Woman We Love: Kate Drummond, Actress
Woman We Love: Kate Drummond, Actress
Not only does Kate Drummond have an impressive list of acting credits to her name, she’s a multifaceted woman in real life.
Before her acting career took off, she was a full-time elementary school teacher in Ottawa with bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology and education. She’s into competitive sports and has been a video game aficionado since childhood. Her passion met her craft in one of her latest and most well-known projects, a performance-capture role as the character Grim in the video game Splinter Cell: Blacklist. She will also appear in an upcoming episode of Beauty and the Beast.
When Drummond’s not on set, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her dog. But her moments away from acting also give her ample opportunity to participate in fundraisers and charity events. She recently partnered with the Gamers for Sandy Hook charity, the OSPCA’s National Cupcake Day fundraiser and even created and hosted her own non-profit, charity cooking series, A Jock’s Guide.
Drummond’s determination and goodwill (not to mention her inspirational leap from one career to another) earns her a place on our TV screens, in our hearts and in our Women We Love series. Here’s everything you’ll want to know about Kate Drummond.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
I wanted to be an actress, a veterinarian and the person who sang the national anthem at the Blue Jays game.
If you couldn’t do the work you're doing anymore, what would you do?
I’d go back to teaching kids, but not in the traditional classroom setting. I’d love to open a special retreat center for youth in crisis that specializes in art therapy, animal rehabilitation and athletics. Just a small undertaking!
In your fridge right now, you would find...
Expired lactose-free yogurt, wilted kale, almond milk, and a drawer full of fruit and veggies. It’s true, I just looked.
How you'd spend a dream weekend...
Well, right now I’m stranded out of town because of a bad winter storm, so I’m definitely thinking tropical. I’d spend my dream weekend in a secluded beach hut, complete with nighttime bonfires by the ocean and all-you-can-eat fresh seafood.
Coffee or tea?
Salad, fries or half-and-half?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
If you had to eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, it would be?
Is popcorn a cuisine?
Best words of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Sometimes the only available transportation is a leap of faith” and “Love and patience will be your saviour.”
How did you get to where you are in your career?
There was a time in my life when I would teach all day and act in local theatre at night. One day at school, I was teaching my class about Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Our classroom was buzzing with talk of dreams and hopes for the future. While my students were creating their dream posters, one of my students pulled me aside and asked, “Miss Drummond, what’s your dream?” I told her that I’d always wanted to be an actress. She just looked at me and said, “Then why aren’t you doing it?” Six months later, I had sold practically everything I owned, moved to Toronto, and was fully pursuing my dream. I’ve been here in Toronto for almost four years now and I’m so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had. It’s taken a lot of hard work, unrelenting determination and a great support network.
End this sentence for me: I can’t start my day without...
Morning cuddles with my dog, Jackson, and a coffee.
Did you have a nickname in school and would you share it?
Bumper. I was a very active and risk-taking child…some things never change I guess. I was always getting myself into these extreme situations! My poor parents and teachers. My mother always said that she wished the hospital emergency department gave out Air Miles.
Haircut you most regret?
Piggyback perm. Most people don’t even know what that is, but I assure you it’s a real thing and it happened in my mother’s friend’s basement hair studio when I was 10.
Fashion era you most admire?
I love the '70s. Love. Love. Love.
How many lipsticks are in your purse right now?
Right now there are four lip glosses, three lipsticks, a tube of Burt’s Bees lips moisturizer and a Lip Smacker.
How do you feel about Pantone’s colour of the year?
This year’s colour is “radiant orchid”? I had a Reiki Master tell me that purples and lavenders were very powerful colours for me. Perhaps 2014 is going to be my best year yet!
Best book you’ve read in the past year?
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
App you can’t live without?
Songza and FaceTime because I get to connect my nephews all the time.
Android or iPhone?
Ideal vacation spot?
Bora Bora. In one of those huts raised up on stilts over the ocean, with the glass floors!
The one word you would use to describe Canada is...