Ann Pirvu Believes in Little White Lies

She’s only been in the acting game a few short years, but in that time Ann Pirvu has already played everything from a high school queen bee (Total Frat Movie) to a therapeutic clown (Remedy). Talk about range.

Born in Romania, the blue-eyed beauty entered theatre and drama classes at the age of 12 when her family arrived in Canada. Since then, the 28-year-old has acted in television and movies, and even directed a short documentary called Benchmarked.

Beginning in April, Pirvu will star alongside Riley Keogh in the Steven Soderbergh-produced call-girl series The Girlfriend Experience“My character senses almost right away that there’s something off about Riley’s character, and holy shit am I ever right,” she says with a laugh.

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Would you rather always have to wear clown shoes or a clown wig?

[Laughs.] Clown wigs are so itchy! Clown shoes all the way. You can always learn how to maneuver around in them, but the wigs never get better.

Would you rather consistently give bad advice or receive bad advice?

Oh, receive bad advice. I try to approach everything from a logical standpoint. I always like to ask for advice if needed, but at the end of the day I’ll make my own decisions. I try to be helpful to my friends and, hopefully, not give bad advice!

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Would you rather endure a plane ride next to a fighting couple or a crying baby?

Oh god, the couple. I’d lean over and try to be a part of it, like “What’s going on, folks? Let’s talk it out!” Babies are unpredictable, you’ll never get to the bottom of that!

Would you rather go 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future?

That is such a hard question, but I love it. The past 100 years have been exciting for women in terms of what we’ve achieved, but I’d be interested to see what else we do. If I went back to the 1900’s, I don’t think I’d enjoy it as much as a woman. I’m fascinated by it, but I’d love to see what the future has in store.

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Which decade of the past would you rather live in?

Oh! The ’20s! I love the entire vibe of that decade, from what they wore to the way they danced.

Would you rather only ever lie to your best friend or only ever tell the whole truth to your parents?

Oh man, that’s really hard. That’s a thinker for sure. I’m generally really forward, I don’t lie often. A few white lies here and there, maybe. I do, however, believe in selective truths. [Laughs.] That’s a really hard choice, but I think I’d lie to my best friend. She’d understand!

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Photography: Steve Dolson
Makeup: Ada Lee
Hair: Roman Mokrytskiy