Christine Mao is a Canadian-born Chinese from Toronto, Ontario. Known for her deep authoritative voice, and sporty (not traditionally thin Asian) physique, Christine is an actor who loves to sing, direct, produce and write. You may recognize Christine from her appearances in TV and film productions on CBC (The Best Laid Plans, Michael: Every Day, and Season 3 of Kim’s Convenience), NBC (Taken, Season 2), W Network (A Husband’s Confession), and YTV (Zoink’d); or you may remember her singing and comedic performances in Unhappily Ever After on stage at Centrepointe Studio Theatre and Absolute Comedy in Ottawa, Ontario; either way, Christine is known for being a real character – someone who makes a lasting impression on those she meets.
Christine’s academic training has nothing to do with acting. She has an Honours B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University, an LL.B. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and she has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2000. On Christine’s bucket list is to be the star of her very own show, and she credits several mentors and coaches who she has studied with for helping to build her foundation for acting: Claudia Jurt, David Rotenberg, Michael Gordin Shore, Tom Todoroff, and The Improv Program at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto. Christine is also eternally grateful to her vocal coach and friend, Gale Franklin, for helping her to find her voice and build up the courage to take the work from the classroom to the stage.
In addition to being a devoted spouse and mother of two (plus a dog), Christine is also an active member of her community where she volunteers with the Girl Guides of Canada, and previously with Scouts Canada as well.
In 2015, Christine participated in the ACTRA National Diversity Committee’s Short Film Competition 2.0, and she was 1 of the 3 winners selected from across Canada. The challenge was for ACTRA members to submit a script answering the question, “How are diverse Canadian stories important for our screens and our society?” Her answer, entitled Drum With Us, is available on YouTube:
Christine looks forward to meeting and working with her favourites one day! Yes, that’s you: Awkwafina, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lucy Lu, Margaret Cho, Michelle Yeoh, and Sandra Oh! And Kathy Bates – looking forward to working one-on-one with you again, only next time, hopefully our scene will make the director’s cut and make its way to the big screen!!