Arden Alfonso is a multi-talented actress and singer, born and raised on a farm in St. Andrews, Manitoba just outside of Winnipeg. Arden spent most of her life as an award-winning competitive showjumping equestrian. Her first taste of the performing arts kicked off after she booked the lead role of Annie in a local production of Annie The Musical, which lead her to pursue theatre throughout high school. In 2016, she released a debut single “Living Memories” on which she collaborated with David Bottrill who has sold over 10 million records and has three Grammy’s to his name. Up next you can catch Arden in the new dark comedy feature, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, starring Bruce Greenwood and Justin Bartha, now playing in select theatres across Canada and releasing on Crave this Fall 2019.
1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Arden Alfonso. I am an actress and singer.
2. Of the roles that you played, who was your favorite to portray and why?
That’s a tough one! It’s been a privilege each time I get an opportunity to be able to do what I love. All the roles I’ve had so far have been an important part of my career as an actor and every time is so different and such a huge learning experience. I definitely had a lot of fun playing my character Cindee in Sorry For Your Loss. It was my first comedic role and just getting to work with some great people also made it really special. Another stand out was my memorable role as Lorrie on Damnation. We shot it in Alberta and it was set in the 1930s. It’s always fun to do a period piece because you get to travel to another time and learn a lot about the history surrounding the story.
3. If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be doing something behind the camera I think. I really love the industry so I’d be in there somewhere! Or a lawyer, I was always drawn to that too.
4. How would you describe “Sorry For Your Loss” to someone who hasn’t seen it?
It’s a comedy about a new dad, Ken, who has to return to his hometown to bury his estranged father whose last request is for Ken to scatter his ashes on the field of his favorite sports team. The film stars a great cast with memorable characters.
5. What was your reaction when you got cast in your first role?
My first role ever was Annie in the musical. I remember my mom answered the phone and it was the director. She gave me the phone, and when he told me I had landed the part I remember I tried to contain myself but after the call, I’m pretty sure I screamed in excitement! I knew after I did that show that I had to pursue performing.
6. What are some of your favorite movies and TV shows?
Oh, there are so many!! Off the top of my head, Legends of the Fall, Erin Brockovich, Lord Of The Rings, Good Will Hunting and Game Of Thrones.
7. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I think just being able to say that this is what I do and keep going after my dreams, being able to do this as a career.
8. Who are some artists that inspire you and why?
There are so many artists that I am inspired by because they are able to completely become their characters and move the audience through their performance, it’s so powerful to watch a story being told with the help of the performers bringing it to life. To name a few I would say, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Viola Davis, Marion Cotillard, Robert Duvall, Anthony Hopkins, Bill Murray, Joaquin Phoenix the list would be endless to keep going!
9. What movie/Tv show would you love to star in?
Well if they made another show similar to ‘Game of Thrones’ that would be amazing to be a part of!
10. What is one quote or philosophy you live by?
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” by Wayne Dyer is something recently that I came across that I had forgotten about that I had read years ago. It’s a reminder to always look for something positive in any situation and to know that you are free to do so.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring actors who want to get started in the industry?
Get really good at your craft, really love the process and find the details in what you’re doing. Study and understand all aspects of the business, and then just keep going, don’t let anyone sway you from pursuing your dreams.
12. Do you have anything to say to the people who support you?
I would say thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the people who have always been there and supported me through all the ups and downs. Thank you for anyone who encouraged me to keep going and doing what I love. I appreciate you more than you know and I’m so grateful for you.
13. What goals do you have for the future?
I hope to direct someday! And release an album. Overall I’d love to be able to keep doing what I love to do and continue to get to work with great people and be a part of projects that inspire people.
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Photo Credit: Lane Dorsey