Flashback to September, 1994 – Victoria, BC. A fourth grade version of Sylvia enters a new school on the first day of class. Armed with the latest yikes erasers and the most sought after hair scrunchies, I was ready to take on the world. One small problem. I had no friends. Enter Erin and Leah Gibson fraternal twins with hearts of gold. I remember being in awe of these two. Erin had the curliest blonde hair you’d ever seen, and Leah was stunning even at the age of nine. I knew I wanted to make these girls my friends. And lucky for me they were willing to take me under their wings.
While our childhood friendships were cut short due to my relocation out East at the end of the school year, Leah and I were reunited in Vancouver over 10 years later. The grown up version of Leah was just as genuine and charming as my fourth grade memory of her. I came to learn that grown up Leah was actively working as an actor in Vancouver.
Her first year on the scene included filming The Cycle with Darryl Hannah, and The Watchmen.. starring.. well her and the giant blue “member”. Leah’s impressive resume also includes a long list of indie flicks and sci-fi roles including a recurring role on Caprica, and a cameo on Supernatural alongside my first “real” crush Jensen Ackles. To top it all off, Leah was cast as Nettie in the Twilight series.
Leah was recently in LA auditioning for pilot season and I was lucky enough to catch up with her and get the inside scoop on her favourite things about LA, her red carpet must-have’s and the actress she hopes to one day work with.
So here it is, the TNTs exclusive with Leah Gibson.
TNTs: Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Leah: Nothing against Ed, but total Jake crusher right here.
TNTs: Was Doctor Manhattan’s blue “member” distracting in The Watchmen ?
Leah: Incredibly. I had my hands up on guard between takes the entire time.
TNTs: What was the first celeb encounter you’ve had since being in the business that left you completely star struck?
Leah: Juliette Lewis. When I was at the Toronto Film Fest in the fall, I walked right into a personal photo shoot she was having. We locked eyes for a few moments and I could feel in my heart it was love at first sight. I’m sure she’s still thinking about me with just as much affection. Juliette I love you.
TNTs: Who would you love to work with in the future?
Leah: I am slightly obsessed with Meryl Streep. With Susan Sarandon. With Debra Messing. And Juliette, of course.
TNTs: If you were going to hit up a red carpet event what would you most likely be wearing?
Leah: I’ve been to a few of them now, and I’ve learned that comfort is EVERYTHING. I get so nervous at those things, I usually have wobbly little knees, so I don’t last long in high-heels. I mean, heels are sexy and all, but let me tell you, a few minutes after I walk the carpet those things are coming off! I already know what I’ll be wearing to the next one. Uggs will likely be stuffed in my purse.
TNTs: Tell us, what is the Bees Knees in LA?
Leah: The Gibson Girl ice cream parlour at Maine Street, Disneyland. Specifically, their Mocha Fudge Sundae. (Cheat day, I love you).
Disneyland in general. I went 2 weeks ago for the first time since I was seven. Every bit as magical. Every adult should do it.
Boutique shopping on Melrose. BEST little shops, unique finds, amazing prices.
Runyon Canyon. Dusty trails and enough of a climb; a great little workout and a view of LA from the Hollywood Hills.
TNTs: And the Bees Knees in Vancouver?
Best vegan bakery in the city- Sweet Cherubum, on Commercial Drive. I am addicted to their muffins– vegan, wheat-free, no processed sugar.. I am there every week, it’s a bit of a problem.
Tim Horton’s coffee. Yes, I know- Timmy Ho’s are everywhere, they seem cheap and overly-convenient, but when was the last time you had an extra large double-double?? When I am out of the country I crave my Timmy’s.
The Naam. The best vegetarian food on the planet. Ok, in the city at least. And open 24 hours, which means my very favourite jet-lag cure! Groovy hippy vibe, often with a live groovy hippy musician serenading the experience.
Thanks again to the talented Leah Gibson. You can see why we at TNTs have dubbed her The Bees Knees.
You can follow Leah on Twitter: @leahdianegibson