Amy Price-Francis moved with her family from England to Canada when she was 7 years old. Growing up in our very own York Region, Amy attended Unionville high school and later was accepted at the National Theatre School of Canada.
After landing roles in many of television’s most popular shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, 24, Nip/Tuck, The Cleaner, Criminal Minds, and Californiacation, to name a few, Amy now stars in the crime drama, King. In this relatively new show, Amy plays Jessica King, a homicide detective who has a knack for finding the finer details that are often overlooked. This new witty, interesting drama takes place in our very own Toronto, Ontario showcases our beautiful city and our law enforcement.
I got a chance to sit down and ask Amy a few questions about her career and the release of King – Season 1.
You’ve appeared in so many hit shows, which is remarkable. Could you describe your experience on these blockbusters?
It was phenomenal. What struck me immediately was the amount of money going around. Those shows obviously make an insane amount of money and cost a lot to make too. With a lot more money comes more luxuries and a lot more time. In the end, I don’t think that’s necessary for me to do my job. It was definitely a pleasant experience and I got to work with some remarkable actors.
Where do you currently live?
I’m back and forth between Toronto and L.A. Currently I’m in Toronto shooting the second season of the show [King], but I do have a place in L.A. I’m very lucky to be able to work in both places.
Did you have to do any training for your role as Jessica King?
The cast has been very fortunate in both seasons of the show with the police schooling, which took us through the various procedures of assessing a crime scene or murder, and even gun training and shooting. I mean, it’s not like in the big American movies where they go to police school for 8 months, but we did receive training. We even have retired police officers that keep us informed and guide us along the way.
What is it like shooting a strong Canadian show that takes place in Toronto?
It’s wonderful. Toronto has become its own character in our show. It looks great and we get to showcase the city much more in the second season. We’re playing local people and we are shooting at recognizable locations.
A little fun question for you, and be honest now: Which of your co-stars do you love working with and which one would you love to give a left hook?
[She laughs] … Oh my god. In all honesty, there’s nobody I’d want to give a left hook to, but I would love to hear how anyone else would answer.
There’s a lot of hugging and laughing. It really is a love-fest around the set and I feel very lucky to work with such a tremendous group of people. It feels like a big family behind “the little show that could” and we’re all really proud of it.
I think you should be. There’s great production value, good humor and a solid sense of family in the show.
I’m glad you perceived that!
What kind of fun do you have the set?
Alan Van Sprang, who plays Spears, is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and he brings out the best and worst humor from me. Sometimes it’s inappropriate, but he keeps everyone up and lively. In the end, it doesn’t get much cooler than getting to play for a living.
How do you feel about King – Season 1 being released in stores on Monday March 6th?
I think it’s FANTASTIC! It’s a sign of success, I think. I haven’t actually seen all the episodes from season 1, so maybe I can get my hands on the show and I can watch it [Laughs].
Season 1 of King hits stores on March 6th and features all eight episodes. It also includes an interesting 7 and a half minute “Behind-The-Camera Featurette” that gives insight on the making of the show and its characters from the cast and crew.
You can also catch Season 2 episodes of King Wednesdays at 9pm EST.
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Caption: English SDH
Total runtime: Approx. 360 minutes