Leggat Fanatics With Ashley Leggat
On Friday, January 22, 2016 I had the privilege to online interview Ashley Leggat. In her first interview for the new year, we talk about her claim to fame Life With Derek, costars, her newest project Day Players, and what's next for her. Ashley certainly has come a long way from dancing, although she played a great Baby in Dirty Dancing Toronto, with costarring in films and being part of the first App Series (Totally Amp'd) and teaching her own summer camp! All the while remaining kind, humble, and honest.
LF: First and foremost, I want to thank you so much for your time and doing this for me. This will be an incredible addition to the site!
AL: Hey girl! No problem at all. Thank you for doing such an incredible job on the site!
LF: You first really "came on the scene" through Life With Derek, starring as Casey, what is your most memorable moment from the show? On camera or on set.
AL: My most memorable moment from Life with Derek was probably filming the scene with Michael (Derek) where we get locked in the bathroom during a party at our house. I ended up with shampoo squirted directly into my eyes, and we wrestled around on a soapy floor, falling everywhere. We were laughing so hard we could barely contain ourselves. Basically any scene I shot with Michael ended up with us laughing so hard we could barely contain ourselves haha.
LF: I believe you've wrapped filming on your most recent project, Day Players. What can you tell us about that?
AL: Yes! Day Players is about a group of struggling actors. It is pretty true to life as to how the entertainment business can be. I play a girl who has shot to stardom and left my group of friends/boyfriend behind. When I was first sent the script, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard by the second page, so I knew this was definitely something I wanted to be a part of. I had an incredible time filming and getting to work with some amazingly talented people.
LF: I've yet to see People Hold On, that was recently released and directed by Michael Seater, you've mentioned on social media how proud you are of this film. What made this different from other projects?
AL: This project was so different for me. It was the most emotionally raw I have ever felt. We were up in a secluded area filming with only about 20 of us, most of whom I have known since I was little. There was a strange sense of honesty on that set. Michael Seater is an 'actors' director, which made it so easy to emotionally let yourself free. I feel so honoured that He and Paula Brancatti asked me to be a part of it.
LF: You've been all over the place lately! Also guest starring in Hallmarks new Good Witch series. Will we be seeing more of you in the second season?
AL: Sadly I will not be doing any more Good Witch.
LF: Do you have any favorite moments or funny stories from filming Good Witch?
AL: I had a blast filming Good Witch. I spent a lot of my time with Bailee Madison who is just the loveliest girl on earth. We had some hilarious dance parties and were always gossiping about boys. Those are some of my fondest moments of the show!
LF: Throughout your career you've gotten to work with many great people. Who would you say are the top three that you still keep in touch with, that you've met through work?
AL: I don't keep in touch with all of them as much as I'd like to, but my favourite people I've worked with are:
1) Michael Seater
2) Megan Fox
3) Paula Brancatti, Katie Boland & Chloe Rose on People Hold On
4) Bailee Madison
5) Julie Benz
...There are so many more but these are the ones that come to mind right now
LF: Your career has really taken off, I feel like each year your work load seems to double. We're all very proud of you and love seeing you on our screens. Through all this you've always remained amazing at keeping in touch and humble with your fans. This last April you relaunched your website to help more with fan interaction. How long did you plan and work on that?
AL: Aww aren't you just the sweetest in the world! I've always wanted to engage more with my fans, and I do the best I can on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope, but I wanted somewhere that I could be more personal and share more about my life. This is why I felt ashleyleggat.net was a natural platform to just write my thoughts and feelings, and share some behind the scene's stories. I'd had the idea for years but just never had gotten around to it.
P.S. You should know that if I'm ever trying to find a picture from something, I go to Leggat Fanatics to find it!! Haha I absolutely love the site and just think you are beyond talented!!
LF: The past couple of summers you've started a Triple Threat camp, teaching children and young adults all about theater, how did that get started? Is it something you've thought of doing for a long time?
AL: I've had the idea to do a camp in my hometown for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, my mom would have to drive me to Toronto to get coaching for auditions, and I always felt so sad that my own city didn't have anything accessible who people who weren't fortunate enough to have a mom that could drive them to Toronto and back 3 times a week. I always said I would come back and make sure that people from my hometown who wanted to follow their dreams of a career in the entertainment industry, had the chance to. I'm now in my 3rd year of camp at Hillfield Strathallan College and we are amazed at the number of kids every year!
LF: You've certainly worn many "hats" through the years, do you ever think of pursing another career?
AL: Always. I have a lot of trouble sitting still or doing one thing haha. I love real estate and have bought a couple of properties to rent out. I would love to get my degree in drama and dance. I plan on starting a full time singing, dancing, and acting studio in Hamilton, ON in the next 5 years, and I've begun to write a lot. The list keeps growing haha
LF: Some might not know, but you live a sort of "double life", in Sweden with your husband and back home in Canada. Since you've been so busy, what's next for you? Any new projects, or thinking of taking a break?
AL: I'm currently in Sweden being a supportive hockey wife :) but I will be back in Canada in a couple of weeks and will begin meetings and auditions. I will keep you posted with what I'm filming next!
LF: If you were gone tomorrow, what would you want people to remember most about you?
AL: I hope people remember me as a fun, loving, caring woman who worked extremely hard but also appreciated all of the luck she has had in her life. Someone who loved all of the fans she has been lucky enough to have support her throughout her career, and someone who made the world a better place for being in it.
LF: Now, a little bit about us. Do you remember when or how you first heard of Leggat Fanatics?
AL: I think my mom was the first person who told me about the site. She was so amazed at all of the pictures you had and wondered how you had found them all. We spent about 4 hours going through the whole site that night!
LF: I know this is unusual, but do you have any questions for me? The site has been active for eight, going on nine years now, I thought you might have some curiosity. :)
AL: Yes!! What made you decide to start the site?
LF: At the time I was...15 or 16 and really wanted to delve into web design. It was also when Life With Derek was new and I was obsessed! I was frustrated at the time not seeing anything accurate or kept up to date on you so I would know when the latest episode or something was coming out.
AL: Where do you find all of the pictures and info you have? It is actually incredible haha
LF: Google. haha, very simple, I guess I've just mastered the internet and how to search...and that sounded extremely creepy! Honestly I don't know what it is but when I need to find info on your projects it just jumps at me, lots of times I'll be searching something completely different like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (true story) and I swear your picture or an article pops up!
AL: Who does all of the design? I know how hard it is to have a site, and if I didn't have Miguel Ruiz (@m7n) it wouldn't be possible to do it. Do you do everything on your own?!
LF: I do it all on my own! Obviously the site has come a LONG way, I've always been interested in techy stuff and taught myself. I do find templates or ideas, in which case I'll credit on the side, and then I make it into the finished result.
AL: Not a question, but just wanted you to know that I appreciate you SO much and think you are absolutely amazing!!!
LF: Once again, thank you so much for doing this Ashley. It's such an honor!