Willow Kean


Actor

Taking on a challenging role.

The Shape of a Girl, the play, is about Reena Virk—a Canadian girl who was murdered by a group of her highschool peers—but what is the role?
The role is a 15 year old girl named Brady. The play is set in British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Brady has heard about the Reena Virk case and is kind of bothered by it. Throughout the course of the play she realizes she’s in a group of friends who are actually doing the same kinds of things that were done to Reena Virk, but to another girl.

Throughout the course of the play, you kind of realize—she comes to a realization, I don’t want to give away the ending of the play, but she gradually comes to realize what she’s doing and it’s a huge revelation for her.

How did you get the part?

I actually got the part through the director, Charlie Tomlinson. I was actually traveling in Europe at the time, and I got an e-mail from him… I’d only met Charlie a few times before, but he said “Have you ever read ‘Shape of a Girl’?” and I hadn’t.

He said, “when you get home, get your hands on a copy and read it, and tell me what you think.”
So I did. And he wanted me to audition for it—so I did. And he ended up giving me the part, which was wonderful.

Do you personally identify with the main character’s experience?
Yeah, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a girl or a woman who doesn’t identify with Brady. She’s a girl, she’s teenager, she’s going through peer pressure but she is kind of struggling to find herself and, you know, we’ve all kind of experienced stuff in high school and whether you were a bully or you were bullied or you were just kind of a witness to bullying. I really hope when people see this show they realize that Brady, I think, that Brady is essentially a good person, she’s a good character—she’s a person with substance and she just goes through something and is strong enough to deal with it in a mature way, I think, towards the end of the play. I think people will find a bit of themselves in her—that might sound a bit corny but it’s hopefully what we’re going to get to and it’s definitely what we’re going for.

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