Canadian Film Fest 2015 Spotlight: Sizzling Cutie Loretta Yu

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The luminous Loretta Yu is a girl after our hearts with her sunny disposition a treat for any viewer. She makes it so easy to gravitate towards Canadian actresses as we will be doing ever more often in 2015. She hails from Montreal, Quebec which we all know have seen the mercurial rise of Emmanuelle Chriqui, Missy Peregrym, Meaghan Rath, etc and likewise Loretta is a face to appreciate with avidity. Catch her in “Pretend We’re Kissing” where love can sometimes be exactly like a romantic comedy. There’s no shortage of screen darlings in this one which includes fellow actresses Tommie-Amber Pirie as well as Zoë Kravitz and no surprises her character Lily gets asked on a date by lovelorn lead Benny (Dov Tiefenbach). Take a peek at the scene between the duo from her reel (above) as one can see when it comes to the game of love, there’s something esoteric about it. It’s also opening in theaters in Canada starting April 3rd which also happens to be during my birthday month so that’s cause for some celebration.

Loretta will also be part of a highly anticipated TV series called “Blood And Water” which is a crime drama adored by a host of complex characters. She’s no stranger to television having been on “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, “The Listener” and just last year on the Netflix series “Hemlock Grove”. She has high hopes that cinematic roles will no longer be limited to specific ethnicities and allow her to flourish as a lead, possibly a romantic one. As much as history has shown us it has always been an uphill task, Loretta and her talented ilk are changing the status quo with their dedication in telling an entertaining story.

Sizzling Cutie: Lilly Lawrence

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Newcomer Lilly Lawrence has the sassy features and delectable qualities to take a shine to and she’s about to shake your world. She’s starring in the thought-provoking film “Lion” which sheds light into how the ego can get in the way of someone you love and this romantic dramedy is screening this week at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Just like how a lion often has its pride, this is about a guy who is struggling in life yet happens to fall head over heels with a woman who happens to be a bigger earner than him. Lilly plays Chessa, the love interest in question who complicates his life but is there a happy ending for the lovebirds? “Lion” definitely doesn’t shy away from the uneasiness of the male psyche when it’s about feelings of inadequacy. Even the recent episode of “Agent Carter” brought forth the impotency of men seeing how Agent Carter kicked the asses of her male colleagues! As Chessa, Lilly’s character gets to stand up to her envious paramour and not bow down to his whims. Tension makes for the best drama and I’m sure many can’t wait to see the sparks flying in more ways than one between the two of them.

The vivacious Lilly is expected to be at the premiere of “Lion” at HRIFF 2015 in Los Angeles. To male viewers, watch it with an open mind and while some of us guys may have been guilty of chauvinism in our lives even subliminally, leave the bruised egos behind and enjoy the film for its resonating parable. Kudos to the women who are part of the indie movement which are getting to the core of great storytelling and we may yet get to see Lilly as a dazzler yet again in the coming months.