Debra McGrath: I am an actor/writer/producer living in Toronto. I was just an actor until I couldn’t stand waiting for the phone to ring, so I became a writer so I could generate my own stuff. But there wasn’t a line-up of people wanting to shoot my stories, so I became a producer so I could sing my own praises and get the damn thing done! Now I am all three. Plus a wife (for reviews on that, see husband Colin) and mother (my greatest skill if I do say so myself!) For confirmation of that, you will have to wait a few years. My boy would not dare diss me while I am still paying for his education. I hate to cook but I set a fine table and then take pictures of it. Always. True story. I hate to bake but I open a mean bottle of wine. I love to read but I am the slowest reader on earth and have a line-up of books waiting for me. I work very hard at overcoming guilt when I sit down to read instead of busying myself with stuff that doesn’t matter. Love movies but always have to ask my husband, “Did we see that one? Did I like it?” I adore ice-skating (like prayer to me) but ONLY outdoors. Love bike-riding and walking. Love working out in our gym because it has the double bonus of being healthy and being the only place where I can watch DVD sets of Thirty Something and Hart to Hart uninterrupted. I wake up happy and go to sleep happy except for the dark years of Menopause when I woke up insane and went to bed catatonic. I am on the other side of that now, thank Dog, a little wiser, a little dryer, and a lot hairier.
Barbara Radecki: I’m an actor and writer––done lots of both and yet you still won’t find my work unless you’re a skilled private eye with reams of time to waste. Am now adding “producer” to my resume, so I can be the boss of me––someone who I can actually canoodle, manipulate, and push over. I am married to the man I fell in love when I was 16 while we both “thespiated” in the drama department of a Montreal C.e.g.e.p. (like Grade 12 and 13, before university) and, as a result, have lots of insider-information on what it takes to make a long-term relationship succeed (advice on demand). Speaking of which, I also love giving advice and must sometimes be forbidden from doing so as I can sound very convincing and often be wrong (but not always). I am a very fast talker and a veeeerrrryyyy sloooow reader, but I talk like I think (manic) and I read like I eat (savouring every bite). I have two teenaged daughters who manage to floor me everyday. And, yes, I “talk” with “air-quotes” ALL THE TIME! Sorry.