‘Special connection’: Jessica Biel shares her love for Canada at TIFF 2019

By Zach Harper, with files from Savoula Stylianou and Sarah Curran

Jessica Biel can’t get enough of the True North. The beloved star was in Toronto on Sept. 6 promoting her new TV series Limetown, which had its world premiere at TIFF 2019.

Jessica caught up with Hello! Canada on the red carpet where she shared her enthusiasm and the special feeling she gets whenever she’s north of the border. She told us she feels she has a “special connection” to our country and praised Canada’s thriving film and entertainment industry.

“Toronto and Vancouver have been very good to me,” she said on the red carpet, where she looked totally spectacular in an incredible pantsuit. “I’ve lived in both of these cities for a long time on and off throughout my career.”

Limetown, an adaptation of a 2015 sci-fi podcast about a journalist who begins investigating the mysterious disappearance of 300 people from a research facility in Tennessee, was filmed in Vancouver in from December 2018 to this past March. Jessica not only has the lead role in the series, but she was also its executive producer, meaning she had to work very closely with the crew while making it in Canada.

“The people are amazing, the culture is wonderful,” she gushed to Hello! Canada. “What you offer in terms of locations, crews, premium, premium quality people who are in this business and understand this industry. It’s just top notch.”

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We couldn’t agree more! It’s really no wonder that TIFF has become one of the biggest film festivals in the world. Canada is known as Hollywood North because not only do we have incredible homegrown talent, but our production facilities attract many big US companies and stars across the border to shoot here.

Jessica stars in the series with Stanley Tucci, Marlee Matlin (The L Word), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale), John Beasley (Shots Fired), Sherri Saum (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Omar Elba (A Hologram for the King) and Janet Kidder (Arrow). It premieres on Facebook Watch on Oct. 16 and you can check out the trailer below:

Of course, Jessica has worked in Canada many times before. In 2010, while shooting thriller The Tall Man in southern British Columbia, she told Playback Daily that she loves Canada. She said an amazing thing about our country is its natural features vary so widely that it can be used for almost any location on earth. She said she found that was the case when shooting A Team in Vancouver in 2009, too.

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“I enjoy cities that offer you an opportunity to enjoy city life, but also have an element of nature and kind of a country experience,” she said. “There’s so many types of topography everywhere. For A Team, we were in Canada for the Middle East. We used it for Mexico, for America.”

TIFF 2019 runs until Sept. 15.

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