Johannah Newmarch Q/A

Johannah Newmarch is an award-winning Vancouver actress who has featured in all manner of TV shows and movies. Some of her recent credits include playing Molly Sullivan on When Calls the Heart, Carson Lazarus on Project MC2 and Sharon Miller in Heart of Murder.

At the beginning of this month, Newmarch received a 2017 Leo Nomination for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Television Movie for her work in Pretty Little Dead Girl. It’s a thriller in which Newmarch plays Sharon Miller, mother to heart transplant recipient, Emma Miller – played by Makenzie Vega, aka daughter Grace Florrick on The Good Wife.

In the clip below, Newmarch appears around 45 seconds in.


We asked long-time Vancouver resident, Newmarch, for her thoughts on our Q/A.

1. Specific place in go in Vancouver to be creatively inspired.
I go audit a class taught by Matthew Harrison at his acting school ‘The Actors Foundry’. I find the bravery, commitment and honesty of the work done in his classes always re-ignites my creative fire.

2. Best place for people watching.
Sitting on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street side) is always a great spot for people watching.

3. Someone from Vancouver – alive or passed – who inspires me:
My wonderful late (step-paternal) grandmother Helen Newmarch. She was eternally cheerful, energetic, kind, understated, classy, educated, witty, well read, very humble, sensible, and spent her whole adult life volunteering most of her time for incredibly worthwhile causes in service of others.

4. If you want great pictures of Vancouver, go to:
Well… It’s certainly not the most original answer, but really, ANY beach or bridge here.

With an iPhone, a little patience, and some lighting cooperation from Mother Nature, you really can capture the most gorgeous photos while you just happen to be enjoying a BBQ on the beach, or strolling across the Burrard St bridge. I’m regularly blown away by the truly stellar shots of Van my friends get on their phones while they’re just out and about in this most fair city.

5. If Vancouver were an animal it would be:
A killer whale. Iconic, coastal, majestic, playful, youthful yet steady, strong, beautiful, and free.

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6. A sound I associate with Vancouver.
The 9:00 gun, and fireworks in summer.

7. A pleasant smell I associate with Vancouver.
The freshness of the air after a Spring rain.

8. Food and drink I associate with Vancouver.
BBQ salmon and a Granville Island Brewery Lager.

9. Particularly great show I’ve seen in Vancouver.
• Does it count if it was a particularly great movie filmed in Vancouver? If so, then ‘Juno’. Such a good movie!

• If movies made here don’t count, then two shows come to mind: The January 2016 Canadian premier of the play “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” (written by Stephen Adly Guirgis) by The Haberdashery Theatre Company at the Firehall Arts Centre. Such strong theatre.

• And The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 95th anniversary season finale in May of 2014. Maestro Tovey and the VSO’s GRAMMY and Juno-winning partner, extraordinary Canadian violinist James Ehnes, brought the season to a STUNNING close with Elgar’s monumental Violin Concerto, and Respighi’s sensational Pines of Rome. It was so exquisite, it bordered on a religious experience.

10. Favourite travel destination within driving distance of Vancouver.
Does a drive that includes a ferry count? If so, definitely Saltspring Island. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the past 25 years and I never tire of it. It’s one of the most magical places in BC. Not to mention the ferry ride, especially on one of our perfect Vancouver days, is sheer heaven!

And not sure if this counts, as it’s not really a destination, but oh man the Seas to Sky highway is GLORIOUS! I never get over that first 30 minute section as you drive out of Vancouver. I mean is there a view more spectacular than that one?! Doubtful. It’s everything I can do to keep my eyes on the road.


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