This is a list I have been meaning to make for a while. Presenting Six Reasons Why Canada Rocks! (Plus Three Honorable Mentions)
Sarah Chalke (Ottawa, Ontario) – From playing second Becky in “Roseanne” to second fiddle behind JD and Turk’s bromance in “Scrubs,” Ms. Chalke has always held her own against giant personalities and crazy sitcom-uations. She has a way of pulling off clumsy and sexy in one fell swoop.
Evangeline Lilly (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta) – I’d like to believe she’s possibly one of the best actresses on this list. Aside from her Live Links ad, all I have to judge her skills on is “Lost.” Her character, Kate, is damaged yet strong, worried yet brave, a dreamer yet a realist. And Evie sells it – hook, line, and underground bunker.
Elisha Cuthbert (Calgary, Alberta) – Where in the world has Elisha been? Since “24,” a minor role in “Old School,” and “The Girl Next Door” (which was awesome BTW), she’s been in schlock like “House of Wax,” “The Quiet,” and “Captivity.” She returns for Season 7 of “24.” Hopefully better roles will follow. (BONUS: check out her appearance on “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!“)
Erica Durance (Calgary, Alberta) – Possibly the girl next door to Elisha over in Calgary (I’m imagining Erica was her babysitter), Erica came to my attention when she began her role as Lois Lane in “Smallville.” Smart, tough, and a looker enough to make Superman forget his childhood sweetheart (see below). All I know is she can be my Kryptonite any time she likes. (Also, she makes a more believable Lois than Kate Bosworth did in “Superman Returns.” Sorry, Kate!)
Caroline Dhavernas (Montreal, Quebec) – Caroline is definitely the dark horse on this list, and that’s mostly because of one thing – not many people know who she is. Though most of her work is in French Canadian film, I began to appreciate Caroline (pronounced Caro-lean) for her role as Jaye in the underviewed and wonderful, “Wonderfalls” (another of Bryan Fuller’s cancelled projects, along with “Pushing Daisies” and “Dead Like Me”). She was also in the American films “Breach” and “Hollywoodland,” but I’ve yet to see those movies.
Rachel McAdams (London, Ontario) – I fell for Rachel not in “Mean Girls,” not in “Hot Chick,” but in “The Notebook.” Damn that movie. One night playing goal in my soccer game, I threw out my back and made the mistake (or divine choice) of putting “The Notebook” in my DVD player before I passed out. The next day I awakened to realize I couldn’t move, and no one could help me until way later that day, so I was stuck watching “The Notebook” back-to-back-to-back (Ow, my back!) Looking forward to seeing her in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey, Jr!
Kristin Kreuk (Vancouver, British Columbia) – From Lana Lang in “Smallville” to Chun-Li in the upcoming “Street Fighter” movie, she’s a small-town cutie that grew into a big city cutie.
Pamela Anderson (Ladysmith, British Columbia) – Any list like this has to include the most infamous hot Canadian bacon. Although I was more fond of her in her “Home Improvement” days. (A Detroit shout-out to Tim Allen!)
William Shatner (Montreal, Quebec) – The Shat… Mr. King of Canada… “Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek,” speaking Esperanto in “Incubus,” “TJ Hooker,” “Rescue 911,” “Tek Wars,” Priceline commercials, “Boston Legal,” World of Warcraft commercials… a true national treasure…