Invasion makes Kari Matchett's wildest Hardy Boys dreams come true
Matchett will star in a new drama, directed by her girlhood crush
JOHN INTINI | Jul 22, 2005
Actress Kari Matchett once had the hots for a Hardy Boy. "I loved Shaun Cassidy," says the Spalding, Sask.-born star of Invasion, a new supernatural drama -- created and directed by Cassidy -- that will premiere on CTV this fall. "Right after my audition, Shaun told me that I rocked. So as soon as I left the room, I pulled a Tom Cruise on Oprah. In that moment, everything in my life made sense. You have to understand, as a teenager I had a poster of him on my wall and it had my lip gloss stains all over it."
The new gig will certainly increase her exposure, which was a bit of an issue with her last project, TV movie Plague City: SARS in Toronto. Her face was obscured in almost all of the promotional material. "Getting on the front of TV Guide with a surgical mask over my face was a bit frustrating and made me the brunt of a lot of my friends' jokes," says Matchett, 35, who will live in Santa Monica, Calif., while shooting the series. "I'd made it, but nobody knew who I was. Just like a true Canadian television star."