Guess who I just had lunch with…..

Swoon. Drool. Palpitate. It’s Being Erica’s Erin Karpluk.
Best lunch ever? Probably. Correction, Easily.

For two hours we talk about all things Erica, including the horrible wig she wore during this week’s futuristic episode. If you haven’t seen the wig, it was bad. Like really really bad (see below.) We also had a good laugh over next week’s episode which involves Erica catching Ethan doing “you know what” to his “you know what.” Another example of how Being Erica isn’t your mother’s CBC drama.

The second season of the show has already wrapped filming, but don’t worry we still have five episodes to get us through the Fall. I don’t know what I can necessarily talk about, without incurring the wrath of CBC publicists, but Erin said that the season finale shocked even her. Will it be as shocking as last year’s episode, when Dr. Tom quit? “It is a different kind of shocking”, she teased. We will also see the return of huge guest character in the finale, one that many people will be happy to see return.
But we didn’t just talk about Being Erica. Now that the second season is done filming and she awaits word on a third season renewal (hopefully by January), Erin is busy filming another TV show called Life UneXpected. The show is filming in Vancouver and will be airing in January on the CW. Sadly, Erin doesn’t have the lead role, which is seem to sorta be happy about. She seems perfectly content to have someone else carry the show for a while. For now, she’ll be a recurring character on the series that also stars Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek) and Shiri Appleby (Roswell).
And even though the waitress kept trying to give us the bill, I couldn’t possibly end the conversation. Erin had lots of really interesting things to say about the industry and why she has devoted her life to it.
We talked about how important it to set goals and and to keep focused, especially when it comes to your career. Erin was also really honest when it came to talking about the sacrifices she has made for her work including jobs, weddings, reunions and even relationships. (Yes, gentlemen and my roommate, she is single.) But for now she is focused on acting and knows that she wants to have a career when she is sixty. That is something I don’t think a lot of actors think about. They tend to live in the right now, but Erin doesn’t seem that way at all. She loves her job and it shows.
I think one of my favourite parts of our chat was when she said that she really hopes that she wins the Gemini for Best Actress next week, so she can take the time to thank all the people that help behind the scenes. She learned from her Drama degree to appreciate everyone that works on the show and that’s not just about the actors.
Seriously? Swoon. Drool. Swoon some more.
With that, the waitress finally and rather aggressively put the bill on the table and our lunch date was done. She’ll be back in Calgary next week for the Geminis and you can catch Being Erica every Tuesday on CBC. Life UneXpected debuts on the CW in January. And if she isn’t busy enough I’ve instructed her to start watching GLEE and to try to get a role on Grey’s Anatomy when she moves to the States next year. All in a days work for Erin Karpluk.
Want more Erin? Check out my interview with her on the set of Being Erica.

Mike Morrison

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