Amber Marshall’s answers to last week’s questions - Part Two (of Two)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010

And we're back!!!

Well, I was hoping to get these answers up yesterday, but when Amber sat down to answer them she found them so intriguing and interesting she found herself needing extra time to properly answer them. So here they are, one day late but well thought out. Read away and enjoy!!!

And remember - you still have 2 days to ask Head Writer Heather Conkie a question.

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Q: Hey Amber! I think you're amazing and you (and Jane Goodall) are true role models for me :) I would love to live on my own acreage with my animals someday, and i love your bond with animals and nature :) My Question is: If/When you stop acting, what else would you like to do with your life? Thank you for answering our questions and keep up the good work on Heartland! You play Amy beautifully. Love Maya - Your fan from London x

Posted by: Maya on March 02, 2010 at 07:34 AM

A: Wow, Jane Goodall was always a favourite of mine growing up, so that was quite the compliment! Thank you. I have always lived my life in the moment, and although I do make future plans, I never have a set path that I choose to follow. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, I decide whether or not it is right for me at that time, and either jump in with both feet, or wait for something else to come around. I know that is probably not the direct answer you were looking for, but if I knew exactly where I was going to be and what I would be doing in a few years ... then where's the excitement?!

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Q: Hi Amber, I am a huge fan! You are a wonderful and talented actress! I am a huge fan from New Zealand and one day I hope I can come to Canada and meet you! hehe When was the last time you did something for the first time? Thank you so much! xoxox

Posted by: Kelly on March 02, 2010 at 11:38 PM

A: That is an incredible question Kelly! Five stars for originality. Let me think... I did go for a ride on a full grown sow (pig) the other day... That was sure interesting.... Never had done THAT before.

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Q: Hi Amber! You have most likely heard this before but you are my favourite actor and you are such a beautiful person inside and out! I also enjoy riding horses, and my question is, what scenes do you like filming best, the ones where you are riding, hanging out with the family, or ones with Ty?

Posted by: Nadine on March 02, 2010 at 02:36 PM

A: I love a variety everyday. That way it keeps it interesting and fresh. I do love all the scenes with horses though. My very favourite scenes to shoot consist of just me and "Spartan" riding in one of our beautiful locations.

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Q: Hi! I was wondering if you grew up on a farm or a ranch??? I love your show!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Destiny on March 02, 2010 at 11:44 AM

A: I actually grew up in the city, but that never stopped me from exploring and spending most of my days in the country. I was always searching for animals in the forest near my house or ridding my horse on trails near the barn where I boarded him. It wasn't until I moved out west for Heartland that I tried my hand at farm life. I can never go back to the city now!

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Q: Hiya Amber ;] Heres a BIG hello from London [england]!!!!! You do an AMAZING job as Amy, you bring her problems to life in a very natural way, which makes everything in the show relatable ;] so thank you!!!!! and im letting you know that i have probably spread the word about heartland to most of the people in england ;P My question is, when you first started acting, did you just do it as a hobbie, or was it something you imagined you would become huge doing?? Thanks a lot!!!!!

Posted by: Katie on March 02, 2010 at 09:52 AM

A: When I first got into acting I never thought of it as a career, or anything full time. I just loved to perform and really enjoyed the film and television atmosphere. Heartland was the first time I released how much a part of my life acting is. I don't do it for the fame, I do it because I love every minute of it. J

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Q: You do a great job acting Amy, and you make us all so jealous of her, in a nice way. Wouldn't we all love to have a horse like Spartan,a loving family, great friends, and an awesome job like Amy does? Not to mention her wonderful boyfriend... Seriously, CBC should start up a "Heartland Dude Ranch" so all the fans can have a taste of Amy's life! So here is my question: If Amy were a real person and you were an objective observer, who would you say has the better/cooler/nicer life? Amy or Amber?

Posted by: Key on March 01, 2010 at 01:02 PM

A: Ohhhhhh, wow what an awesome question! I love portraying Amy and experiencing the things she does. Amy has a very unique life for a teenager and even with the ups and downs she has gone through, she always seems to come out on top! That being said, I wouldn't want to swap places with her, or anyone for that matter. I believe that life is what you make of it, and I am very happy being Amber. This way I can live a little through Amy, but maintain an entirely different life of my own. It really is the best of both worlds!

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Q: Hi Amber! Heartland is my most favourite show on TV! Here is my question: Which cast members do you stay in touch with off set and when you are not shooting Heartland?

Posted by: Mb on March 02, 2010 at 01:37 PM

A: In between seasons I stay in touch with the entire principal cast. Thank goodness for BlackBerry Messenger!!

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Q: Hi Amber! Heartland is my favourite show, by far, and wouldn't be the same without you. You are my inspiration, just ask everyone I know!!! My question for you is "What inspired you to start acting?". Thanks a lot, and keep up the EXCELLENT work.

Posted by: Gabriella on March 02, 2010 at 03:32 PM

A: It was something that just happened. I loved to perform and after trying my hand at a few onstage productions with a local theatre group, I thought it would be fun to try a different medium. I never remember anything or anyone who made me decide. I just seemed to fall into the biz ... and here I am!

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Q: Hi Amber! I think you're really great as Amy. My question is: Do the really intense scenes between you and Graham get awkward at anytime? Like when Ty first came back after leaving at the end of the first season. Keep up the awesome work.

Posted by: Nikki on March 01, 2010 at 01:14 PM

A: Never. Whenever I do a scene with Graham I know I am in great hands. We can feed off one another and work out kinks we have with the scene, or how it is to be played. I am very lucky to have him as a co-star.

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Q: Hi Amber, I love Heartland. You do an amazing job on the show. I love your character and you do a great job portraying her. My question is: Who would be your dream actor to work with and why? Keep up your amazing work on the show. Thanks.

Posted by: Katrina on March 02, 2010 at 03:46 PM

A: There is not any one individual that comes to mind. I have great respect for a lot of actors, whether "famous" or not. I always love to see fresh faces and work with someone new. For me it is more about locations. I would love to film in a hot climate like Fiji. I think it would be a very different working atmosphere being so far removed from what I am accustomed to here in Canada.

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Q: Hi Amber, I love your character!!! My question for you is do you have any horses of your own? If so what are their names?

Posted by: Bailey on March 03, 2010 at 03:21 PM

A: I sure do! I have a 4-year-old Welsh/Paint X Gelding. His name is "Pepsi" and even though his daddy was a Paint he came out solid chestnut. He is my riding horse and we love to head out on trails any chance we get. I also have two weanling Quarter-Horses! One is a little filly I call "Moon" and the other is a Buckskin colt. He is currently named Harry - the name he had when I got him, but I am going to give him a new name and perhaps you and the Heartland fan base can help! I am going to be asking for suggestions for a new name for him. Keep watching this blog in the near future for details! If you check out the cover of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine here on the blog you will see him and I!

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Q: Hi Amber I just want you to know you are totally and completely AWESOME!!!! And I was wondering if you have any tips on buying a horse? Thanks, Your #1 fan Steph

Posted by: Steph on March 03, 2010 at 01:05 PM

A: It completely depends on what you and your horse plan to do together. Do you want to compete? Western? English? Hunter? Jumper? Barrels? Pleasure? These are all questions you need to know in order to get the right horse for you. My best advice is - try and take someone along with you who knows their stuff.

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Q: I love you Amber! You're an amazing actress and i look forward to seeing heartland every week! I have a very random question.. If you had a daughter and son what would you name them? :) Thankyou!! You rock! Keep up the good work :D

Posted by: MG on March 02, 2010 at 07:51 AM

A: You are right, that is a random question! To be quite honest, I have NO clue. It will be a while before I start thinking about that. I do however always like to think up names for animals, as my animal family seems to be always growing.... My next female dog I wanted to name either; Lila, Dalia or Kya. And my next cat I want to name "Biker" (Since I already have cats named "Harley" and "Fox") Does that half answer your question??

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Q: Hi Amber! My question to you is this : If you had any say in the matter (and from a fan's point of view - if you were to watch the show like the rest of us, not knowing what to expect) what would you like to see happening to your character next season and in the near and not-so-near future? Where would she end up? Married (;P like Jack seems to be implying)? Working as a vet? What do you think would be best for her in the long run?

Posted by: Habs_fangirl on March 01, 2010 at 03:17 PM

A: I see Amy training horses full time and really focusing on that. I don't think she would become a veterinarian as Ty is already headed down that path and she wouldn't want to steal his thunder - or even spend that long in school away from Heartland.

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Q: Hi Amber! Heartland is the best show on TV. You and the rest of the cast and crew are doing an outstanding job! My question: How is it to work with Michelle Morgan? I love the sister-sister relationship on the show.

Posted by: Mar on March 01, 2010 at 04:35 PM

A: More often then not, I feel as though Michelle really is my sister! We know each other pretty well now and I love her very much. We have lots of fun times, and also get our bickering out. Very sisterly.

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Q: Hey! You are an absolutly amazing actor. I was wondering...Do you enjoy the scenes when you had to kiss Caleb and Ty. I Know I would =D Tee Hee Keep up the good work! Breslau =)

Posted by: Breslau on March 01, 2010 at 01:38 PM

A: Of course I do! But the truth is, there are not many scenes I don't enjoy...

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Q: heey Amber i looooooooove seeing u on the show. I think its great that Amy and Ty are back together my question for you : Are YOU happy that Amy and Ty are back together and why? :D

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 01, 2010 at 05:52 PM

A: I am very happy Amy and Ty are back together. The trick now is to keep their relationship interesting. The whole fun of it was the tension and anticipation we felt throughout season two just waiting for them to finally make up their minds!

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Q: Hi Amber! You're totally amazing! Graham thinks so too (for survival). Here's the deal. I asked him if you two were to be stranded on a deserted island, how did he think you would contribute to his survival and how would you be of no help at all. "She would be vital to my survival. I have no clue what's edible and what's poisonous. She has a wealth of knowledge about wildlife. She would probably be no help at all in the rescue effort. I bet she would want to stay there and live with the animals!" So, my question for you is, how would Graham contribute or not contribute to your survival on the deserted island? Thanks in advance for answering questions for us. You rock ;) Kathryn - Your fan from WA

Posted by: Kathryn on March 01, 2010 at 06:42 PM

A: Hey Kathryn! I love this question. Well, Graham went to boy scouts you know... so I think he is holding out on his plethora of wilderness survival skills. He is also a lot physically stronger then me... so he would be a big help in gathering wood and building shelters... And I can bet if any form of technology washed up on the beach he would have it rigged in seconds to play some kind of music and maybe even track our position and notify the local coast guard. I would probably try and prevent the tracking, as Graham was right - I wouldn't want to leave!

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Q: Hi Amber!! i just wanted to say that you are an awesome actress, and my whole family loves watching heartland!! My siblings were thrilled to write to you in Kathryn Arthur's fanbook. we look up to you, my sisters especially, and want to thank you for everything you have done. :) (no pressure do do great things lol) So my question to you is: what do you think is one life experience that has made you the person you are today?? Thank you so much for your time, and we think you rock!!!

Posted by: countrygurl twin on March 01, 2010 at 08:24 PM

A: I am a strong believer that all the experiences in your life (big or small) directly relate to who you are as a person. There are many opportunities I can think of that helped shape me and guide me to where I am now. Things like getting my first horse or attending a performing arts school. My family and friends have also affected every decision in my life. I don't think I could choose one specific experience.

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Q: Hey Amber! WoW, time and time again you continue to amaze me! Your portrayal of Amy is so genuine and original and always truthful, and you're so good at drawing people into whatever Amy is going through; like we get to go through it with her, if that makes sense. Hehe! I was a big fan of the Heartland books before the tv series came out, so I watched that first episode of Season 1 very critically. I already had very set views on all the characters, and I wasn't sure that actors could do it justice... Well, I was wrong. The whole team - cast & crew - do a phenomenal job!! I apologize for ever doubting you in that way; just a few minutes into the first episode, I figured you must have been born for that role! And that scene where Amy is telling Jack that it was own fault her mother died - WOW that was powerful! I was a goner! Haha! You're amazing! =) My question is, what is something in life (either big or small) that you haven't done yet but would love do? For example, I'd love to one day ride in a hot air balloon, and hold a toucan. =) I'm looking forward to seeing you in many more projects in the future! Blessings... ~Laura~

Posted by: Laura on March 01, 2010 at 10:18 PM

A: Thanks Laura! There are many things I hope to do in life, I want to experience as much as I can and wring every drop I can out of life. I definitely will have to go skydiving, bungee jumping and ride an elephant in Africa. There are lots of places in the world I would like to visit, and I am sure I will experience many neat things while exploring.

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Q: Hey Amber!! I'll just start off by saying you REALLY, REALLY rock!!! I'm so glad you play amy in the show. I know you like animals a lot, but my question is this: What's your favourite animal? Keep up the good work on the show!!

Posted by: ponygal on March 02, 2010 at 07:16 AM

A: That's not a fair question! It is SO hard to pick. In the wild, I really love Timber Wolves, but I find something very majestic about Snow Leopards. Owls are another favourite, and in the sea I would have to say Orca Whales and Dolphins. As far as domestic animals go, I love dogs... and yes, horses of course!

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Q: Hi Amber. I think you do a wonderful performance of your character. What tv shows to do you like to watch when you have time? Thanks for taking your time to answer our questions. All the best.

Posted by: Diana Worobec on March 02, 2010 at 11:26 AM

A: This is going to sound crazy coming from an actor... But I don't watch TV.... I spend all my free time outside and when it is too dark and cold to be outside I will come in and get caught up with friends on my computer.

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Q: Hi Amber from Northern Ireland. I love you!! :-) you do an awsome job playing amy on heartland!! My question for you is: what has been your funniest moment on set!!!!

Posted by: Carrie on March 02, 2010 at 11:47 AM

A: There are so many of them It seems as though we are continually laughing at something. The scenes at the dinner table always get the best laughs. I think we get giddy in big groups. One time during the scene where "Lou" had to pop the Champaign the cork flew across the room and hit our soundman in the bum! We all lost it, and could not hold a straight face for the rest of the day!

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Q: Hey Amber, you are my favoritestest person like... ever! I really want to meet youuu. Watching your show almost makes me feel like ive known you all my life. (16 years) weird eh? That's pretty impactful :) Well anyways thanks for your time amber, or should I say Amy! Is it true that you have a brother who is just as amazing, if not MORE amazing than you?! ~ Your secret admirer ;) ~

Posted by: Loueylover144 on March 01, 2010 at 04:45 PM

A: I sure do! I have a very cute 16yr old brother. And is wayyyy cooler then me.

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Q: Hey amber. Just wanted to say great job on Heartland. My question is where do you get the clothes the characters wear on the show?

Posted by: Keely on March 01, 2010 at 01:15 PM

A: Heartland has an awesome costume designer named Carol Case. She is in charge of everything all the actors wear on the series. Carol is going to be one of the crew members who has her own Q & A on this blog in the near future. When that happens fans can ask her anything (Well, anything relating to costumes that is!)

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Q: heey amber :) first i just want to say im a big fan. i have been riding for 7 years and my horses name is Riley :) My question is: Is it true that you used to ride at shadow lane stables in london ontario? If so i find that really cool because that is where i have been riding ever since i was nine and i still ride there. Feel free to come back and visit :P

Posted by: morgan dedato on March 01, 2010 at 03:53 PM

A: I sure did! Shadowlane was the first stable I took lessons, leased and eventually boarded my horse at!

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Q: Hey Amber so first I just want to say that you are an amazingly talented actor, very beautiful, and a great role model for girls around Canada, especially to me. So keep at what you're doing because you are truly meant to be doing some form of film/television. My question is do you have any advice on starting out in the career of acting?

Posted by: Amanda on March 01, 2010 at 06:41 PM

A: Make sure you are doing it because you love it, and not for fame/fortune or any other motives. Also try your hand at different mediums (Like stage, or on screen performances) and see what you enjoy the most. Remember, you can always do both!

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Q: Hey Amber! I just have to say, you portray Amy so close to what I had imagined from the books; there were just some small differences. However, your acting has made it so that I almost forget what the Amy I imagined while reading the books was like. So, my question is, what was the name and temperament of the first horse that you ever rode in your life? I'm really curious to know! Thanks in advance for answering all of these questions, Amber! You're awesome! ~Milly

Posted by: Milly on March 03, 2010 at 07:50 PM

A: The VERY first horse I rode was when I was 3 years old. It was a pony named "Tony." He was very gentle and calm - an old pro as they say. I gained a lot of confidence being around him. :)

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Well thanks Amber, for answering SO many questions!