The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Tamara Duarte: I was about 10 years old. I wasn’t really thinking about “show business” but more so performing. My older sisters were a part of Portuguese plays growing up and I remembered thinking, “I want to do that!” So a few years later I did my first play in Toronto. I guess the show business side of it came when my older sister Sonia helped me get a commercial agent and drove me around to auditions, meetings etc., but she was attending college at the time so it was short-lived until I was able to drive myself.
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor or actress growing up?
TD: Jim Carrey always made me laugh. I did classes at Second City in Toronto early on and remember walking in and passing his photo everyday. He inspired me to be brave in my work and take chances.
TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
TD: I’m one of those annoying early bird people. I’d wake up at 5:30 every morning before school and get in some “Inspector Gadget” and “The Magic School Bus.” My favorite show as I got older was “Friends.”TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
TD: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
TD: That I need to play the “single sexy young actress” card. Act as though I don’t have a family, a husband and a step child? I am young, but I’m not going to hide something that is such a big part of my everyday life and makes me who I am. I’m proud of that.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
TD: Ellen Page inspires me. Not only is she a talented actor but also she is a creator, producing important content. She is a mover and shaker who not only inspires but influences people.
Tatiana Maslany. I love watching her work in “Orphan Black.” We have the same agent and used to attend the same class in Toronto. There are some people that light a fire in you when you see them work. She is one of those people.
TDQ: Tell us about your role in “Badsville”
TD: I was going though a lot in my personal life and Suzy was going though the same life lesson. It was a deep connection. I ran into April Mullen at an event in Hollywood. We got to chatting and she sent me the script that night. I FELL IN LOVE with it and emailed her back immediately after reading it. Within the next few days, I went in and met the team and the rest is history. I’m so proud of April, she was just honored at TIFF this year at the Bricks Women in Film for a film called “Below Her Month.” The majority of the cast were around the same age (the greaser gang) so we hung out a lot and became fast friends. It’s like being at summer camp. Suzy had a very hard shell. She wouldn’t allow herself to be vulnerable. There is a line that Wink says that I chuckle at when hearing it because it related to my life so much at the time:
Sammy: “How are things going with Suzy?”
Wink: “I don’t know little cat. Her walls are built up so high I can’t figure her out.”
That was me for SO LONG. I’m fiercely independent and all Gerald (my husband) wanted to do is love me and I wouldn’t let him.TDQ: You also appeared in “Longmire” on Netflix. How has Netflix changed the way people watch TV versus network television?
TD: Yes I play Mandy that is coming back for season 6. She is Cady Longmire’s assistant at her new law office on the Rez. I think that we are in the golden age of television! I haven’t had cable in 5 years. I watch everything on Apple TV and have all the channels, news, music, shows, movies I want when I want them.
TDQ: What was your experience like working on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” being on such an iconic TV show?
TD: It was such an amazing experience. Playing such a controversial character and pushing social norms on the show really helped me understand why I do what I do. It helped me understand that I can effect, inspire and change lives through art. I owe that to the Degrassi family.
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
TD: Having my little ones getting tomatoes from the garden, working on a film that I’m writing right now and publishing a children’s book.
Here at The Daily Quarterly, we are often given access to information and events that are not available to the general public. Sometimes we pass this information along, sometimes we don’t think it’s worth our time, and sometimes we keep it to ourselves so you, the reader, don’t feel more envious of us than usual. This one we decided to pass along.
The Daily Quarterly had the chance to view and critique the entire 4th season of the hit TV series “Arrested Development” as produced by Netflix, the internet video streaming and disc rental service. If you recall, most of our staff canceled their Netflix membership in late 2011 when they announced plans to split their disc rental and internet streaming into two companies. A move which would nearly double the cost for some customers (and save a few bucks for others). In the end, the name remains the same, but Netflix lost nearly a million subscribers.
Since then, Netflix has been making moves to draw new subscribers and hold on to the ones they have, including producing its own exclusive content. The Daily Quarterly staff members were presented with an exclusive offer via email titled “Come Back!” from Netflix that would allow journalists to preview Netflix’s wares in exchange for a little personal information, a credit card number and a modest monthly charge. With special access to the entire season secured another hurdle remained: Time.
Even the supporting characters were awesome. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in laughing out loud (remember when you actually had to write that entire phrase out?) when I first heard the name of Scott Baio’s attorney character: Bob Loblaw.
The few of us who loved the show while it was on have grown to love it even more since it went off the air, and plenty more fans have come to appreciate the genius humor of the writing, acting and zaniness. Too bad it never got the love it deserved while it was on.
But I think the biggest reason that so many more people have come to love it, and the reason that its popularity has grown is because it ended so soon. We were left wanting more. The writing and characters hadn’t gotten old, no one had gotten fed up with them yet. (See: Tribiani, Joey)
And so many of us had resigned ourselves to the fact that there would be no more “Arrested Development.” And that was okay. It was good. Despite the years of rumors of a possible film or another season, it never came to be, and so it couldn’t spoil the memories of the show that we had.
We seem to recall drinking our Sanka and reading in our morning newspaper a while back that people were all upset with something called “Netflix’ and them changing the way they do business and starting to charge more money for less service, or something along those lines. So then we read a few days ago that “Netflix” has decided to go back to whatever it was they did before they made people mad, and now people love them again.
Well, after we did some research, we see that this “Netflix” has something to do with mailing Digital Video Discs to people so they can watch motion pictures and television programs at home on their Digital Video Disc machines. That’s not a bad idea. It would have been nice if we had thought of that. Continue reading