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My Montreal: Anna Hopkins

by Susan Campbell

Anna’s love for the stage began at Royal West Academy where she appeared in many of their major productions. She then studied under acting coach Jacqueline McClintock which led to roles in movies like Human Trafficking and Too Young to Marry. But it was her breakout role in Barney’s Version with Hollywood heavy-hitters Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver that really put her on the rising star radar. In fact, her portrayal of Barney’s daughter “Kate” in that film garnered her an ACTRA nomination for outstanding performance. Today, Anna divides her time between Montreal, Toronto, and New York. She’s just wrapped a film called It Was You Charlie directed by Emmanuel Shirinian, was recently a guest star on CW network’s Nikita, and has a virtual role in Montreal Ubisoft’s new upcoming video game called Watch Dogs.

Where have you lived in Montreal?

I grew up in Pointe Saint-Charles, then moved to Montreal West during high school, then lived on my own in Westmount, the Plateau, and ended up in the Mile End. Pretty typical Montreal trajectory I’d say.

What is your favourite neighbourhood?

The Point and St.Henri feel most like home for me; they’re such interesting places with such a rich history. Mile End is also one of my faves – I love the architecture, the food, and the coffee.

What are your favourite restaurants?

Oh wow. So many, I could go on forever! Tavern on the Square and Liverpool House, I also love Lawrence in Mile End, Cafe Cherrier in the Plateau, L’Express for a late meal, Restaurant Alep for Syrian fare… Montreal has the best food!

Where do you go to play in Montreal?

I tend to hang around St. Henri when I’m in town because I enjoy running along the canal or walking to Old Montreal from there, but my friends are spread out all over town, so I’m never sure where I’ll end up to unwind.

What are your favourite watering holes/cafes?

Lili & Oli on Notre Dame is dog friendly so I can bring my buddy with me to go for their incredible coffee, and their staff is so lovely. For drinks, Buvette Chez Simone- they’ve got a great wine list and wonderful charcuterie and cheese choices.

Where do you like to shop in Montreal?

My favourite store is James Boutique in Westmount. Otherwise, I’ll sort of just walk in anywhere that looks interesting or go window shopping for vintage in the Plateau.

Who are your favourite Montréal celebrities?

William Shatner for sure; I love Star Trek. And of course, Celine Dion!

What is your favourite Montreal memory?

Surprisingly, the famous ice storm of 1998 brings back very warm memories. As a kid having two weeks off school and having tons of family time and friends around made it very special. We had a gas stove and a fireplace so we housed another family and enjoyed candlelit dinners together every night. Go figure, but for me it was a comforting time.

Complete this sentence: You know you’re in Montreal when…

You hear people on the street in January joyfully saying ‘Hey, it’s warmed up to -13 degrees today!’

Visit: Anna Hopkins and follow her on Twitter @annabananahops .