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By Suzanne

Charlotte Sullivan 

Interview with Charlotte Sullivan of "Mary Kills People" on Lifetime 5/12/17

We did this interview via email... she's a very talented actress, so I was glad to get this opportunity!

1. How did the role on "Mary Kills People" come about for you?

I originally read for Mary but Tassie Cameron (Showrunner & Executive Producer) said I wasn't quite right for the role but that Mary had a sister who was equally as dark and twisted. 

2. How long did it take to shoot the 6 episodes?

I believe it took 3 months to block shoot the entire season.

3.  Was it shot up in Canada?

Yes!! It was beautiful!

4.  Before shooting, did they ask you about your opinion on suicide or do anything to prepare you for the subject matter?

No, the pilot script that I read was such a dangerous read. I knew the subject matter was quite controversial but that's what seduced me. How would you like to die if given the choice? I know for me if I was in a lot of pain and wasn't able to enjoy myself on this planet anymore I would want the option. The idea of someone having to bathe and feed me because I couldn't do it makes my heartbreak. 

5. In your first scene, you're showing Mary how to shoot a gun. Have you shot a gun before?

Yes, I actually have my gun license. 

6. When do you find out if there'll be a second season?

I haven't a bloody clue. No one ever tells me anything and I'm usually the last to know. 

7. Any funny stories to tell about filming the show?

I fell pretty hard for the make-up & hair team (Stephen Lynch and Patricia Cuthbert). I was blown away by their artistry, originality and nasty senses of humor. I was such a lucky little slug to get to work and collaborate with those beautiful souls. They made my time on set magical.

8. I don't watch "Chicago Fire" regularly, but I checked out some of your scenes on YouTube with Anna and Kelly. You guys have some real fans out there, judging from all of the of musical clips.

Chicago Fire has an incredible fanbase. You can't really walk down the streets of Chicago without someone wanting to talk about the show. 

9.  I gather, from what I just read, that Anna died in the last episode. Have you received any fan reaction to that?

The Fed Ex guy who came to my door and delivered a package was livid that I died. That's a funny example that springs to mind. 

10.  Did you have any problem working out the shooting schedules for the two shows?

Lucky for me I had already completed my work on Mary before I had to head to Chicago. 

11. I couldn't find you on social media, other than an old Twitter account. What happened?

Maybe I'm old school but I love mystery. Can you imagine Nina Simone or Ava Gardner having a twitter account? I love that I know very little about them but can escape with them in their art. Mystery is deceased. If I can hold on to a little bit of that then I can have the freedom to inhabit anybody. 

12. You also work with UNICEF to help raise money and awareness for people suffering from famine in South Sudan, right?

I am a huge UNICEF supporter and concerned global citizen. I have a girlfriend who works for them and I know how much they are struggling to fundraise for the famine. If no action is taken 5.5 million people will be food insecure by July. In South Sudan, Unicef is working to reach the most vulnerable children with acute malnutrition 

through Rapid Response Missions. During those missions, the World Food Program delivers food, while Unicef screens for malnutrition, treats severely malnourished children, provides health services and vaccinations, safe drinking water, sanitation, registers unaccompanied children for reunification with their families and supports basic education. 

13. How did you get involved with that?

I went on a trip with them to Peru and saw the work that they were doing and just wanted to do something. 

14.  How is the work going?

My girlfriend who works there says fundraising is painfully slow. 

15. Anything else you'd like to tell your fans?

Please visit unicef.ca  to read about ways to help. Also watch Scott Pelley's coverage of the famine crisis. I think it will inspire you. God bless. 

MORE INFORMATION

Multi-faceted Canadian actress Charlotte Sullivan, best known for her roles in “Rookie Blue” and “Chicago Fire,” also stars in Lifetime’s new original scripted series “Mary Kills People.” Sullivan plays the role of ‘Nicole Mitchell’, the sister to ‘Dr. Mary Harris’ (Caroline Dhavernas), an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death and help terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms. Mary manages to stay under the radar; but death is hot, business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated. 

Sullivan also recently wrapped a recurring guest role on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” playing ‘Anna,’ a leukemia patient who finds out Severide (Taylor Kinney) is a bone marrow match. As he selflessly decides to follow through with the transplant, Severide begins to get emotionally attached and fall in love with ‘Anna.’ Sullivan also completed filming the mind-bending sci-fi thriller RADIUS alongside Diego Klattenhoff. The film follows ‘Liam’ (Diego Klattenhoff) who wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes, which leads him to asses that a virus is present in the air. He finds a woman ‘Jane Doe’ (Sullivan) who is in the same situation and both end up realizing the horrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly. The film is set to release in 2017.

Sullivan is no stranger to the small screen and is highly recognized for her series regular role as ‘Gail Peck’ in NBC’s cop-drama “Rookie Blue, “Saving Hope” and ‘Marilyn Monroe’ in the controversial mini-series “The Kennedy’s. She is also recognized for her role in EDWIN BOYD: CITIZEN GANGSTER as ‘Mary Mitchell’. Her performance in the film garnered her a Genie Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Although a Toronto-native and currently traveling back and forth from Montreal to Chicago, Sullivan likes to call Los Angeles her home with fellow Canadian actor/director Peter Stebbings. Her priority is to being a great mom for her young daughter. Having overcome postpartum depression, Sullivan aims to speak/spread awareness of the depression. Sullivan is also an outspoken activist and humanitarian, advocating against and spreading awareness on the famine plaguing residents of South Sudan.

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