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Who is this young actress and activist?

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• Her film debut came at age five in One Magic Christmas.

• Newly elected Toronto Mayor David Miller appointed her to his transition advisory team in 2003.

• Entertainment Weekly called her one of Hollywood's 50 smartest people in 2007.

• She was the first woman to win a Genie award for film direction, which she received in 2008 for her hit Away From Her.
• This serious young woman is Canadian actress Sarah Polley, who first achieved fame as Sara in the CBC-TV series Road To Avonlea.

• Her ranking as one of Entertainment Weekly's 50 smartest people in Hollywood might seem at odds with her career choices; she turned down a role in the hit action film The Bourne Identity and dropped out of her role as the female lead in Almost Famous to make the small-budget Canadian film The Law of Enclosures. Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, who eagerly wished to work with Polley, also dropped out of Almost Famous after Polley left the film and the director considered scrapping the project.

• The 2006 film Away From Her, which she wrote and directed, garnered many prizes and nominations. She earned an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay and won directing awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Directors Guild of Canada, the U.S. National Board of Review and a dozen other film groups.

• While Polley usually takes serious roles, she has branched out in the past. She won a Canadian Comedy Award in 2000 for her role in Go and starred in the 2004 zombie movie Dawn of the Dead.

• The young man sitting next Polley during this interview is Philip (no last name given), an interviewee from earlier in the show. He was discussing his suspension from school for bringing a knife he brought to cut a bagel for his lunch.

Medium: Television
Program: Jonovision
Broadcast Date: Nov. 7, 1996
Host: Jonathan Torrens
Duration: 4:19

Last updated: February 20, 2015

Page consulted on February 20, 2015

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