Katie Boland, chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, is one of the most promising young actresses of today. Only 24 years old, she has been acting professionally since the age of 9. With over 40 starring roles so far, the ingenue shows no sign of slowing down, splitting her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Katie was chosen as one of the inaugural 2011 Toronto International Film Festival’s “Rising Stars“, a new initiative designed to discover the next generation of made-in-Canada international talent. The programme took place at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and showcased Katie as one of four actors who have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond Canada to the world.
According to the Rising Star’s jury, “Katie Boland has raw potential coupled with a determination and pure acting talent that will awe us and give her longevity as one of our brightest Rising Stars.”
Boland recently appeared in Academy Award winner Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, Boogie Nights) highly anticipated The Master, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, The Big Lebowski, Doubt) Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk The Line, Signs) and Amy Adams (Enchanted, The Fighter, Julie & Julia) produced by Harvey Weinstein.
In the past year, Boland starred in the feature film Ferocious, co-starring Kim Coates (Thin Red Line, Entourage, Sons of Anarchy) which was released to critical success in early 2013. The feature film Looking is the Original Sin a drama about blood ties and photography, in which Boland starred, was bought by Breakthrough Entertainment and will be released in 2013. She is finished the edgy comedy feature Sex After Kids which has just been chosen as IndieWire’s “Project of the Month” and was financed completely by fan interest on IndieGoGo and won the audience award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. She also guest-starred to critical acclaim on an episode of the The Listener for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and filmed a television movie, Cold Spring.
Next, Boland starred in Bruce La Bruce’s upcoming feature film, Gerontophilia and filmed a web-series she created based on her collection of personal essays called Long Story, Short. Boland stars, wrote and is producing the ten seven-minute episodes that are Sex and The City meets Freak and Geeks. The series was funded by the Independent Production Fund and went to camera in October. It was recently bought by Shaftesbury Films to be distributed and released in 2013.
She has most recently filmed The Spirit Game directed by Craig Goodwill (Patchtown) about the famous Fox sister and the spiritualism movement in the 1900s, and Method directed by Gregory Smith (Rookie Blue, Hobo With A Shotgun) to hit festivals in 2013.
In the recent past, Katie completed a slew of high profile projects. She appeared on stage for the first time in Sam Shepard’s famed Fool For Love, put on by Toronto’s RedOne theatre company, known for inventive staging, inspired performances and getting young people to the theatre. The show sold-out every night and Boland was lauded for her inspired performance, with one reviewer remarking, “Boland’s intensely emotional performance will knock you over. It’s hard to believe this is the film actress’ live theatre debut.”
She also recently starred in Daydream Nation, starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas and Andie McDowell, which premiered to critical acclaim at this year’s TIFF. She was dubbed the darling of the festival after appearing in numerous publications, and was called “Canada’s sweetheart” by Elle Canada. She filmed an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, City TV’s television drama that airs worldwide, where she plays a murderous nun. She later filmed an episode of SyFy’s hit television show with sky-high ratings, Lost Girl. In 2011, Katie played a drug-addicted prostitute in Die, a futuristic thriller co-starring Elias Koteas (Benjamin Button, Shutter Island) opened across Canada.
In 2009′s Growing-Op, an indie-comedy coming-of-age story, Katie plays Hope Dawson, Rosanna Arquette’s (Pulp Fiction) daughter, a free-loving pot dealer. The comedic departure for Katie was met with critical acclaim. “Toronto actress Boland is a standout as the fearless dope-dealing sister. Her performance is energetic and funny in all the right places. Boland is the bright spot.” Next, she finished Academy-Award nominated director Atom Egoyan’s highly anticipated film, Adoration, starring Scott Speedman and Rachel Blanchard. The film competed for the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. At Cannes, it won the ecumenical jury prize, the award given for movies that celebrate spiritual values. It had a gala screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. It was released in 2009 by Sony Picture Classics.
In 2008, Katie played an autistic-savant in Dancing Trees, directed by multiple Gemini Award winning and Order of Canada holder Anne Wheeler. It was her most challenging and rewarding role to date, and she was nominated for a Leo award (2009) for best leading actress in a feature film.
Taking a Chance on Love, the sequel to the Hallmark Original Movie The Note, both of which Katie filmed in 2008-2009, debuted to Hallmark’s highest ratings ever for a made for television movie. Katie, along with the other cast, won a C.A.M.I.E award which recognizes morality in television.
Katie also played Lindsay Wagner’s daughter in the Lifetime movie Four Extraordinary Women which aired on Lifetime and on Chum in 2008. Katie played a young mother suffering from breast cancer.
In 2007, the feature film Mount Pleasant was released by Christal Films in Canada. Katie was nominated for a Leo award for her challenging starring role as a 16-year-old heroin addicted hooker, alongside Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) and Shawn Doyle (Big Love). She garnered critical recognition in the role, with Toronto Sun journalist Liz Braun stating that: “In a new movie called Mount Pleasant, Boland puts in a heartbreaking performance as a prostitute and is, hands down, the best thing in the picture, as she so often is.”
Katie also garnered considerable media attention for her role as Gil Bellows’ and Maria del Mar’s daughter in the HBO Canada/Sundance Channel series, Terminal City. Katie left a lasting impression with writer/producer Angus Fraser who says, “It’s rare to watch someone and know they are destined for something special and far-reaching in the difficult world of entertainment.” Terminal City was released on August 5, 2008 on DVD across North America.
In 2006, Katie starred in The Man Who Lost Himself starring Wendy Crewson as her mother, which was CTV’s top rated movie of the week in their history.
Among the many television series, made for television movies and films that Katie’s worked on, she was nominated four times in four years at the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, whose previous winners include Jake Gylenhaal, Julia Roberts and Anna Paquin.
In 2003, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Gwen Killerby in The Zack Files. In 2004, she won Best Leading Actress in a TV movie of mini-series for The Salem Witch Trials which co-starred Kirstie Alley and Shirely McClaine.
In 2005, she was nominated again for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film for Some Things That Stay. In 2006, she was nominated for her performance in the aforementioned The Man Who Lost Himself for Best Leading Actress in a TV movie or mini-series.
Renowned producer, Don Carmody (Chicago, Lucky Number Slevin) with whom Katie worked on the 1950′s coming of age story, Some Things That Stay has said, “Ms. Boland’s name is destined to shine brightly. She is a significant talent.”
When not working as an actress, Boland is working towards her degree in Humanites at Athabasca University. She has written a film column for BlogTO, a Toronto-centric blog that gets hundreds of thousands of unique views daily. She also contributes to Shedoesthecity.com, a Toronto site with a uniquely female point of view. She has freelanced for The Toronto Star, Vervegirl, B-Zone, TCHAD Magazine and regularly contributes to Across The Pond, a hipster travel zine. She writes her own popular blog comedy & drama about love, loss and everything in between.
In early 2013, her literary debut, a collection of short stories, Eat Your Heart Out was released across Canada by publishers Brindle & Glass, who publish only one collection of short stories annually. Her stories are about the haunted and heartbroken, dreamers, losers and love lost souls. She is currently working on her debut novel, Black Sheep, which she hopes to complete before the end of summer 2013.
Katie has recently developed an interest in being behind the camera. In the past year, she has written and directed two short films. The first, Fateful premiered in 2010 at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival. The next, Figurative Reality is in post-production. She recently wrote and starred in a short film, directed by Mark O’Brien (Republic of Doyle, Grown Up Movie Star) based on one of her short stories, Sweetieface.