The first thing Djouliet Amara does when she gets home to Winnipeg is go for a walk.
She puts on her headphones and heads out for a stroll around the St. Vital neighbor she grew up in.
“I liked to go to my favorite swing set and just swing,” she says, laughing.
“There’s a comforting sense of belonging when I come back… I kind of miss how homey Winnipeg feels; I miss the Prairie vibes.”
The actress, fresh from wrapping up filming Apple TV’S The Big Door Prize in Atlanta, is back in town for a quick break before she has to jet off again, this time to Los Angeles.
Probably best known for her role as Corrine in CBC’s Canadian civil rights drama The Porter — she is heading to the States for the US première of the series on BET+ — Amara’s latest gig is an ensemble comedy based on the bestselling novel of the same name by MO Walsh.
“There’s a comforting sense of belonging when I come back. . I kind of miss how homey Winnipeg feels; I miss the Prairie vibes.” – Djouliet Amara
In the series Amara plays Trina, the bright and sarcastic daughter of schoolteacher Dusty (Chris O’Dowd) and his wife, Cass (Gabrielle Dennis), whose lives are turned upside down when a magical machine promising to reveal the true potential of each resident appears in their small town.
It’s a part Amara almost missed out on, having decided not to audition for it at first.
“It was really funny because at first I said no. I thought, ‘There are so many talented half-Black American girls’ and I was so close to booking another job so I turned it down.”
But then she discovered she hadn’t got the job she was after.