If you know me then you probably know that I love a good mystery movie/tv show. You know, the ones like Ellery Queen, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys?! I was so thrilled when Hallmark announced the addition of Mystery 101 to their Movies And Mystery Channel, because that's honestly the kind of mystery I feel like I'm watching. Sarah Dugdale is an essential member of this phenomenally talented cast, playing the part of Detective Claire Tate. 101ers fell in love with her character from the very start and were ecstatic when Sarah was brought back in the recurring role of Claire. I know you are all just as excited to learn more about Sarah, so lets get started, shall we?
Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Sarah: Hi, my name is Sarah Dugdale. I love my family, exploring nature, dogs, dark chocolate, and curling up with a good book.
Mercy: What inspired you to become an actress?
Sarah: I was painfully shy growing up. My first creative outlet was dance; next came singing, and then acting to follow. Acting has changed my life and broken me out of my shell. I feel so grateful to be able to explore the lives of different people for a living and to create work that has the power to move people.
Mercy: What drew you to the role of Claire Tate and can you share anything about the upcoming Mystery 101 movie?
Sarah: Claire is smart, eager, a bit of a mystery nerd, and a great detective; what more could I ask for?! She’s such a pleasure to play. The upcoming Mystery 101 movie ‘Playing Dead’ - which airs Sunday June 23rd - is a fun one. It’s really a play within a movie. The cast is wonderful as usual.
Mercy: Is there a fun behind the scenes story you can share from filming Mystery 101?
Sarah: I’ve never been surrounded by such a stimulating and positive cast and crew before. Jill and Kris lead our cast so beautifully. Kris is always cracking jokes or playing the nearest musical instrument.
Mercy: What character that you've played is most like and unlike you?
Sarah: I’m somewhat like Claire in the sense that she wants to do a good job and prove herself. In ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’, a Lifetime movie I did last year, I felt a strong connection to my character because of the pressure she put on herself to be perfect. I tend to do that to myself but have grown to be more patient and understanding with myself. I’m probably most unlike the character I played in ‘The Bad Seed’, acting alongside the talented McKenna Grace. My character was a bit nasty, manipulative, and not afraid to speak her mind - even if it wasn’t nice.
Mercy: If you weren't an actress what profession would you choose?
Sarah: The ocean has always fascinated me. As a child, I was set on becoming a Marine Biologist. I love watching documentaries about the deep sea and have always wanted to go scuba diving. It’s on my bucket list.
Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Sarah: I will be a ping pong pro by the end of the summer! Okay...that might be a mild exaggeration. My boyfriend and I bought ping pong paddles recently and played our first match the other day. He played with his left hand to spare me from a huge loss. One of the many reasons why I love him.
Mercy: Any other upcoming projects you can share about?
Sarah: Yes! We’re currently shooting a 4th Mystery 101 movie so that is something to keep an eye out for. Also, I have a movie coming out on Netflix called ‘In The Shadow Of The Moon’. It doesn’t have a release date just yet.
Sarah is a brilliantly talented actress who I'm really hoping Hallmark starts showcasing more of. She portrays her characters perfectly, and I can't wait to see all of her upcoming movies! If you don't already be sure to follow Sarah on social media (links below as usual), and be sure to tune into the Hallmark Channel this Sunday night at 9pm/8c.