By Bill Harris
Trish Status describes the plot of her movie Bounty Hunters as, “A moral dilemma happens, and action ensues after that.”
Wow, just like every bout in pro wrestling!
But familiarity is a good thing for Stratus, both in terms of Bounty Hunters and her devoted fan base that has remained loyal since her wrestling days.
Bounty Hunters is being released across Canada on DVD Tuesday, Feb. 28. That evening, fans are encouraged to join Stratus in Toronto for a screening and autograph session at the AMC theatre at Yonge and Dundas (details are available at trishstratus.com).
“The wider Canadian audience finally can see Bounty Hunters, as well as the U.S. audience, as well as the U.K. audience,” Stratus said. “It’s all over the world, we got worldwide distribution, so I’m really excited about that.”
In the movie, Stratus plays a bounty hunter named Jules Taylor.
“I can be honest that Jules Taylor is pretty much Trish Stratus - it wasn’t a huge stretch,” Stratus said with a laugh.
“So you know, I didn’t really flex my acting chops in this role. But it definitely gave me a taste of what to expect and I did like the medium, so we’ll see what happens next.”
Stratus, a native of Richmond Hill, Ont., was one of the most popular wrestlers on the pro scene during her career in the ring. Since her retirement as an active wrestler, she has been parlaying her name recognition and building a brand, which includes a yoga studio north of Toronto and a line of health and fitness products.
“I know I’m lucky - but when you have a (recognizable) name, then it’s kind of like, ‘Well, what do you do with it?’ ” Stratus said.
“I guess when you think about it, I originally started in the fitness world, so now I’ve kind of returned. And that world has been great about welcoming me back.
“You start to see this crossover on Twitter. Before my fans would say things like, ‘Hey, go kick her butt, da da da.’ But now they’re going, ‘Hey Trish, I took the stairs today,’ or, ‘I worked out, you would be proud.’ It’s kind of neat that I’m inspiring people to be fit, which is my main goal anyway.”
But also, Trish, the transition of your audience from “butt-kicking” to “stair-climbing” might just be a sign that your fans are growing up.
“Oh my God, I didn’t think of that, of course,” Stratus said. “We’re all getting old together and it feels good. Thank you for reminding me.”