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Mauled by dinosaurs? Miranda Frigon stays safe on Primeval: New World

- October 22nd, 2012

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Miranda Frigon’s character is the voice of reason and the face of authority on Primeval: New World.

“Comedy is more my thing, but I have a blast playing the hardcore chick who’s just the straight guy telling everyone what to do,” said Frigon (picutred above, and second from left in the cast photo below). “I’m very good in the power positions on TV.

“Some of the other characters are out dinosaur-hunting, so I get envious a little bit. But I avoid getting eaten and things like that. It keeps me safe.”

It isn’t just dinosaurs that show up in Primeval: New World, which debuts Monday, Oct. 29 on Space. The setup of the series is that just about anything can get in and out of our world – and vice-versa – through these mysterious time anomalies in modern-day Vancouver.

Primeval: New World is a 13-episode spinoff of the original British series, focusing on animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events while battling prehistoric and futuristic creatures.

Led by inventor Evan Cross (played by Niall Matter), the team is comprised of predator-attack expert Dylan Weir (Sara Canning), security specialist Mac Rendell (Danny Rahim) and physics prodigy Toby Nance (Crystal Lowe).

Ange Finch (Frigon) is Evan’s oldest friend and business partner, the woman through whom everything runs. Ange also is the key liaison to quirky Ken Leeds (Geoff Gustafson), the head of the government’s decommissioned department for investigating alien life.

“Nothing really happens without me,” Frigon said of her character. “I’m kind of holding the company together.”

Frigon has a diverse acting resume, including a recurring role on CBC’s Heartland, and episodic work on series ranging from Sanctuary to Dexter to Emily Owens, M.D. But getting this series-regular role on Primeval: New World was a long-delayed silver lining to a frustrating period of her life.

About five years ago, the Edmonton native made the mistake of traveling home to Canada while the renewal for her U.S. work visa was in process. When she tried to go back to L.A., where she was living full-time, she was stopped at the border.

“They locked me out of the U.S. for two months, they threw out my visa application, I had to re-apply, it was awful,” Frigon recalled. “I had, like, two days worth of clothes with me. I had to borrow clothes from friends.

“But during that time, I got the audition for Sanctuary (which was shot in Vancouver). That’s where I worked with (director and producer) Martin Wood, and we got along so well. Then all these years later, when I first got the breakdown for (Primeval: New World), I saw that the executive producer is Martin Wood.

“If I had never made that (visa) mistake, I never would have met Martin, we wouldn’t have hit it off, and I probably wouldn’t be here now. You make mistakes, but sometimes there’s a reason for everything.”

Thank goodness for that, because what would the other characters on Primeval: New World do without Miranda Frigon?

Even the dinosaurs know she’s in charge.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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Mamie Gummer of Emily Owens, M.D., reveals her high school nickname

- July 31st, 2012

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – When Mamie Gummer started to become known as an actress, she realized that being the daughter of Meryl Streep was going to be a consistent subject of conversation.

“I just wish that it was kind of a more interesting subject, that I had a better answer,” Gummer said. “She’s just my mom, she’s wonderful, and both my parents are super supportive.

“If I have a job and I have health insurance, they’re thrilled.”

Gummer’s new TV series is called Emily Owens, M.D., and it will debut this fall on CW and CTV Two. Filmed in Vancouver, it’s basically about a young doctor who finds out that working in a hospital is a lot like high school, unfortunately.

“Yeah, it’s inevitable that no matter how old you are, high school never seems like that long ago,” Gummer said. “But it’s true in every profession. Every time you walk into a room and wonder where you’re supposed to sit, you kind of get flashes of that.”

Emily Owens’ high school nickname was “Pits,” for reasons that will become obvious in the show. Did Gummer have a high school nickname?

“No,” she said, before thinking for a second and adding, “Well, yes. Goomer. That was nice.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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