am doing in the fall as well as a short I am starring in. I am also getting into producing with the first feature I am producing going to camera in the fall. It is all really exciting!
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