Vasilios Filippakis is an actor, writer and creator of the hit online web series, FAK YAASS.
Few people can boast a resume that includes the following:
- racing school scholarship winner
- lead singer of two rock bands; one of them award-winning; one of them featuring a young Mike Turner who would later go on to be a founding member of Our Lady Peace
- played with the likes of Harem Scarem, Frozen Ghost and Andy Curran
- the voice of two Olympics
- voice of Hockey Night In Canada
- was mistaken to be Gord Downie by Erica Ehm
Please Welcome! to the studio, Jeff Teravainen.
This is Episode #192 of the Welcome! podcast.
This Lebanese-Canadian artist has been acting since the age of 10.
He trained at George Brown’s cartooning program and is also an alumnus of the Actor’s Conservatory.
In 2016 he was chosen as a cast member of the award-winning and fav favourite NETFLIX show, SHADOWHUNTERS.
He has also starred and co-produced the award-winning online show, That’s My DJ.
His latest project is an EP, Love Letter To A Fandom.
Please welcome to the show, Jade Hassouné!
This is Episode #168 of the Welcome! podcast.
Currently a star in the hit Nikelodeon show, Star Falls, Elena V. Wolfe was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and fell in love with acting at a very young age while watching her favourite shows on television. Her first introduction to performing came in the form of a high school musical when she was cast to play one of the evil step sisters Lucinda in Into the Woods.
Her acting would take a backseat however when she received a scholarship to play varsity tennis at the University of Virginia.
It wasn’t until after graduating college that her acting career would resurface when she landed her first role in the American crime drama television series The Bridge on FX. Shortly after, Elena joined the cast of the hit sci-fi television series Defiance on Syfy and Space. Other credits to her name include Flashpoint (CTV), The Firm (NBC), Degrassi Takes Manhattan and Filthy Cities.
This is episode #134 of the Welcome! podcast.
Here are some of the things we talked about:
- What does the “V” stand for in Elena’s name?
- How Elena got her start in acting.
- Attending the University of Virginia on a tennis scholarship.
- Some of the world’s famous women and men Elena has watched play and played against.
- Elena’s thoughts on players “grunting” when hitting shots in tennis.
- Her previous modeling career.
- Why Elena studied law in grad school and how that’s helping her career today.
- Her initial and continuing attempt at writing a book.
- Why she left her career in tennis.
- Moving back to the Greater Toronto Area
Music by Afraaz Mulji.
If you liked this episode you will also like the following conversations with other former podcast alumni:
International award-winning actor, writer, singer and producer Kelly McCormack is a woman who wears many hats. Kelly is making waves as a fresh female voice and powerhouse in Canadian film-making. This is one conversation you do NOT want to miss!
Mariah Owen is a Toronto-based actor, writer and producer. She is also an accomplished athlete, becoming a world champion with Team Canada Cheerleading as well as doing both Alpine Ski Racing and Synchronized swimming at the provincial level.
Recorded live at Girth Radio.