Lisa Durupt Talks Breakthrough, The Industry & What She Wishes She’d Known In Her 20’s


“You only get what you have the courage to ask for, don’t let others deter you, ALWAYS ASK!” says Canadian-born actress and producer Lisa Durupt. In a world where we attribute so much of our fate to the stars, we often forget that, as human beings, we intrinsically possess an overabundance of power and will to honor all of our passions and dreams.

As one of the most recognizable faces of the Hallmark Chanel, Lisa Durupt needs no introduction.  Having starred in hits like Reunited At Christmas, Preggoland, and The Chronicle Mysteries.   To top that, Lisa also has a role in the current feature film Breakthrough, based on the true story of a young boy whose heartbeat stops for 45 minutes after falling into a frozen lake. Opposite to This is Us’ Chrissy Metz and That 70’s show Topher Grace, Durupt continues to imbue passion in each and every one of her roles; consequently, continuing to win over a myriad of hearts.

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Days after Breakthrough aired, Bella caught up with Durupt to talk about the film, how she fell in love with acting, and how, ultimately, in a city were skyscrapers block the stars, we ourselves, have to steer our own fate.

Tell us about your background and how you got into the industry. What inspired you to become an actress?

I had no intentions of being an actor; I wanted to be an athletic therapist. I grew up as a tomboy and after getting injured multiple times playing hockey in 12th grade, I postponed going away to play hockey at college, to get shoulder surgery. During that time, my mom convinced me to attend the local university for one year and I took what I thought would be an easy theatre course, along with a couple of other classes that would apply to a basic degree down the road. I fell in love with theatre and that was it, I was hooked.

You recently wrapped up Breakthrough; for those who haven’t yet seen it, what is the film about and what is your role in it?

The film is based on the true story of a young boy who fell through the ice on a lake and did not have a heartbeat for 45 minutes. He was pronounced dead, but his mother refused to let him go and after praying nonstop, her son somehow came back to life. It is an amazing story. I played Paula Noble, the wife of the Pastor (Jason Noble) who stayed by the young boy’s side for days. She is a really great lady in real life, so it was an honor to portray her in the story.

Besides Breakthrough, you have appeared in HBO Canada’s “Less Than Kind” and in “Preggoland,” among others. What is the most challenging role you have had to play?

I think all characters are a bit challenging in their own way. You try not to replicate ones that you know you have played before (that type so to speak), but you also have to really fight to find your voice when you are taking on ones that are new. Literally the hardest role? I played a character once that was based on the writer’s wife, who I had never met, and no matter what I did, the director would only say “do it like his wife would.” I got it in the end but having the writer there the whole time and knowing he had a specific expectation for this woman he adored…not the easiest day at work.

What would your dream cast be? Is there a particular actress/actor you would love to work with?

Dream Cast? Oh man, where to start. Stanley Tucci, Steve Carell, Taraji P, Kyle Chandler, Carla Gugino and me. So many more but those would be my dream team members. I would also love to work with Linda Cardellini, I think she is so talented!

In terms of acting, what can we expect from you? Any new projects on the horizon?
I will be heading back to film Heartland this summer. Currently, I am enjoying a bit of time off as I am a new mom. Work will always be there, but my daughter will only be small once. I am loving spending all my time with her these days.

What do you know now, that you wish you knew when you were in yours 20s?

You only get what you have the courage to ask for. Don’t let others deter you, ALWAYS ASK! 

Finally, at BELLA, we believe that beauty is defined by each. What does beauty mean to you, and how do you find it?

Beauty to me is an overall feeling a person gives off. When someone is kind, when they listen, when they accept and don’t judge others or when someone is confident, when they are helpful, when they can laugh, even at themselves, there is a natural attraction to them. Beauty is not cosmetic or visual, it is a feeling.  How you treat yourself and others is where true beauty comes from. I think the old saying “it comes from within” is 100% accurate.

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