Michelle Morgan’s answers to last week’s questions!

Posted on Mar 3, 2010

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Hi everyone! Well, as promised, here are Michelle Morgan's answers to the questions that you sent in. Click on through to read 'em!

Michelle wanted to introduce her answers with a brief note and here it is - enjoy! And if you are wondering about the photo, it is explained in Michelle's first answer!

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Hi Heartland Bloggers!  First of all I want to thank everyone who sent in a question.  I couldn't answer all of them, but I did my best.  Right off the bat I want to thank everyone for your encouraging comments (rather than thanking you all individually, cause really that would get tiring for the readers).  It has been, and will continue to be a pleasure playing Lou and I'm glad that you enjoy watching her on the show.  The end of Season 3 is killer, so I hope you all enjoy it.

xox

Michelle

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Q: Hey Michelle! I think that you are a great actress and I love your role on Heartland!! What was your favorite scene to film so far on the show? And why?? Thanks so much for your time!! - Jill
Posted by: Jillian on February 22, 2010 at 03:14 PM


A: My favourite scene to film so far was the scene where Lou, Amy and Mallory have to round up the cows that were trampling the Dude ranch.   I've had the opportunity to go on a Cattle drive while out in Alberta and I absolutely loved it.  You're working together with your horse, other people and the cattle dogs to get this huge heard of animals to move.  It's exhilarating.

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Q: Hi Michelle, I would like to thank you for the great job you do at portraying Lou, so Thank You!!! So....Hmm.....A question....aha!! What was your favorite episode to film? Thanks for everything you add to Heartland!!!
Posted by: Nikki on February 22, 2010 at 03:22 PM

A:  The Broken Arrow episode (309), you know, the one where Lou gets stuck babysitting Marnie's baby. That episode was full of physical comedy, and deep down inside I'm a clown who likes to fall down and make people laugh : ).

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Q: Hey Michelle what's your favourite part about being on Heartland? - Jenna
Posted by: Jenna on February 22, 2010 at 03:23 PM

A: Hmmmmm.  The chocolate chip cookies from the catering truck.

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Q: Hi Michelle! You do a GREAT job playing Lou in heartland, you get the business side of her perfectly, but do a perfect job on her feeling side too. Your awesome!! Well, now here's my question: Are you and Lou alot alike? or are you very different from her? Thank you so much!!! the United States says hi! haha :)
Posted by: Megan on February 22, 2010 at 03:55 PM

A:  Good question.  It's a common thing for people to assume that actors are just like the characters that they portray, but Lou and I are pretty different.  I don't think that Lou would like my hobbies, like surfing and snowboarding, going to see rock concerts and doing comedy.  I will say that, like Lou, I can be bossy with my siblings sometimes.

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Q: Hi Michelle! You are a great actress and you are doing a great job on playing Lou. My question: How is it to work with Amber Marshall? I love the sister-sister relationship on the show. - Marcelle
Posted by: Marcelle on February 22, 2010 at 04:27 PM

A:  Amber is a pro.  She's a great actress and very knowledgeable on animals. I've learned  a lot from her.

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Q: Hey. You're amazing in Heartland. You make me laugh so much. My question is had you ridden before Heartland?
Posted by: Orla Deane on February 22, 2010 at 04:28 PM

A:  Everyone asks me this, and I guess you're wondering if I might say "No, I was afraid of horses!", or " Yes, in fact I was a champion  show jumper."  But the much less dramatic truth is that I had ridden a bit, and had even taken some lessons, and I thought I was an alright rider, but boy-oh-boy did I have a lot to learn.  One of the best things about this job has been learning about horses and improving my riding skills.

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Q: Hey Michelle - I love you as an actor!! You're AMAZING and you have so much talent! Lou is hilarious and a fun character to watch and you just make her come to life. Anyhow, My question for you is "How did you get to where you are now in your career and what would you recommend for someone who wants to start acting?" Thanks for the time you take to answer these questions=) crazycowgirl
Posted by: crazycowgirl on February 22, 2010 at 04:32 PM

A: If you want to be an actor it takes passion and perseverance.  I would suggest you try an acting class at your local youth theater and see how you like it.  From there your acting instructors can advise you on the best way to get an agent etc, but remember, you should never have to pay an agent up front, they only make money by getting a percentage when you get paid.

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Q: Hey michelle you rock- my question is, because you play Lou, who would you rather marry in Heartland, Peter or Scott? thanks horselover31
Posted by: horselover31 on February 22, 2010 at 04:37 PM

A:  I would rather see Lou become mayor of Hudson and eventually start a women's collective where groups of women band together to help raise each other's adopted children!  Just kidding.  Trust me, it's hard to pick because I love playing along side both of those guys, and they're not too hard on the eyes either ; )

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Q: First of all great job playing lou you are the perfect actress for the role!!! My question for you is what is it like working with all of these wonderful cast and crew members?
Posted by: kristin on February 22, 2010 at 04:50 PM

A:  It's a total nightmare.  ; )

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Q: Hi Michelle! I think you are such a great actress and I enjoy watching you playing Lou on Heartland. Lou always makes me smile :) I hear you like hitting the slopes and doing some snowboarding (me too... at Baker). My question for you is, what has been your most memorable experience while snowboarding or just hanging out on a mountain?
Posted by: Kathryn on February 22, 2010 at 05:10 PM


A:  Hey Kathryn, Baker is an awesome hill!  Lucky you.  My most memorable snowboard experience was the first time I really rode powder.   I was about 15, Whistler just got a huge dump and they held off opening 7th Heaven until the afternoon (for avalanche security).  My girlfriend Meg and I were on one of the first chairs up.  It was like an ocean of fresh powder, and we kept falling and having to dig ourselves out, but we were laughing and having a great time.   

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Q: Hi, Michelle First I would like to say Hello from New Brunswick. I love the show and I think you are an amazing actress. My question for you is - is there a horse used in the show that is your favourite to work with, if so which one? Thanks and keep up your awesome acting you play an awesome role as Lou.
Posted by: Sarah on February 22, 2010 at 05:22 PM

A:  Hi Sarah.  My favourite author, David Adams Richards, is from New Brunswick, so I've read a lot about your home province but I have never been there.  Sadly, no, they switch the horse I ride all the time, and I really wish they wouldn't.  C'est La vie.

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Q: Hi Michelle! I love Lou in heartland, she is such a funny character. From all three seasons my favourite line of hers is from "Born to run" when she grabs Jack's shot gun and says " Nobody move or the next ones got my name on it, your name, just don't move!". The first time I saw that episode I was laughing so hard. I also just wanted to say... My sister and I met you and Graham in Vancouver not too long ago. You guys made my day, I haven't stopped smiling since! Anyways, my question is when did you start acting and what are some pro's and con's to being a actor/actress? Thanks so much for taking the time to answer are questions. - Francesca
Posted by: Francesca on February 22, 2010 at 05:25 PM

A:  Hi Francesca.  That line was made up on the spot by Johnny our Props Master.  The Pros of being an actor: You get to play for a living, The Cons of being an actor:  You get to be a waiter for a living.

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Q: Hey Michelle - Hi...im such a fan of you...you went through alot (your character) but still you are unique and is able to go through the future as cheerful as you can. Amazing. Keep up the great playing. My question is.... How did you end up playing Lou Fleming on heartland video's? Thanks. Greetings from Nobleford ( probably ever heard of but yeah its a small town near Lethbridge) Love...gerdine
Posted by: gerdine on February 22, 2010 at 05:34 PM

A:  Hi Gerdine.  I got to play Lou by auditioning for the role.  I've been to many many many auditions for roles I didn't get, and this just happened to be one I landed.  I felt a connection with the character right away.

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Q: Hey Michelle! My question for you: What are your hobbies when you're not in filming?
Posted by: Charis on February 22, 2010 at 06:33 PM

A:  Cooking, snowboarding, surfing, gardening, comedy and writing.  I have a few script projects that I'm constantly chipping away at.

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Q: Hey Michelle! you are a great actor! You are also VERY pretty! :) My question for you is.. what is something embarrassing or unexpected that has happened to ou on set? :P thank you for your time! ~Sonya
Posted by: Sonya on February 22, 2010 at 08:17 PM

A:  Once my dad was visiting me at the studio set and he started talking really loudly on his cell phone in the middle of a scene I was filming with Jessica Amlee .  I guess he figured we couldn't hear him : )

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Q: Hi Michelle! You are one of my absolute favourites on Heartland! You are great for Lou and you are just so pretty! My question is: what store is your favourite place to shop for clothes? Keep doing a great job and I would love to meet you someday! Everyone in the USA says hi! :) -Margaret
Posted by: Margaret on February 22, 2010 at 08:53 PM

A:  If I'm going to buy something special I like Betsy Johnson.  But I wear a lot of vintage clothes too mixed with nicer pieces from shops on Queen Street in Toronto.

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Q: Nice job of playing Lou ! I enjoy your perseverance, tenacity? of making your dream retreat keep expanding amidst opposition, and adversity as if it is really happening . you seem to have a way of bringing out the emotional aspect of life for real . Good luck for a few more seasons of Heartland. My question is: Can acting ever get so real that the show becomes almost your life, in the sense of relationships, for example does Amy (Amber) feel like she becomes your younger sister to advise or confide in real life ?
Posted by: maktak on February 22, 2010 at 09:12 PM

A:  Not for me.  The work is separate from my life.  For instance, I have a boyfriend, so it's not like just because Gabe Hogan plays Lou's boyfriend that we're actually in love in real life too.  But obviously after spending so many years working with Amber, Shaun, Jessica and Graham, we've all become very close.

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Q: Hey Michelle! You do such a fantastic job of playing heartland! I love how you make her character silly, fun, and lovable all at the same time! The question I would like to ask you is: What is one super random fact about you that we don't already know.... It could be something funny, something from you childhood, an embarrassing moment or just a fun fact. Thanks for you time, and for sharing your great acting skills with us all! Keep up the awesome work. Thanks; Liz from British Columbia. Oh, and I think it's super awesome that you love snowboarding!!!! Go Snowboarding!!!!
Posted by: Elizabeth on February 22, 2010 at 10:07 PM

A:  Random, eh? Okay.  I eat an apple every single morning and my cat Davis learned to love them too, so if he hears someone biting into an apple he'll come running and beg for a piece. My family jokingly calls him "snowbeast" because he's really big, he has a broad white chest and he's super clumsy.

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Q: Hey Michelle! :) In the show Heartland you have had to deal with things such as your mothers death and dealing with taking over the finances of running Heartland with lots of criticism and such from your onscreen family. In real life, have you had to go through such difficulties? What is the best and worst part do you think about growing up? Thanks, Cindy
Posted by: Cindy Lopez on February 22, 2010 at 10:36 PM

A: We all face different challenges growing up.  I think for me it was hard moving around as much as I did, always having to make new friends.   But at the same time, having to adapt so much probably made me a stronger actor.  The challenges we face in life can make us stronger.


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Q: Hi Michelle! You're great as Lou,and I think you're perfect for the role of her :) My question; What was the most funny thing that you had to do as Lou? Greetings from the Netherlands! :D
Posted by: Lisa on February 23, 2010 at 05:32 AM


A:  Hello all the way to the Netherlands!  It was pretty funny being tackled by Max, PW's big slobbering dog.  They had to put little pieces of dog treats in my hair to get him to do it.


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Q: Hi Michelle! First of all, I have to say that Lou is by far one of my favourite characters on TV. I love how she is such a strong, independent woman, but she also retains some of that child-like vulnerability in her relationships and just wants someone to love her unconditionally. You do an amazing job of bringing true emotion to the show. One of my favourite episodes was "Growing Pains" and my question for you is, Did you find it hard to film such emotionally charged scenes (with Lou, Peter and Richard Chenowith) and did you receive a lot of flack for addressing the subject of sexual harassment? (Which I think was done very well, keeping it PG, but also dealing with the situation in a realistic manner.) Thanks! Looking forward to seeing more of Lou and Peter in the coming weeks! - Peg  PS: I read that you were close to my hometown (PS, ON....Bobby Orr!! lol) after the Christmas holidays, hope you had a great time!
Posted by: Peg on February 23, 2010 at 06:47 AM

A:  Hi Peg.  I thought Growing Pains was a great episode too.  I think it was important to bring this issue to light because many people deal with harassment and abuse and are often too ashamed to discuss it.   Anyone who is dealing with abuse should talk to someone they trust, like Lou talked to Amy, and if you don't have anyone you trust, call a helpline or talk to someone from your local school or church.

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Q: Hi, i think you do a great job playing lou! My question for you is: In your opinion is Lou a easy character to portray and why?Well done playing Lou!
Posted by: Belle on February 23, 2010 at 09:28 AM

A:  Easy?  It depends on the scene.  Sometimes I fall right into it, sometimes it's tricky and takes lots of preparation and experimentation.

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Q: Great job on the show Michelle! I have been thinking about this question for quite some time now: What was it like working with a baby? (Jerry jr) Was that someone from Heartland's actual baby or do they somehow choose babies for their acting qualities, haha? Thanks for taking the time to answer people's questions. There seem to be...um, a few anyway!
Posted by: Erica on February 23, 2010 at 09:48 AM

A:  That baby was a hired, paid, actor baby and it was actually twin girls!  Because of union rules babies can only work on a set in 15 minute intervals so they would switch them out.  I loved working with them , but they were so happy-go-lucky and smiley that it took forever for them to cry when we needed them to!  (No babies were harmed in he filming of that episode ; )

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Q: heya michelle! A British fan here! Just to say, I love the comedy you add into the often dark experiences in Heartland. One moment, I'll be crying, the next you'll be making me laugh! I love your headstrong attitude! Anyway, just wondering are you like that in real life? Headstrong and comedic? and also, (if im allowed to ask 2!) do you come up with your jokes and how you say them, or is that the writers and director? Thnx so much!
Posted by: manulover on February 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

A:   Heartland has some really great writers who give me great opportunities to play and find humour.  Sometimes I will read a scene and think think of a gag that I ask the writers to add in, or sometimes we're playing around while we film the scene and come up with things on the spot.  It's a collaboration.

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Q: Hey Michelle! You are such a great actor and I love your character! My question for you is, would you ever like to run a dude ranch and own a place like heartland if you had the chance? Thanks for answering the questions! Looking forward to seeing you in episodes to come! Brianna
Posted by: brianna on February 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

A:  If I owned anything similar it would be Surf and Yoga oriented and by the beach.  But hey, why not have a couple of horses around too.

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Q: It's hard to know what to ask. I love Lou's character, and I find her one of the characters that it's easiest to relate to. She tries to do and be so much, and while she has her failures, I think she is really getting there. I love it that her character is both a modern woman while at the same time remaining an important part of her traditional family. It is also wonderful how you make Lou look like a real person. Several people have commented on how they love your clothes on the show (and I must agree), so I'd like to ask how the wardrobe process works and how it contributes to making the characters into real people. Do you get much input into what Lou wears? And if you really like something, can you, well, borrow/steal it from your character's wardrobe? :D
Posted by: Key on February 23, 2010 at 11:44 AM

A:  We have a wonderful wardrobe department headed by the very talented Carol Case.  I go in for fittings and we try on all the clothes that I will be wearing for that episode.  Carol and I think about what Lou is up to, for example is she going to town or cleaning the barn?  We consider how Lou is feeling,  if she's feeling down in the dumps we might choose darker colours, and if she's going on a  date we might choose a flirty dress.  Carol chooses the clothes, but I definitely give my input on how I think Lou should dress. (And yes occasionally I get to borrow the odd item ; )

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Q: Hi Michelle! Heartland is the best show on TV. All the cast and crew are doing a fabulous job!! My question. What was one of the most difficult scenes for you to shoot in Season 1, 2, and 3?
Posted by: Marc on February 23, 2010 at 01:58 PM

A:  Tough question.  Probably the scene where Lou breaks down and cries to Scott in Season 1, episode 2 I think it was?  That was towards the beginning and I was still figuring out the character.

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Q: Hi Michelle, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!! Well I think we all do and you play Lou like a miracle! Anyways, my question for you is how old where you when you started acting and what was your first play you preformed infront of an audience? Like I said, I love you and continue to put a smile on my face!
Posted by: Kate on February 23, 2010 at 02:14 PM

A:  My first gig was playing Potiphars Wife in a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" at St.Luke's Elementary school in Mississauga, Ontario.  I didn't really consider myself an actor at that point, but I loved putting on lipstick and feather boa and vamping it up on stage.  I was hooked.

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Q: Hey Michelle, out of all the characters on Heartland, your character is the one that I can relate to the most. I've survived some of the same up and downs that Lou goes through, and I enjoy a giggle, a tear, the happiness and the frustration that she puts herself into (sometimes with full awareness and sometimes not). So, just gotta say YOU ROCK girl and keep up the awesome work! My question is as follows: Who has influenced you the most in your life? Why? Again, Michelle all the best in 2010!
Posted by: Dalaigh on February 24, 2010 at 07:06 AM

A:  Hi Dalaigh.  I've been influenced by many people, but mainly my parents who are strong and giving people.  One of my first role models was a professional snowboarder named Noah Brandon.  He was one of my coaches at a summer snowboarding camp.  He was a vegetarian, he did yoga, and he was Bahai.   I remember I was struck by his sense of individuality and his kindness, and it occurred to me that you didn't need to be a jerk to be "cool".

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Q: Hello Michelle, I like your character and how you act! its quite nice to see you act Lou because she's so emotional and restless, and impatient! It's hard to act that but you do it perfectly! Great Job! Anyway, my question for you is - "If you could choose one thing, ANYTHING for Lou to do in the show for part or most of the episodes, what would you let her do or make? " I hope you understand that!! In case you don't i will explain it even more just imagine you really liked cooking and you wanted Lou to bake a pie in Heartland you could do that! things like that! Thanks, Jessica !!
Posted by: jessica on February 24, 2010 at 07:01 PM

A:  I want Lou to go to Hawaii and dance in a Lou-ow.  Seriously, I would love an episode were Amy goes out of town and someone brings in a troubled horse and Lou has to do her best to fill Amy's shoes.  I think that would be a fun challenge.

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Q: Hi Michelle! I've really enjoyed watching Heartland and seeing Lou's and Amy's sister relationship develop. At the beginning they both seemed so distant from each other, but now they are so close and it makes me so happy to see that! You make Lou so funny, bossy, crazy-boss-type, loving, caring and so many other things that I couldn't name them. So my question: Last season there had been a few things on the blog mentioning that you had grown a lot of the flowers on set. So, did you grow anything this year? I noticed a big garden and was wondering if you had a hand in it? Thanks!! Phoebs
Posted by: Phoebs on February 24, 2010 at 08:06 PM

A:  Last year I had a garden and grew tomatoes and flowers, this year I tried but my apartment balcony was too windy to grow anything (I was bummed).  I plan on planting a new garden as soon as we start filming season 4, I can't wait.

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Q: Howdy, Michelle! I've enjoyed watching you play the many sides of Lou, from the confident, take-charge business-woman to the hilarious and sometimes emotionally insecure. Keep up the excellent work! Now, I've taken a peek at your website from time to time, and it looks like you have a passion for cooking and food (unlike the culinary challenged Lou)... Here's my question: what's a dish you either love to prepare, or one you've been really wanting to try? My thanks for answering all these fan questions.
Posted by: TC on February 24, 2010 at 10:27 PM

A:  2010 has been the year of Chocolate Chip cookies.  I baked 4 batches in January to try and perfect a recipe.  Lately I love making home made granola bars.   I'm baking some up today and taking them to Tofino this weekend because they are the perfect post-surf snack.

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Q: Hi Michelle! I'm French (so sorry for my bad english) and I love the show and all the characters! Actually I have two questions for you : Do you speak other languages than english? And what type of music do you listen to?
Posted by: Julie on February 25, 2010 at 08:00 AM

A:  Yes.  My family is from Chile so I speak Spanish and I also speak some French.  I think French is the most beautiful language and I want to get better at it.  Next winter I'm thinking about going to France for a while.

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Q: Hi Michelle, I am a huge fan of Heartland! You character is hilarious. My question is: What was your reaction when you found out you were chosen to play Lou Fleming on Heartland? - Selena, just like the singer.... Remember?
Posted by: Selena on February 25, 2010 at 02:19 PM

A:  Hi Selena.  I loved that movie starring J.Lo.  I should watch it again.   I found out I got the part while I was in the middle of shooting a zombie movie, so I felt a little bit overwhelmed.  It wasn't until I got to Calgary and walked on set that I really felt like, "Hey, this could be cool."

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Thanks Michelle! You're awesome!