Where is Self Made filmed? Filming Locations Guide

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The Self Made series, as the full title says, is inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove), an African-American woman born to slaves who became the first female self-made millionaire. This is the true story of Walker, born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1867, who raised an empire based on hair care products.

The pioneer entrepreneur and civil rights defender is played by oscar-awared actress Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water). Blair Underwood (L.A. Law) is her husband Charles James Walker, and her daughter Lelia is performed by Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show). The industrious maker of balms Addie is played by Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts, True Detective)

The series follows Walkers's successful life in St. Louis (Missouri), Indianapolis (Indiana) and Irvington (New York). However, Self Made was completely filmed in and around Ontario, in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Mississauga, Cambridge, St. Catharines and Hamilton. Here are the spoiler free filming locations of the show:

Villa Lewaro: The Walker's house featured in Self Made

The original Villa Lewaro (named after an acronym of Walker's daughter name, Lelia Walker Robinson) is located in Irvington (New York), and boasts 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) divided into 34 luxurious rooms. The house was constructed from 1916 to 1918 in Italianate style and was declared National Historic Landmark in 1976.
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Image courtesy of Dmadeo - Villa Lewaro Map

However, in Self Made series the Parkwood Estate in Oshawa doubles as Villa Lewaro. Built in 1916, this historic manor with Italian gardens and beautiful fountains was the house of Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada. The 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) mansion has 55 rooms and is a Canadian National Historic Site. The state was also seen in an episode of the outstanding 2019 Amazon Prime series The Boys. Image courtesy of Netflix and Jeff Hitchcock and Google Maps

Self Made Filming Locations

The busy market in St. Louis where the series start was shot in downtown St. Catharines, in a corner of St. Paul and James street. Some buildings where added or changed via special effects. Walker’s house interiors in this city where recreated in a studio in Mississauga. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

The large house where Walker starts her business in Indianapolis was filmed in the Forbes estate property at 171 Guelph Ave. N. in Hespeler neighbourhood (Cambridge). The Canadian city of Cambridge is a lovely place to visit, featuring plenty of period architecture of the 19th century and early 1900s. Cambridge was extensively used to film scenes of the Hulu hit dystopian show The Handmaid's Tale. Image courtesy of Netflix - House Map Location

The Liuna Station (Canadian National Railway Station) in Hamilton was also used as filming location of The Umbrella Academy series. Image courtesy of Netflix and Saforrest - Map

This whimsical scene pictured was filmed in Hamilton's Scottish Rite, a location that has been featured in multiple films and TV shows. Image courtesy of Netflix and Jeff Hitchcock - Map Location

Architectural Digest reports that Walker's factory is an old building in Dundas. The rooms of the Dark Tower, originally situated in Harlem, were also built in a soundstage (pictured).

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