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Hump Day Cast Love: Brenda Robins

Updated: May 12, 2020

A little insight into Brenda Robins who plays Patricia (Elle's Mom) in Avocado Toast the series, she has performed in major roles across the country, often playing strong women. Read below to find out why millennial sayings are so confusing.


Why is the series titled Avocado Toast? (if you don’t know, take a guess)

I’m pretty sure it’s called Avocado Toast because mashing an avocado and spreading it on a slice of toast, i.e. “avocado toast”, is probably the millennial's most popular/ubiquitous culinary invention.

In fact, if you were to see someone ordering avocado toast from a gourmet food trunk and then following it with a Jager bomb chaser or a matcha tea latte there’s a very good chance that person is a millennial.

How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create your character? And how much did you have to research or imagine?

My character Patricia is having a relationship with a man 20 years younger than herself. So, my research was limited but my imagination was exhaustive.

What aspects of Avocado Toast the series are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?

I think that Perrie and Heidi have written an extraordinary script that is smart and funny and heartbreaking and current and sexy and complex and highly relatable to both millennials and baby - boomers! And I’m thrilled and honoured to be working on it.

With so much going on in the world today, what’s your motivation to be a performer? Do you act to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? To incite a conversation?

I work is mostly in theatre. I find gathering in a space, to share a collective experience with 10,100, a thousand people very moving and essential.

I’m grateful to work in a profession which fosters that sense of communion.

What makes millennials so wonderful?

Because my kid is one!

What are some of your favourite baby boomer slang or sayings and why?

“No way, Jose.”

“No shit, Sherlock.” -- Classic!

What are some of your favourite millennial slang and why?

I don’t know if these would be considered favourite sayings - maybe to the contrary.

“Whatever!” That would be in reply to almost anything.

“Sick” Which doesn’t actually mean what you think it means. In fact it means the opposite.

“ Like” You can say “like” anywhere in a sentence, like, right here.

Follow that with “I know, right?”, which isn’t really a question, even though it looks like one. It’s more of an affirmation.

Is there a type of role you dream of playing but haven’t had the opportunity yet?

Yes, the lead in a rocking musical! But I don’t really sing so…..


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Up next on Friday is a blog with Script Supervisor, Elsbeth McCall in our Women Behind The Camera Weekend interview series.



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