Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lisa Durupt began her life on the athletic side of the spectrum.

Her first passion took place on the ice, as an excellent hockey player. Her dominant ability resulted in a scholarship to an American college. An unfortunate surgery delayed her participation, but this could have very well been a blessing in disguise. While she could not skate, Durupt threw a bone and decided to register at the University at Winnipeg. One theatre class she was enrolled in held a local Chorus Line performance. The impact of the event was life-altering for Lisa, convincing her to exchange sports for the arts. She continued to study theatre at the University of Winnipeg and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The rest was history.

The star actress of Netflix’s show Love Guaranteed is no stranger to the small screen. One of her current most prominent roles is as Jen in the CBC series Heartland. Lisa also became a fan-favorite on Hallmark, co-starring in various movies for the network with Nikki DeLoach. These productions include: The Perfect Catch, A Dream of Christmas, and Reunited at Christmas. Strutting her versatility, Lisa brought her talent to the crime series, The Chronicle Mysteries as Gina DeSavio. The movies, which also star Alison Sweeney, aired on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

The upcoming series Love, Guaranteed, depicts an earnest lawyer Susan, played by Rachael Leigh Cook who takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love to save her small law firm. But as the case heats up, so do Susan and Nick’s feelings for each other. Durupt plays Denise who works closely with Susan at the firm. The film also stars Heather Graham.

Chilled sat with Lisa to learn about her casual life, bartending past, and how she’s coping with the Pandemic.

Chillin' with Lisa Durupt

Chillin’ with Lisa Durupt

Photo by Birdie Thompson / Hair & Makeup by Allison Noelle

Tell us about the projects you are working on.

Recently, I wrapped a film for Hallmark that will be coming out soon called Wind Song, and I will be heading back to Heartland in the next month. I also run my film training studio back home. I am a mom of a 19-month-old; my schedule is full these days.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

I love to bike with my husband. We really got into it this year with the world shutting down. We try to sneak in at least four rides a week together.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

I am always down to try a new place and any type of food!

What types of dishes do you typically order?

I love to order something I have never tried. I always ask, “What are you known for” and I order that. Sometimes it works out and sometimes…you learn something new.

Chillin' with Lisa Durupt

Chillin’ with Lisa Durupt

Photo by Birdie Thompson / Hair & Makeup by Allison Noelle

Any favorite bars?

My favorite little corner pub is John B’s.

What drinks do you order when out? Favorite drink?

I do not drink much, but every now and then a good sour beer is exactly what I need!

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I let my husband prepare the drinks as he used to bartend back in the day. He can make magic from anything that seems to be left in the fridge and the booze cabinet

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

Anything and everything. We only drink when people come over, so it collects over the years. From hard stuff to lovely gifts from friends, to some fruity “just add tequila” mix from Winners, it is up there I am sure.

Have you ever been a bartender?

Yes, for about three months way back in the day. I had to leave because I booked a theatre show. But I loved it!

If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

If I could share a drink with anyone, it would be my dear friend Susan Livingston, who unfortunately passed away in 2015 from breast cancer. She was the funniest lady I knew!

What dishes/drinks are you making at home right now during “stay-at-home?”

My favorite right now is butternut squash mac and cheese. My daughter is obsessed.

How are you coping?

Honestly, I have loved it. I know people might not like to hear that, but things seemed to have gone back to the good old days when families had dinner together (even over Facetime) and genuinely checked in to see how others were doing. It has given me the gift of time to spend with my family. What else can you ask for?

Follow Lisa on Instagram @TheLisaDurupt.