Katie Griffin

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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."