What do actors do when they're not working? If you're Amanda Tapping, one of the stars of the series Stargate SG1 (Samantha Carter), you do home renovation.
In a project that's been the talk of the movie industry in Vancouver, where the sci-fi series is shot, Tapping and her husband Alan have been working on their 1940s house in West Vancouver for two years. The house has a view of the water and Tapping thought it was worth spending some time fixing it up. But what started out as a fun reno turned into a project that saw the actress live in what she calls a version of Little House on the Prairie.
"At one point the kitchen was an open room with just a fridge and no ceiling," Tapping told us from the set of Stargate. "I said to my husband that the house must have been built by Papa Smurf on crack."
Everything that could go wrong did. "We pulled down the roof and a friend came over and took a look at it. He told us that it was an act of God that the house was still standing. There was no support beam. We had an electrician come in to look at the wiring and he said, 'You know when they say that a fire was started by faulty wiring? This is the wiring.' It was held together by tape and extension cords."
After two years of grouting and painting every weekend, the renovation is almost over. And Tapping is waiting for her call from the Learning Channel. "I could have a show -- Renovating with Amanda."