Stunt coordinator, stunt performer and actor Angelica Lisk-Hann introduces her Stunt Stars series with one of ACTRA Toronto’s 2019 Stunt Award recipients: Sue Parker.
How did you get into stunts and what was your first stunt?
I got into stunts through Rick Parker. As I had a trick/liberty horse that was required, I became the stunt double for the lead actress. It turns out I was a great double and my horse had a lot to do. I had to fall off the rearing horse and gallop.
What is your athletic background?
I’m just an all-round ‘get er dunʼ kind of gal. I always had a farm, animals and lots of physical duties that keep you fit and active — riding, tending to the animals and maintaining the property.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced?
The biggest challenges come with the wardrobe and props. Women’s wardrobe does not always allow much padding, and the footwear is another story! Like one time I had to run in stilettos, jump up onto a hood of a car, over a cemetery fence, land on the other side, which was very soft grass, and then run out of frame. One word: ouch!
What does your training consist of?
My training is everyday work either on set or at the farm. I go all day, every day, hard! I also play volleyball all winter for fun. I try to get to the gym as much as possible.
Any injuries? If so, what?
No, sooo lucky. Any injuries have been minimal, just some general wear and tear. I can still hit the deck.
What would you have done differently, if anything?
I do not believe I would have done anything differently. I have always felt very grateful for each and every job and enjoy going to set.
What do you love to do outside of being involved in stunts?
I love all outdoor activities. I enjoy driving: my sled, my M3, the ATV. I ride the horses into the forest whenever I can. Yep, I’m pretty much a farmer!
What is the best advice you could give to an aspiring stunt performer?
The best advice is to be honest. Remember you are helping the actor, not hindering. Try to watch your actor, how they move, how they hold their props, etc. You are there to make them look great. Always be kind and helpful to ALL departments. Remember you are NOT the most important person on set, but one of many, creating someone’s vision.
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