Vanessa Matsui

Vanessa Matsui

What a Town With A Conscience Can Do.

Judith Klassen

Thespian, director, and multi-media maven Vanessa Matsui pulls up a stool at Jude’s living room bar. Matsui wowed Canadians in her role as Eden on the fresh, funny, and critically acclaimed Montreal-based web series The Bitter End. Continuing down the road to indie success, Matsui joined forces with two other Canadian actresses to launch the girls coming-of-age website, Crankytown. With support from the NFB and Studio XX’s First Person Digital program, and cool celebrities like Feist and Emma Thompson contributing poetry, Crankytown is not only garnering Gemini nominations—it’s making a difference. Girls with questions about their right of passage to womanhood have a groovy place to get answers, and girls in need in Nairobi are empowered through Crankytown’s link with HURU International. When she’s not busy making the world a kinder place, Matsui continues to make it a funnier one — most recently by playing the sassy bar owner, Irene on the new City TV comedy Seed.

  1. What book is on your bedside table right now? I’m not married, and this is a bit embarrassing, but I’m reading a book called How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It (Dr. Patricia Love and Dr. Steven Stosny). I’m also reading Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte).
  2. What’s the best meal you’ve ever been served and where were you? Recently we went to this incredible restaurant just south of Sunset called Wa Sushi & Bistro. We had tuna sashimi with truffle oil and jalapeño. The chef is a real artist: He made Chilean sea bass with eggplant miso, and lobster tempura!
  3. What song gets you dancing? “Bonita Applebum” by A Tribe called Quest.
  4. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be? There would be equality for girls and women around the world.
  5. Who would you most want to be trapped in an elevator with? This is such a Canadian answer, Margaret Atwood. And I love that she tweets!
  6. If you could design any App for your smart phone what would it be able to do? I’ve been living in Los Angeles and I could really use a face recognition app!
  7. If you could only ask one question of a prospective mate or business partner and base your decision to be with them on his/her answer what would you ask? What is your core value system, and can you make me laugh?
  8. Which David do you most identify with: Sedaris, Foley, Frum, Lynch, or Suzuki? I love three of those Davids! But . . . David Suzuki is also of Japanese heritage, his family was also interned, and I’m an environmentalist.
  9. If you could be in any TV series past or present which one would it be? HBO’s Girls!
  10. If you could be guaranteed a lifetime of beauty by adopting a completely bland food diet would you do it? Absolutely not! I’m such a foodie.
  11. What would be your ideal double movie bill? Annie Hall and Bridesmaids.
  12. If you could be any character in a short story or novel who would you be? I just finished Mildred Pierce (James M. Cain). I loved Mildred’s perseverance, and intense love of her daughter.

Judith Klassen is a Toronto-based writer, performer, producer and host of the celeb interview show Judecast.

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