Given the sheer number of streaming projects, studio movies and TV series shooting in Canada year-round, it’s not surprising that 2019’s crop of emerging Canadian talents have more paths than ever to Hollywood stardom. The northern talent pool also offers Hollywood casting directors and producers a wealth of diversity. From Venezuela-born actress Humberly González (Orphan Black) to Amybeth McNulty, the Irish-Canadian star of Anne With an E, and Jessica Matten, a descendent of Canada’s indigenous Metis who stars opposite Jason Momoa on Netflix’s Frontier, these 15 up-and-comers represent a multicultural mix that, as evident in their comments below, is a source of national pride (along with Schitt’s Creek, the homegrown Ryans — Gosling and Reynolds — and, of course, universal health care).
The former MMA fighter known as Wolfblood made a strong impression in the 2018 heist movie American Animals, which premiered at Sundance.
10 YEARS AGO I WAS … “Broke as a joke, prize-fighting for smokes.”
RYAN GOSLING OR RYAN REYNOLDS? “Ryan Gosling via TKO. He was all Muay Thai’d up for Only God Forgives.”
Wynonna Earp star Anderson will join older brother Stephan James, star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk, to host the annual B.L.A.C.K. Ball at TIFF.
BIG BREAK “Definitely not the Tim Hortons commercial I was edited out of in 2013.”
THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING CANADIAN “Living in a country that is diverse and inclusive, and no matter where your family is from, we have the right to celebrate our heritage and culture while still being Canadian. And free health care!”