'12 Monkeys' star Amanda Schull on time travel and her love of Toronto's farmer markets

Amanda Schull has her hands full in the second season of her hit science fiction series 12 Monkeys as she leads the fight against the Army of the 12 Monkeys, whose mysterious mission is finally revealed.

"Cassie is fearless, she just goes for it," the actress tells Hello! Canada, adding that her character is even stronger in the show's sophomore season. "She dives in come what may and now she has the strength and the tenacity to [tackle obstacles] physically as well as mentally."

Amanda stars alongside Canadian actress Emily Hampshire in 12 Monkeys (Mondays, Showcase). Photo: © Syfy/Showcase

12 Monkeys, which also features Montreal-born actress Emily Hampshire, is based on the 1995 thriller starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe. Fans of the original movie will be delighted to see the former Revenge star back in the world of 12 Monkeys when she guest stars later this season. "It was so exciting to meet her and also nerve-wracking to meet her. She originated this role!" says Amanda, who is tight-lipped about Madeleine's storyline, only saying, "It's very interesting."

Amanda, 37, is no stranger to the small screen, having starred in a variety of hit series like Pretty Little Liars and Suits. And since both Suits and 12 Monkeys are filmed in Toronto, the city has quickly become familiar territory for the Hawaii native. "I love Toronto! I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to call it my home-away-from-home for the last few years."

Here, the beautiful actress opens up about stunts, how she would best use a time travelling machine and gushes a little more about her second home.

If you could time-travel to a moment in your life which one would you like to revisit? I think I would go back to my final performance with the San Francisco ballet. I got my own curtain call and I didn’t know that any of it was going to happen. While I think I was present and took it in, if I could relive it again and just enjoy every single tiny minute of it I think I would. It was really flattering and pretty amazing.

Amanda and her 12 Monkeys castmates. Photo: © Getty Images

It looks like Cassie gets more physical this season. Did you train for that? Yes. It was a real treat for me. I got to work a little bit with our stunt team, who are so wonderful. I have a feeling I was probably a little bit of a bother to them because whenever they were on set and I wasn’t actually shooting or was between scenes I would run over to them and go "Can we hit stuff? Can we box? Can we do this? Can we do that?' [Laughs]

Did it make you feel stronger? I’d never boxed before in my life and I got to do that and work on self-defence which I’ve never really known much about. I suddenly felt really powerful walking down the street and my husband's like "Get a hold of yourself. This is stunt fighting. You’re not actually capable of snapping a person’s neck, you know that right?” But it’s really empowering to get that kind of training.

Is there anything you miss about Toronto when you aren't here filming? Everyone you meet you can have a wonderful conversation with and the food is fantastic and I’ve never had better cheese than I’ve had in Toronto [Laughs], which sounds really bizarre. We go to farmer’s markets every weekend and the cheese is the best cheese I’ve ever had!

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