10 Things with Fiona Vroom
What inspired you to get into acting?
Many things. I loved dressing up as a kid. Playing make believe, was always part of my day to day. I still use my imagination as part of my process. Musicals. I was obsessed with musicals. I played Marion the librarian in The Music Man in high school. When the audience applauded at the end, I felt that energy run through my entire body and soul, and I was totally hooked from that moment on. I knew I had a calling to tell stories.
Which actors have influenced your career decisions thus far?
I love this question. I have many female role models. Goldie Hawn is one of my favorites. I think she is totally transformable in her work. ‘Overboard’ is one of my favorite movies – I’m a real sucker for a romantic comedy. But, I love the way her character grows and ends up being a strong woman in the end. I tend to gravitate to women like that. Characters who learn a big lesson and are stronger in the end because of it. Goldie can also sing and dance, and that is my background. I love watching actors who have ballet training in their repertoire. Alicia Vikander, for example. Her posture, and physicality is pristine. From when she moves her lips to speak, to her pinky toe- it is beautiful and entertaining to watch.
You’ve done a fair amount of television and film work. What do you enjoy from working both ends of the spectrum?
Well, I love working. Anytime I get to step into a character is my happy time. TV works differently in the way that it’s faster. The turnaround is shorter. In film, sometimes, there is more time. You work on less scenes a day.
Throughout your career, you’ve played a variety of characters. What types of roles do you gravitate to most?
I love comedy, so whenever there is a chance to bring humor to the role, I choose it.
You’re in the upcoming Power Rangers film. What made you take on this project?
Well, when I heard that the movie was coming to Vancouver, I was so excited and I wanted to be part of it. And then, finding out, after I booked the part, that I was working with Elizabeth Banks. I got really stoked. To this day, I’ve never had such a great experience working with an actress. She likes to improv, so we rehearsed a ton and played with the script. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Power Rangers franchise is definitely one of action. Were there any challenges with your role in this film?
I got to do an awesome stunt. The best part of working in an action movie like this, is the stunt work. We rehearsed with the entire stunt team over and over again. Then, we only had one take to get it. I can’t say much more about it, but I remember watching the playback footage on the monitor and seeing Dean’s face light up and smile, and I knew we nailed it. He was happy with the shot.
Rumor has it that singing and dancing was a big part of your life back in the day. Are there any plans on revisiting that creative side and incorporating this into your career?
YES! I created an entire web series that included dancing in the story line. It’s called, “The True Heroines.” I had the opportunity, recently, to play a dancer in a movie. It was awesome. I feel so much more myself when I am dancing. One of my favorite things to do, is turn the music up really loud in my living room, and strut it out! I do this sometimes while I am learning lines, and I highly recommend it. Strut it out!
If you weren’t working as an actor, what type of career would you have?
Probably something with kids. I love kids. I’m a big kid myself. I haven’t grown up yet. So, I would like to work with children.
When it comes to fashion, which designers and styles appeal to you most?
I LOVE getting into wardrobe. Dressing up is a very important part of my process when I work, and I think it’s one of the most important stages in the process. But, I am a jeans and a T-Shirt type of girl, every day.
We look forward to seeing you on Power Rangers, the film. What other projects do you have coming up?
I am currently working on a Netflix series called, “Altered Carbon,” based on the sci-fi novel by Richard Morgan.
Photos: CBR Photography