Serendipity is one of my favorite words. It reminds me of the iconic Hollywood movie, the ice cream shop in New York I desperately want to visit, and my incredible, unbelievable interaction with French-Canadian actress Karine Vanasse.
My question to you: How often have you written to a celebrated personality because you admired their craft? My second question: How often have they gotten back to you? This time around, luck was on my side; followed by a surprise revelation. Little background info: Growing up, I wanted to become a flight stewardess, but I loved writing more. Since being a stewardess never fit in the bigger picture, I lived my life through others in real and reel life. I was particularly obsessed with the show, Pan Am (2011); particularly distressed when the second season was canceled.
Enter serendipity. As I further researched Karine’s professional career, I was stunned to realize… She.Was.In.The.Show.
Here’s a list of DID-YOU-KNOW to cement the OMG to make you go WOW:
- Karine has also acted in Polytechnique, Séraphin: Heart of Stone, Switch, Set Me Free, and the most recent, Cardinal.
- A child actor, Karine’s career kick-started when she appeared in Quebec’s teen show Club des 100 watts, after winning a lip sync competition.
- To her credit, the actress’ award list is endless—Jutra award, the Trudis award in Boston, the Bayard d’or for best actress at the Festival du Film Francophone de Namur, the best actress award at the FilmCan Festival and a jury mention at the Toronto International film festival for her role in Emporte-moi.
- To say she has come an inspiringly long way would be an understatement. What’s more beautiful is that Karine is one of those successful yet approachable actors, who give the entertainment industry a very good name, especially with the can of worms that opened up after Harvey Weinstein.
- Here’s some fuzzy, warm inspiration that is uniquely Canadian: “I’ve been working with an artistic coach since Polytechnique, and she reminds me why I started in this business. She asks me what I want to share with people, because it’s good to be impressed with a performance, but in the end, it’s what you leave them with that really matters. It’s not just about getting good reviews,” she said in an interview.
Having announced her pregnancy on Instagram and wrapping up the shoot of CTV series Cardinal, the actress is in the spotlight once again. And it’s my absolute privilege to welcome the beautiful, talented, and extremely humble actress here on Five Question Series.
Q1. As 2017 comes to an end, what were some of the stand-out memories that made it a fabulous year for you?
Reuniting with Billy Campbell to shoot Season 2 and 3 of the CTV series Cardinal has certainly been the professional highlight for me. It’s hard to let go of an experience when you have the opportunity to work with such a precious scene partner and human being. Working with Billy will always be a lifelong memory.
Q2. You have been in the entertainment industry since you were in your teens. Fast forward to now, what value do you hope to create out of your art?
As I continue to evolve in the industry, I hope to see a common thread that links all of my work. I want to be able to look back on my career and say that, in one way or another, I have remained true to myself and my intentions all along.
Q3. Early in your career, what were the insecurities that you dealt with, one that the industry unconsciously imposed?
The main challenge for me, especially as a young female actor, was being able to recognize the sound of my own voice and, in turn, use it to express what I felt was right and what was not. It hasn’t always been easy to accept my own unique value rather than seeking validation from the people who would hopefully « choose » me. I’ve learned over the years that it is important to pave my own path with like-minded people.
Q4. Who are some of the people that stand by you, on whom you heavily rely for support even today?
I am sometimes overwhelmed by the team around me. I am doing all of this with them behind me and I couldn’t feel more secure and relieved to know that I can count on their support and sensitivity. Yes, I am fulfilled by the craft itself, but there is also the creative process and experience of building all of this with them. The collaboration on set and amongst my team is what feeds me the most.
Q5. If not a performer, what would you have become?
I am not quite sure what I would have become, but I would definitely be working in a field that would connect me to the curiosity and depth of human nature.
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.