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 02 December, 2016
 Author: Laura Mennell Online -  Leave a Comment

Laura’s film THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT just aired again here in Canada and I had the chance to not only catch it, but record it and screencap it for the gallery. Here she plays Rebecca…. Does that name sound familiar? Laura is the ex of the male star Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery on the soap opera All My Children). Just for once I’d love it if Laura played the main female who gets the guy. In at least three instances she was the loser. The first was with Hicks (Warren Christie) in ALPHAS, A COUNTRY WEDDING and here in this film. She needs to be the object of affection for once. Here that casting directors? Rant over.

 02 November, 2016
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Somehow I got industriously bored and created over fifty avatars of Laura from her role of Nina Theroux from ALPHAS. They’re added to the new Icons & Avatars section of the site. I hope you enjoy. These are for message board profiles, social media accounts, and pretty much anything you’re heart desires. Click on the image below and enjoy.

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 31 October, 2016
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Well, John’s at it again. I had hoped with a few days breather, he would cease and desist. Looks like that’s not likely. Here’s what he has said in a recent post (posted here under Fair Use for the purpose of commentary).

This page is focused on Positivity also cause Laura is about Positivity & Laura has said She does Not like negativity in this world & believes people should have Kindness & Empathy for each other 🙂 So i think She will enjoy that this page is more Positive. I still share links to the other Fansite & interview by another fan cause I’m also about Positivity & Kindness. This isn’t a page with alot of negativity posts. Anyways I think the other Fansite could have been trying to make Laura choose between us cause it doesn’t matter to that Fan since She has like over 30 other Fansites about other celebritys so She has nothing to lose by doing that. She can keep the super negative articles about me on her page as it will only just show negativity.

I’m not going to let anything like that get in the way of running this Fanpage.

morejohn

SOURCE: LAURA MENNELL FAN PAGE

Like Laura, I am all about positivism. I don’t like confrontation, nor do I like negative feelings. However, there comes a time when one has to defend oneself against attacks of a nature that are designed to target my integrity. Above all else a person’s integrity is paramount and John by the very nature of his taking what should have been a private thing public, he more or less dropped the gauntlet that could not go unanswered by me. He in effect slandered me. And again I am allowed to defend myself with the truth, not his ridiculous meanderings. It was never ever about one upping him. He claims that as a fan of Laura’s I’m somehow not a fan because I have other interests outside of Laura? The other fansites I have are, like this one, dedicated to people I have come to respect as much as I do Laura. Having come to Laura through my love of David Strathairn who played the part of Dr. Lee Rosen on the Syfy Channel’s program ALPHAS, I was impressed by Laura and her other co-star Warren Christie. But had it not been for David I would never have found either of them. John also doesn’t understand that I have a longer history of film and television than he has, and all of my fansites are just as valid as this one is for my reasons for creating them. I have very much to lose with all of them. All of them are equal in my eyes. All of them are my babies. The first one in particular dedicated to actress Tamara Braun having gone online back in 2006, and through that and the building of the others, I learned much in order to bring to this one what I have in terms of content and layout. And I know this might be very difficult for John to understand, but one can have more than one love. If someone were to have three children, does a mother love one more than the other two? I think not.

John says his page has a lot of “negative posts”… Well that’s on him alone. It’s not to do with me. Had he an actual understanding of what his actions did, then he might not have such negativity on his page. As for whether I want Laura to choose this site over his…. Ridiculous. More idiocy on his behalf. John once said to me about [paraphrasing] “Laura’s fandom is still young….” Yes it is. It is very young and one thing I know about these dedications people will choose the one that better serves their particular need. Whether that be a simple Tumblr page, or a full blown site… it doesn’t matter. John belittles Laura’s fans by saying what he did about wanting Laura to choose. I would never expect Laura to choose. That is both hubris and hyperbole on his behalf, and more of John’s showing he still hasn’t a grasp on what he’s done. We could still be honouring Laura by simply doing what I was asking him in the first place by not tagging Laura each and every time he had something to say to me. I think the word is decorum. And to insinuate that this site doesn’t matter to me as I have the others….. The amount of time I spend on each site is on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of work the particular subject of the site has been doing, and our Laura is very busy with both VAN HELSING and TRAVELERS. Warren Christie is also busy due to his new show Eyewitness, so for the most part I’m spending a lot of time on their sites as oppose to say my site for veteran actor Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey), whose show The Path is on hiatus. With my site for retired actor and friend Jon Cypher, most of the work is done as I get the photos, stills, screencaps and whatnot to go into it. Most of the other people I have sites on are not currently working or working on projects due out in the future, so there’s no reason to work on any of them. But again for John to even dare say that Laura doesn’t mean as much to me as the others is another instance of his behaviour going unchecked, and I want to thank John for belittling well respected stage and theatre actors, one who appeared in one of the most well respected, and influential films of all time in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention a person Laura has worked with personally and who she considers a friend in David Strathairn.

As for my “super negative articles” I have written about him here, see this is called defending myself against his ridiculous rantings. I am more than willing to delete these posts as I did the last time John attacked me, however, I’m tired of having him rant without my giving the truth, again, of what actually happened. And I want to thank those of you who have written me privately to give both your support to this site, and for your kind words to me personally. Unlike John, those communications will remain private because that’s how one conducts themselves in society. That’s called respect and kindness. Two things John has as yet to understand. I have banned John from viewing this site in all ways. He apparently went someplace to view it through another IP and thought I wouldn’t know. So I have banned a range of IPs I feel he might use. That’s the power of a personal website. He may still block me on social media and have his acolytes there, but he still does not and never will have the truth. That ban will not lift until I get that apology I am entitled to. I’m not vindictive and hate all that has happened, but I cannot and will not lie down and take it. I don’t have to. It’s real easy to sit behind a pseudonym on the internet. But my name is out there. I use my real name and as such it is being smeared, and I don’t like it one bit. If he truly wants to be positive, he can unblock me on social media, apologize, then see how magnanimous I will be. But I’ll always be cautious. Twice bitten, three times shy.

So the moral of this story is: Don’t start the shit if you don’t want it hurled back at you. And with that, business as usual…..

 16 September, 2016
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I wanted to announce that I have created a site for Laura’s ALPHAS and MOTIVE co-star Warren Christie (Cameron Hicks/Sergeant Mark Cross). And don’t tell me you didn’t see this coming? Come on, ya did! Just like Laura I discovered Warren through coming to ALPHAS via my love of David Strathairn. Warren as impressed me so much with his acting and his obvious handsome little boy looks. He’s a solid actor and I’m looking forward to bringing you more of his work. If you would like to check out the site, please click on the banner below to take you there.

 16 September, 2016
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I swear the television gods must hate me. Seriously. I have Laura’s one episode of GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE in which she played the part of model Marria. Laura looked stunning as usual, though she is 36 in real life she looks 18 in the episode. She’s a natural beauty and without so much makeup she just looks so fresh and lovely. But here’s the reason the television gods must hate me. Laura’s ALPHAS and MOTIVE co-star Warren Christie (Cameron Hicks/Sergeant Mark Cross) was in this series throughout the first season and one episode in the second season, and here’s the rub…they weren’t in the same episode and they didn’t share a steamy hot love scene! Can the television gods be any more vengeful? I don’t think so. Ah well!

 15 November, 2014
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I found this cute interview with Laura talking about where Nina is at the beginning of season two, and her ALPHAS co-star Warren Christie (Cameron Hicks) at the San Diego Comic Con from 2012, trying to answer questions without spoiling anything lest the SyFy snipers be watching. I really do miss this show. I loved the cast and miss the chemistry between Laura and Warren. I had hoped the two would be able to recapture that on MOTIVE as Samantha Turner and Warren as Mark Cross. Anyone wondering if Laura’s HAVEN character was named after Warren’s MOTIVE character? That’s going to take some searching.

 31 May, 2014
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Okay, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails on the whole thing that I “spoiled” the fact that Laura’s character of Samantha was murdered in the season finale of MOTIVE. They’ve asked me to use the all dreaded spoiler tag or spoiler space. Here’s the dish on this. I despise the notion of using a spoiler tag or providing a spoiler space. Certainly when making posts on a website such as this there is, or should be, the idea that we are all 1) adults, and 2) able to know things without it tearing the fabric of your life apart. This site will never ever use a spoiler tag, spoiler space, the word spoiler in the title of the post, or not cite what this author of this site feels she needs to in order to fulfill this site’s objective, which is bringing you the most up-to-date information on Laura Mennell and her career. Don’t like it, tough. Don’t like my policy, don’t visit. This issue is final and non-negotiable. I’m as bummed about it as you are as I was very vocal about my love of seeing Laura and Warren Christie finally being able to work their magical selves on us after the aborted Nina/Hicks romance on ALPHAS. Alas it was not to be.

 30 May, 2014
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So I got my reason for not having a lot of Laura this past season. Her character of Samantha was killed in the season finale. Why must the television gods, or more specifically the Laura Mennell/Warren Christie gods be so vengeful. After season two’s revelation in ALPHAS that Nina had gone rogue and Hicks had taken up with Rosen’s (David Strathairn) daughter, Danielle (Kathleen Monroe), I thought with MOTIVE we’d finally get a good bit of story for Laura and Warren to flesh out what was started on ALPHAS. Not to be my friends. Samantha was killed in the MOTIVE season two finale. Damn it all to hell and back. Did I say the television gods hate me? I think what made this episode a little anti-climactic and Samantha’s death not truly being meaningful and Mark’s emotions as a result of her death a little on the dry side is due to the fact we were never really allowed to become too invested in their characters. While Laura and Warren have a chemistry bomb, their sad lack of use and or presence as a main part of the narrative left me, at least, feeling a little dry. While Samantha’s death scene was gut wrenching, I don’t think the impact was as fitting as it might have been. Laura and Warren acted the hell out of it, but nothing could make it any more emotional due to the lack of time spent getting to know them on a personal level. So sad Laura’s gone from the show. Here’s hoping she gets another series or film role soon. You’ll be missed Samantha and Laura.

  • [788] SCREENCAPS: MOTIVE – E2X13 FOR YOU I DIE

 19 April, 2014
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Here are Laura’s first two episodes of MOTIVE as Samantha Turner. I know there have been a severe lack of updates but up until now I haven’t had anything really to post. I’ll try to keep Laura’s work on MOTIVE as current as I can. Hopefully she’ll have a larger role, but it’s nice to see her and Warren Christie reunited. I still miss ALPHAS. Seeing them here is kind of painful as to where ALPHAS might have gone after the Black Swan event.

  • [140] SCREENCAPS: MOTIVE – E2X04 DECEPTION
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 18 April, 2014
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Laura is now on the CTV show MOTIVE. I’ll try to get her screencaps up in the gallery. For right now I have an article she did regarding the show and her reuniting with her ALPHAS co-star Warren Christie who played Cameron Hicks. Why must they tease? I so loved ALPHAS and miss Nina and Hicks so much. How ’bout you?

Legal Aid: Interview with Motive’s Laura Mennell

It was back in 2011 that the beautiful and talented Laura Mennell was cast in her first regular TV role playing Nina Theroux, a woman with the ability to mentally “push” other people to do precisely what she wanted in Syfy’s Alphas. Prior to that, the actress appeared in several other series as well as made-for-TV movies and a variety of feature films including Watchmen and Elegy. This past month, she made her debut as Samantha Turner, a star prosecutor working with Vancouver’s Metro Police Department in season two of the CTV police procedural TV drama Motive. The series stars Kristin Lehman as Detective Angie Flynn and a few other faces that were already very familiar to Mennell.

“One of the nicest things for me about starting work on Motive was when I came to the cast read-through of my first script,” recalls Mennell. “There was this wonderful sense of familiarity with many of the other people in the room. Warren Christie [Sergeant Mark Cross] was there, who I’d worked with on Alphas, as well as Lauren Holly [Dr. Betty Rogers], who guest starred on Alphas. Another fellow actor/friend of mine, Brendan Penny [Detective Brian Lucas], who I had worked with on [the movie] Hard Ride to Hell, was there, too, along with one of Motive’s producers, Rob LaBelle who played Wally Weaver in Watchmen.

“So there were a number of recognizable faces all around me, which is always a good way to start the day and a new project. Also, my first scene was with Warren and Kristin, who is fantastic as Angie. I love her character; she plays this great kickass detective and at the same time manages to bring an amazing sense of humor to her performance.

“I had previously tried out for another character on Motive, and I’m guessing that’s why they [the show’s producers] brought me in to play Samantha Turner. My character is involved to a certain extent with Mark Cross, and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be terrific to work with Warren again, but what are the odds?’ So I just went in there and enjoyed the audition process. Everyone was super-sweet and I was pleasantly surprised to land the job.”

Introduced in the second season Motive episode “Deception,” Samantha Turner is working on a high-profile criminal case involving Sergeant Mark Cross, with whom she subsequently becomes romantically involved. Samantha is well-respected by Angie Flynn and the other detectives, but she can sometimes be on the opposite side of the fence when their respective professional interests clash. Angie was also once romantically involved with Mark, and because she and Samantha tend to disagree when it comes to the sergeant, it creates a bit of on-the-job tension. Although Mennell’s character is totally at home in a courtroom, it took the actress a little time to get used to being a legal eagle.

“Samantha is a strong, intelligent woman who is highly committed to her job as a prosecutor, and playing a prosecutor is something new to me,” explains the actress. “There are always pieces of jargon that come with the territory, and that was a fascinating challenge to wrap my head around as I went through the education process of learning about my character.

“Samantha is very specific to the storyline,” continues Mennell. “I don’t want to reveal too much, but throughout the season, my character works alongside Angie as well as Detectives Vega [Louis Ferreira] and Lucas. She might not always have the easiest time obtaining the necessary information for the important case that she’s working on, and things get more interesting for her as we get closer to the end of the season. I’ve had a great time playing her. I’m in eight episodes, and it’s been a pleasure to come into a well-written show with a talented cast and just enjoy my time there. What I especially love about Motive is that it’s a Canadian series that is actually set here, in this instance, Vancouver. It’s a well-written production that looks fantastic and has been doing really well in the ratings, so it was a joy to be a part of it.”

As she is currently doing in Motive, the actress made quite an impact onscreen as Nina Theroux in the aforementioned Alphas. Mennell has nothing but fond memories of her involvement with that series.

“Alphas was a really unique TV show to be a part of,” she enthuses. “Honestly, we had a wonderful group of people and we, the cast and crew, always loved working together and enjoyed one another. I thought my character of Nina had a terrific story arc, and I especially loved the second season when she started to revert back to her darker, more problematic behavior, and as a result, we got to learn more about her past. Nina was just an interesting, intricate individual, and I will always treasure that part of my life and working on Alphas.”

Motive currently airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST on Canada’s CTV Network. Please note, all photos above copyright of CTV/Bell Media.

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