Deborah Grover had just finished reading Jann Arden’s emotional memoir when she auditioned with the singer-songwriter.
It was for the role of Nora, the mother of a fictional version of Jann Arden that is at the heart of the new CTV comedy Jann. Yes, it’s a comedy. But it also reflects Arden’s emotional experiences as a caregiver to her mother Joan Richards as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. Arden’s bestselling 2017 book, Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as a Daughter Lives with her Mom’s Memory Loss, was fresh in the Grover’s mind when she went in for the final audition and met the singer for the first time. It was daunting, she says.
“I was a mess,” says Grover, in an interview from her home in Toronto. “I was an emotional mess. I thought: ‘How can I even begin to come close? How can I do this?’ Then I thought ‘Well, I’m an actor. You just go in and step in those shoes and just be as open to what you are going to receive from Jann.’”
Still, the singer may have been surprised with what she received from the actress.
“I went in and said ‘Oh my God, I’m meeting you. But can I hug you?’” Grover says. “All of that was so present in me, in terms of the journey she had taken with her mom. So, yeah, short answer: It was a huge responsibility. But Jann never made me feel that.”
Grover would end up landing the role in the comedy, which begins airing on Wednesday, May 20. Arden plays a parallel-universe version of herself, a fading and often narcissistic singer whose career is in need of a major overhaul. But as she battles for a comeback, she is also saddled with an ailing mother when her more responsible …read more
Source:: Calgary Herald