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Debra has now been starring in CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie as the quirky, sarcastic character of Mayor Ann Popopwicx. With Little Mosque on the Prairie only a season away from its series finale and Debra being kind enough to participate in a interview with us, we took the opportunity to reflect on how the actress’ came to be apart of the show’s ensemble cast, the aspirations she has for the character of Mayor Popowicx before the series draws to a close, how she thinks Little Mosque on the Prairie represents Canadian culture ,other acting projects which the actress has recently been involved in as well as much more.
1.Lets discuss your initial appointment to the role of Mayor Ann.Were you contacted for the role or did you first audition for it? Could you please walk us through this initial process?
3.How do you relate to the character of Mayor Popowitcz?
I relate to the fun she is always having. If it isn’t fun for the mayor, she is not interested.
4.The role of Mayor Popowitcz was your first role as a political leader.What preparation did you undertake in order to play the role?
I didn’t really because I knew it would not involve political knowledge. Does the mayor even have political savvy? I did go to the Mayor’s office in Regina and meet he and his staff. The Mayor loves the chain of office and wants earrings to match.
5.As an experienced Canadian actress, you have also been involved in animated productions of various TV series including, Little Bear, Franklin, Babar and George Shrinks. Which type of acting do you prefer to work in and what particular benefits are associated with your selection?
I like well run shows like Mosque because they are so well scheduled that you rarely wait around. It is the waiting to act that makes me crazy. I hate it. I want to get there, work, have some laughs, eat some craft table food and go home. But yes I do love animation and voice work period. You don’t have to worry if you look good, you just lend your voice. Stage work is wonderful too but I have voice issues so it is stressful for me. But when I have a good voice night, so rewarding.
6.With Little Mosque on the Prairie approaching its sixth and final season,what aspirations do you have for the character of Mayor both in terms of the character’s relationships within the community of Mercy and as a political leader?
I would love to see the mayor have an upset. Fall in love and abdicate (I guess you can only do that if you are Queen) I would love to see her resign for love or be involved in a huge scandal and have to resign or take off with Sarah on a Thelma and Louise adventure.
7.Little Mosque has been such a successful series both internationally as well as in Canada, with the series premiere having earned 2.1 million viewers. What impact do you think the series has had on Canadian culture and how do you think the series represents Canada, given how it is the first of its kind?
I will always be proud of the fact that Canada was first in doing a show like this, dealing with this subject matter. It put an every day human face on a wonderful and sometimes misunderstood community. I have learned so much from my involvement with this show on the beauty of this culture and the fact that our differences are not really that different. We are all just people, trying to raise our families and get through the day with love and hope.
8.What has been your overall experience as a role model and what are the various ways in which you have interacted with fans? Why do you think the character of Mayor Popowitcz is so influential?
Thanks for saying I am a role model but other than my son and maybe our dogs, I don’t think that’s the case. At least I would hope not. The Mayor should not be a role model unless some young person wants to go into politics, do nothing, spend money that isn’t theirs, drink too much and break the rules…Okay I guess I am a role model because I have just described most politicians.I think people like the Mayor because she is funny and I am not tooting my own horn here. She is funny because she is written that way. The writers get all the credit. I just deliver the fun.
9.Have you recently been involved in any other acting projects, which you would like to share with viewers?
I would. Thanks for asking. I am in a new show coming out on Showcase called “Single White Spenny” I co-star with Spencer Rice of “Kenny vs Spenny” fame. It is a half hour comedy loosly based on Spenny’s life.
10. With Little Mosque on the Prairie concluding its run in its impending sixth season, what message would you like to convey to viewers of the series?
Our viewers are so loyal and I have met many of them over the years which has always been one of my favourite things about being on the show. So thanks everyone for standing behind this brave little Canadian show!
11. What activities do you enjoy during your spare time?
I love to ice skate, work out, read, play with my dogs, travel, spend time with my husband and son, go to theatre, movies, tv. I love to watch the birds, stare at the moon, laugh and eat. I love life really. Every single silly second of it.