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Q & A with Jodelle Ferland

Canadian actress Jodelle Ferland has appeared in several films, including The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Canadian actress Jodelle Ferland has appeared in several films, including The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Natalie Thomas, staff writer

July 12, 2011 — You should memorize the name Jodelle Ferland, because you’ll likely be hearing it a lot more over the next decade. This young Canadian actress already has an impressive resume that includes films like Silent Hill, and Case 39 with Renée Zellweger. But to Twi-hards, she is best known for her role as Bree Tanner in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Jodelle will be seen this year in Cabin in the Woods, Mighty Fine and The Tall Man. She spoke to The Weather Network about the Grouse Grind, rain machines and maple syrup.

So, Jodelle, tell us where you grew up?

I lived on Vancouver Island until I was about 5 years old, and since then we've lived in a few places around the Vancouver area.

Is there anything that stands out to you about growing up there?

Rain. Lots and lots of rain. Not that I'm complaining - more rain means happier plants and flowers. And anyway, summer in Vancouver is always gorgeous.

You're still so young, but do you find that the weather is different now than when you were just a little kid?

Honestly, it really hasn't changed a whole lot in the 16 years that I've been alive. Well, it's been consistently unpredictable. Every time I think it's starting to get a little colder or hotter, the next year is entirely different.

What are some of your favourite summer and winter activities?

I hiked the Grouse Grind was insane, but I loved it! In the summer I really just love to spend as much time outside as possible, since the sun never stays around for too long. In the winter...well, I make pretty awesome snowmen. I actually made a snow penguin once. Yup, I'm pretty skilled.

How does the weather where you live now compare to where you grew up?

Well, I've never moved too far - I've always lived in the general Vancouver Island/Vancouver area. So it really isn't all that different. Maybe a few subtle changes, but essentially the same type of weather.

Finish this sentence for us: You might be in Canada if...

...People are “oot and aboot” in the winter, wearing shorts, eating slushies and talking about how nice the weather is, eh? Oh, and if the people around you are super nice and just plain awesome, you’re probably in Canada, too.

Is there something Canadian you'd want to export to the rest of the world?

Well, I know some people who say they've never tried maple syrup, and that's just not acceptable! The whole world should have it! Mmmmm.....yum! And maple butter...and maple sugar...and maple candies...and maple cookies...

What do you do to contribute to a ‘green’ lifestyle?

Well, the main thing I do is recycle and reuse everything I can. I also try to bring my own grocery bags when I'm shopping, so that I don't have to use plastic ones. Cloth bags work better anyway, since plastic ones often break. Also, I turn off the lights every time I leave the room. I never used to, but now it’s become so much of a habit that I accidently do it when people are still in the room!

If you could do something radical or extreme to the benefit of the environment, what would it be?

I really wish I could just get rid of all the pollution and make the world perfectly clean. I hate driving down the road and seeing garbage everywhere, and old cars that are bad for the environment. We can all do better than that. Of course, there are tons of people on Earth that are completely committed to a green lifestyle, but we all need to do our part. In my perfect world, everyone recycles, no one litters, people walk and bike more often, and our endangered animals live in beautiful undisturbed forests.

What kinds of weather challenges have you faced while filming out on location?

Pretty much every kind. I've filmed in locations where it's so hot that everyone has to have icepacks, and we have to re-apply sunscreen every few hours. On the other hand, I've also worked in places where there's nothing but snow as far as you can see. That's really challenging, because you have to be so careful not to ruin the filming equipment. Also, I've done a lot of scenes in the rain - whether it's natural rain or a rain machine. Ironically, we're often doing scenes in the summer with fake snow, and in the winter with summer clothes, which is really odd - but it looks totally normal on camera.

You've done a few “scary” movies. Do you find that weather has more of a role in scary movies?

Atmosphere is definitely a big part of it...for example, scenes in horror films are often filmed at night because it’s much creepier that way. If it still doesn’t seem scary enough, they’ll use a fog machine, and if it’s still not scary enough after that, they usually bring in the rain machines -- which are so much worse than real rain!

In your film Ice Quake (2010), weather is a huge part of the plot. Did it change the way you feel about weather and weather phenomena?

It definitely gives you something to think about! I’m glad the situation in Ice Quake was not too likely to happen in real life, because it was really scary. I can’t imagine if something like that were to actually happen. I’m already freaked out by the idea of natural disasters happening where I live, especially considering that it seems to be becoming more and more of a common occurrence around the world.

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