Interview: Carrie-Lynn Neales

Toronto actress Carrie-Lynn Neales has her hands full staring as Rose on City’s comedy series, Seed (airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on City). Rose is a neurotic woman whose still dating after visiting the sperm bank. The show follows Harry, a laid-back bachelor who once donated sperm and is recently made aware of the children he’s produced.

Changing things up a little, Neales can also be seen in an upcoming independent film, Khoya, which is currently playing at Tribeca.

Are you as neurotic as Rose?

In a lot of ways, yes. I think I try and mask it a little more than she does!

Follow-up: how should men approach a neurotic woman?

I feel like it’s the same as any other woman. If you’re interested in her then her neuroses will probably only attract you more. I find the most successful approaches I’ve been on the other end of have been when someone can match my openness. Because of my neuroses I’m a pretty open book, so I appreciate it when people approach me with the same level of self-awareness and get interested with that side of me!

How was Khoya’s reception at Tribeca?

Khoya was one of 11 films chosen for the Tribeca All Access program! There is a lot of really positive feedback and support for the film!

If you could play any part, under any director, what would they be?

I’m interested in any role that encourages me to raise my personal bar whether it’s a physical challenge like playing some sort of superhero, or taking on a different physicality for a role, or an emotional challenge that forces me out of my comfort zone and demands a different kind of focus. I would love to work with Sarah Polley, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Deepa Mehta. I could go on, I’m sure!

Do you have any plans to take a stab at an open-mic night?

Oh dear god no! I have so much respect for stand-up comedians. I have NO idea how they do it!

What’s your favourite cocktail?

A really well-made white wine sangria in the summer. In the winter I like something a little warmer, like a spiced rum apple cider or something cozy like that.

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