Drummondville, Québec, Canada
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Colette Valois in Pan Am and Margaux in Revenge
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Karine Vanasse (born 24 November 1983) is a French Canadian actress, who had roles in the films Polytechnique, Séraphin: Heart of Stone, Switch and Emporte-moi. Internationally she is best known for her roles as Colette Valois in Pan Am and Margaux LeMarchal in Revenge, both U.S. television series.
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Born in Drummondville, Québec, Canada in 1983, Karine Vanasse is the daughter of Conrad Vanasse and Renée Gamache. From as young as 9 years old, Karine expressed her desire to become a singer or an actress and that desire became an ambition when she appeared in Quebec's teen show "Club des 100 watts" after winning a lip sync competition. It was then, with the help of her mother Gamache and TV show host France Beaudoin, that she begun to audition and take part in TV commercials as well as playing minor and supporting roles in French-Canadian TV movies.
In 1998, Karine was approached by what is now known as the "Motion International" production company to co-host the once very popular children's science show in Quebec, "Les Petits Debrouillards" in an attempt to re-brand its "comeback" with a new, friendlier image. It was during her time on this show that she was spotted and hired by a producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool to play the role of 'Hanna' in her first big break 'Emporte-moi (1999)_, a film telling the story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. The film was presented in 40 festivals, shown across 20 countries and earned two Oscar nominations for best foreign film. Her performance was highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally and earned her the title of best actress at the Gala of Jutra, in Quebec.
Karine then moved on to play Zac (Benoit Langlais)'s love interest in the controversial Quebec TV series: 2 frères (1999). Her character, Lucie, became much more prominent and realistic in 2000-2001 and the debate stirred by the realistic and violent reality revealed led her to become, together with Langlais, a spokesperson for the government-funded TV program "Parler, c'est grandir", a broadcast aimed at youngsters from unstable backgrounds.
Her teen roles begun to stick and at the risk of becoming typecast she took on the main role for the feature film Games of the Heart (2001), a trendy production by Céline Baril on the intricacies of today's youngsters' love lives. In the spring of 2001, Karine applied for the ITHAKA program and took a six-month break in Greece to devote her time to traveling and academic work.
When she came back, Karine's career took a turn for the best when she chose a very different role from the usual rebellious teenagers we've know her so well for, that of the beautiful Donalda, in Charles Binamé's masterpiece, Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002). Vanasse's performance shines through even though the cast is composed of the biggest names in Quebec's movie industry including Roy Dupuis (star of the cult series "La femme Nikita"), 20 years her senior, who plays Alexis Labranche, her forbidden lover.
Karine's acting career does not stop at TV and the Cinema, she has also appeared in various Theatrical productions both French and Canadian and she will soon join Elisha Cuthbert and Mia Kirshnerin in the Holywood stepladder by performing next to Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz in John Duigan's 2004 production: Head in the Clouds (2004).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: C. Couro from London
She has two brothers (Vincent & Alexis) and a sister (Élodie).
Won a Jutra award, the Trudis award of the Chlotrudis Awards 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 (1999)
Won a Jutra award and got a Genie nomination for her role of Donalda in Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2003).
Was described as the perfect girl by the singer Corneille.
She began the preproduction of a movie on the 1989 events of the Polytechnique of Montreal with director Denis Villeneuve. [January 2006]
Doing promotion for her new TV series, Un homme mort, in which she plays the leading role. [February 2006]
Personal Quotes (4)
You can get a little bit distracted in Los Angeles because it's all about the industry all the time. You have to read about other things. You have to meet other people because it gets harder and harder to ignore it when it's all around you.
I've been working with an artistic coach since 'Polytechnique', and she reminds me about 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 it really matters. It's not just about getting good reviews.
I was always sure that I wouldn't be able to work in the States. I knew I had to work on my accent. That was one thing. And I was sure I didn't have the right look to get roles. But 'PanAm' really surprised me because it made me realize if you give the audience a great character, it's not about the look. It's about relating to someone every week.
With every young actor from Montreal, it seems we're always looking for a new Roy Dupuis. Because he has that swagger and sexiness, while being manly but vulnerable and quiet. He doesn't do much, but what he does is very precise. The model for male actors in Quebec is Roy Dupuis.
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Karine Vanasse was born in Drummondville, Québec, Canada on November 24th 1983 to parents Conrad Vanasse (a Council Worker) and Renée Gamache (who ran a Daycare Centre). Karine expressed an interest in the performing arts from an early age and began appearing on television in Québec from the age of nine, firstly in the children’s show ‘Club des 100 watts’ after winning a ‘lip sync’ competition. Following that appearance, and with the assistance of television presenter France Beaudoin and her mother Renée (as her manager) Karine appeared in numerous television commercials and minor television roles.
In 1998, at the age of 13, Karine was chosen by the Motion International production company to co-host the children’s science show ‘Les Débrouillards’, and it was there that she was spotted by Producer Lorraine Richard and Director Léa Pool and offered her first major film role as troubled teenager Hanna in ‘Emporte-moi’ (1999). ‘Emporte-moi’ was screened in forty film festivals in twenty countries worldwide and earned Karine numerous awards and accolades including the Prix Jutra for Best Actress. After completing two seasons on the popular Québec TV series ‘2 Fréres’ Karine took a short break where she applied for the ITHAKA program and lived in Greece for six months to dedicate herself to travel and academic work.
Upon returning to Canada, Karine was to win her second Best Actress Jutra award for her leading role as Donalda in the historical epic ‘Séraphin: un homme et son péché’ (2002), the highest grossing film in Québec history. In the following years she won her first role in an English language film in ‘Head in the Clouds’ (2004) featuring Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz, and had leading roles in films such as ‘Sans Elle’ (2006) and ‘Ma Fille, Mon Ange’ (2007), as well as the television drama series ‘Un Homme Mort’ (2006).
Karine first expressed her desire to produce a film concerning the events of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre as early as 2005, and that desire became a reality in 2009 with the assistance of Remstar Productions and director Denis Villeneuve. The movie ‘Polytechnique’ (2009) was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it earned a Special Jury Mention, and later earned nine Genie Awards in 2010 including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Karine herself.
2011 was to be Karine’s busiest year yet, as she starred in no less than four films including English Canadian independant production ‘I’m Yours’ (2011) opposite Rossif Sutherland and the action thriller ‘Switch’ (2011), her first major role across the Atlantic in France. She also had a minor role in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011) featuring in a scene with Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson. It was also in 2011 that she won her first major role in the US as French stewardess Colette Valois in the ABC period drama series, ‘Pan Am’ (2011). ‘Pan Am’ was to last 14 episodes, airing it’s final episode in February 2012.
During 2012 Karine filmed three movies, Canadian indie production ‘All The Wrong Reasons’ (2013) with Cory Monteith, Kevin Zegers and Emily Hampshire, ‘Buddha’s Little Finger’ (2013) which is based on the novel of the same name and was filmed in Germany and French film ‘En Solitaire’ (2013) with popular French actors François Cluzet and Guillaume Canet. All three movies are due to be released in 2013. In November 2012 she was named by US publication Backstage as the head of their first ‘Backstage 30’, thirty young actors and actresses they consider on the verge of being household names after canvassing Casting Agents and ‘industry insiders’ in LA and New York.
In December 2012 Karine was announced as the star of the fourth season of the popular Québec television series ’30 Vies’ as biology teacher Maxim Bouchard. Her final episode of the show aired on Radio-Canada on April 18th 2013. In July 2013 it was announced by Deadline that Karine would be commencing a multi-episode guest arc as French businesswoman Margaux LeMarchal in the hit ABC show ‘Revenge’ when the show began it’s third season. After completing half a season on the show it was later announced in January 2014 that she had been promoted to series regular and would be joining the show full time at the commencement of the fourth season in September 2014. She is also currently acting as the spokesmodel for Canadian cosmetics company Marcelle, appearing in print ads and commercials as well as attending promotional events for the brand.
Karine is currently dividing her time between residing in Montréal and Los Angeles to film ‘Revenge’.
TV commercial for Lays's (1998)
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
William Morris Endeavor (LA), Agence Artistique (Montreal), UBBA ,Agent Céline Kamina, (Paris)
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