TOP SPOTS: Emily Hampshire

Photo courtesy of Tim Leyes.

Originally from Montreal, actress Emily Hampshire lived in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood before striking out for L.A. Her latest gig is as the heroine of The Trotsky, Jacob Tierney’s film about a teenager (Jay Baruchel) who believes he’s the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky. Emily is Alexandra, the no-nonsense object of his affection and a luminous on-screen presence.  (Think Ally Sheedy’s beautiful younger sister.) She’s especially winning in the scenes with Jessica Paré, who plays her BFF.

Next up? Die, a thriller with Elias Koteas, and Notre Dame de Grace, which reunites her with Baruchel and Tierney (with Scott Speedman thrown in for good measure).

Emily shared some of her favourite spots in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Best sushi

“Sushi Island (571 College St., 416-535-1515). All you can eat for $12, but you have to finish your plate or they make you feel bad about it.”

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and drink of choice)

“I’m a real homebody so the next best thing to Dial-A-Bottle (which, I must say is a pretty fantastic service provided in the T-dot) was to walk two doors down to the Brass Taps Pub (934 College St., 416-533-4333) for a glass of red wine on their back patio.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

“The only thing that would get me to go to a bar on the weekend is the word ‘karaoke…?’ and then you’d find me filling out my song selections at the Gladstone Hotel (having had more than ‘a drink’).”

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