Alice Moran, who lived in Red Deer in her early teens, plays Wendy in CBC’s Crawford. (Photo by S. WILKIE/Courtesy Rabbit Square Productions/CBC)

Former Red Deer Advocate papergirl starring in CBC show

Alice Moran went from delivering the Red Deer Advocate to delivering lines on television.

Moran, 29, stars in CBC’s Crawford, which debuted on Friday. Before she made it on the screen, Moran lived in Red Deer for a few years when she was growing up and attended Holy Family School.

“I always wanted to be an actor, I just didn’t know if it was a feasible goal. It’s like saying, ‘I want to go to space.’ Not a lot of people get to do it,” said Moran.

Moran had a paper route while living in Red Deer.

On Thursday, she tweeted “Fun fact: I used to deliver the Red Deer Advocate when I was a kid and for sure never just hucked them in a ravine.”

“I actually didn’t throw them in the ravine,” she said with a laugh. “But one time I was in the hospital for a month and had my dad do my paper route. He strongly implied he was hucking them in the ravine and I was so angry. It never occurred to me I could’ve done that the whole time.”

While in Red Deer, Moran performed in children’s theatre plays. She didn’t get a single line in her first year.

“In the next year’s play I did manage to get a line and it was the biggest deal of my life,” she said.

Moran, who now lives in Ontario, had her first audition for Crawford last year. She landed the part of Wendy, which she called her most exciting role yet.

“It was an amazing set. It felt like you could try some more risky stuff and bring yourself to the part which is pretty rare,” she said.

Working with veteran actors Jill Hennessy and John Carroll Lynch has forced her to up her game, she said.

“It’s daunting because they’re both so amazing, but it’s also inspiring to watch them work. They’re both such pros and it showed me there’s a whole new bar to strive for,” said Moran.

Moran said the most difficult part about filming was keeping up with Edmonton Oilers during the playoffs. The show was filmed on the east coast and Oiler games didn’t end until around 1 a.m. She would then have to wake up at about 4 a.m. for work.

“Even the one blowout game where we lost 7-0, I should’ve just gone to bed, but I decided to suffer. If they had come back and won I would never forgive myself for missing it,” she said.

Moran said seeing herself on screen has been surreal.

“It’s the strangest thing seeing yourself on screen … it’s strange and wonderful. It’s like nothing I can describe,” she said.

More information on the show can be found at www.cbc.ca/crawford.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

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