Canadian Emily Hampshire to feel at home for Atlantic Film Festival

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - This weekend, locals can catch a glimpse of an old Halifax Zellers as the backdrop for adultery, lies and redemption amongst the clang of cash registers.

All the Wrong Reasons, a drama starring Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and the late Cory Monteith, opens Friday night at the Atlantic Film Festival and shows the intersecting lives of people working in “Fairfax,” a fictional department store.

Hampshire, originally from Montreal, said her favourite moment was when she trained as a cashier for her role of Nicole, a single mom “struggling to hold onto her youth.”

“I was so into doing the folding, and would this be on your Zellers card? … And all the little intricacies of being a cashier,” Hampshire said during a phone interview from Los Angeles.

“My favourite was stocking stuff, because I can really do repetitive things,” she laughed.

For Hampshire, the movie is a coming-of-age story for those making the transition from 20s to 30s; “that period of time that nobody tells you about.”

“You don’t feel like you’re grown-up enough to deal with all these (responsibilities), but you are, which is so difficult,” Hampshire said.

Although there are dark and emotional themes in the movie, like Nicole’s affair with Monteith’s store-manager character, Hampshire said there are many funny and touching moments as well.

Hampshire said the first time she met Monteith she expected to see a teenager, just like like the football star role of Finn Hudson he played on Glee before his death in July.

“He was excited to do this, he’s actually playing an adult … a man,” Hampshire said.

“He isn’t… or wasn’t, it’s very weird to talk about, wasn’t jaded in a way you’d think somebody might be,” Hampshire said in a quieter voice.

Hampshire said while she knows some will look for signs of Monteith’s reported addiction troubles, she hopes most people will focus on his “great performance.”

“What I took from him is someone who was so themselves, and lovely to be around,” Hampshire said.

See the full line up of the festival and get tickets here.

Organizations: Zellers

Geographic location: Montreal, Los Angeles

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