Katie Griffin doesn't like ultimatums. On her first day of Ryerson University, at 18
years old, she was offered a role in a film called, "Up to Now," starring Christine
Lahti. Ryerson told Katie that she could either stay in school or shoot the film.
Katie made a life-altering decision that day, and hasn't looked back once.
These days, Katie has a lot to be excited about with her acting career taking off
and her first CD, Kiss Me Chaos about to be released on May 13th, 2003.
Katie's artistic influences are wide and varied. Musically, Katie grew up listening
to artists like Sarah McLachlan, Madonna and The Tragically Hip. Now, a confessed
'alternative music junkie', she finds herself inspired by bands like Hole, Foofighters,
No Doubt, Madonna and Radiohead. "I love to sing. Singing has always been my
true passion, and as soon as I realized I wasn't going to get a record deal singing
in the shower, I decided to take matters in to my own hands and take up the guitar.
I took lessons for 6 months, and when I became pretty confident with it, I started
writing". Katie just finished recording her first CD Kiss Me Chaos, co-produced
by Michael Kulas (formally of JAMES). "I was so fortunate to have someone as
talented as Michael get on board. He transformed these little acoustic songs I
had written, into a full pop/rock CD. I'm so excited about this new journey."
Her acting career has been keeping her busy when she wasn't working on finishing
her CD. Katie just finished shooting her second episode of Doc, starring Billy Ray
Cyrus, as the flirtatious Diane Lang, a drug rep for the hospital. She's still
anxiously awaiting the release of the feature film, Swindle where she stars opposite
Tom Sizemore and Dave Foley, in a story about a bank heist that goes wrong.
Protection, another feature film that Katie recently starred in, as Stephen
Baldwin's wife, was released at Roger's Video in April 2002. She is also
currently starring in a brand new Nelvana cartoon called Traffix, where she
plays 'Oona' the know-it-all alien. Katie can also be heard as Ruby, in the
animated series, Max and Ruby which is currently on YTV. Another exciting project
that Katie is working on is the hit animation series, Braceface, with Alicia
Silverstone. Braceface has been rated the #1 cartoon of all time on the FOX
Family network in the U.S. and was nominated for an Emmy in 2002. Katie also
had a decent cameo on America's Prince the movie of the week about the John F.
Kennedy Jr. story. On top of these recent successes, Katie has also done
extensive work in television, both voice and onscreen. She has appeared in
episodes of series such as Earth Final Conflict, Traders, Total Recall, and
The Associates. She is also widely known for her voice work as Sailor Mars
in the popular animated series, Sailor Moon.
When Katie was 8 years old, she played the role of The Artful Dodger in a school play.
Her mother was the director and encouraged her to try her hand at acting. While some
of the kids at school thought Katie won the role because of nepotism, her mother
seemed to know before she did that this is what Katie was meant to do.
"I was in heaven! I knew every song in that show by heart, and I even threw
in a 'Cockney' accent. Looking back, for an eight year old, that was pretty
huge." As Katie grew up, it wasn't theatre as much as film that continued to
inspire her love of acting. "I wish I could romanticize and say my inspiration
came from some great theatre production, but my true obsession came from watching
movie after movie." Her other major influence continued to be her mom. "I love to
watch women that are able to balance both power and heart. My Mom has been a huge
influence on me. I'm inspired by all women with great presence.'"
When asked what is Katie's biggest accomplishment so far, she considers the question
for a moment. "I guess the fact that I'm a girl from Scarborough, who started out
with no connections in the entertainment business at all, and making a pretty decent
living at what is probably one of the most competitive fields to break into.
And a few years ago, I studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los
Angeles, which was a great learning experience. I've also had the opportunity to
work opposite some wonderful performers, such as Nicole Kidman and Glenn Close.
I feel really lucky, but at the same time, I work REALLY hard at what I do."
Katie's hard working, high energy and positive attitude have won her accolades
from experienced directors, co-stars and casting agents alike. Director, John
Flynn (Protection) says, "She's an extraordinarily gifted, and unique talent,
ready for much bigger and greater challenges in the future." Although Katie's
career is extremely important to her, one other area of her life remains more
important to her than success - her family. In addition to her mother's guidance,
her father has been a major hero in her life. "He's my rock. He's an Air Traffic
Controller at Pearson International and a pilot in his spare time. When I can afford
it, I'm going to buy him a plane." Katie also has a younger sister with whom she is
very close. "Becky's my best friend in the world. I am in awe of her constantly."
Although Katie has such a busy schedule, she likes to unwind with some secret pleasures.
She stays in shape by running four times a week, relaxes mentally by playing her guitar,
plays hockey twice a week on a women's league, and watches the Toronto Maple Leafs and
Chicago Blackhawks whenever she gets a moment. In the future, Katie would like to be
in a position where she continues to have options. "I want to get married and have
kids. I want the ultimate fairytale." In the meantime, she is sticking to her beliefs
that everything happens for a reason. "I don't take anything for granted. I just try
to stay true to myself and focus on doing the best job I can."