When Cate Sproule recently crawled out of a tent on Mount Seymour with her front teeth sticking out acting as a marmot, she realized that her acting career could take her anywhere.
The 19-year old Whistler-raised actress starred in the Marmot Clothing and Equipment commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. She was able to accomplish the role using computer-generated imagery (CGI). When her agent initially told her about the unusual audition she thought it was a prank.
“You have to go in (to roles) with a very open mind and you have to be okay with being judged,” Sproule said, laughing. “That audition was probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever done.”
Soon wrapping up her first year of studying arts at the University of British Columbia, Sproule explained that she dedicated herself to enhancing her acting career for a year after she graduated from Whistler Secondary School in 2014. She hasn’t decided on a specific art to major in yet, but she enjoys learning about psychology and business. On top of her education, she is currently looking into a few auditions as well as somewhere to attend acting classes. She attended Shoreline Studios in the past.
“I’m still going out for different films and projects in L.A. and Toronto and Vancouver,” she said.
Sproule originally got into acting about five years ago when she decided to pursue the arts over gymnastics. At first she said she was really shy and had only ever been in school musicals. She attributes encouragement from Shoreline Studio’s Kirsten Clarkson to her initial spark of passion and motivation as Clarkson took the initiative to find her an agent, take headshots and make a demo reel. Michael Antonakos is also another coach that has helped with her success as a blossoming actress.
Since joining the Premiere Talent Agency in Vancouver in 2013 she has already landed roles in episodes of Supernatural, iZombie, The Killing, Rogue and more. She has also acted in a country music video, work safety video and commercial.
“The Killing was the first audition I ever had and I remember my mom was so against the role at first,” she said.
Within just three days of her first audition, Sproule had gotten the part of Kallie Leeds and was filming in Vancouver for four weeks. The character of Leeds was a homeless street kid who was into drugs and prostitution. Leeds went missing and the entire third season was dedicated to finding her. Her character unfortunately met her demise and her body was discovered in the next season.
“It was so much fun,” said Sproule. “And it was such a learning experience because I had had no experience on set before that. Everyone on the set was so good too. That was probably the most fun I’ve ever had acting.”
Another fun experience Sproule has had was working alongside Rainn Wilson who plays Dwight in The Office. He was fun to work with and gave her some tips Sproule said. She has since binge watched The Office amongst other series.
“I’m really good at getting way into TV shows and then I just spend my time going from one TV show to another show,” said Sproule.
Going forward with her career, she hopes to one day attain her dream role of being an unassuming, crazy character.
“I would love to get into a super deep character who’s kind of crazy, but you don’t know it until the end, like a Black Swan type thing would be really fun,” she said.
Returning home to Whistler for the summer, Sproule will still continue to act and enjoy the learning process of it all.