Please explain what just happened.

You tell me. I obviously missed something.

 

What is your earliest memory?

Stuck outside on my dark front porch, huddled in a scratchy patchwork blanket after stealing pennies and sneaking out to (closed) corner store in the middle of the night. My mom still doesn’t believe me on that one.

 

If you weren’t an actor, what other profession would you choose?

World traveling photo-journalist-writer-translator-spy.

 

Describe a typical work day.

Get up at ungodly hour. Drink coffee. Enter transformation trailer. Get transformed. Wear other people’s clothes and say other people’s words in other people’s worlds.

 

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

I’m more regretful about all the times I wish I told my truth.

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Stay the hell away from him.

  

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

I only own falling-in-love albums.

 

 

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Twitter.  Zite.  CBC.

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I’m continuously inspired by people who have expertise in their respective fields – writers, filmmakers, painters, musicians, engineers, academics. I’m a sucker for people who are really good at things I cannot do.

 

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng. I recall sitting weeping in a corner, overwhelmed by how cruel humans could be to one another.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  It was such a wonderful, ethereal and lyrical book, it changed the way I read thereafter.

Veronica Decides to Die by Paolo Coehlho because you can’t read it without thinking about your life.

 

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

Not so much a moment, but the babymoon time when my first daughter was small and all I wanted or needed in the world was her warm, sweet self in my arms, her vanilla breath upon my cheek.

 

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

My number is 2. I Googled it.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Shuffling my kids’ lives around and missing them when I’m shooting a lot.

 

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I don’t think I do as an actor – but I know I do when I write and when I draw. If only I could play music, I’d borrow sh*t from everyone.

 

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your role as the Blue Fairy in Once Upon a Time.

I think the Blue Fairy is all about power. She’s Reul Ghorm for Pete’s sake – “the most powerful in all the realm,” I believe they say?  So I’m guessing she’s like the old Popes. Hungry for power and will do whatever she needs to keep it. I think her motivations, good and bad, remain to be seen.

 

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Telling women not to wait too long to have their babies. It doesn’t always happen right away and the longer you wait, the less of their lives you’ll get to see.

 

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor

Comedian — I have yet to not laugh when Denis Leary’s talking.

Musician — Currently feeling very swoony over Adam Cohen’s album “Like a Man.”  It’s insanely sexy.

Author — Reading a lot of Joan Didion lately. It’s crisp and taut and incredibly, deeply personal.

Actor — I’m astonished by the depths of Daniel Day Lewis.

 

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I would travel far and wide to create a film that spread before us the lives of women around the world and use it to spur change.

 

 

What do you want to know?

If there really are parallel realities.

 

What would you like your last words to be?

Thank you for that amazing orgasm Johnny Depp. If only we’d met when we were younger.

 

Please explain what will happen.

What makes you think I know?

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KEEGAN CONNOR TRACY has been a well-known actor in Canada for over a decade, appearing in numerous features and television series including Robert Redford’s latest film The Company You Keep and A&E’s upcoming Psycho prequel Bates Motel. She is currently portraying the duel characters of the Blue Fairy/Mother Superior on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

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