Until now, Karpluk’s biggest role was in the Bravo network’s Godiva’s—about sexed-up 20-somethings working in a Vancouver restaurant—for which she received a Gemini award nomination. She was in Los Angeles, taping a guest spot on the L Word last year when she got the call offering her Being Erica.
“When I first read the part I just loved the character because she’s so flawed and complex,” Karpluk says. “A lot of things get thrown at her and she has to go and re-live a lot of dark things in her life. The stakes are high: either make some big changes or accept her mediocre life.”
After her initial excitement, Karpluk actually wasn’t too sure about how the show would be received. “I didn’t know how they were going to make a series out of it, to be honest. How many regrets could she possibly have? But to the writers’ and the creator’s (Jana Sinyor) credit, as the series went along I was shocked with what they did with the season. Instead of painting us into a corner, they just opened different doors of possibilities. In fact, where they’re going to start the second season is fantastic. It really changes things around. It could go in a bazillion different directions.”
Karpluk sees Erica Strange in one respect as “absolutely a representation of our generation. Sometimes the more educated you get, the whole big fat world and every option is overwhelming and you just don’t know what to do. I have a lot of friends who still don’t know what they want to do with their lives.”
Choices and consequences, options selected and options rejected—they’re what make Being Erica so universally appealing. If we could only relive life’s big moments with the wisdom of hindsight, who knows how things might have turned out differently?
“That’s why I like this series because it’s like, what door do you choose? If my mom hadn’t brought up (going to Vancouver), maybe I would have travelled around the world and met some guy in India, had babies there, and never would have acted a day in my life. Maybe that would have been great too. But I’m really happy with that conversation with her and where it’s led me to right now. I may be single, but I’m happy to be single too.”
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