Elizabeth Taylors been married seven times. Zsa Zsa Gabor, a whopping nine times. But all the nuptual-maniacs in Old Hollywood have nothing on Vancouver actress Cynthia Potvin who, as Valentina Tina Vitale in the upcoming Whistler production of Tony n Tinas Wedding, will get married 13 times in 13 days.
Potvin has played the character of Tina before in Vancouver performances and is fully aware of what lies ahead for the Whistler run: 13 straight days emulating what is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience.
At least thats what she says she draws upon to get into character.
"You know when youre a little girl and you expect it to be this wonderful amazing day, I really want to go back to that, the fantasy of the wedding. Hold on to that moment and try and live it like that," says Potvin.
"As an actress, its important for me to really look at (the character of Tony) and say Im in love with this person and I just got married and my whole family is here, and I put in my head that the audience is really all my guests."
Potvin herself isnt married, and she says the experience has definitely changed her perspective, not on the institution of marriage, but on weddings. Theyve become a bit old hat for the professional bride.
"The wedding is so realistic wearing the dress, walking down the aisle. The only thing that doesnt really happen is theres no signing of any certificates," she says. "If I ever really did get married Id probably do it on a beach somewhere because Ive already had a really traditional wedding.
"Now that Ive been married so many times, I dont know that Ill ever need to."