Jan 12th 2008
She shoots, she scores . . .
by Rita Zekas
The beautiful and savvy cast members of CBC's night time soap MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives are seeking the perfect goal: The Bargain
They are young, gorgeous, stylish, savvy and sassy. You hate them on sight.
Charlotte Sullivan and Amanda Brugel, co-stars in the salacious new prime time soap MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives, which debuted last night on CBC, are shopping the sales racks at Boutique Le Trou at 940 Queen St. W.
MVP is an expose of the hot players, attendant WAGS (wives and girlfriends) and assorted puck bunnies of the fictitious Mustangs hockey team.
Sullivan is a ringer for a baby Sharon Stone and Brugel is a young Naomi Campbell, minus the anger management issues.
Sullivan is wearing a dramatic black-and-white coat by Gwen Stefani. "She makes disgustingly beautiful things," says Sullivan, who, with her incredible porcelain skin, resembles Stefani.
"I don't go to the tanning salon even though I've been asked to go every time I do a show - except for period pieces - because it's so hard to light me," Sullivan explains.
The two twentysomethings examine a necklace with an oversized doll's head made by Liz Yankelovich.
"My mom would wear that," claims Brugel.
We have to meet her mom.
"My flair for fashion started with my mom," Brugel explains. "My mom made gigantic Santa Clauses for a living. Some were 6 feet tall. She went to farms and sheared the sheep for the beards. I grew up having Christmas perpetually."
Brugel checks out a cool computer bag that would be perfect for her fiancee, a police officer.
"That's my style imposed on him," she says.
Their meeting at a shopping mall was instigated by her mother, who Brugel says was "tired of me dating depressed actors wanting to be brooding writers.
"My mom said, 'He's so handsome.' I got shy. My sister and mom were hiding behind mannequins in the store and waving their arms while I chatted him up. Two months later, he saw me in a lineup at Fluid (nightclub) and tapped me on the shoulder."
Brugel describes her style as rock 'n' roll. "I love a lace blouse with a really short jean skirt," she says. "I love Zac Posen and Arthur Mendonça. And anything Dior. My own little sass with classic pieces makes me happiest. I love thigh-high/bum-high boots. I'm not a Gap jeans girl; dresses and shoes are my thing. I love being a girl. I have to shop - I shop every single day."
Audrey Hepburn inspires Sullivan. "I like Vivienne Westwood - her stuff is so disgustingly different. I love things that make you different. I'm addicted to (Gwen Stefani's line) L.A.M.B. I can vomit how much I like it. I met Gwen Stefani at the Key Club in L.A. and lost my mind. She is so unbelievably kind.
"I like eccentric pieces; I don't want to look like anyone else. Galliano is the most delicious."
"John Galliano is my screen saver," Brugel says.
"My screensaver" says Sullivan, "is this girl with her head chopped off and she's holding it up with blood gushing and I look like her."
In MVP Sullivan is trashy Mandy Czarka, a puck bunny.
"Mandy tries to fit in with the hockey wives but doesn't," she explains. "She's a dominatrix Bettie Paige freak, wears red wigs and is a lot of fun to play. All the hockey wives reject her. She's so in love with Damon (Peter Miller) but it's never going to happen.
"Mandy comes from a dark place and wants to be sophisticated but she is not. She's probably the most fun character on the show."
Mandy wouldn't be shopping at Le Trou. "She'd be shopping at MissBehav'n (an adult boutique on Queen St. W.) or Trashy Lingerie in L.A.," Sullivan says.
Brugel's character Megan Chandler would shop at Neiman Marcus or Holt's.
"She's the den mother of the hockey wives; she's protective of them," she says. Megan's also a fashionista.
"Every time you see me, I have a different designer bag," Brugel says. "I modelled her after Victoria Beckham. That's why I cut my hair (like hers)."
What wouldn't Sullivan and Brugel be caught dead in?
"Never in Birkenstocks unless they have a platform or made by Dior," Brugel announces.
"I wouldn't be caught dead in Crocs unless they were by Vivienne Westwood," specifies Sullivan. "I'm not earthy or crunchy granola. I want eccentric glamour."
Sullivan was born and raised in Toronto and never wanted to be anything other than an actor.
"I'm morbidly obsessed with Tim Burton - I memorized Edward Scissorhands," she says (which would account for the screen saver). "It was my goal to be in that kind of creative world."
One of Sullivan's first roles was in the film Harriet the Spy. She's been acting for about 12 years and she also writes scripts. She recently wrapped the film Cry of the Owl and the CBC miniseries/feature film Iron Road opposite Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill.
Brugel has been in the biz for seven years. She hails from Montreal but grew up in Courtice, outside Oshawa. She started out as a dancer but grew out of it. Literally.
"In heels, I'm 6 feet 1 inch," Brugel says. "When I outgrew my male partners, I stopped."
She took up acting seriously when a drama teacher urged her to try out for the high school play and she got the lead in Anne of Green Gables.
She got a scholarship to York University and made her film debut in 1999 in Vendetta opposite Christopher Walken.
Brugel plays a cold, calculating lesbian in the new season of Paradise Falls and a reporter in the 2008 sci-fi feech Splice, starringAdrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Her film credits include 10,000 Black Men Named George and Jason X, which she recalls fondly.
"I got killed by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 10. I was still in school and the kids whispered, 'That's the girl who got killed by Jason.' I was thrilled: I have arrived."