|Henderson wouldn't mind a break, now and then
Meredith Henderson, the 13-year-old Ottawa native who plays the title character in YTV's The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, says she has grown as a person and as a character in the year since she first tackled the role of Sherlock Holmes' great-grandniece.
"One of my favorite things about her is she doesn't care what people think," Henderson says. "She can go to school with her hair looking like she just stuck her fingers in a light socket and she won't care if people stare at her.
"So many kids now are like, 'What's this style?'. She's not intimidated by any of that."
The hardest part about Shirley Holmes has been working so many days with no time off, Henderson says.
Production for Shirley Holmes' second season was moved to summer after filming in mid-winter the year before. Henderson says juggling school work with acting wasn't as bad as losing her summer holidays - even though filming in Winnipeg in winter is no picnic.
"I have the main role, so I'm working every day. The rest of the kids get the day off at noon. I'm sitting there going, 'I'm tired, I want to have a sleep,' while the rest of them are going, 'Bye Meredith.' I'm like, 'Oh, God, I'm still here for six more hours . . . One days off, that's all I'm asking for.'
"I love working. It's nice being in Winnipeg before it gets cold. But summer and Christmas holidays are my only break. I handled it before during school months - I've got good grades - so I thinki I'd prefer it the way it was before."
Henderson, who counts Neve Campbell and Claire Danes amoung her favorite performers, says she would like to work as a cinematographer if her career as an actor doesn't pan out.
"I've always loved taking pictures. If I can't work as an actor, I still want to stay close to it somehow.
"If I want to do it, I'm going to do it - I'm not going to let anybody stop me. The only thing that can stop me is me."