She might be relatively new to show business, but Fiona Vroom has already had plenty of amazing role models. To date, the Canadian actress has honed her craft by working with the likes of Tim Burton, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and Vera Farmiga, to name just a few. Now, Vroom is adding Elizabeth Banks to the list — and a massive movie franchise to boot — appearing in the new Power Rangers movie alongside Banks’ Rita Repulsa. Not too shabby for a young Vancouverite who spent a good chunk of her childhood living on a boat (more on that later).
“It was really amazing to watch Elizabeth work,” says Vroom, possibly the best last name we’ve ever heard. “She walks on set and she means business. She’s a total boss, a really powerful woman role model.”
When you’ve worked with a who’s-who of acting the way Vroom has, a simple question about the best advice she’s ever received becomes mighty difficult to answer. Eventually, though, she settles on an important lesson in staying present she picked up on the set of Big Eyes.
“Christoph Waltz said to me, ‘Just so you know, Tim [Burton] likes to roll on the rehearsal, and we might not get another take, so act every scene like it’s the real thing and don’t screw up,’” laughs Vroom. “It was intimidating, but it helps to remember to just be in the moment.”
What is your biggest fear?
Spiders. Totally afraid of them. No matter how big or small.
What has been your favourite trip of all time?
I took myself to Paris two years ago. The art and the culture was breathtaking every day. It was amazing to experience by myself.
What would you say is your most over-used phrase?
“Right??” Or “Gurrrl.” [Laughs.]
What is a talent that you wish you had?
Painting. My mother is actually an amazing artist. She paints watercolour and just to be able to sit still and have the patience to create a work of art like that, I would like to have that. I’m way too scattered and I don’t have the attention span that it needs.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
I’d say my career. In this entertainment business, just being able to constantly persist and keep going is something to be proud of.
If you could die and come back as something, what would it be?
Well, I grew up on the ocean here in Vancouver. I’m a B.C. girl. I’m very connected to the water. I actually grew up on a sailboat — my family were boaters — so I would probably come back as some sort of fish or water. I’d come back as something that lives in the water, because I find the water to be very relaxing. Basically my whole upbringing was on a boat. My dad built boats, so from a wee infant we lived on a sailboat and sailed around the Gulf Islands quite a bit. Yeah, it was cozy.
What would you say is your most treasured possession?
The first thing that came to mind was my ukulele! [Laughs.] I’m just kind of learning how to play, I’m teaching myself. I find it super relaxing and I’m really enjoying the process.
What was your childhood dream job?
Oh, to be a dancer! Like a Britney Spears backup dancer. One hundred per cent. I grew up as a dancer first — I did ballet and jazz. When Spice Girls and Britney Spears came out, I wanted to be a dancer so bad.
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