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Femme on Fire: Chantal Sutherland
  • February 14, 2012 : 20:02
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Playboy.com: I take it you don’t have a lot of personal time?

Sutherland: No…and I just got engaged. He, thank god, comes to watch me race. We don’t have a whole lot of time together. He’s actually allergic to horses!

Playboy.com: How does that work?

Sutherland: I don’t know, but every time I come home I have to stay in the garage and take off all my riding clothes and put them into the wash. I have to wash my hands and my face before touching him after working horses in the morning or he’ll break out with a rash or start sneezing.

Playboy.com: What was it like to work with Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman?

Sutherland: Really neat, they’re funny guys. Dennis Farina – he’s a trip. John Ortiz is really friendly. They are all funny and laid back.

Playboy.com: In the first episode Dustin gets fairly intense, almost scary to an extent. Would you say that comes off on set?

Sutherland: I think he’s a great actor; he can be scary – yeah. But that’s in the show, when you meet him in real life he’s funny, he’s so funny and good at making you laugh.

Playboy.com: What about Nick, did you work with him a fair bit?

Sutherland: He’s an interesting person. When he talks to you he captures your attention, he’s kind of mesmerizing, he’s an interesting person to talk to. You just stare at him and he’s just a deep, deep, person.

Playboy.com: What was your favorite on set-experience filming LUCK?

Sutherland: Being on the horses. Because of the cameras, you never know what a horse is going to do! Because different actors are on different scenes you won’t see Dustin or you won’t see Nick; but every once in a while at the end of the day everyone will get together and hang out.

Playboy.com: Did you get some bar nights out?

Sutherland: They did. We did all go out this one time! I did that once and I was exhausted, so I couldn’t go out with them again. It feels that every Thursday or Friday everybody would go out to a bar or for dinner.

Playboy.com: Could you outdrink them?

Sutherland: You know, some can drink and some can’t, but I need to ride in the morning.

Playboy.com: What sort of roles would you like to try out in the future?

Sutherland: Anything, I loved it. You know as a kid I’ve always been a bit of a performer; I can do different sorts of accents and always have been a bit of a silly joker. I like being a performer on a horse, and I like the whole excitement of being on stage.

Playboy.com: What would be a dream role?

Sutherland: In a drama – you know I love Angelina Jolie’s movies, even Nicole Kidman in Top Gun; she was a doctor but still had fun scenes. Wait that wasn’t Top GunDays of Thunder! Just in on the action, I want to kick some butt.

Playboy.com: You’ve been a horse jockey, played field hockey, and dabbled in piloting – male dominated fields. Growing up were you more of the tomboy or girly girl?

Sutherland: You know, it’s funny. I guess as a kid I was a bit tomboyish as I played sports. I was always dressed up in a dress but I didn’t mind getting dirty. Part of me is tomboyish loving sports and being competitive, but I love fashion and all that girly stuff.

Playboy.com: Do you bet as well?

Sutherland: We’re not really supposed to bet…you can bet yourself to win, but you can’t bet against yourself. Having said that, my fiancé will sometimes ask me what horses I like, and I’ll tell him but – it’s tricky. You don’t want to get too involved and I don’t want to change my thinking during the race either; I need to keep it clear. But when I’m done I might put a couple bucks down, maybe two or three times a year.  I hate losing money; whenever I lose money I’m like, “forget it.”

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