It was an afternoon in March when I received an email from a casting director of The Public Theater with a subject line that read: "Offer for the role of Jane/Le-le-wa'you".
That's an actor's dream come true (or mine, anyways) -- to A) just get offered a role without having to audition for it and B) that it was for a place like The Public Theater. At this point in my career, even though I've only been working in New York for a few years, I'm already getting to the point where a good chunk of my theatre roles have been right out offered to me and I haven't had to audition for them. The Public Theater is also on my "bucket list" of theatres to work at so that was huge for me. It's the most prestigious Off Broadway theatre in New York and to get cast in a production at the Public was a huge accomplishment especially this early in my career.
I did an interview with Yvonne Dennis of Native Hoop Magazine. She told me the owner James Morales is a big fan of mine and has wanted to have me in the magazine for a long time so Yvonne came to a performance 'Miss Lead' and we chatted after. I am honoured to be part of this magazine! You can read the full interview here on pages 2, 6 & 7.
New interview up on Toronto Verve. Photos by Kimberly Mufferi Photograghy.
I talk House of Cards, growing up in Peace River, figure skating, family, being an actor in NYC, being a Native actor, fitness and my personal advice.
I am not 'part' Native. I am Métis, period. Native, period. Not sometimes, part-time. It would be beyond weird for me to identify as 'part' who I am.
Indian treaties belong not just to Indians; they belong to everyone in the United States. Today, some of these treaties especially those reserving water rights or hunting and fishing rights, or granting immunities from certain state taxes, may seem “unfair” to non-Indians, just as many of these treaties seemed unfair to Indians at the time they were signed. But regardless of how they seemed then or now, the citizens of this country have legal, moral, and ethical duty to enforce these treaties. Indians paid dearly for their treaty rights, and the United States must keep its end of the bargain. Some people, calling these treaties “ancient documents,” argue that they no longer need to be enforced. However, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are “ancient” documents as well. As one court observed in enforcing a century-old treaty, “the mere passage of time has not eroded, and cannot erode, the rights guaranteed by solemn treaties that both sides pledged on their honor to uphold.
~Stephen L. Pevar, The Rights of Indians And Tribes, Fourth Edition (via adailyriot)