Megan Follows


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Bosom friends, we are here with Megan Follows. You Might Know Her From Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Wynona Earp, Heartland, The Facts of Life, Hockey Night, Shania: A Life in Eight Albums, and Reign. Megan saddled up with us to talk about putting on the sensible boots of L.M. Montgomery’s literary heroine, Anne Shirley three times for the iconic television adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables books. We also chatted with Megan about Anne and Diana’s friendship through the queer lens, LM’s personal diaries and alleged dalliance with a female fan, growing up in a theatrical family in Canada, plotting murders and rapes as Catherine de Medici on the CW series Reign, and playing Jo’s cousin on a potential Facts of Life spin-off. This one was just exquisite. May we all toast our raspberry cordial to Megan Follows!

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Whoopi’s migraine medicine: Nurtec

Whoopi’s cannabis menstrual medicine:Whoopi & Maya

Megan Follows has theatrical parents: Ted Follows & Dawn Greenhalgh

Parents involved in many theatrical ventures: Straw Hat Players, Stratford Festival and Tyrone Guthrie, Neptune Theatre in Halifax

Other Canadian actors: Christopher and Amanda Plummer, Colleen Dewhurst

Hockey Night remastered in 2016

Directed an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Megan Follows’ video audition for Anne of Green Gables (the Canadian tv adaptation of the Lucy Maud (LM) Montgomery novels)

The Mitzvah Technique

Was in all the Anne movies except Road to Avonlea

Queering of the friendship between Anne Shirley and her bosom friend, Diana Barry

LM Montgomery had loving relationships with female friends (fans?)

LM Montgomery cited as inspiration by Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, etc

Barbara Hershey played older Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

Stars as Catherine de Medici on the CW series, Reign

Directed episodes of Wynona Earp and Reign

Reign had mandate about more female directors

Played Shania Twain’s mom in Shania: A Life in 8 Albums

Jo’s cousin Terry on Facts of Life backdoor pilot “Jo’s Cousin”

FMK Connie Selleca, Michelle Phillips, J. Lo

Talk Sex with Sue Johannson: the Candian Dr Ruth

Kd land ann marie macdonald alicia palmer

Damian’s mom more into Lori Loughlin than Felicity “not humble” Huffman

Anne thinks Felicity’s apology is one of the better public mea culpas.

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