This past Monday we had the honour to interview Sarah Fisher on her extremely moving performance as Carley Allison in the film Kiss & Cry. Starring Degrassi: The Next Generation alumni Sarah Fisher and Luke Bilyk, the romantic drama chronicles the real-life events of Toronto teen Carley Allison, an upcoming figure skater and singer who made medical history with her fight against an extremely rare type of cancer. Filmed in and around Toronto, the inspirational movie also stars singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and Backstage’s Julia Tomasone.
Following its successful theatrical release, the buzz-worthy film Kiss & Cry makes its broadcast debut on Family Channel on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Sheblogs: Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for sitting down with us and discussing the super-inspiring movie Kiss & Cry. We absolutely loved it and there were many tears while we watched. We loved the positive energy you brought to your character and friend Carley’s role and just the beauty of the story altogether.
Sarah: Aw thank you!
Sheblogs: Carley Allison is obviously a very deep and complex role, especially since it’s based on a true life experience. How did you prepare yourself for this role to get into the character of someone facing a fatal illness?
Sarah: It was a surreal experience preparing myself for this role because when I would visit Carley in the hospital, she was always so positive and bright. Carley only ever cared about everyone else in the room, making sure that everyone around her was always happy and smiling and laughing. So some of the work I had to do as an actress was to think about how Carley may have felt when everyone left the room, when it was just her, alone in a hospital bed.
Sheblogs: You met Carly in high school and became best friends, what was it like playing someone you were close to? What was the most challenging about re-creating her story?
Sarah: It was challenging because Carley had the bar set so high! She had such an inspiring energy. When Carley Allison walked into a room, it instantly became brighter. I really wanted to do her justice and tell her story the way we believed she would have wanted it to be told. It was very challenging to put myself into the position of her finding out she has cancer, and then finding out that it came back – because of how close I am to Carley and the story, it was harder for me to shake those scenes off and collect myself as an actor.
Sheblogs: This was clearly an emotional story, especially with it being a story so close to your heart. Carley Allison’s motto was to always smile and find the happiness in everything. Did you take this advice with you and how else did you remain positive on set throughout filming?
Sarah: There were days that were more difficult for all the cast and crew but we were a family on and off set and we would all hug each other and make each other feel better. Everyone was so supportive – including the Allison family who were present on set, and we were all positive for each other. Carley was so bright so it kept us all motivated.
Sheblogs: You were a big part of having this film made. Why do you think it’s important to bring Carley’s story to life and for young people and Family channel viewers to learn about or be reminded about it?
Sarah: I hope people take away from the film the positive perspective Carley had. We want viewers to take away that even if you’re in an adverse situation or going through a tough time, you can get through it and be brave and strong just like Carley was. If this movie can do half of what Carley did – supporting other people and showing people you can get through anything with a smile – its done its job.
Sheblogs: Previously, you starred in Degrassi. What was it like transitioning from a TV series to the big screen?
Sarah: I love making movies and being on television so much! With a TV character you get to transition and see where the character goes, it’s not just one story line, you get to see their life. You have a strong attachment to the character because you live through it and grow up with the character – I was on Degrassi for three years and the character felt like a piece of me. When I transitioned into feature film it was different because after a month or so you’re done. You dive really deep in a short amount of time and It’s much quicker.
Sheblogs: What was is like being reunited with your Degrassi co-star Luke Bilyk on set -especially with a romantic dynamic between your characters?
Sarah: It was amazing. He went so out of his way to make this role happen and no one else could have played John like he did – they’re so similar in person! We got so much closer working on the film and I couldn’t have picked a better friend to go through this experience with. Because we’re such close friends we had a natural chemistry and it really worked with the romantic dynamic.
Sheblogs: What was your favourite moment on set?
Sarah: When someone passes away there’s a belief that you start finding dimes the way you would find a lucky penny. Since Carley has passed, her family and friends have consistently found dimes in the weirdest places! I have found close to 30 dimes!
Following the movie’s premiere on Friday April 7th at 8PM, Kiss & Cry will be available in the Popcorn Pix section of The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand.