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Anna Hopkins on being a journalist and a villain

Anna HopkinsIn this podcast Nalini talks to actor, screenwriter and director Anna Hopkins. Anna is famous for her 3 roles as a journalist on Defiant, The Expanse and now in the horror short V/H/S/94, launching today on Shudder. She also won an award for her role as the villain Lilith on Shadowhunters, a role Anna relishes.

According to IMDB, public funding bodies such as the Canada Council for the Arts and Bell Media’s Bravofact!, and film festivals such as Austin Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Cinequest, and St.John’s International Women’s Film Festival recognized and funded Anna’s work.

Prior to all this, Wikipedia says Anna Hopkins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

Awards and nominations

  • 2011 ACTRA Montreal Awards, nominated as Outstanding Performance – Female for Barney’s Version.
  • 2018 TV Scoop Awards, nominated as Best Drama Actress and Best Villain for Lilith on Shadowhunters
  • 2018 Teen Choice Awards, nominated as Choice TV: Villain for Lilith on Shadowhunters

Note: Anna Hopkins is on the TV series not in the books . I compare the two here.

Interview planning

As is my usual practice, I cyberstalked Anna a little before our interview. We were only allowed 15 minutes to talk so I didn’t follow my notes specifically but I did try to cover all the below. Our conversation wove around, building a beautiful picture of Anna Hopkins the actor, creatively diverse person, and fan girl. I hope she remembers my offer and returns for a longer conversation next time she’s launching a project.

Anyway, here are my notes:

Journalist roles and working with a woman director

Did your prior journalist roles help you with this horror movie?
Is working with a woman director different? Did that impact you as an actor and as a director yourself?

Give and Take

You directed the short Dust film “Give and Take”.
What was that like?
Did it present any specific challenges?
Did you write it?

The Expanse

You’re Monica Stuart in the Expanse. Her role changes over time from almost-villain to one of the good guys (good-ish?) Did your character’s evolution give you insights for your own writing and directing?


On Instagram you have a photo of yourself with Patrick Stewart; it looks like you’re attending a pop culture expo and had your photo taken. Is that the case?

Do you attend pop culture expos now?
What is it like having seen these expos from both sides?


Thank you for joining Anna Hopkins and I for this discussion. I hope you enjoyed it. Please watch this space for future interviews, which will also be available on a few dozen podcast platforms. Stay safe!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.