Interview: Erica Durance - The Marilyn Denis Show - June 7, 2012





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Published on Jun 9, 2012

Erica Durance Looks Forward to the Premiere of 'Saving Hope'

By: Violetta Holl, Marilyn.ca

Actress Erica Durance looks stunning in a white dress as she struts on stage to greet Marilyn. She is the lead of the new CTV drama "Saving Hope." Yet, her character, Alex Reid, is wearing a different type of white dress when her fiancé falls into a coma on the day of her wedding.

"Talk about ruining a girl's day," says Durance. Reid is a doctor and a former scientist. "She believes in what you can see and touch, and all of the sudden she's going 'I will do anything to bring him back.'"

This medical drama is originally based a three-part article about the Canadian health-care system. The articles caught the attention of series creator Morwyn Brebner, and according to Durance the idea for the story is even related to Brebner's own life. " She is a fairly pragmatic woman and doesn't believe there is anything else out there, and her little baby girl got sick. They went to the hospital and she said 'the first thing I did was praying to whatever was out there.'"

Durance admits she was thrown into the part pretty quickly, but the most interesting research element for her was learning about being a doctor. A Toronto doctor allowed her to shadow him as he was performing surgeries.

"It was an interesting experience because you feel a little nauseous about the whole thing, but it just became like watching this science project. It was surreal. So I just distanced myself from it, but it was fascinating. "

When Marilyn asks whether Durance was nervous about playing a lead in a major television series she says she was tentative about it. "At the time I didn't think about it. I saw this part and it was such a great part for a woman and then I stared doing it and it became a big thing. I think now I'm going 'Oh my gosh,' because I am seeing the ads everywhere and I saw my face somewhere on this huge billboard."

Durance and some of the cast and crew will gather tonight to watch the premiere. " I am a bit anxious. I am waking up in the middle of the night with these anxious thoughts of, 'here it is.' I've been playing in make believe land, but now it's out there."

"Saving Hope" premieres Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT on CTV

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