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1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"I am Emilie Leclerc, an actor living in and loving Vancouver."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"I have been working for different theatre companies in Vancouver since 2009, performing in musicals and various plays, some of which I have the chance to tour internationally. But my first TV role was Pia in 2 episodes of Strange Empire on CBC a few years ago. Before focusing on acting, I attended McGill University, completed a B.A. in International Development Studies, back-packed in over 20 countries and volunteered for NGOs in Latin America."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"Yes. I completed Studio 58’s acting training program in 2008. I actually moved from from Montréal to Vancouver to attend the three-year program. It was a life-changing moment and although it was extremely intense, it definitely made me a better human (and actor!), but I have never really stopped training to this day! I always look for classes or mentors I want to work with to help me expand and refine my craft."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"Denis Villeneuve. I have been following his work from his beginning with Polytechnique and Incendies. I like how his movies are thought provoking and challenging - both emotionally and intellectually. From what I have read and heard about him, he also seems like a humble and smart leader. I also can’t hide the fact that because we are both French-Canadians who grew up in the country-side in Québec, I feel like we could connect easily."
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
"This is a good question and honestly, there’s no such thing as a normal day for me. It ebbs and flows, a lot. However, I am quite consistent with regular workouts, eating healthy and my sleep routine. The rest moves around, and I love it that way! I am constantly balancing theatre gigs, auditions, on-set bookings and voice contracts."
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
"On top of a mountain, after a long hike up through the forest. Connection to nature is how I keep it real!"
7. If you could, what would be the one piece of advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"Be curious. Trust your instincts. Fall in love with your craft. Be patient… life’s long."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"I don’t have a memory of someone giving me advice that has shaped my way of thinking in regards to my career. On the other hand, I remember my dad telling me not to be an actor, multiple times. I understand today that it’s simply a career he didn’t understand because of the way he grew up, but in a way, I think his refusal to believe in me from a young age prompted me to prove him wrong. Today, he is my number one fan!"
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"I am extremely grateful to have been given the chance to play Izadora on <Motherland: Fort Salem>. In a sense, it’s a huge part and one of my biggest accomplishments. But to me, my biggest accomplishment comes from not giving up, continuing to be positive and curious about the craft of acting even though difficult times."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"I want to continue portraying multidimensional, strong and intelligent women. I’ve always wanted to play a Lawyer. I also want to play an unhinged villain at some point."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about the new project that you are promoting?
"Fierce and strong female characters, witches, love and magic!!!"
12. What is the best part about life on set?
"On set, you have a number of artists who have put in their time to be experts in what they do: from the writers, to lighting, grip, sound, make-up, cooks and your fellow cast members. And to be surrounded by that level of expertise with everybody driven by a common story to tell is very unique. And the moment where everybody goes quiet and the camera starts rolling to capture all that work within an image is extremely precious. I have also enjoyed table reads a lot, and in the case of <Motherland: Fort Salem>, it was empowering to be surrounded by a mostly female cast. And last but not least, the delicious food!"
13. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"To my fellow Canadians, catch <Motherland: Fort Salem> on ABC Spark, starting March 25. Or on Freeform for our friends south of the border! Follow me on Instagram at em_leclerc123 and thank you for reading!"
Emilie Leclerc is an actress, best known for her work on projects like Motherland: Fort Salem, Pour elle(s), Strange Empire - on screen & L’Enfant-Problème, Bonjour, là bonjour, A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill - theatre productions.
Catch Emilie as Izadora on the new Freeform original series Motherland: Fort Salem, premiering March 18, 2020.
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