The Listener's Lauren Lee Smith and Ennis Esmer arrive at the MuchMusic Toronto video awards in June. Pic from Mercury News
So here's the big news: Lauren's finally making her own movie, and Jennifer Beals will be in it.
After coming together during the production of A Night for Dying Tigers, Lauren and director Terry Miles have decided to co-finance their own indie film, CinemaNovel, reuniting Lauren with her L Word/Night for Dying Tigers companion Jennifer Beals.
Smith stars as Grace, a young woman whose estranged father is a famous filmmaker. When he dies, she organizes a retrospective of his films, uncovering destructive patterns in his life that mirror her own. Beals will play Grace's best friend and confidant.
To help support them in their venture and to win a Facebook mention and "love and undying thanks," visit Indiegogo.
And as promised (many thanks to i_heart_garbage!), here are many more uplifting updates about our favorite actress:
First, CTV has just announced that the company is renewing The Listener for a fourth season! It looks like we'll be seeing much more of Sgt. Michelle McCluskey after all.
Here is a video of Lauren and her co-star Rainbow Sun Francks talking about the show's third season on Urban Rush.
Second, Lauren was recently featured in a smoking hot Toro Magazine photoshoot in Toronto's La Société Bistro.
Third, Lauren was spotlighted as Inside Vancouver's Featured Vancouverite in June.
She mentions shooting a film for Keith Samples, Hunting Season, in which she plays a woman named Samantha Davis who unexpectedly inherits a house in the country.
Fourth, Lauren has begun filming on Ring of Fire, one of five four-hour television miniseries for Sonar Entertainment's "Disaster Pack."
The earth rocks in Ring of Fire, a terrifying and all too plausible end-of-the-world warning, starring Michael Vartan (Alias), Lauren Lee Smith (CSI), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Agam Darshi (Dead Zone). When an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town, it’s just the first in a trigger effect called the Ring of Fire that stretches across the globe. If these cataclysmic series of eruptions cannot be stopped, the earth will be swallowed whole, leading to an extinction level event. Ring of Fire is directed by Paul Shapiro (Smallville) and written by Michael Vickerman (Impact).
Oddly enough, since being named one of the Top 10 Canadian actresses to watch, Lauren herself isn't the only focus of media attention. Various random Lauren-objects have also made the news.
Check out these articles about Lauren's car (here), home (here), jewelry (here), and...her purse (here).