Tattiawna Jones is on call as Winnie Camden in CTV's 'Flashpoint'
She appeared on the job as a dispatcher in season two, and now she takes centre stage in the new “Flashpoint: Training Day” interactive gaming experience.
Newcomer Tattiawna Jones plays fan-favourite Winnie Camden, and can be seen in the third season of “Flashpoint,” which airs Friday nights at 10/9C on CTV, with full episodes available online at CTV.ca.
“Flashpoint” follows the elite group of cops known as the SRU (Strategic Response Unit), modeled after Toronto’s Emergency Task Force, facing life-and-death situations and people on the worst day of their lives.
“I sit behind the desk, so I’m the team’s eyes and ears at home -- the connector point between the guys on the go and the info coming in. It’s been a total riot to play, and I’ve done research on what dispatchers actually do and it’s insane. Multitasking is the understatement of the century. I don’t know how those guys do it. I try my best to make it look real, but it’s crazy what they do,” says Jones during an interview with CTV.ca.
“Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Winnie, but that all depends on writing and storylines and that sort of thing, and if her backstory is revealed.”
Fans can see more of Winnie in the “Flashpoint: Training Day” interactive game, where Jones’ character leads new recruits through various parts of the experience, all from her desk at HQ.
When she shot her scenes for the game, Jones remembers co-star David Paetkau was there, and it was “a ton of fun.”
“We got to play a little differently than we get to do on the show. We normally don’t have a lot of interaction so it’s kind of neat for him and I to be in there,” says Jones.
“It’s amazing to be a part of it, it’s like a mock behind-the-scenes thing, you can go in, play around, get to know this and that and feel like you’re in the SRU.”
“Flashpoint” is one of the 25-year-old’s first acting jobs, but is now landing a number of roles, including an appearance in Guy Maddin’s new film, “Keyhole,” which stars Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini.
It’s a long way from home for Jones, who originally hails from Manitouwadge, Ontario, which is located five hours north of Thunder Bay, and is a half hour removed from the Trans Canada highway.
Explaining how she went from a small town to being featured on Canada’s biggest drama, Jones first remembers being in high school and looking through university catalogs and getting a particular idea.
“I remember having this one thought, that I wanted to be dancer, or a firefighter, and there’s so much I wanted to do that I’d need six lifetimes! Then I thought, I could be an actor and do it all in one lifetime, and that sounded good. I went to York University, and I auditioned, and the rest is… the rest,” says Jones.
“My first year all I did was stay in my room and eat Wendy’s. And then my second year, when I finally stepped off the planet that is York University, it was great.”
As for the rest of her summer plans, Jones plans on taking more classes involving dancing and boxing, and even has a future trip working with Cheetahs in Namibia in the works.