Evelyne Brochu is officially back home after settling in France for several months. During the filming of PetHer long-awaited series in Novoo in the fall, said the actress Press her joy at rediscovering the warm atmosphere of Quebec.
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Evelyne Brochu is not one of those who are lazy. Earlier this year, while filming the sequel to Paris Police 1900 in France, was preparing the shooting of Petseries written by Simon Boulerice (six degrees). “I did the in and out since January,” says the actress from Quebec, whom we saw in particular in Too.
His stay in Paris allowed him to open up to new perspectives. “During the trip we try to lose our bearings a little, to break with the routine, to renew our vision of the world,” he explains. Learn, turn upside down, experience something different and therefore be different, because we are in another context and that reveals something else to us. »
For this second season produced by Canal+, aptly titled Paris Police 1905Evelyne Brochu reprized her role as Marguerite Steinheil, this courtesan turned espionage during the so-called Belle Époque.
“Like a return to the sources”
After this new experience abroad, a return to Quebec became clear for Evelyne Brochu. “It’s like going back to basics,” she observes.
There is a real pleasure in being in a kind of family feeling: the referents are common, the sense of humor is already embodied, because it has been the same since our childhood.
Evelyne Brochu has thus launched herself into this new challenge, which she has tackled by providing preparation prior to filming. “I still had a month here to meet people, try things on. We had a lot of discussions, so we felt like we were on familiar ground. »
Within Pet, the actress plays Chanelle, a French teacher devoured by an illicit passion for one of her students. She shares the bill with a prestigious trio made up of Lévi Doré (Sandrick, the student in question), Steve Laplante (Jeff, Chanelle’s husband) and Sophie Cadieux (Sandrick’s mother).
The actress is delighted to have formed a bond of affection with the production team of Pet. “On set, there’s a kind of familiarity, like when you go home and say, ‘This is our house.’ .
A climate of trust that puts her in the best conditions for the rest of the shoot. “I feel so protected, welcomed and supported, I feel like we want to protect, love and appreciate each other. It allows you to give the feeling that everything is muffled, that you just have to start, ”explains the actress.
A necessary maturity
Directed by Marie-Claude Blouin and Félix Tétreault, the series written by Simon Boulerice deals with difficult topics such as adultery, poverty or drug addiction. “I think it was great that there was this sense of safety and comfort, because there would be delicate and uncomfortable things to talk about,” says Evelyne Brochu.
The role of Chanelle, which is “challenging from the point of view of emotional and physical commitment”, led the actress to enter a phase of introspection.
There are certain characters for which it is better to stay away from that. My big job for this role was precisely to get as close to myself as possible. Of my fragility, of my vulnerability.
More than her sense of interpretation, her life experiences helped her embody her character. “Having more experience sometimes prepares you for a role without having to intellectualize it. Evelyne Brochu cites the birth of her twins in November 2021, which allowed her to better understand her character’s fears of the consequences of her adultery.
“When Chanelle feels the danger of losing her family, it’s an emotion I can imagine,” she says. The 39-year-old actress is also delighted with the projects that await her, especially in the cinema. She conjures up a romantic comedy with a “great American actor” whose shooting will begin in August.
“It’s very exciting. And I think it’s going to be nice to switch universes after this big dive to Pet ends with a smile.
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